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2014 CopperDog 150 Pro-Class Race

150-Mile, 10-Dog, 3 Stage, $24,000 Purse, Award 1st - 10th

The CopperDog 150 is back for the fifth annual running of the dogs in Upper Michigan's own Keweenaw Peninsula.  Join us in one of the Midwest's newest and most inspiring adventures in the sport of mushing.

Race Dates:
February 28 - March 2, 2014

Race Format:
Pro-Class, 10-Dog Pool,
150 Miles, 3 Stages

Race Purse:
$24,000 (1st - 10th)

Max Teams:
35

Stage 1:
Calumet to Eagle Harbor

Stage 2:
Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor

Stage 3:
Copper Harbor to Calumet

Experience the stunning and picturesque trails from the shores of Lake Superior, to the rolling and twisting back country, and cresting the peak of Brockway Mountain.  Enjo the friendly people, welcoming communities, challenging trails, formidable competition, and the peace and tranquility that blossoms from the deep backcountry of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is one of the most unique geographic features of the Great Lakes region.  "Lake-effect" snow storms contribute to the average 273 inches of snow-fall each year making the CopperDog 150 the perfect choice for a late season, March race.

Pro-class race teams are invited to join the fun and pit their and their team's skills and conditioning against other word-class competitors.  The best ten times take home a piece of the $24,000 race purse. 

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2014 CopperDog 150 - Stage 1

The CopperDog 150 is perhaps best known by spectators for its fabulous downtown start. Fifth Street in historic downtown Calumet is pumped full of energizing music through a half mile of speakers with pre-recorded musher bios and music picks. Generally 4,000 to 5,000 fans line the snow road and the energy in the air is unbelievable.

Musher's who have run the CopperDog 150 often call the Friday night stage "technical" due to the more than 25 road crossings staffed will volunteers. Lead dogs can often be spooked by the number of people present at crossings or by volunteers that are a little too energetic. 

For the 2014 event, CopperDog planners are implementing measures to reduced the stress caused on dogs at road crossings. This includes re-education of volunteers concerning "mentally stressing dogs", reducing of the number of volunteers assigned to crossings and a liberal use of snowfence at crossings.

CopperDog invested in an additional 3,000 feet of snow fence for 2014. Half of this fence will be set up at the Traprock Bridge (Crossing #90) and the remainder cut into 25 and 50 foot segments, fitted with dowels, and distributed to volunteers for use at crossings.  Because the snow fence is support by dowels at either end (and sometimes in the middle), two to three volunteers can simply hold and stretch the snow fence in and out of position as mushers come through crossings.

Stage 1 is 49.7 miles and is typically composed 100% of groomed snowmobile trails. This year, there is about an 8 mile section of the trail being logged and therefore less groomed, we do not however anticipate problems. In 2013 mushers averaged 11.4mph and 14.6mph to the Traprock Bridge (Marker #90) then dropped to an average of 10.5mph to 12.75mphs for the remainder of the stage.

Looking at the elevation map (see below, see Google Earth data), mushers will see an initial drop in elevation between Calumet and Traprock, than 25 miles of relatively flat ground, followed by some good climbs to get over the hump into the Eagle Harbor Checkpoint.

Despite the high number of crossing, Stage 1 has been reported to be an exciting night run on well maintained snowmobile trails with friendly volunteers cheering teams forward. The Eagle Harbor Inn will have hot chili simmering on the stove. 

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2014 CopperDog 150 - Stage 2

Where stage 1 out of the downtown Calumet provides fans with a healthy dose of excitement and energy, the Eagle Harbor checkpoint stands in stark relief; a small, remote and quiet community that quadruples in population as mushers and dogs bed down before moving north towards Copper Harbor on Saturday morning.

Dog trucks will fill every nook and cranny of Eagle Harbor and many mushers will sleep in their rigs. About four blocks from the start is the Community Center which will be dry and warm and offers a hard floor to sleep on, so bring your sleeping pads and bags if you would rather not sleep in your truck. Mushers can enjoy a hot breakfast at the Eagle Harbor Inn who puts out an early breakfast buffet.

