Mushers with the race only three days away, please note we have had a rule clarification for Stage 1 on Friday!
Race Rule ADDENDUM
(pg. 9, section 13, For 150-mile race: bullet #16 & For 40-mile race: bullet # 12)
For the first stage of the race on Friday, all teams must have at least one red, blinking light on a lead dog. The light must be mounted and operational at the start, at all times while on the trail, and at the finish line.
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
35 recreational race. This 40-mile, 6-dog race enjoys the same excitement and energy
as the pro-class, including the fabulous downtown Calumet start. Recreational teams
will leave immediately following the pro-class teams.
March 1, 2013
40 Miles, 1 Stage
$1,000 (1st - 3rd)
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
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 mid-March
race. Experience of the CopperDog 35 for yourself!
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.
2013 CopperDog 40 Race
Competative Race, 40 Miles, 6-Dog Teams, 1 Stage, $1,000 Purse, Pays 1st - 3rd
Registration Cap: 15 Teams
||Otter Run Kennel
||Brewery Creek Racing
||Yoop It Up Kennel
||Cannon Falls, MN
||Otter River Sled Dog...
||Brewery Creek Racing
||Mt. Clemens, MI
||Alder Creek Kennels
||Grove Trotters Kennel
||RidgeRunner Racing Team
||Traveling Paws kennel
||Diamond Dogs Racing
||Howling Spirit Racing...
||Bryant , WI
||Two Hearted Kennel
||Last Chance Retreat and...
||Prairie Winds Racing...
||Waite Park, MN
9/17/2012 9:04 AM
Otter Run Kennel
Irma, WI 54442
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.Please welcome Marta Schouweiler running out of The Otter Run Kennel
Starting Chute Song: Women Like to Slow Dance,Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
2/27/2013 2:42 PM
Brewery Creek Racing
Calumet, MI 49913
Truman is owner of Brewery Creek Racing located right outside of Calumet, MI. He has been racing for twenty yrs and as his race dogs have been getting more and more houndy over the yrs he is concentrating on faster races. Truman has competed in most of the Midwests major Middistance races, as well as the 6 dog World Championships in Bend, OR, The Diavik 150 in Yellowknife NWT, and a 50 mile skijor race in Fairbanks AK. He is looking for a great run with Dawson and Tennessee up front. Help us in welcoming Truman to the race....
Starting Chute Song: Fever, Peggy Lee
9/19/2012 6:43 PM
Yoop It Up Kennel
Cannon Falls, MN
Linda watched the finish of the UP 200 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. From the Yoop It Up Kennel in Cannon Falls, MN, please welcome Linda Thompson
Starting Chute Song: Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy), Big and Rich
1/7/2013 5:05 PM
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
pelkie, MI 49958
Kat owes her love of this sport to her sister Angela. Angela encouraged Kat to start her own kennel and taught her all the ropes. Kat's first race was at age 12 and she's raced almost every year since. 5 years ago she began running dogs with Tom and Sally Bauer where she started running larger and faster teams than she was used to, thus earning her the nickname "the Bellydragger." This year she is happy to say she has been able to stay on her runners. Kat would like to thank Jerry's Auto in Pelkie for ensuring that Otter River Sled Dogs reached all their races this year
Starting Chute Song: Spirit of the Radio, Rush
Host Family: Shepherd of the Sea Church, Copper harbor
2/27/2013 2:42 PM
Brewery Creek Racing
Calumet, MI 49913
Hannah just started racing sled dogs this year, running Brewery Creek Racing's second team in several races. Hannah's leaders are Koko and Venus. Koko won her 5th career race a couple weeks ago leading Hannah's team to victory at The IronLine. In addition to racing sled dogs, Hannah is an avid paddler and spends most of her summers on backpacking or kayaking expeditions. Hannah lives in downtown Calumet and couldn't be happier to be racing at home! Let's welcome Hannah....
Starting Chute Song: Love of the Orchestra, Noah and the Whale
9/17/2012 3:50 PM
Ashland, WI 54806
I starting mushing recreationally when I was 12. I have always wanted to race so after college I figured I'd give it a shot. My first race was the Apostle Island Sled Dog Race. I currently have a small kennel of 12 dogs. In the off season I enjoy spending time at my cabin or on Lake Superior in the boat. My lead dogs are Pele and Wilma. Pele being the more happy go lucky guy who's tail is always wagging and Wilma being the more serious, let's get down to business girl, they make an amazing pair. I would like to thank my sponsors, Willow Animal Hospital, Pet n Pals, Summerset Manufacturing, and Lake Shore Computers, and also my great handlers/helpers, Josh, Emily, and Al. I most definitely couldn't do this without them!
Starting Chute Song: When Worlds Collide by Powerman 5000.
