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2016 CopperDog 80 Who's Registered?

2016 CopperDog 80
Recreational, 6 Dog Race (no pool), 77 Miles, 2 Stages, $2,700 Purse, Pays 1st - 5th`
Registration Cap: 18 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 Lynne Witte Iskristall... Mount Clemens, MI
2 Jerry Trudell ...Sharks Came Racing Calumet, MI
3 Geri Minard Silver Creek Kennel Newberry, MI
4 Randy Foust Tanglefoot Racing Mountain, WI
5 Randy Foust Tanglefoot Racing Mountain, WI
6 Alex LaPlante Maple Ridge Kennel Duluth, MN
7 Susan Serafini Two Hearted Racing... Hancock, MI
8 Shannon Cummings Deepwoods Husky Dogs Bruce Crossing, MI
9 Mallory Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs Bruce Crossing, MI
10 Chrissie Bodznick Mountain Dogs Racing Mountain, WI
11 Kelly Jo Engle Kelly Jo's Solitaire Atlantic Mine, MI
12 Abe Raskind Otter River Sled Dog... Chassell, MI
13 Adam Schmidt Otter River Sled Dog... Chassell, MI
14 Mike Betz Fugarwe Kennels Minnetonka, MN
15 Jesse Quayle Champion, MI
16 Micah Bardoner Southeastern Sled Dogs Signal Mountian, TN
17 Jim Bardoner Southeastern Sled Dogs Signal Mountain, TN
18 Krystal Hudachek Firestar Kennel Cornucopia, WI
19 Krystal Hudachek Firestar Kennel Cornucopia, WI
20 Linda Thompson Yoop It Up Kennel Cannon Falls, MN
21 Martha Schouweiler Otter Run Kennel Irma, WI

Registered
10/17/2015 10:01 AM
Lynne Witte
Iskristall Kennel/Nature's Kennel
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Got into mushing through my classroom teaching and enthusiasm to be enjoying the outdoors. Competed in every CopperDog race to date.

This year will have competed in Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Iron Line, Midnight Run.

Leaders this year are Puddle and Mississippi leading a team of yearling females from Nature's Kennel of McMillan. Sponsored by Nature's Kennel and their sponsors Royal Canine.

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: "American Land" by Bruce Springsteen

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10/17/2015 10:04 AM
Jerry Trudell
...Sharks Came Racing
Calumet, MI 49913

Jerry and his wife Pat are transplanted southerners now residing in Calumet. They were introduced to the sport of mushing in 2006 through a chance meeting with local musher Truman Obermeyer. They adopted 2 retiring race dogs and began handling for Brewery Creek Racing. After a couple of years handling and running some other retiring dogs they were bitten by the race bug and began building their own kennel.They now have 12 race dogs and a few retirees. Leading the team for the CopperDog is 6 year old McGee and 3 year old Spur. Also running tonight are Clyde, Kashi, Dune and the old man of the kennel 9 year old Sox.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + The Machine

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10/17/2015 10:05 AM
Geri Minard
Silver Creek Kennel
Newberry, MI 49868

I have been running dogs for 16 years. I became interested in sled dogs after going on a sled dog day trip in Bayfield, WI. I spent the next year handling for a kennel before buying my first sled dog. My husband Rick and I have a small kennel of 12 dogs.

I have finished two UP200, three CopperDog 150, the Midnight Run twice, Apostle Islands six dog, Tahquamenon 8 and 6 dog many times, Pellston Icebox six dog and my very first race was a three dog sprint in Cannon Falls, MN.

My leaders are Shale and Jill. In addition to running dogs I enjoy trail running and run marathons, half marathons and 10K’s in the “off season”.

Special thanks to my biggest supporter and fan my husband Rick.

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy

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10/17/2015 10:11 AM
Randy Foust
Tanglefoot Racing
Mountain, WI 54149

Tanglefoot Racing has been my passion for the past 20 years. My dogs and my family have been my driving force. My wife Lynda and I have raised some amazing dogs. In 2014, I was fortunate to run a team of just such dogs and we finished 2nd in the CopperDog 40. Thanks to the Patterson Dog and Cat Hospital for their ongoing support and for micro-chipping all of our dogs this fall.

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: "Hey Tonight" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

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10/17/2015 10:11 AM
Randy Foust
Tanglefoot Racing
Mountain, WI 54149

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10/17/2015 10:50 AM
Alex LaPlante
Maple Ridge Kennel
Duluth, MN 55804

Alex got her start with sled dogs while helping on the Beargrease. She and her husband started helping out at Maple Ridge Kennel in Duluth Minnesota several years ago.

Alex lives in the Duluth area where she is a equine veterinarian. She lives there with her husband and two teenage boys on their hobby farm. Her favorite dog is her copilot Bruce the Corgi.

Her leaders this year will be Lolo and Lettie.