The Eagle Harbor checkpoint is stage racing at its simplest. Race officials start early Saturday morning locating all of the teams, drawing maps, and lining up handlers to help dog teams back to the starting line. Teams depart in reverse order (slowest to fastest) which means lots of passing action for mushers and excitement for volunteers as teams come through crossings back to back.

Stage 2 is 42.9 miles, mostly snowmobile trail, but with some "back country" trail where conditions are more unpredictable. The backcountry trail is often in excellent condition, but at times has been punchy or deep requiring teams to break trail. Speeds vary from 8.6 to 13.4mph with an average between 10 and 11mph.

The "police tower" has been removed from the 2014 route and the milage made up with a loop around Hoar Lake. The police tower trail was very difficult for the race organization to groom and maintain and presented a very challenging climb and slow progress late in stage 2. Hoar Lake is intended to be better groomed and a little less aggressive. Weather conditions will play a huge impact on the condition of this section of trail.

Mushers will see the fewest volunteers of the weekend over stage 2. With only a handful of road crossings, mushers will enjoy some quality time with their dogs on the trail. Arriving in Copper Harbor mushers have a mandatory vet check. Teams are checked in the order they arrive.

Copper Harbor is a wonderful place for teams to enjoy an extended layover leaving lots of time to have dinners and drinks at The Pines Resort, The Tamarack Inn Restaurant and The Mariner North

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2014 CopperDog 150 - Stage 3

Thanks to the long layover between stages 2 and 3, mushers, their dog teams, the volunteers, just everyone comes into Sunday with renewed energy and focus. Each year the Copper Harbor restart gets better and better with the community shutting a major highway (US41) to enable mushers to launch out of Copper Harbor right from downtown. Our MC is back for the stage 3 start announcing teams as they enter the starting chute.

The Pines Resort and the Tamarack Inn Restaurant are well renowned for offering the best breakfasts in our region and they open very early between 5:30 and 6:00AM to ensure mushers, handlers, race officials, vets and volunteers have an opportunity for a morning cup of coffee and a hot meal before heading out into the cold.

Stage 3 is 43.2 miles, mostly thorofare snowmobile trail except for a few locations where we take teams off the beaten path for a little background adventure. In the early years, this short sections of backcountry could be pretty tough, but heavier grooming has reduced the difficulty of these sections of trail in recent years.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of stage 3 is the climb from Copper Harbor to the top of Brockway Mountain, about 600' over 4 miles of trail (see stage 3 elevation map). Mushers have reportedly loved this climb because its not only an amazing feeling to finally reach the summit and make the turn down the backside of the mountain, but its a perfect use of the dogs unbridled enthusiasm coming fresh out of Copper Harbor.

Once teams are over Brockway and through the back country that follows, its pretty much a straight shot down Trail 3 back to downtown Calumet where cheering spectators are welcoming teams home.  Teams average between 8.5 and 12.9 mph climbing brockway, right round 10.5 mph through the country and finally between 10 and 12 mph for the remainder of the stage.

The reverse start out of Copper Harbor tends to pack teams together bringing almost all of the competitors into downtown Calumet within an hour. The spectators are very excited to experience teams coming in back to back. Each year has drawn more spectators to the downtown finish. 

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2014 CD150 Registration

Maximum Participants: 35 Teams

We increased the limit of the number of teams in the Pro-Class race to 35, increasing the event by 5 mushers from 2012 race.  This year we have decided to not have such a tiered approach to the registration, like last year. We are still including one free meal for the mandatory musher’s lunch and drivers meeting on Friday, February 28, 2014. The register fees are as follows:

We are providing many opportunities to register early for pro-class race and save money:

  • $350 for entries received by February 26, 2014
  • No entry will be accepted after 11:59PM, Feb 26, 2014

If/when the event fills up, we will maintain a waiting list.  We will not be accepting any additional teams above our cap of 35. If you are on the waiting list, you will pay the entry fee at the time you entered the waiting list.

The bib draw is as follows:

  • Entries received by October 1, 2013 will be in the 1st round
  • Entries received by November 1, 2013 will be in the 2nd round
  • Entries received by January 1, 2014 will be in the 3th round 
  • Entries received by February 1, 2014 will be in the 4th round
  • Entries received after February 1, 2014 will be in the 5th round
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2014 CD150/40 Race Rules

Click on this link to view or download a copy of the 2014 race rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments about anything you find in the rules.  The rules are subject to change, but we will provide notices when changes are made.


