UP Town to Host Over 180 Sled Dogs for CopperDog Races
CALUMET, MI — Working dogs will soon descend on a small community on the Upper Peninsula.
With 23 teams already entered, Calumet expects to welcome at least 180 dogs to the 11th annual CopperDog races.
The dog sled races are scheduled for Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1 in Calumet, a small community in the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula that juts out into Lake Superior. Calumet is known to record an average annual snowfall of 241 inches, making it a great place for mushers and their dogs to test their skills.
CopperDog puts on a show that brings together both sled dog teams and an audience. Fifth Street, the main downtown thoroughfare, is covered in snow overnight to create the start line and is renamed “Snow Road” for the event.
The all-volunteer, non-profit operation offers three races:
- CopperDog 150: team of 10 dogs, three legs (February 28-March 1), 135 miles
- CopperDog 80: team of eight dogs, two legs (February 28 and March 1), 85.4 miles
- CopperDog 25: six-dog team, one leg (February 28), 23.5 miles
Mushers and their dogs compete for cash prizes. Teams come from all over the Midwest, Canada and even overseas. So far, competitors have come from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana. The goal is to register 25 teams for the 2020 races. Registration is open until February 24.
The races take place in a festival setting that includes fireworks, a block party, street vendors, music, a bonfire and more.
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