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2018 CopperDog 150 Results

The ninth annual CopperDog 150 saw both excitement, incredible sportsmanship, and a third time winner. Mr. Dennis LaBoda won his third CopperDog 150. Anny Malo, last year's winner, overcame a health issue with one of her sled dogs and a reduced team size, for a come from behind second place finish. Anny was the first musher to arrive at the Stage-3 finish in Calumet on an incredibly bright and sunny day. Ryan Anderson in his first CopperDog 150 was a few minutes behind Anny. Martha Schouweiler, a veteran of several races and a past winner of the CD40 race, placed fourth. Experienced CopperDog participants Jake Golton, Rita Wehseler, JR Anderson, Michael Bestgen, and Greta Thurston rounded out the top ten.

Place Musher Bib Time mph Appearances Wins
1 Dennis LaBoda 10 9:41:40 13.17 9 3
2 Anny Malo 12 9:45:33 13.09 2 1
3 Ryan Anderson 17 9:50:59 12.96 1  
4 Martha Schouweiler 14 9:56:26 12.85 6 1
5 Jake Golton 15 9:59:38 12.78 6 1
6 Joanna Oberg 7 10:18:59 12.38 5  
7 Rita Wehseler 8 10:25:44 12.24 3  
8 JR Anderson 9 10:29:56 12.16 7 1
9 Michael Bestgen 3 10:31:16 12.14 9  
10 Greta Thurston 11 10:43:22 11.91 1  
11 Frank Moe 6 11:17:34 11.31 6  
12 Tom Bauer 5 11:51:02 10.76 4  
13 Lynne Witte 1 11:54:15 10.73 9  
14 Jerry Papke 13 11:57:04 10.69 8  
15 Chris Adkins 2 13:33:30 9.42 1  
DNF Larry Fourtier 4     8  
DNF Bruce Magnusson 16     8
posted on 3/7/2018 8:37 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

2018 CopperDog 150 Who's Registered?

2018 CopperDog 150
Professional, 10 Dog Race (10 Dog Pool), 135 Miles, 3 Stages, $27,350 Purse, Pays 1st - 10th
Registration Cap: 25 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 6 Frank Moe Moetown Kennels Grand Marais, MN
2 2 Chris Adkins Montana Dog Kennel Sand Coulee, MT
3 1 Lynne Witte Iskristall... McMillan, MI
4 3 Michael Bestgen Fugarwekennels Saint Cloud, MN
5 7 Joanna Oberg Run Silent Racing Kennel Ignace, Ontario
6 4 Larry Fortier Coyote Run Sled Dog... Gaylord, MI
7 9 JR Anderson River Rock Kennel Cook, MN
8 8 Rita Wehseler Stoney Creek Kennel Tofte, MN
9 5 Tom Bauer Otter River Sled Dog... Chassell, MI
10 10 Dennis LaBoda Night Train Racing Sled... Hovland, MN
11 11 Greta Thurston Double T Kennel Oak Creek, CO
12 16 Bruce Magnusson Magnusson Racing Cheboygan, MI
13 14 Martha Schouweiler Otter Run Kennel Irma, WI
14 12 Anny Malo Rivest Kennel Saint-Zénon, Québec
15 13 Jerry Papke Alder Creek Kennel Kingston, MI
16 17 Ryan Anderson AnderTier Racing Ray, MN
17 15 Jake Golton Golton Racing Kennel L'Amable, Ontario
Registered
11/12/2017 10:00 PM
Frank Moe
Moetown Kennels
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Frank Moe runs Moetown Kennels. He and his wife Sherri live on the North Shore of Minnesota with their 40 dogs, including puppies, retirees, and house dogs. His lead dogs are Cinder and Britt. Frank got into mushing when he started skijoring with their house dogs 20 years ago.

He will be attending his fifth CopperDog and his favorite memory is squeaking out a third place finish in 2016. Frank loves everything about the race, including the people, the competition, the trail, and the great organization.

He would like to thank his wife and head handler, Sherri.

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: "Call Me The Breeze", Lynyrd Skynyrd

Finish Position:

Registered
11/12/2017 11:20 PM
Chris Adkins
Montana Dog Kennel
Sand Coulee, MT 59472

Chris Adkins is running his very first CopperDog this year! He's joining us from Sand Coulee, Montana.

His dad introduced him to mushing and he has 46 dogs in his kennel. Chris' lead dogs are Drake and Garrett.

The format of the race, with the 50 mile runs, is similar to what he is used to. He's looking forward to making a favorite CopperDog memory this year!

Chis would like to thank his sponsors: Kindred Plumbing, Travis & Sydney Hodgson, and R.A.T.T.S.

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: "Carry on Wayward Son", Kansas

Finish Position:

Registered
11/18/2017 9:20 AM
Lynne Witte
Iskristall Kennel/Nature's Kennel
McMillan, MI 49853

Lynne has 15 dogs in her kennel and her leads are Puddle and Snow White. She has never raced anything but six-dog teams. She's attended every CopperDog but this year she will be running her very first CopperDog 150 after receiving encouragement to do so!