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2014 CD150 Who's Registered?

We would like to thank all of the participants registered to compete in the CopperDog 150.  We greatly appreciate your participation and the positive impact you have on our communities.  Now let's have a great race weekend!  Thank you.

2014 CopperDog 150 Race
Pro-Class Race, 10 Dog Race (10 Dog Pool), 138 Miles, 3 Stages, $24,000 Purse, Pays 1st - 10th
Registration Cap: 35 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 8 Jake Golton Golton Kennels L'Amable, Ontario 1
2 18 Josh Compton Ten Squared Racing Two Harbors, MN 2
3 26 Aaron Peck Elevation Dogs Bezanson, Alberta 3
4 4 Bruce Magnusson Magnusson Racing Novi, MI 4
5 3 JR Anderson River Rock Kennel Cook, MN 5
6 17 Jerry Bath Bath Racing Kennel Lander, WY 6
7 15 Ryan Redington Callin' Trail Kennel Wasilla, AK 7
8 19 Dennis LaBoda Night Train Racing Sled... Hovland, MN 8
9 12 Michael Bestgen Fugarwekennels St. Cloud, MN 9
10 1 Troy Groenveld Ten Squared Racing Two Harbors, MN 10
11 5 Larry Fortier Coyote Run Sled Dog... Gaylord, MI 11
12 24 Al Borak Magnusson Racing Novi, MI 12
13 7 Joanna Oberg Run Silent Racing Kennel Ignace, Ontario 13
14 13 Jerry Papke Alder Creek Kennel Kingston, MI 14
15 22 Martha Schouweiler Otter Run Kennel Irma, WI 15
16 2 Andrew Letzring Callin' Trail Kennel Herbster, WI 16
17 21 Frank Moe Moetown Kennels Hovland, MN 17
18 10 Tom Bauer Otter River Sled Dog... Chassell, MI 18
19 6 Jessica Wallstrom Nature's Kennel McMillan, MI 19
20 16 Chad Grentz Frost Creek Kennel Nisula, MI 20
21 25 Tim Hunt 12 Kernels Kennel Sundell, MI 21
22 14 Al Hardman Alcan Kennels Ludington, MI 22
23 9 Kelly Jo Engle Kelly Jo's Solitaire Atlantic Mine, MI
24 20 Merlyn Coy Lake Effect Racing Iron River, WI
25 23 Michael Shaffer Jackson Hole Iditarod... Jackson Hole, WY
26 11 Frank Teasley Jackson Hole Iditarod... Jackson Hole, WY
27 Billie Diver Rock Creek Kennel Cloquet, MN
28 Bob Wright Speedracer South Range, WI
29 Jay Malchow Spirit Wind Kennel Bemidji, MN
30 Tim Chisholm Bad Moon Rising Kennel North Branch, MN
31 Frank Holmberg Holmberg Racing Sleddogs Newberry, MI
32 Monte Simmons Doe Creek Kennel Engadine, MI
33 David Gordon Maple Ridge Kennel Duluth, MN
34 Lisa Dietzen Team Evergreen Kennel Marquette, MI
35 Joe Gutowski Natural's Kennel Goodrich, MI
Registered
9/7/2013 11:19 AM
Jake Golton
Golton Kennels
L'Amable, Ontario K0L 2L0

I got into mushing with my family in 1996 when I was 4. I have raced all across North America, Wyoming Stage Stop 7th, Can Am 250 8th. Chief and Sid are my lead dogs. I also enjoy hockey, hunting, and fishing.

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: The Stroke by Billy Squire

Registered
9/7/2013 9:14 AM
Josh Compton
Ten Squared Racing
Two Harbors, MN

Josh Compton got interested in sled dogs when he was a student at NMU in Marquette. He has completed three races and placed second in the Beargrease this year. He has a lot of lead dogs and will be choosing the two for the Copper Dog 150 closer to the start of the race. In the summer he spend his "spare" time fighting forest fires. Josh is racing out of Tensquared Racing.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: Creepin' by Eric Church

