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2014 CopperDog 40 Race

40-Mile, Single Stage, 6-Dog, $1,000 Purse, Award 1st - 3rd, Max 15 Teams

For those race teams not looking to compete in the long race, we offer the CopperDog 40 Recreational Race. This 40-mile, 6-dog race enjoys the same excitement and energy as the Professional Class, including the fabulous downtown Calumet start. Recreational teams will leave immediately following the pro-class teams.

Race Dates:
February 28, 2014

Race Format:
Competition-Class, 6-Dog,
40 Miles, 1 Stage

Race Purse:
$1,000 (1st - 3rd)

Max Teams:
15 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 third place.  There is a limit of 15 teams for this event, register early to secure your position.

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!

posted on 9/8/2013 12:00 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2014 CD40 Who's Registered?

We would like to thank all of the participants registered to compete in the CopperDog 40.  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 40 Race
Sport-Class Race, 6 Dog Race, 40 Miles, 1 Stage, $1,000 Purse, Pays 1st - 3rd
Registration Cap: 15 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 37 Matt Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs Bruce Crossing, MI 1
2 27 Randy Foust Tanglefoot Racing Mountain, WI 2
3 32 Linda Thompson Yoop It Up Kennel Cannon Falls, MN 3
4 43 Jerry Trudell ...Sharks Came Racing Calumet, MI 4
5 36 Maggie Heilmann Mad Dog Racing Kennel Somerset, WI 5
6 38 Katherine Manderfield Otter River Sled Dog... Atlantic Mine, MI 6
7 28 Alex LaPlante Maple Ridge Kennel Esko, MN 7
8 29 Lynne Witte Iskristall Kennel Mt. Clemens, MI 8
9 33 Shannon Miller Diamond Dogs Racing Diamond, OH 9
10 34 Kenneth Zettler Isa Karhunpesa Rhinelander, WI 10
11 35 Brian Kandler Mason, MI 11
12 30 Becky Bean Kelly Jo's Solitaire Laurium, MI 12
13 39 Aurora MacKenzie Crane Harbour Huskies Bruce Mines, Ontario 13
14 31 Blair Braverman Tanglefoot Racing Mountain, WI 14
15 41 Charlie Eshbach Alcan Kennels Ludington, MI 15
16 42 Susan Serafini Two Hearted Kennel Hancock, MI 16
17 40 Steve Walsh Otter River Sled Dog... Houghton, MI 17
18 31 Michael Dennis Munising, MI
19 45 Krystal Hagstrom Firestar Kennel Cornucopia, WI
20 Mike Betz Alder Creek Kennels Hudson, WI
21 Suzanne Sarlls-Hartwell Team Hartwell Sports Sherwood, MI
22 Ronald Hayden Hillside Huskies Seven HIlls, OH
23 Jeremy Hoover Eskimo Bandit Chassell, MI
24 Debbie Hoover Traveling Paws kennel Hinckley, MN
25 Brad Quayle Call Out Kennel Champion, MI
Registered
12/11/2013 6:33 PM
Matt Sturmer
Deepwoods Husky Dogs
Bruce Crossing, MI 49912
Matt Sturmer

I started Mushing after working as a race vet for some time. Raced the Beargrease Mid-distance, Midnight Run, CopperDog 40, Apostle Islands, and JackPine 30. Lead dogs are Junior, Pinto, Agate, and Corky. They are good dogs. No time for other hobbies. My sponsor is the Deepwoods Veterinary Service in Bruce Crossing, MI.

Vet Check Slot: 11:40

Starting Chute Song: Chicken Train by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Registered
9/7/2013 10:33 AM
Randy Foust
Tanglefoot Racing
Mountain, WI 54149
Randy Foust

We now have an official kennel name, Tanglefoot Racing. After several years of winter camping we naturally moved to mushing. We have competed in a number of 6 dog races over the years. I am hoping that Ajay and Delta will be in front but we have several good leaders. As always, all my dogs are special. When not taking care of dogs, gardening and music collecting take up my time. Patterson Dog and Cat Hospital in Detroit is our main sponsor

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: Blitzkreig Bop by The Ramones

Registered
9/7/2013 9:14 AM
Linda Thompson
Yoop It Up Kennel
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Linda Thompson

Linda watched the finish of the UP200 and got hooked on mushing. She has run in numerous sprint races and a couple of mid- distance races and placed in the top half of all of them. Her lead dogs are Phantom, Carter and Astrid. Linda also enjoys skiing, snow shoeing and camping. She runs out of the Yoop It Up Kennel in Cannon Falls, MN.