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: "Rattle My Bones" by The Suburbs

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10/17/2015 3:01 PM
Susan Serafini
Two Hearted Racing Kennel
Hancock, MI 49930

About 20 years ago Walt Babcock introduced me to skijoring and for the past 14 years I have been running 6 dog races. This year has been a good one for racing... I placed 3rd in the 6 dog Tahquamenon, 3rd in the 6 dog Ironline, and 5th in the JackPine 30.

My lead dogs are Bird, who is exceptional, hard driving and very good with commands and I have a special bond with him; Beryl, who is a sweetheart, fast and likes to run with Bird; Tatum, who keeps the team on the right side of the trail. Bird and Tatum will start, then Beryl later in the race.

My other hobbies are mountain biking and beekeeping. I would like to thank my handler, Ed Kraai.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "When We Run" by Seth Bernard & May Erlewine

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10/17/2015 9:38 PM
Shannon Cummings
Deepwoods Husky Dogs
Bruce Crossing, MI 49912

I started handling for Team Sturmer last year during Beargrease and started training with the kennel thereafter. My first race was Apostle Island Race in Bayfield 2016 where I finished 3rd in the six dog class racing five dogs. My lead dogs have been Bond and Pinto who drove my team. Both are driven to race and stay very focused. Fantastic animals.

Much thanks, love and appreciation goes out to Dr. Matt Sturmer, his wife Cindy, and his daughter Mallory Sturmer for involving me in this wonderful world of dogsledding. I also want to thank Deepwoods Veterinary Service for their sponsorship. My involvement in racing would not happen without their support. I am a long term avid Flyfishermen (trout bum) and enjoy running, hiking, backpacking.

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: "Lavender" by Ray LaMontagne

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10/17/2015 9:38 PM
Mallory Sturmer
Deepwoods Husky Dogs
Bruce Crossing, MI 49912

I got into mushing as a late teenager learning how to run dogs with my Dad. I have raced the Apostle Islands Dog Sled Race, the Beargrease, and the Wolf Track Classic Dog Sled Race over the years. My lead dogs are Corky and Junior and they both turn into maniacs when they are racing.

I would like to thank my father, Matt, my step mother, Cindy and Deepwoods Veterinary Service for allowing us to run this fantastic team of dogs. When I'm not out running dogs I live in Duluth and try to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible spending my time fly fishing, hiking, sailing, and anything else as long as its outside.

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: "On Fire Tonight" by Little Big Town

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10/19/2015 10:50 AM
Chrissie Bodznick
Mountain Dogs Racing
Mountain, WI 54149

Chrissie is based in Montana during the warmer months. This winter, for the second time, she’s part of Mountain Dogs Racing in Mountain, Wisconsin. Her favorite dog is #Donut.

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

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10/17/2015 10:25 AM
Kelly Jo Engle
Kelly Jo's Solitaire
Atlantic Mine, MI 49905

Kelly Jo Engle races out of Solitaire Kennels located outside of Houghton in Liminga. This is her fourth 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: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars

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1/19/2016 7:59 AM
Abe Raskind
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
Chassell, MI 49916

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

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1/19/2016 7:59 AM
Adam Schmidt
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
Chassell, MI 49916

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10/17/2015 10:44 AM
Mike Betz
Fugarwe Kennels
Minnetonka, MN 55305

When exploring glaciers outside of Juneau, AK I came upon a pack of mushers and dogs one July. I was bitten deeply by the experience and contracted musher-itis. It’s a terrible disease. I have competed in the Ironline, Taquhamenon Area Sled Dog Race, Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, CopperDog, and the Midnight Run.

My lead dogs are MikeLee who is almost 11 years old and grew up on a glacier and Mercy who is our cheerleader... I have never seen her tired. My other hobbies are playing guitar, lake cabin life in the summer, off road Jeep adventures, and bird hunting with my yellow lab, Harley.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: "Brokenhearted" by Karmin

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11/2/2015 3:27 PM
Jesse Quayle
Champion, MI 49814

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10/17/2015 11:47 AM
Micah Bardoner
Southeastern Sled Dogs
Signal Mountian, TN 37377

This is 21 year old Micah's second year for mushing. Hailing from Signal Mountain, TN. Micah started training with his father this past fall at their family kennel Southeastern Sled Dogs. CopperDog will be his second race and just two weeks ago he ran his first race in grueling weather at the Jack Pine, finishing 9th out of 11 finishing mushers. Micah's lead dogs are Leo and Dusty. In addition to mushing, Micah loves to drive cars fast.

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

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

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10/17/2015 11:47 AM
Jim Bardoner
Southeastern Sled Dogs
Signal Mountain, TN 37377

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10/17/2015 12:57 PM
Krystal Hudachek
Firestar Kennel
Cornucopia, WI 54827

Krystal started running dogs roughly 17 years ago but has only raced for 4 years. She has completed the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, Wolf Track Classic, Mid Mn 150, and of course her favorite CopperDog. Her rock star leaders are Pele and Wilma.