Registered
2/19/2014 3:09 PM
Aaron Peck
Elevation Dogs
Bezanson, Alberta T0H 0G0

I got into mushing when I was 13 and took on a team of veterans from an old sprint musher. They taught me lots and I have been learning ever since.I have completed these races: Iditarod 2000, 2005, 2013. Wyoming Stage Stop 08(7th), 2010(4th), 2011(3rd), 2012(2nd), 2013(1st), 2014(4th). My lead dogs are Clemintine - She has run in almost every stage of every Wyoming Stage Stop race I have been in. She also led my team to the bitter end of our scratch in Elim in the 2009 Iditarod. She is the happiest lead dog I have ever met. She is 7 yrs old. And Tomboy, incredible! My other hobbies are running and canoeing. I would like to thank Zedcor Oilfeild Rentals for their sponsorship.

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: North to Alaska by Johnny Horton

Registered
9/6/2013 11:37 PM
Bruce Magnusson
Magnusson Racing
Novi, MI 48377
Bruce Magnusson

Bruce Magnusson started as a handler. Nine years ago, he got his own dogs... and has completed 50 races since then. He usually finishes in the top-10. Bruce has a great bond with his lead dogs... Siksik and Cheyenne. From Magnusson Racing in Manchester, Michigan...

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: Scream and Shout by will.i.am

Registered
9/7/2013 9:00 AM
JR Anderson
River Rock Kennel
Cook, MN 55723
JR Anderson

J.R. Anderson is one of the most experienced mushers in the field. He’s been racing since his family bought dogs in 1986. His lead dogs are Fox... who’s very smart... and Mabel... who’s very reliable. Racing out of River Rock Kennel in Cook, Minnesota...

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: Beautiful Day by U2

Registered
9/7/2013 9:00 AM
Jerry Bath
Bath Racing Kennel
Lander, WY 82520

Jerry Bath comes to us all the way from Lander, Wyoming. Jerry saw some dogsled races... thought it looked like fun. Now, he’s completed more than 50... and often finishes in the top-10. His lead dogs are Badger, Lady Bug, Peek a Boo and Jennie... and Jerry says he can count on each of them.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: Back in Black by AC/DC

Registered
9/7/2013 9:01 AM
Ryan Redington
Callin' Trail Kennel
Wasilla, AK 99687
Ryan Redington

Ryan Redington has been racing sled dogs since he could hang on to the handle bars.His grandfather founded the Iditarod. Now, he and his wife, Erin, live in Knik, Alaska where they own and operate a kennel of about 50 sled dogs. His lead dogs are Grr, Stormy and Laya who are just all around nice dogs. Ryan has lots of racing experience ranging from the Fur Rondy to the Wyoming Stage Stop to the Iditarod. When not training and racing the dogs, he enjoys hunting and trapping. You can follow Ryan and the dogs on his website at <http://www.callintrailkennel.com>.

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: I Got My Game On by Trace Adkins

Registered
9/7/2013 9:08 AM
Dennis LaBoda
Night Train Racing Sled Dogs
Hovland, MN 55606

Dennis LaBoda was born into mushing. He has participated in too many races to count and has finished everywhere from first to last Dennis's lead dogs are Mary, who loves to race and Felix ,who keeps up with Mary.

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: Hell's Bells by AC/DC

Registered
9/7/2013 9:34 AM
Michael Bestgen
Fugarwekennels
St. Cloud, MN 56304
Michael Bestgen

Michael Bestgen got his start as a musher by helping a friend. Since then, he’s competed in nearly five-dozen races... and placed second several times. This is Michael’s fifth year at the CopperDog 150. His lead dogs are Vicious and Blanche... both of whom ran this race last year.

Vet Check Slot: 11:40

Starting Chute Song: I'm Sexy and I Know It, LMFA

Registered
9/7/2013 9:14 AM
Troy Groenveld
Ten Squared Racing
Two Harbors, MN 55616

Troy Groenveld and his wife, Katy, hail from Two Harbors, Minnesota. Troy’s college football coach raised dogs, and got Troy hooked on racing. Troy has run about two dozen races... with finishes all over the board. He also enjoys hunting... from ducks to deer to bear.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: Lettin' the Night Roll by Justin Moore

Registered
9/7/2013 9:01 AM
Larry Fortier
Coyote Run Sled Dog Kennel
Gaylord, MI 49735
Larry Fortier

Larry Fortier got his start as a musher by helping his wife. When she became pregnant, Larry stepped in... and now they both race. Larry was the Rookie of the Year at the Bear Grease five years ago... and considers the CopperDog to be the best race of the year. His lead dogs are George and Franklin, running out of Coyote Run Sled Dogs in Gaylord, MI.