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) by Big & Rich

Registered
9/7/2013 10:34 AM
Jerry Trudell
...Sharks Came Racing
Calumet, MI 49913
Jerry Trudell

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

Registered
9/7/2013 9:01 AM
Maggie Heilmann
Mad Dog Racing Kennel
Somerset, WI 54025
Maggie Heilmann

I started skijoring with my Irish Setter about 12 years ago. I then got a few Alaskan huskies, and then a few more, a few more...I raced sprint and skijor races and switched to mid-distance about 8 years ago. This race tonight will be my LAST race of my racing career. I am retiring from racing dogs and will just keep a few for fun! I've raced Beargrease (2nd, 5th, 7th, 13th, 15th), Midnight Run(2nd & I can't remember the others), Wolf Track(1st), White Oak/Voyageur's (2nd, 3rd, 4th & 10th), and CopperDog 150, placing 4th a couple years. I wear a helmet because of a serious head injury I received in a race three years ago. My leaders are Lily & Ellie who are both 7, or maybe Brecken, 4 (Ellie's daughter)they will be retiring like me. I will also be running 4 yearlings that have never raced before and this will be their first race. My sponsors for the 2014 race season I would like to thank are: Mojo Solo and Revival Animal Health. I would also like to thank Bill & Bonnie at the Tamarack Inn in Copper Harbor for always letting us park our rig at their restaurant during the race & for being such good friends! I would like to also thank my husband Peter, for being the best handler a girl could have these past 10 years of dog racing.

Vet Check Slot: 11:40

Starting Chute Song: Rock & Roll part 2 by Gary Glitter

Registered
1/18/2014 2:59 PM
Katherine Manderfield
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
Atlantic Mine, MI 49905
Katherine Manderfield

Mushing runs in my family. My earliest memories include being in the basket on runs with my mom and playing in the kennel with my favorite old dogs. My sister Angela helped me start my own kennel and got me hooked on racing when I was 12. Races I've done include Apostle Islands, JackPine 30, Midnight Run, Red River Sled Dog Derby, the Ironline, and the CopperDog 150 and 40. Apple and Tulip are my two happy half-witted ladies, but together we make an excellent team. I would like to thank my handlers, Angela Manderfield, Elisa Piispa, and James Newfer. Tom and Sally Bauer for letting me borrow 6 dogs. And my parents, Bill and Maddie Manderfield, for putting up with my crazy obsession with this sport.

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: Bad Wings by The Glitch Mob

Registered
9/7/2013 9:02 AM
Alex LaPlante
Maple Ridge Kennel
Esko, MN 55733

I started out as a handler for Maple Ridge Kennel so I could help my husband who was also handling. I found out that sled dogs are addictive. I have run in the Beargrease Mid-distance, Apostle Islands, CopperDog 40, and the Winter Warrior.My lead dogs are Grindel who is a sweet quiet guy and an awesome leader; he loves to run on the right side of the trail and turn right any chance he can and Lett who is one tough girl and is just learning to run lead.I have no time for other hobbies although I am a vet so I get to work with all kinds of animals.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: Superstition by Stevie Wonder

Registered
9/7/2013 9:00 AM
Lynne Witte
Iskristall Kennel
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Lynne Witte

I took a trip to Alaska to see the Iditarod... and got hooked. I have finished more than a half-dozen races... and placed as high as third. I also enjoy canoe racing, cross-country skiing and skijoring. I am still running my dogs from my Iskristal Kennel with my leaders being Puddle and Mississippi. I am partnered with Nature's Kennel out of McMillan running 3 of their yearling dogs. I ran the blended team this weekend for a wonderful time. They will be training and running till the CopperDog. It will be fun running Nature's Kennel dogs as my first CopperDog I ran with their yearling and my leaders also. Over the years they have been my mentors to sled dog racing.

