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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
posted on 10/12/2014 11:50 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2015 CopperDog 40 Who's Registered?

2015 CopperDog 150 Sport
Sport, 6 Dog Race, 42 Miles, 1 Stage, $1,000 Purse, Pays 1st - 5th
Registration Cap: 25 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 28 Matt Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs Bruce Crossing, MI 1
2 35 Chad Schouwieiler Otter Run Kennel Irma, WI 2
3 30 Lynne Witte Iskristall... Mount Clemens, MI 3
4 31 Blair Braverman Tanglefoot Racing Mountain, WI 4
5 39 Cynthia Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs Bruce Crossing, MI 5
6 25 Jerry Trudell ...Sharks Came Racing Calumet, MI 6
7 27 Mike Betz Alder Creek Kennel Hudson, WI 7
8 37 Geri Minard Hindsight Kennel Newberry, MI 8
9 41 Greg Raskind Otter River Sled Dog... Chassell, MI 9
10 26 Alex LaPlante Maple Ridge Kennel Esko, MN 10
11 22 Linda Thompson Yoop It Up Kennel Cannon Falls, MN 11
12 32 Micah Bardoner Southeastern Sled Dogs Signal Mountian, TN 12
13 29 Randy Foust Tanglefoot Racing Mountain, WI 13
14 40 Shannon Miller Diamond Dogs Racing Diamond, OH 14
15 34 Ron Hayden Hillside Huskies Seven Hills, OH 15
16 36 John Stolarz Southeastern Sled Dogs Coloma, MI 16
17 24 Jeremy Gudgeon Isa Karhunpesa Ironwood, MI 17
18 38 Brian Kandler Kandler Racing Mason, MI 18
19 33 Katie Kunze Nature's Kennel Curtis, MI 19
20 23 Roscoe Bland North Ridge Samoyeds Milltown, IN
21 Al Krause Firestar Kennel Washburn, WI
22 Jon Perry Wolf Track Kennel Hastings, MI
23 Stephanie Mundell The Algoma Snow Puppy... Algoma, WI
24 Bruce McGuigan Arzareth Racing Kennel Rapid River, MI

Finished
10/11/2014 12:47 PM
Matt Sturmer
Deepwoods Husky Dogs
Bruce Crossing, MI 49912
Matt Sturmer

Matt started mushing after working dog sled races as a trail veterinarian. He races the midwest circuit and has placed from last to first. Junior is a lead dog because of his athletic ability and desire to please. Aggi is a lead dog because of her tremendous drive and she could care less who you are. Matt's lists his hobbies as caring for sled dogs and reading the race site on Sled Dog Central. His sponsor is the Deepwoods Veterinary Service in Bruce Crossing, MI.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: "I Need a Miracle" by Third Day

Finish Position: 1

Finished
11/16/2014 12:09 AM
Chad Schouwieiler
Otter Run Kennel
Irma, WI 54442
Chad Schouwieiler

Chad got into mushing by helping another musher with his dogs. Clash and Normandy will be leading Chad's team. They are really fun, natural leaders, who never get tired of leading. Chad's other hobbies are "news, sports and weather".

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: "Comin' to Your City" by Big & Rich

Finish Position: 2

Finished
10/11/2014 10:05 AM
Lynne Witte
Iskristall Kennel/Nature's Kennel
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
Lynne Witte

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: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: "American Land" by Bruce Springsteen

Finish Position: 3

Finished
10/11/2014 12:17 PM
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 dog sledding & reindeer herding. This will be my second CopperDog. 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 dog sledding, I'm working on a book about the Norwegian Arctic. Luckily I really love my job.The sponsors that I would like to thank are Richelle Hunt, Morgan Taxidermy, Up North Processing, and Beaber Construction ,Marc Braverman. Jeff Sharlet, Kathie Bollenbach, Doug Stanhope, and my parents, Jana Kay Slater and Marc Braverman.

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye

Finish Position: 4

Finished
2/17/2015 6:02 PM
Cynthia Sturmer
Deepwoods Husky Dogs
Bruce Crossing, MI 49912
Cynthia Sturmer

Got into mushing after I married a musher.

This is my first year racing. My first race was the Tahquamenon race. I did the 16 mile and placed 2nd. My second race was the Apostle Island race. I did the 40 mile Sportsman and placed 3rd (20 mile Sat./20mile Sun.). This will be my third race.

My lead dogs names are Pinto and Yokum. These two dogs are the only dogs in our kennel that are not "family". All the rest of the dogs are our own puppies which we have raised. I have been racing with our two yearlings as part of my team.