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: The Gael (Last of the Mohicans Theme Song) by Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman

Registered
2/16/2014 8:19 AM
Al Borak
Magnusson Racing
Novi, MI 48377

I got into mushing through Lloyd Gilbertson. He took me for a ride and I got hooked. I have always liked dogs but found that sled dogs are something special. My leaders are Tacua, Pepper, Sparrow and Spike, all good leaders.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits

Registered
9/7/2013 9:00 AM
Joanna Oberg
Run Silent Racing Kennel
Ignace, Ontario P0T 1T0

I have been running dogs and racing for about 18 years and was introduced to the sport by my friends who gave me my first dogsled ride. I was hooked right away and fell in love with the dogs and this sport, its very addictive! We have between 20-25 dogs/puppies in our Run Silent Racing kennel. My lead dogs names are Layla, Hawk, Vader, Talon, Venture, Vapor, Viva and Vashti and the only problem with having so many is deciding who to run in front though some are more experienced than others. Originally from Ely, MN, we moved to north of Ignace, Ontario 5-1/2 years ago where I help my parents run Agimac River Outfitters, a fishing and hunting resort where we live year round. The town of Ignace is our closest neighbor and our "driveway" is 16 miles miles long that my dad has to plow with his big city plow truck. It makes a nice training run for me and the dogs:) I love enjoying the outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing etc. but also love reading, writing, baking/cooking and watching movies:) I also enjoying competing in dog shows/events with my Irish Setter and Beauceron as well as taking long walks with them. Thanks to my Mom for sharing in my racing adventures as my handler and for all my Dads help with training and trail breaking, I couldn't do it without their help and support!

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: Eye On It by Tobymac

Host Family: Mike and Sue Borlee

Finish Position: 13

Registered
9/7/2013 9:01 AM
Jerry Papke
Alder Creek Kennel
Kingston, MI 48741

Jerry Papke’s first experience with dogs came while hunting as a child. He transferred that love to sled dogs... and has completed 60+ races... usually finishing in the top-10. His lead dogs are Mike and Jander. Jerry builds log homes... and enjoys shooting pool, hunting and fishing and , most importantly, being a dad to daughter Maichen. Jerry would also like to thank his wife, Ali, for handling for him.

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: Lose Yourself by Eminem

Registered
10/18/2013 1:21 PM
Martha Schouweiler
Otter Run Kennel
Irma, WI 54442
Martha Schouweiler

Martha became interested in mushing in college but really got addicted when she started racing with her son, Chad. Her lead dogs are Clamorous and Clash who have lots of energy, drive and personality plus. Martha would like to thank her son for allowing his Mom to run his dogs. Martha runs out of the Otter Run Kennel.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: Women Like to Slow Dance by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Registered
9/7/2013 9:01 AM
Andrew Letzring
Callin' Trail Kennel
Herbster, WI 54844

Andrew has been running dogs for over 20 years. He has ran numerous races ranging from Apostle Islands to Iditarod (in 2005). He owns Bark River Racing and currently has about 30 dogs in the kennel. His lead dogs are Trace and Garth, they were part of the country boy litter he had. This is his second time running the CopperDog and he is looking forward to it.

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: Drink In My Hand by Eric Church

Registered
9/6/2013 11:38 PM
Frank Moe
Moetown Kennels
Hovland, MN 55606
Frank Moe

I got into mushing by first taking my two dogs out skijoring. They were a lab/husky mix and a german shepherd/border collie mix. Soon we got two more dogs so my wife Sherri could go too. I got a small sled so I could sometimes train them all at once, then realized that 6 dogs could pull me faster then 4 and on it went. We've completed the Beargrease Marathon, UP 200, CopperDog, White Oak, and several others. We've got several leaders. Maybe my favorite is Wolf. He can be a handful and screws around a lot during training runs but when we race he's all business. He's at his best when the weather is bad. That's when I'm sure I have him in lead. Our sponsors are NutriSource Premium Pet Food made in Perham, Minnesota and Lake Superior Trading Post in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: Call Me the Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Host Family: Jim and Debbie Winquist, Fred Geis, Gail English