Vet Check Slot: 9:00

Starting Chute Song: American Land by Bruce Springsteen

Host Family: Michelle and Brian Donahue, Chassell

Finish Position: 8

Registered
9/8/2013 11:42 AM
Shannon Miller
Diamond Dogs Racing
Diamond, OH 44412

I actually got into mushing thanks to one of your 150 competitors, Frank Teasley. I worked for Frank back in 1997 at Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours, and became hooked. Life happened, and I didn't start my own kennel until 2006. This is my 8th season mushing. I have competed in the Jack Pine 30 (2009, 6th place; 2010); Midnight Run twice (2012, 2013); the Tahquamenon Sled Dog Race ( 6-dog 2008, 2011, 2013 & 8 dog 2012, 2014); the Tug Hill Challenge in New York State (2009); Punderson Sled Dog Classic in Ohio (2009, 2nd place). This will be my first go at the Copper Dog, although I was at the very first Copper Dog as a spectator. My lead dogs are Ruffian and Big Brown(BB), who are sisters , with an up-and-coming two-year-old leader named Dirk. . BB and Ruffian are from Joann and Larry Fortier's kennel. Sponsors are Dennis Waite, Jim & Martha Conway and SueAnn Henry.

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: Rawhide by Frankie Lane

Registered
9/7/2013 9:01 AM
Kenneth Zettler
Isa Karhunpesa
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Kenneth Zettler

Kenneth became interested in mushing after he and his wife volunteered for two years at the initial Copper Dog 150 races. He and his wife have been coming up camping in the Calumet area for several years now. Having owned Siberians for several years he decided to pursue mushing after having been a CopperDog volunteer. He is a member of the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club and has participated in club races, along with participating in the Apostle Islands Sled Dog race last year, along with racing in the Jack Pine 30, and last year's CopperDog 40. His kennel is comprised of both Siberian and Alaskan Huskies. Lead dogs are Matty and Spock, a super pair. Isa Karhunpesa kennel is from Rhinelander, WI.

Vet Check Slot: 11:40

Starting Chute Song: Late in the Evening by Paul Simon

Registered
9/12/2013 9:51 AM
Brian Kandler
Mason, MI 48854
Brian Kandler

Brian started "mushing" as a kid, without realizing that's what he was doing, when he used to go running around a couple neighborhood blocks with the family dog, Shadow. After spending a few years raising and training a small dog team, this is Brian's second year racing. These days, he is having just as much fun playing with the dogs as when he was little, (well, maybe even more fun). This year's plan is to run the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, the Midnight Run, and the CopperDog 40. Brian also enjoys playing guitar in a blues band.

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: Remedy by The Black Crowes

Registered
9/7/2013 9:04 AM
Becky Bean
Kelly Jo's Solitaire
Laurium, MI 49913

I started as a handler for Kelly Jo Engle of Solitaire Kennel and became very passionate about sled dogs. Being with the dogs on a sled in woods is the most exhilarating feeling. I have learned so much in the past 2 years from the dogs and Kelly Jo, along with Mary Peters as my mentors. My lead dogs are Jacque, who is 10 years old, but has the drive and enthusiasm of a yearling, and Yoyo who is a loveable and trustworthy leader. We placed 5th in the Iron Line race this year with these same leaders. They never cease to amaze me with their abilities. I have always loved winter sports, having competed in Figure Skating, I love to go snowshoeing and cross country skiing. I am a Registered Nurse at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit. I want to say a huge Thanks to my husband and our kids for being so supportive of my hobby.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: Runnin' Down a Dream by Tom Petty

Registered
9/7/2013 9:10 AM
Aurora MacKenzie
Crane Harbour Huskies
Bruce Mines, Ontario P0R1C0

Aurora is from Bruce Mines, Ontario. She is 17 years old and has been mushing as long as she can remember, an interest she shares with her dad. She is active in other sports, including volleyball. Her lead dogs guiding her in her third appearance in the CopperDog will be Casey, Zucchini, and Pretty.