Other hobbies are snowshoeing, swimming, walking, playing guitar, and cats, of which I have seven.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones

Finish Position: 5

Finished
10/11/2014 11:52 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: 9:00

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

Finish Position: 6

Finished
10/16/2014 8:28 PM
Mike Betz
Alder Creek Kennel
Hudson, WI 54016
Mike Betz

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: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: "Baby Likes to Rock It" by The Tractors

Finish Position: 7

Finished
1/16/2015 9:16 AM
Geri Minard
Hindsight Kennel
Newberry, MI 49868
Geri Minard

I have been running dogs for 15 years. I got 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 UP 200, 3 CopperDog 150, The Midnight Run twice, Apostle Island 6 dog, Tahquamenon 8 and 6 dog many times, Pellston icebox 6 dog and my very first race was a 3 dog sprint in Cannon Falls, MN. My leaders are Shale and Jessa Lynn. In addition to running dogs I enjoy trail running and training for half marathons and 10Ks in the "off season". I also am a very active volunteer for Luce County Pet Pals which is a non-profit that helps those who cannot afford to spay/neuter pets and is building an animal shelter for our community. My sponsors are Fox River Consulting, Bonnie Kilburn State Farm Agency, Mr and Mrs. Bernard Bak. Steve and Bonnie Wolfgang, Ed and Jean Brondyke, David and Joan Coven, David Eggen and Diana Houston, Mick and Michelle Minard,John and Carol Waltman, Jason Oles and Dana Lindauer. My special thanks to my biggest supporter and fan, my husband, Rick.

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: "Animals" by Maroon 5

Finish Position: 8

Finished
2/2/2015 3:47 PM
Greg Raskind
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
Chassell, MI 49916
Greg Raskind

Greg Raskind is running Tom Bauer's second team. Two years ago the Bauer family offered to train me to run dogs. I thought the idea of sledding while being pulled along by a team of dogs was interesting so I tried it out. I really enjoyed the experience so I kept coming back and eventually wound up with my own team of eight dogs. My lead dogs are Page and Agate; Page is the oldest dog on my team and also the most experienced. She is very dependable and always makes sure my team gets where it needs to go. Agate is a yearling so she's a little new to the leadership position, but she's always excited and ready to run so I think she'll mature into a great lead dog over the next few years. My other hobbies are running, swimming, computer games, tv shows, and soccer.

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi

Finish Position: 9

Finished
10/11/2014 12:27 PM
Alex LaPlante
Maple Ridge Kennel
Esko, MN 55733
Alex LaPlante

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: 11:00

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

Finish Position: 10

Finished
10/13/2014 2:00 PM
Linda Thompson
Yoop It Up Kennel
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Linda Thompson

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. Last year 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.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

Finish Position: 11

Finished
10/12/2014 10:58 AM
Micah Bardoner
Southeastern Sled Dogs
Signal Mountian, TN 37377
Micah  Bardoner

This is 21 year old Micah's rookie 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: 8:40

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

Finish Position: 12

Finished
10/11/2014 10:08 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: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: "Road Runner" by Bo Diddley

Finish Position: 13

Finished
2/18/2015 8:57 PM
Shannon Miller
Diamond Dogs Racing
Diamond, OH 44412
Shannon Miller

I have a kennel of 20 Alaskan huskies, a dozen chickens, two cats and two girls ages 15 and 10. I work as a managing editor/writer for the Akron Beacon Journal and have been mushing for 9 years. This is my second CopperDog 40 and I love this race, from the people who coordinate it, to the beautiful town of Calumet, to the downtown start! I am very happy to be back. Thanks to mentors and good friends Sharon Curtice and her family and to Joann and Larry Fortier for their countless hours of stories, advice and laughs; to sponsors Dennis Waite, Jim and Martha Conway and SueAnn Henry for always being champions for the cause; to Jan and Fred Reese for their awesome hospitality during the 2014 CopperDog and to my parents for raising me to believe in my dreams.

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: "Dreams" by Brandi Carlile

Finish Position: 14

Finished
11/23/2014 2:56 PM
Ron Hayden
Hillside Huskies
Seven Hills, OH 44131
Ron Hayden

I got into mushing about 4-5 years ago when I had suddenly found myself with four Siberians and no way to exercise them. I bought a sled on Craigslist, tried it and it was the worst experience of my life! A few persistent tries and here we are! This year is my first year of consistent racing. We took 9th at Tahquemon, 8th at Iron Line, and 7th in the Jack Pine. My lead dogs are Fog, River, and Loki. Fog was a rondy winner in 2012, River is the first leader I've trained from being a pup, and Loki is indescribable. My other hobbies are my Harley and work. Without the help and support of my family we couldn't be where we are today, and racing in these races.