Finish Position: 17

Registered
9/7/2013 9:00 AM
Tom Bauer
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
Chassell, MI 49916
Tom Bauer

Tom had three dogs which, because of their excess energy, killed some of his neighbor's chickens. As he was paying the neighbor for the damages, it was suggested that Tom should run the dogs and the neighbor gave him a sled. It's certainly not the usual way to start a mushing career but away he went. Tom has run many, many races and usually finishes in the top ten. He was fourth in the first CopperDog race. His leaders this year are Dagwood and Chevelle. As well as running his own Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures, Tom spends time in Alaska in the summer giving sled dog rides on a glacier. He would like to thank the UP Power Marketing, The Tamarack Inn, and the Super 8 Motel for their help in sponsoring his racing.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: Hound Dog by Elvis Presley

Registered
9/7/2013 10:26 AM
Jessica Wallstrom
Nature's Kennel
McMillan, MI

I give most of the credit of my mushing career to my grandmother in Topock, AZ. Four years ago I was sitting in her living room looking up jobs for the winter when I stumbled upon a posting for a dog sledding tour guide. I jokingly told her "look I could be a dog sled guide", she then said that sounds like a lot of fun. Next I pointed out that it was in Michigan, she again said "well you will be in the cold but still have fun." Then I said, "its in the UP of Michigan!" followed by her saying "well it will be cold and you will be in the middle of nowhere but thats the kind of things you like." Well 4 years ago I accepted a guiding job with Nature's Kennel Sled Dogs and have not looked back. When I left my house in CA it was sunny and 105.....5 days later after driving across the country it was 55 and raining and I wondered what did I get myself into. It has been a wild ride and I have enjoyed it greatly.I have raced in the 4-dog, the 6-dog, and 8-dog Taquenonon County Sled Dog Race, I also have run the 150-mile CopperDog in 2013 bringing in the Red Lantern. Lead Dogs: Jeykl- He is the shy yet very observant leader. When I first started mushing he was a very difficult dog causing problems in most teams and never really fit in. When he came into my group of dogs things just clicked with him and I. He listens to me intently and always sticks by my side when on walks. I watch him around other people and he still shys away but when I walk up he jumps right up and wants to go. His favorite thing......instead of head scratches he LOVES back and butt scratches. Huckleberry (Huck)- He is my ADD pup. He looks like a cattle dog and has just as much energy that he never knows which way to send it. Over the last 4 years he has turned into a pretty nice leader and is really started to help train some of the younger crew. He still has a lot to learn but he has the drive to do anything. Other Hobbies: I love rafting, I have been rafting in many western states and in Costa Rica. Photography has also quickly become a passion of mine and I enjoy finding new and exciting places to take interesting pictures. My sponsors are Royal Canin and Dogbooties.com.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: Going the Distance by Cake

Host Family: Chuck and Jane Miller

Finish Position: 19

Registered
9/7/2013 9:09 AM
Chad Grentz
Frost Creek Kennel
Nisula, MI 49952
Chad Grentz

Frost Creek Kennel is located in Nisula, MI. We currently have 18 dogs in the yard and I have been running dogs competitively for 8 years and this year I ran in The Iron Line in Iron River This will be my second year running the CopperDog 150.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: The Only Way I know by Jason Aldean

Registered
2/18/2014 1:45 PM
Tim Hunt
12 Kernels Kennel
Sundell, MI 49885

I have been involved in mushing for 20 years now. Started as a vet working races but found running dogs was much more fun. Have competed in many races throughout the world, including the La Grande Odyssee in Europe, Wyoming Stage Stop, Percy de Wolfe, Beargrease, UP200 and Iditarod. Anvil and Remy are my lead dogs. My other hobbies are skiing and fishing. I would like to thank my sponsors, Dr Tim's Pet Foods, Blackrocks Brewery, Eminem and coffee.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers

Registered
9/7/2013 9:09 AM
Al Hardman
Alcan Kennels
Ludington, MI 49431

I have been mushing for 23 years. Ran Iditarod 4 times, best finish 21st, Beargrease several times, UP 200 7th last year, CanAm top 10, and Race to the Sky 4th. My leaders are Edier 12 yrs he has never failed to complete a race, Jacket a real bull, Shady, and Jessa 2 years old, just learning the ropes. My other hobbies are fishing, hunting and traveling.

