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CopperDog Races Coming to the UP

25 Feb, 2020


Working dogs will soon descend on a small Upper Peninsula community. The following information was carried in MLive:

With 23 teams already registered, Calumet expects to welcome at least 180 dogs during the 11th annual CopperDog races.

The dogsled races are set for Friday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 1, in Calumet, a small community in the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula that juts into Lake Superior. Calumet is known to record annual snowfall averaging 241 inches, making it an ideal location for mushers and their dogs to test their skills.

The 11th annual CopperDog 150 dogsled race is set for Feb. 28-March 1, 2020, in Calumet, Michigan.CopperDog 150

CopperDog offers a spectacle that brings in both sled dog teams and an audience. Fifth Street, the main downtown drag, is covered in snow overnight to create the starting line and is renamed “Snow Road” for the event.

The all-volunteer, non-profit operation offers three races:

  • CopperDog 150: 10-dog team, three stages (Feb. 28-March 1), 135 miles
  • CopperDog 80: eight-dog team, two stages (Feb. 28 and March 1), 85.4 miles
  • CopperDog 25: six-dog team, one stage (Feb. 28), 23.5 miles

The 11th annual CopperDog 150 dogsled race is set for Feb. 28-March 1, 2020, in Calumet, Michigan.CopperDog 150

Mushers and their dogs compete for cash prizes. Teams come from all over the Midwest, Canada and even overseas. So far, competitors are from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana. The goal is to register 25 teams for the 2020 races. Registration is open through Feb. 24.

The races are set against a festival backdrop that includes fireworks, a block party, street vendors, music, a bonfire and more.

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