With the scent of fall in the air, as the colors change, we reflect back on years-past; so many inspiring sled-dog moments right here in our own back yards of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We feel blessed and are truly amazed, overwhelmed even, by all of the dedicated mushers, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators that come together year over year to celebrate mushing and community vitality in the Keweenaw. Together, we have grown CopperDog from a simple idea to a world-class event that brings joy to the hearts of so many. Thank you for sharing you love of mushing with us and inspiring everyone who loves CopperDog.
First, a few notes from 2016...
CopperDog has a long established pattern of growing the race purse by roughly $1,000 each year, sometimes putting the money into the top positions, sometimes in the bottom. For 2016, the Board of Directors broke from the usual pattern and increased the purse by 25%. The objective was simple, to see if (1) the increased purse would have an impact on registrations and (2) to determine if our fundraising ability would support a larger purse. We learned from the exercise, mainly about where we fit in the sport, who we want to be, and how we want to go about funding future races.
Now, on to 2017...
For 2017, CopperDog will be returning to its prior conservative growth patterns. This means that we will be backing off the 2017 purse to bring it back in line with prior growth patterns. Specifically, reducing the purse by about 12% ($4,000) with respect to 2016, but actually increasing the purse over 2015 by 8%. Ultimately, this is a much more conservative and fiscally responsible strategy. The CopperDog has also strives to keep the race affordable for mushers, registration will be the same as 2016, at $375.
2017 CopperDog 150 (10 Dogs - 3 Stages - 135 Miles - $27,800 Purse)
|Purse Long Race|
Based on success of 2016 and excitement from mushers, CopperDog is continuing to offer the traditional 6-dog teams a two-stage competition with the same format and fees as 2016. The CopperDog 80 will continue to be a 77 mile race that will take place in two stages. The first stage (42 miles) begins Friday night, downtown Calumet to lantern lit Eagle River. The second stage (37 miles) begins on Sunday in Copper Harbor ending in downtown Calumet.
|Purse Short Race|
Registration opens for the CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 80 on Saturday, October 8 at 10:00AM and closes on Tuesday, February 28, at 11:59PM.
We are continuing to pursue our more lenient policy with withdraws and refunds. Refunds are typically issued within two weeks of notification of withdraw.
Once again we would like to thank mushers for their consideration of the CopperDog 150/80. We will be "flipping" our website to 2017 in the coming weeks. The 2017 Race Rules will be out soon as well with an exciting special announcement in regards to our chief vets.
An extra special thank you goes out to Dr. Ladd for his continual support since the 1st CopperDog weekend. Many of you may know, but he has made a career change and moved to Virginia to focus on canine rehabilitation. We will greatly miss him and his expertise. CopperDog sends a heartfelt thanks. Please know that our new chief vets will carry on in his great tradition and will continue to push for happy, healthy dogs and happy, healthy mushers!
The seventh annual CopperDog 150 Sled Dog Competition is this weekend (February 26 - 28, 2016). Three days of outdoor fun and adventure for then entire family kicking off Friday night with music, food and shopping in the streets of downtown Calumet.
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Volunteer registration is now open or the 2016 CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 40 sled dog races this coming Feb 26 - 28, 2015. There are literally hundreds of shifts and positions to fill and we need your help. Interested? Just take a look at the 2016 Volunteer Schedule, find something that suites your liking and click sign-up for as many shifts as you want. If you do a lot of volunteer, please watch out for overlap conflicts in your schedule.
When you register more than just yourself for a volunteer shift, you become responsible to bring all of the people you indicated. Kids age 14 and over are considered able bodied volunteers, but there must be at least one adult (18+) on each shift. Kids 13 and younger are welcome to volunteer, but do not count towards the minimum number of volunteers that must be present. Volunteering is fun for the entire family, we just need to make sure that our bases or covered to provide a safe event for all.
Our volunteer system is a home brew and can be a little buggy from time to time. Please let us know if this happens to you, if the system doesn't work as expect, or you just have ideas on how to improve it. Send an e-mail to Todd Brassard with a description of the problem. Cut and paste the error if you can.
Volunteering for CopperDog is ridiculously easy! And working a shift or three CopperDog weekend is a lot of fun. Please just thousands of people who have discovered that volunteer is the best way to experience CopperDog weekend! And THANK YOU for the help!