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

Scratched
9/7/2013 8:33 AM
Kelly Jo Engle
Kelly Jo's Solitaire
Atlantic Mine, MI 49905
Kelly Jo Engle

Kelly Jo Engle races out of Solitaire Kennels located outside of Houghton in Liminga. This is her third CopperDog 150. Kelly is a registered nurse in obstetrics at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. Responsible for getting Kelly to the start of CopperDog is Mary Peters, and Becky Bean. Kelly has three grown children and three grandchildren.

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: Low Rider by ZZ Top

Scratched
9/7/2013 9:00 AM
Merlyn Coy
Lake Effect Racing
Iron River, WI 54847

Merlyn Coy and his wife, Anne, have been running dogs for 13+ years. Our kennel, Lake Effect Racing, is located in Iron River, WI next to the Chequamegon National Forest and specializes in mid-distance. Merlyn works as a Dental Lab Technician at Lake Superior Dental Associates of Duluth, MN, who is also our teams main sponsor this year. When we're not busy training dogs we are working with our Oberhasli dairy goats, making goat cheese, maple syrup, wine, or kayaking and fishing.

Vet Check Slot: 11:40

Starting Chute Song: Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root

Scratched
12/11/2013 4:00 PM
Michael Shaffer
Jackson Hole Iditarod Kennel
Jackson Hole, WY 83001

I'm from Saint Paul, MN originally and after I got into mushing I realized how close I actually was to the sport living in MN. However, mushing wasn't ever on my radar until five years ago, but I got into it randomly by looking for winter work, and initially started by guiding for Frank Tealsey at Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours. After two years of guiding, Frank found a place for me on the race team handling for his wife Stacey. Loved it ever since. I've placed fifth on both races that I've run in the American Dog Derby and the Sled Dog Rendezvous, also receiving the sportsmanship award at the Derby. My lead dogs are Princess, Siren, Damascus, and Tulum. My sponsor is Frank Teasley out of Jackson Hole Iditarod Kennel.

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: Lonley Boy by The Black Keys

Withdraw
9/7/2013 9:40 AM
Frank Teasley
Jackson Hole Iditarod Kennel
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
Frank Teasley

Frank Teasley has been a professional dog musher for 30 years and bases his company, Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours, in Wyoming. He is an eight-time Iditarod veteran, who learned his craft from veteran musher and "Father of the Iditarod" Joe Redington, Sr. Teasley’s best Iditarod finish, in 1991, was sixth place out of a field of 74 teams. That same year he won the Sterling Silver Award for the most improved team, moving from a 19th place finish the prior year. In 1989, Teasley received the coveted Leonard Seppala Humanitarian Award for best cared for team. Other racing credits include finishes in the John Bear Grease 500 marathon, and for two consecutive years, 1st place finishes in the Race to the Sky 300. Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours was co-founded by Teasley as a "pension-plan" for his experienced racing dogs and a "high school" for younger, less experienced dogs in training for racing. He breeds, raises, and trains Alaskan huskies, too. Teasley was struck with the idea for a "Stage Stop" race in Wyoming several years ago, and was thrilled to partner with Wyoming Public Health to bring even more depth to the race. "I love the sport of mushing, and have always been dedicated to the well-being and health of these great animals. This race is a way to promote good health for all of us, and we have a lot of fun doing it!" The Stage Stop Race, Teasley adds, uses a format that gives people accessibility to the sport, its athletes, and its excitement. With the public involvement and the community partnerships, the "Race to Immunize" builds a lot of excitement. Frank's lead dogs are Siren, Demascus, Fergie, Princess, Aurora, and Castor!