A huge thank you to my sponsors this year especially Kevin Danker for sponsoring the whole team for this race, and Stonehouse Photo, Silverwaves Jewelry, and Somerset Manufacturing.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: "When Worlds Collide" by Powerman 5000

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10/17/2015 12:57 PM
Krystal Hudachek
Firestar Kennel
Cornucopia, WI 54827

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10/17/2015 1:04 PM
Linda Thompson
Yoop It Up Kennel
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

I watched the end of the U.P. 200 in 1991 and was hooked on the sport. I have competed in numerous sprint and mid-distance races. The past few years, I placed 2nd in the JackPine 30 and 3rd in the CopperDog 40. The dogs I put in front for a run are my leaders and they are all special. Especially Carter, who was missing for 17 days and still helps with my training runs. My sponsors are Southeastern Sled Dogs.

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10/17/2015 10:18 AM
Martha Schouweiler
Otter Run Kennel
Irma, WI 54442

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CopperDog 80 - Sport-Class

6 Dog Team, 80 Miles, 2 Stage, $2,570 Purse, Pays 1st - 5th

This 80-mile, 2-stage, 6-dog race enjoys the same excitement and energy as the Professional Class, including the fabulous downtown Calumet start on Saturday and downtown finish on Sunday. Recreational teams will leave immediately following the pro-class teams.

Race Dates: 
Friday, February 26, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Race Format: 
Sport-Class
6-Dog, 
80 Miles
2 Stages

Race Purse: 
$2,570 (1st - 5th)

Max Teams: 
18 Teams

Don’t miss out on the friendly people, welcoming communities, challenging trails, formidable competition, and the peace and tranquility that blossoms from the Keweenaw trails at night.

Award money will be paid to first through fifth place.  There is a limit of 18 teams for this event, register early to secure your position.

In 2016, CopperDog is introducing its first two-stage race for 6-dog teams.  The CopperDog 80 is an 80 mile, 2 stage race. Stage 1 is on Friday, starting in Calumet and ending in Eagle River.  Stage 2 is Sunday, starting in Copper Harbor and ending in Calumet.

The CopperDog 80 Sport offers recreational mushers an opportunity to race in the big leagues sharing in the glorious fanfare of the fabulous downtown Calumet start and finish with thousands of fans cheering their teams off into the night.


FRIDAY: Stage 1 - Calumet to Eagle River

We don't skip a beat Friday night, CopperDog 80 teams head out right on the heels of the CopperDog 150 teams and share the same race route until the finish, where CopperDog 80 teams finish in Eagle River while CopperDog 150 teams go on to Eagle Harbor.

Many a 10-dog team have been tempted to take that left hand turn and follow the Sport teams into Eagle River, for the legends of Eagle Rivers welcoming hospitality is nothing short of legendary.

Musher's who have run the CopperDog 150 OR CopperDog 80 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. 

Starting in 2014, 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 snow fence 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.

SATURDAY: Day of Reset

CopperDog 80 teams are given a day of rest while the CopperDog 150 teams progress from Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor on Saturday.

SUNDAY: Stage 3 - Copper Harbor to Calumet

Stage 2 is 41 miles, mostly thoroughfare 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 back-country 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 2 is the climb from Copper Harbor to the top of Brockway Mountain, about 600' over 4 miles of trail (see stage 2 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. 


Good Luck 6 Dog Teams!

The CopperDog 80 is a challenging, two-stage, mid-distance competition for 6-dog teams and a excellent choice for a first race at CopperDog!


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 40 the perfect choice for a mid-March race. Experience of the CopperDog 40 for yourself!

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2016 CD80 Race Purse

CopperDog 6-Dog Race Purse
Finish 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1st - - 500 500 500 500 1,150
2nd - - 300 300 300 350 750
3rd - - 200
200
200 250 450
4th - - - - 100 175 250
5th - - -
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100 125 150
Total - -
1,000 1,000 1,200 1,500 2,570
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2016 Race Rules

Click to view or download the 2016 Race Rules.

Note that race rules are subject to change.  If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to toddbrassard@coppercog150.com.

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CopperDog 40 Champions

Know the names of past CopperDog 150 Champions as they are the teams to beat. Since there are small alterations to the race routes each year, performance is show as average miles per hour rather than overall time.

Year Musher Team State Final
2010-CD35 Saffron Hooper-Kay Caribou Creek Racing Team MI 12.07
2011-CD35 Monte Simmons Doe Creek Kennel MI 10.79
2012-CD35 Jerry Trudell Sharks Come Racing... MI 11.38
2013-CD40 Martha Schouweiler Otter Run Kennel WI 13.98
2014-CD40 Matt Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs MI 11.47
2015-CD40 Matt Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs MI 12.01
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