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Another successful Kid's Sled Dog Ride Day

Another Kids Sled Dog Rides is in the books. A key part of the CopperDog program is education on mushing and the sport of sled dog racing. The annual Kid's Sled Dog Ride event held December 16th at Aggasiz Park proves that learning can also be fun! Over a hundred children were treated to sled dog rides by Tom and Sally Bauer. The children also were provided hands on access to Jerry and Pat Trudell's sled dogs. The brisk weather was made more bearable by the free coffee, hot cocoa, and hot dogs.

CopperDog would like to thank the following people and organizations for helping make the Sled Dog Rides not only possible, but also a great success.

Tom and Sally Bauer of from Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures for bringing two of their racing dog teams to provide rides for the children

Jerry and Pat Trudell of ...Sharks Came Racing for bringing some of their racing team for the children to pet and visit.

Pat’s Foods for providing the hotdogs and hot chocolate

Keweenaw Coffee Works for providing hot coffee

The Village of Calumet for providing power and clearing snow

Main Street Calumet for the use of the tents and tables

Keweenaw Kabin Keepers for making the track for the rides

Brockit, Inc. for capturing the event in photos

97.7 The WOLF for the radio advertising for the event

River Valley Bank for the use of their grill

And finally a special Thank You to the CopperDog volunteers that braved the cooler temps to help make the event special for the children.

The event was covered by the Daily Mining Gazette on December 18th, 2017.

Please enjoy these pictures courtesy of Brockit photography of some of our future mushers.

posted on 12/28/2017 11:03 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

What Is CopperDog?

Hey! Let’s organize a sled dog race!

That’s what a small group of people said in 2009, and from that initial idea the CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 40 sled dog races were born.

Both races usually run the first weekend in March. The CopperDog 150 features teams of ten dogs and covers 150 miles in three days, while the CopperDog 40 features teams of six dogs and covers approximately forty miles in one day. The CopperDog 150 caps at thirty teams and the CopperDog 40 caps at fifteen teams. Which means … the first weekend in March finds 350+ dogs racing through Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

The CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 40 are organized by CopperDog, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization located in Calumet, Michigan, a small town in the middle of the Keweenaw Peninsula – a narrow finger of land on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that juts into the middle of Lake Superior.  With an average annual snowfall of 241 inches it’s the perfect place for … well, a sled dog race.

Since its beginning the CopperDog races have attracted mushers from around the world. While many mushers come from the Midwest, each race usually has several Canadian mushers competing – and in 2011 and 2012 a musher from South Africa competed.

CopperDog is definitely a labor of love. It is an entirely volunteer operation, with more than 500 volunteers helping to put the race on. Local residents help mushers with their dogs, provide housing, and oversee trail crossings. Local police and fire departments volunteer their time to man all highway crossings and ensure the safety of all volunteers and participants. On its business end, CopperDog, Inc. is run by an unpaid volunteer board of directors.

CopperDog is more than just two sled dog races. In addition to promoting community vitality through sled dog racing, CopperDog strives to provide education on the history and sport of sled dog racing. Numerous public events – such as classroom visits, volunteer training, “Meet the Dogs” events, and free sled dog rides - are held throughout the year.

CopperDog is always looking for new volunteers. If you’d like to work with a great group of people and be part of one of the MOST FUN winter events you’ll ever see, please contact us. We can’t do it without you!

posted on 9/23/2012 9:38 PM by Lesley DuTemple | permalink | Back to Top

Flashback to 2013 CopperDog 150

posted on 12/19/2017 11:22 PM by | permalink | Back to Top

Volunteer Now for the 2018 CopperDog 150!


Volunteer registration is now open or the 2018 CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 80 sled dog races this coming March 2 - 4, 2018.  There are literally hundreds of shifts and positions to fill and we need your help.  Interested?  Just take a look at the 2018 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.

Register a Couple, Group, Team, etc.

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.

Are You a Newbie?

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!

A technical note on our Volunteer System

Our volunteer system is a sophisticated labor of love built by Todd Brassard. We are continually improving the site and as with all software there are defects.  Please let us know if run into a problem or issue with the website. If the system doesn't work as expect send an e-mail to IT Support with a description of the problem.  Cut and paste the error into the email if you can. Thanks! We are happy to hear your ideas for improving the website as well!

posted on 12/21/2017 9:00 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

2017 CopperDog 150 Winners

Congratulations to Anny Malo for taking 1st Place in the eighth annual CopperDog 150!

Anny (in maroon in the picture below) has the distinctions of being the first Canadian and first female musher to win the CopperDog 150. Anny took away the top spot leading Ross Fraboni by only 2 seconds over 136 miles and 10 hours of racing.

Anny is from Saint-Zénon, Québec, Canada, having a kennel of 70 dogs. After doing sprint racing in Québec in the beginning of 2000, her team started looking for longer races.  They have been a part of the central-Canada circuit since 2005 with the World Championships in The Pas, Manitoba. They have participated in the Wyoming Stage Stop, Open North American Championship, Can-Am Crown, and other races. They love being with our dogs and racing them. They travel, whole family in tow, to wherever a race may take them.

From race weekend...

posted on 3/6/2017 9:46 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top
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