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: Free Ride by The Edgar Winter Group

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11/18/2013 8:11 PM
Billie Diver
Rock Creek Kennel
Cloquet, MN 55720

I was introduced to sled dogs when I was about 3 years old. I ran my first race when I was 7 years old. Since then I have been on the runners. I have run various races including the Beargrease, Mid-Minnesota, Apostle Islands, and Wolf Track classic. My lead dogs are Zoe and Kyler who are a brother and sister duo that I raised. They are both 9 years old and have been my driving force the past 7 years of racing. Other than dogsledding, I don't do a whole lot :] I am currently planning a wedding and I work full time as a nurse! I would like to thank my handlers, Richard Loucks, Betsy Diver, Dewey Dupuis, and Kris Ausland. A huge thanks to my sponsors, the Fond du Lac Reservation, Serenity Farms, and Empire Wool & Canvas Company!!!

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: Who Let the Dogs Out by The Baha Men

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9/26/2013 10:03 AM
Bob Wright
Speedracer
South Range, WI 54874

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9/7/2013 10:19 AM
Jay Malchow
Spirit Wind Kennel
Bemidji, MN 56601

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11/26/2013 6:25 PM
Tim Chisholm
Bad Moon Rising Kennel
North Branch, MN 55056

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9/7/2013 9:18 AM
Frank Holmberg
Holmberg Racing Sleddogs
Newberry, MI 49868
Frank Holmberg

Frank Holmberg says it was just bad luck that he got into mushing. Frank has been mushing and training sled dogs since 1998 in Newberry, Michigan. He also enjoys hunting and fishing. Frank’s lead dogs are Ferret, Slick, Elwood, Parfait...

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: We are Here to Make Some Noise by Armin van Buuren

Host Family: Catholic Church in Copper Harbor

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9/7/2013 8:59 AM
Monte Simmons
Doe Creek Kennel
Engadine, MI 49827

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9/7/2013 9:02 AM
David Gordon
Maple Ridge Kennel
Duluth, MN 55804
David Gordon

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9/7/2013 9:01 AM
Lisa Dietzen
Team Evergreen Kennel
Marquette, MI 49855
Lisa Dietzen

Liza got interested in mushing when she read the story of Balto.and by volunteering at the UP 200.She has completed a lot of races. This will be her third year in the CopperDog. Her lead dogs are Nymph, Sapphire and Onyx....1 mile or 1000 miles, they are in it till the end. Liza would like to thank the following sponsors: Gary and Tina Wunsch, Matt Bongers, Jean Kay's Pasties and Subs, WZMQ, Belson Co., Tara Opsteen-Van Dyke, Kathy Solka,Carlene Czarnik, Becca Clements, Susan Van Veghel, Nancy Hougard.

Vet Check Slot: 11:40

Starting Chute Song: Life is Beautiful by Sixx:A.M.

Host Family: Maggie Dee, Copper Harbor

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9/7/2013 9:10 AM
Joe Gutowski
Natural's Kennel
Goodrich, MI 48438

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2014 CD150 Race Purse

Here is the purse for 2014. We are pleased to annouce we were able to again increase the purse this year!

CopperDog 150 Race Purse
Position 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
1st Place $3,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,200 $6,300
2nd Place $2,000 $4,500 $4,500 $4,800 $4,800
3rd Place $1,200 $3,500 $3,500 $3,600 $3,600
4th Place $1,000 $2,500 $2,500 $2,600 $2,600
5th Place $800 $1,500 $1,500 $1,800 $1,800
6th Place $500 $500 $900 $1,100 $1,200
7th Place $400 $450 $800 $900 $1,100
8th Place $300 $400 $700 $800 $1,000
9th Place $200 $350 $600 $700 $900
10th Place $100 $300 $400 $500 $700
11th Place - - $350 - -
12th Place - - $250 - -
Total $9,500 $20,000 $22,000 $23,000 $24,000

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2014 Withdraw and Refunds

Register early, register with confidence. Withdraw before December 7, 2013 and receive a 100% refund of the entry fee.

Withdraw between December 7, 2013 and January 4, 2014 and receive a 75% refund of the entry fee.  Withdraw between January 5 and February 1, 2014 and receive a 50% refund of the entry fee. No refunds will be issued to entrants who withdraw after February 1, 2014.

Refunds will be issued twice during the 2014 race season. Mushers who withdraw or switch races prior to January 1, 2014 will receive the appropriate refund in January 2014. All other refunds will be issued in March 2014.

posted on 8/9/2012 12:00 AM by Meredith LaBeau | permalink | Back to Top
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