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: Canadian Girls by Dean Brody

Registered
9/7/2013 10:08 AM
Blair Braverman
Tanglefoot Racing
Mountain, WI 54149
Blair Braverman

I attended a folk school in northern Norway where, instead of normal college subjects, we learned dogsledding & reindeer herding. This will be my first race! My lead dogs are Brook and River. Brook is a sweetheart and River can be a little timid but has great focus and they love running together. Most of the time, when I'm not dogsledding, I'm working on a book about the Norwegian Arctic. Luckily I really love my job.

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: JD Samson 'sampler'

Registered
2/8/2014 9:19 PM
Charlie Eshbach
Alcan Kennels
Ludington, MI 49431

I have been Al Hardman's handler for 19 years including 4 Iditarods. I have run the Mackinaw GM, 6th place, The St Ignace Race, 7th place, the Mid-Night Run, 11th place and the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, 7th and 12th place. My lead dogs are Eider, old and steady and will keep his kids focused on the track and Staple, a veteran leader with drive and enthusiasm. I enjoy all of the Keweenaw's backcountry so mushing is a great way for me to get out in it. I am running this race in memory of my friend Jim Warren, a musher and POR winner.

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: Yellow Submarine [chorus only] by The Beatles

Registered
2/2/2014 3:12 PM
Susan Serafini
Two Hearted Kennel
Hancock, MI 49930
Susan Serafini

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: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: Born to Run by Emmylou Harris

Registered
2/8/2014 9:20 PM
Steve Walsh
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
Houghton, MI 49931

I got into mushing after volunteering at the CopperDog 150 last year, shortly after moving up to the UP from Virginia. I have been mushing about 4 months and have completed the Ironline - finishing poorly. My lead dogs are Pogie and Page - they are special because they are hard dogs and give 100% all the time. Otter River Kennels is supporting my race. My other hobbies are mountaineering, horse sports and squash. My sponsors are UP Power Marketing and Traxys Power Group.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: The Marines' Hymn

Withdraw
9/7/2013 9:09 AM
Michael Dennis
Munising, MI 49862

I work for the library in Munising, and someone recommended Gary Paulsen’s Winterdance which tells of his journeys with sled dogs. I started seeing sled dogs in shelters and adopted some and were a given a couple. Living in the UP, the consistent snow makes for a great place to enjoy winter nature with these dogs. I have six sled dogs, and this will be our second attempt at racing, starting with the Jackpine 30 two weeks prior. We are excited and nervous to be travelling through the Keweenaw at night. I would like to thank my wife Candace for all her support in getting us to this point. Our dogs all have food names, as I used to be a cook, and Biscuit my largest along with Rhubarb, my smallest, are my lead dogs. They are the two fastest, which proves dogs are odd. Biscuit doesn’t see very well, but will always pull and run hard, and Rhubarb will keep us tight to the right so we don’t run into snowmobilers and will speed up the team later in runs.

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: Little Cream Soda by The White Stripes

Host Family: Karl Benda, Calumet

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9/7/2013 11:52 AM
Krystal Hagstrom
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, Stonehouse Photo, Silverwaves Jewelry, and Somerset Manufacturing.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: When Worlds Collide by Powerman 5000

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9/7/2013 9:23 AM
Mike Betz
Alder Creek Kennels
Hudson, WI 54016

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9/7/2013 9:37 AM
Suzanne Sarlls-Hartwell
Team Hartwell Sports
Sherwood, MI 49089

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9/8/2013 1:57 PM
Ronald Hayden
Hillside Huskies
Seven HIlls, OH 44131

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9/7/2013 10:06 AM
Jeremy Hoover
Eskimo Bandit
Chassell, MI 49916

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9/14/2013 11:58 AM
Debbie Hoover
Traveling Paws kennel
Hinckley, MN 55037

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10/1/2013 8:38 PM
Brad Quayle
Call Out Kennel
Champion, MI 49814

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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.


posted on 9/17/2012 1:11 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2014 CD40 Race Purse

CopperDog 35 Race Purse
Position 2010 Race 2011 Race 2012 Race 2013 Race 2014 Race
1st Place - - $500 $500 $500
2nd Place - - $300 $300 $300
3rd Place - - $200 $200 $200
Total - - $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
posted on 8/9/2012 12:00 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

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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