Her favorite memory is running the first course in the dark. She's also impressed with the community and indicated it's "amazing."

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "On My Way", Phil Collins

Finish Position:

Registered
11/18/2017 11:27 AM
Michael Bestgen
Fugarwekennels
Saint Cloud, MN 56304

Michael has attended every single CopperDog! He likes the trails, the format and the great people that put the race on. He dislikes that he has to wait a year to come back and race it!

Michael has 20 dogs and his leads are Stacy & Serina and Captain & Summit.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: "Drink A Beer", Luke Bryan

Finish Position:

Registered
11/18/2017 11:36 AM
Joanna Oberg
Run Silent Racing Kennel
Ignace, Ontario P0T-1T0

Joanna's kennel has 20 dogs including puppies and retirees. Her leads are Viva and Vader. She got into mushing when a friend gave her a ride and she got hooked for life. :-)

She's attended CopperDog four years in a row now. She has many favorite memories but she indicated it was quite the honor to receive the Best Cared for Team Award from the vets in 2015!

Joanna loves the stage type format, the beautiful trails and she has an amazing host family.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: "Eye On It", Toby Mac

Finish Position:

Registered
11/18/2017 11:58 AM
Larry Fortier
Coyote Run Sled Dog Kennel
Gaylord, MI 49735

Larry is attending his seventh CopperDog this year. His favorite memory was his very first CopperDog, when he came into the finish line in a long sleeve-t shirt as he recalls it being almost 60 degrees!

He got "hooked" when his wife, Joann, was pregnant with their daughter and he was forced to train and race the main team! They usually have around 40 dogs in their kennel and their leaders are Poppy and Rocket.

He loves the stage format and level of competition in the race. "The people organizing this race and the community surrounding this race make it one of our favorites of the year!"

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: "A Warrior's Call", Volbeat

Finish Position:

Registered
11/19/2017 9:36 PM
JR Anderson
River Rock Kennel
Cook, MN 55723

JR grew up in the sport and currently has 35 dogs in his kennel. His lead dogs are Man-O-War and Citation.

His favorite memory of CopperDog, besides winning the CD150 in 2012, is racing towards the finish down 5th street with Dennis LaBoda! He loves the welcoming community as well.

When asked how CopperDog could improve he indicated "keep listening to the community and the racers. Never forget the sponsors are just as important as the racers."

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: "Beautiful Day", U2

Finish Position:

Registered
11/20/2017 11:57 AM
Rita Wehseler
Stoney Creek Kennel
Tofte, MN 55615

This is Rita's third time attending CopperDog on her sled but the fourth time for her team. Last year Ross Fraboni raced her team and finished second.

Rita was introduced to mushing by an ex-professional wresteler, Paul Ellering, from her hometown. Her lead dogs are Foxy, Clyde, Gyna, and Porky.

Her favorite memory of CopperDog was at the finish line last year waiting to see if they won by two seconds or lost by two seconds.

She would like to thank her sponsors Claire Seekins, Chris Johnson, and Canine Health Forward.

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: "Here for a Good Time", George Straight

Finish Position:

Registered
12/16/2017 2:47 PM
Tom Bauer
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
Chassell, MI 49916

Tom Bauer is the owner of Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures in Tapiola, Michigan. With the help of his wife, Sally, he cares for a 60 dog kennel. He gives personalized dog sled tours as well as teaches people how to drive their own dog team, and guides them through the forests near their home on the Otter river. Find them on Facebook and share their adventures.

Tom ran the first CopperDog, and has run races in the Midwest and Canada starting with the first UP200 in 1990. His lead dogs this year are Tri-Force and Severous.

CopperDog would like to give our deep appreciation to Tom and Sally for all they do to help the race and educate our volunteers and the public. Tom and Sally bring a team to Calumet over the Christmas holidays and gives children's rides in support of CopperDog. They also do this on Saturday afternoon in Copper Harbor during the race weekend.

Additionally they bring a team to volunteer training each year and help educate our volunteers on dog handling and road crossings. Their efforts on behalf of CopperDog are invaluable!

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: "Dogs", Pink Floyd

Finish Position:

Registered
1/3/2018 4:31 PM
Dennis LaBoda
Night Train Racing Sled Dogs
Hovland, MN 55606

Dennis is joining us for his ninth CopperDog - that's all of them! His lead dogs this year are Slinky and Yoga. He usually has around 50 dogs in his kennel, about 20 pups and 30 adults.

He got into mushing as a young boy because the neighbor next door had sled dogs so he would go and visit with them all the time.

He has too many favorite memories, including winning the CD150 in 2015 and 2016, to pick just one or two but indicated the race is just fun! The people, the trails, "everything is just fun!"

Dennis would like to thank the organization and the volunteers for keeping everything together and keeping the race going strong!

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: "Hells Bells", AC/DC

Finish Position:

Registered
2/7/2018 3:03 PM
Greta Thurston
Double T Kennel
Oak Creek, CO 80467

Greta Thurston is running her first CopperDog 150. She has 53 dogs at Double T Kennel in Oak Creek, Colorado. Greta started getting into mushing when she was younger and her dad raced. She knew it was something she wanted to do. Dogs have always been a big part of her life and she really enjoyed being able to raise the team she is running this year since they were puppies.

