Please click on the link below to volunteer or contact Anna Sanford.
Anna Sanford is the UP200 volunteer coordinator.
Phone: (906) 942-7850, Cell: (906) 869-4827
Volunteer Training and General Information Session
2016 UP200 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in Marquette and at our Chatham and Wetmore Checkpoints
Learn to be a DOG HANDLER & ROAD CROSSING GUARD
Join an experienced musher and dog team for a FUN hands-on training experience that puts you up close with the dogs.
SESSION 1: CHATHAM
WHEN: SUNDAY, January 24, 2-4 PM
WHERE: MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (MSU Farm)
SESSION 2: CROSSROADS
WHEN: JANUARY 31 at the CROSSROADS – SANDS Township Office Complex at 987 State Hwy. M-553, Gwinn, Michigan 49841
TIME: 1:30 -3:30 PM
Grand Marais Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering in Grand Marais on Saturday, February 13th, please email Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Headquarters Assistance: assist with registration of mushers,record keeping, phone calls, email, silent auction.
Merchandise Sales: assist the merchandise coordinator in the sale of race related merchandise to the public. You will be assisting customers in helping them choose their items and possibly assisting with the cash register.
Vet Check: assist race veterinarians with examination of sled dogs and assist with record keeping. Times Friday 8-12:00pm
Bag Checkers: check each mushers sled bag for mandatory items and/or prohibited items. Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm for UP 200, and 6:30 – 7:30pm for Midnight Run, Sunday 12 noon until 12 midnight (broken into 4-hour-shifts) or until last team has either finished or scratched.
Dog Handling: assist in moving dog teams to the starting gate (physically demanding, requires a training session prior to race) 5:30 PM until the end of the start of the UP 200 and then until last Midnight Run team has left the gate. Dog Handling Guide –
Crowd Control: assist law enforcement with providing for the safety of mushers, dogs, and spectators. Friday 5pm – until the end of the start of the race (9 PM), Sunday 10am until late afternoon.
Starting Line Setup and Take Down: set up barriers and fencing prior to the race start and remove them for storage after the last team has left the starting gate. Setup Friday 10:00 – 2:00pm Final Setup 5:00pm – Til Start of Race. Take-down (fences and barricades) Friday after last team has left the starting gate until approximately 11 PM
Timers and Record Keepers: Document, record and communicate each mushers arrival and departure times at the starting gate, checkpoints, and finish line. Friday (Still working on times). Sunday 10am until 12 midnight or until last team has either finished or scratched (broken into 4-hour-shifts)
Lower Harbor Finish: Details will follow!
Road Crossings: You will safely assist the Musher and their dog team in road crossings. (broken into shifts of 2-4 hours) Friday 7pm until all teams go through, depending upon which race and which crossing you are responsible for, the last team may cross at midnight (12 AM) or later, Sunday: 12 noon until 10PM or notified that last team has crossed. Road Crossing Guide