Vet Check Slot: 11:20

Starting Chute Song: "Stellar" by Incubus

Finish Position: 15

Finished
10/12/2014 10:58 AM
John Stolarz
Southeastern Sled Dogs
Coloma, MI 49038
John  Stolarz

Musher is Jon Stolarz ..........
I am a true rookie in 2015. I was lucky enough to find an awesome mentor in Jim Bardoner who has let me make some mistakes as well as guide me when the time is right. I will be racing with Southeastern Sled Dogs as I continue to learn. I ran the Jackpine just 2 weeks ago and scratched after 14 grueling miles. My lead dog is Scrat (an Iditarod veteran) who has only gotten better at his ripe old age. His cast of supporters are Romeo, Max, Lurch, Shorty and Traveler. My hobbies outside of training my team revolve around my wife and 3 amazing little girls who I have the honor of being Daddy. Again thank you to Jim and the team at Southeastern Sled Dogs.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

Finish Position: 16

Finished
10/11/2014 10:01 AM
Jeremy Gudgeon
Isa Karhunpesa
Ironwood, MI 49938
Jeremy Gudgeon

(Jeremy Gudgeon will be running in place of Kenneth Zettler in the CopperDog 40 this year as Ken is unable to race.)

My wife and I have a small kennel of Alaskan Huskies located in Ironwood, MI called Ravenwood Kennel. We've been running dogs for around 17 years or so, but only started racing the last couple of years. This is my 4th race and my second time running the CopperDog 40. My leaders are Thunder, who is almost 10 years old and his son, Storm who is 4. All of my hobbies revolve around our sled dogs.

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song: "This Life" by Curtis Stigers & the Forest Rangers

Finish Position: 17

Finished
10/22/2014 11:32 AM
Brian Kandler
Kandler Racing
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 third 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: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: "Made Up Mind" by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Finish Position: 18

Finished
12/16/2014 2:36 PM
Katie Kunze
Nature's Kennel
Curtis, MI 49820
Katie Kunze

I got in to mushing through a tour taken through Nature's Kennel. My guide for our hour long trip was Iditarod musher Ed Stielstra and from the moment we started the run, I was hooked. I have run these races: 2014 Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race- 4 dog class 4th place
2014 Thrilla in McMilla- 6 dog class 3rd place
2015- Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race- 6 dog class 16th place
2015- JackPine 30 (finishing place TBD!) My other hobbies are quilting, reading, photography, and travel



Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

Finish Position: 19

Scratched
10/11/2014 10:06 AM
Roscoe Bland
North Ridge Samoyeds
Milltown, IN 47145
Roscoe Bland

Roscoe started mushing by running Samoyeds and Siberian Huskies. He has been interested in musing ever since he was a kid. The 2015 CopperDog 40 will be his first race. His lead dogs are Dakota, a Samoyed and Mercy, a Samoyed-huskie cross. Roscoe's other hobbies are weight lifting and spending time with his family.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "Flirting With Disaster" by Molly Hatchet

Finish Position:

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10/11/2014 10:03 AM
Al Krause
Firestar Kennel
Washburn, WI 54891

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10/25/2014 2:51 PM
Jon Perry
Wolf Track Kennel
Hastings, MI 49058

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

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11/14/2014 8:17 AM
Stephanie Mundell
The Algoma Snow Puppy Cave
Algoma, WI 54201

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2/3/2015 3:28 PM
Bruce McGuigan
Arzareth Racing Kennel
Rapid River, MI 49878

I got into mushing with Fred Powers because of my wife Jolene’s friend Bobbie Jo Rafuse because she needed the help at the time and thought I would enjoy it. I have run in the 2015 Tahquamenon country sled dog 6 dog sportsman class 5th place, 2015 Ironline sled dog race 6 dog 7th place, and 2015 Jackpine 30. My lead dogs are Whitey and Aerrow. My other hobbies are fishing, hunting, camping, and just being out in the woods.

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Starting Chute Song: "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum

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2015 CopperDog 40 Sport

42 Mile, 1 Stage, 6 Dog, $1,500 Purse, Award 1st - 5th, Max 18 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:
Friday, February 27, 2015

Race Format:
Sport-CLass
6-Dog,
42 Miles
1 Stage

Race Purse:
$1,500 (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.

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

CopperDog 40 - Single Stage

The CopperDog 40 Sport offers recreational mushers an opportunity to race in the big leagues sharing in the glorious fanfare of the fabulous downtown Calumet start with thousands of fans cheering their teams off into the night.

We don't skip a beat Friday night, CopperDog 40 teams head out right on the heels of the CopperDog 150 teams and share the same race route until the finish, where CopperDog 40 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 40 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 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.

The CopperDog 40 is a challenging mid-distance competition for 6-dog teams and a excellent choice for a first race at CopperDog!

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2015 CD40 Race Purse

We are pleased to announce about a 33% increase in the 2015 CopperDog 40 race purse over the 2014 race.

CopperDog 35 Race Purse
Finish 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
1st - - 500 500 500 500
2nd - - 300 300 300 350
3rd - - 200
200
200 250
4th - - - - 100 175
5th - - -
-
100 125
Total - -
1,000 1,000 1,200 1,500

posted on 10/10/2014 12:00 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top
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