She was old enough to start racing last year, and this year she’s entered a couple of longer and more competitive races like the Wyoming Stage Stop and CopperDog. Her lead dogs are Kirsten, Fred, Horace, Faith, and Pipin.

Greta is excited to race in Michigan, a state she has never even visited! She wants to wish all the mushers good luck! Welcome to the Keweenaw Greta!

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: "Confident", Demi Lovato

Finish Position:

Registered
2/21/2018 1:07 PM
Bruce Magnusson
Magnusson Racing
Cheboygan, MI 49721

Bruce Magnusson is a former winner, 2013, of the CD150, and is back for his eighth CopperDog. He’s only missed one race! Bruce and his wife Monica run Magnusson Racing Kennels in Cheboygan, Michigan. They currently have nearly 70 dogs in the kennel.

Bruce got into mushing by helping his dad, and handling. He eventually got his own dogs and has competed in many races since then. His favorite thing about CopperDog is getting to know the community, the format of the race and the competition.

Bruce’s lead dogs this year are Andy and Cache.

Welcome back Bruce!

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: "Love of A Lifetime", Firehouse

Finish Position:

Registered
2/21/2018 9:32 PM
Martha Schouweiler
Otter Run Kennel
Irma, WI 54442

Martha Schouweiler is back for her eighth CopperDog! Martha and her son Chad run Otter Run Kennel in Irma, Wisconsin where they currently have 20 total dogs including some pups and some geezers!

Martha's favorite memory of CopperDog is winning the CD40 for her first win ever, and doing better than she anticipated in several CD150s. Last year Martha finished third in the CD150, and was awarded the Best Cared for Team by the CopperDog vets.

Martha's leaders this year are Joan of Irma, Normandy, Kersee, and Pete.

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: "Long Cool Woman in A Black Dress", The Hollies

Finish Position:

Registered
2/22/2018 4:30 PM
Anny Malo
Rivest Kennel
Saint-Zénon, Québec J0K-3N0

2017 CopperDog 150 Champion Anny Malo is back for her second CopperDog! Anny won the CD150 last year by two seconds, and her favorite memory of the race was hearing that announcement. Anny currently has 60 dogs in her kennel, and her lead dogs this year are Alvin and Utah.

Anny got into mushing through her husband. Her favorite thing about CopperDog is the community support and the race organization.

We look forward to watching Anny run again this year!

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: "Eye of the Tiger", Survivor

Finish Position:

Registered
2/24/2018 8:32 AM
Jerry Papke
Alder Creek Kennel
Kingston, MI 48741

Jerry Papke is back for his fifth CopperDog! Jerry runs Alder Creek Kennel in Kingston, Michigan.

Jerry has a couple of CopperDog memories that highlight what happens out on the trails. When CD150 first started there was a 90 degree downhill turn. When Jerry made the turn he went airborne and started to look like it was going to be an interesting trip down the hill. A hill that Jerry named "Double Diamond Drop." An unknown man [Matt Eberly, a former CopperDog Trail Boss] from behind a tree grabbed the sled and got him right back on track!

Another favorite memory is helping another musher who'd lost control of his team on Brockway Mountain. Jerry was able to run from his sled to the other and was able to stop both sleds and 20 dogs!! Larry Fortier was lucky to see it in action, but Jerry doesn't advise anyone to try it!

Jerry got into mushing from his dad, who'd always wanted to run a team of Huskies. He would also like to say a big thank you to Dianne at the AmericInn in Calumet for her always wonderful hospitality each year!

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: "Lose Yourself", Eminem

Finish Position:

Registered
2/26/2018 4:22 PM
Ryan Anderson
AnderTier Racing
Ray, MN 56669

Ryan Anderson is running his first CopperDog 150. Ryans team comes from AnderTier Racing Kennel which he runs with his wife, Missy, in Ray, Minnesota. His kennel currently has 40 dogs including 22 race dogs, retirees, and yearlings.

He got into mushing as a kid with his family in Minnesota. He’s won the Bear Grease three times, UP200 six times, and has run many other races including the 2017 Iditarod. He looks forward to making new memories during the race.

Ryan's lead dogs are Jameson and Tito. Welcome to the CopperDog 150 Ryan.

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: "Eye of the Tiger", Survivor

Finish Position:

Registered
2/26/2018 8:14 PM
Jake Golton
Golton Racing Kennel
L'Amable, Ontario K0L-2L0

Jake Golton returns to the CopperDog 150 for the sixth time. Golton Racing Kennels currently has 50 dogs from puppies up to some retirees. He got into mushing because of his dad. Jake finished fourth the past two years, and won the CD150 in 2014!

He says he has too many good memories about CopperDog to pick only one. He LOVES everything about CopperDog, especially the many race volunteers and the race organizers.

Lead dogs for Jake this year are Josie and Knuckles. Welcome back Jake!

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: "Glorious", Macklemore

Finish Position:

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