9/27/2012 2:13 PM
Mountain, WI 54149
Randy Foust represents the Foust Racers from Mountain, Wisconsin. Randy says he was into winter camping... read some books on mushing... and “went over the deep end.” He’s a veteran racer, and often finishes in the top10. In the summer, he grows flowers and vegetables. Randy’s lead dogs are Eddy and Zephyr., but he says that all his dogs are special. Randy would like to thank his sponsors, Patterson Dog and Cat Hospital, Detroit, MI.
Starting Chute Song: Keep On Keepin On, Woody Herman
9/17/2012 9:51 AM
Cook, Mn 55723
Elizabeth Chapman started mushing with her sisters, Anna and Rebecca when she was 11 years old. She has run too many races to count and is looking forward to the CD40 this year. Her lead dogs will probably be Brook and Cap , her son. Elizabeth plays the piano, is a great baker, likes to camp, canoe and is a "one bullet" deer hunter. Racing out of Sweet Wind Kennels from Cook, MN, please welcome, Elizabeth Chapman
Starting Chute Song: Trust in Jesus, Third Day
1/4/2013 1:52 PM
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Lynn Witte, racing out of White Thunder Kennelof Luther, MI, got hooked on mushing by going to the Iditarod in Alaska. She is a school teacher who also enjoys canoe racing, cross country skiing and skijoring.
Her leaders are Puddle who is pretty smart and Timber who has good experience.
Please welcome Lynne Witte, form Mt Clemens, MI
Starting Chute Song: Dancing Queen, Abba
Host Family: Brian and Michelle Donahue, Chassell
2/22/2013 7:55 PM
Ironwood, MI 49938
I got into mushing about 13 years ago but had been interested since I was a kid and caught glimpses of a local musher in the town I grew up in, then later attended a few races. After my wife, Rhonda, and I were married, we discovered our mutual interest in the sport and started running dogs for fun. I only started racing last year and have completed 2 races so far placing middle of the pack. My leaders are Thunder and his son, Storm. Thunder is our one house husky who we raised and takes commands well and Storm is his 1.5 year old son and this is his first race.
Other hobbies are cutting frozen meat and scooping poop :). I also enjoy hiking with the dogs, swimming in Lake Superior and relaxing by a bonfire.
I would like to give a huge thank you to my friend and vet, Dr. Matt Sturmer, Deepwoods Veterinary Clinic in Bruce Crossing MI, for all of his support and encouragement.
I would like the song Thunderstruck by AC/DC as my starting chute song as a tribute to my main leader, Thunder.
Starting Chute Song: Thunderstruck, ACDC
12/10/2012 4:24 PM
Mason, MI 48854
While Brian has always loved dogs and the outdoors, it just took him almost twenty-five years to find the perfect combination of these passions- mushing. He has spent the last few years making up for any lost time by having so much fun with his dogs. For Brian and his wife, Angie, the members of their canine extended family have become perfect travelling companions along life's journey. His first season racing, Brian has enjoyed bringing strong, happy dog teams to the finish of the races on his schedule. He is excited to run the CD 40 and is grateful for the race organizers and sponsors, without whom there would not be this opportunity.
Starting Chute Song: Sting Me, The Black Crows
9/25/2012 10:46 AM
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Kenneth got interested in mushing by camping in this area and seeing advertising for the Copper Dog. He and his wife have volunteered at the Copper Dog for the last two years. Since last year they have acquired 12 Alaskan/Siberian Huskies and are currently running sprint races in Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club.. His lead dogs are Spock and Mattie, a super pair. We look forward to seeing them in the CD 40 this year. From Rhinlander, WI, please welcome Kenneth Zettler
Starting Chute Song: The Promise, When In Rome
11/2/2012 8:45 PM
Alder Creek Kennels
Kingston, MI 48741
9/30/2012 10:29 PM
Grove Trotters Kennel
Melrose, MN 56352
Linus Meyer got hooked on mushing and sled dogs after watching the movie Iron Will. Linus has completed 30 races... but runs just for love of the sport... and doesn’t even keep track of his finishes. His lead dogs are Jesse and Pepper. Racing for Grove Trotters from Melrose, Minnesota... please welcome Linus Meyer...
12/4/2012 1:29 PM
RidgeRunner Racing Team
Skandia, MI 49885
11/30/2012 1:22 PM
Skandia, MI 49885
9/21/2012 6:37 AM
Traveling Paws kennel
Sarona, WI 54870
11/30/2012 11:42 AM
Diamond Dogs Racing
Newberry, MI 49868
. I am a freelance writer and photographer originally from Diamond, OH - hence the kennel name Diamond Dogs Racing. I am living in a 16x20 cabin the microscopic community of Deer Park in the eastern UP this fall and winter and have had a blast training on the beautiful trails there with a small community of other mushers who also live here. My web site is www.diamonddogsracing.com.
11/13/2012 8:21 PM
Howling Spirit Racing Sled Dogs
Bryant , WI 54418
Phil Ruhl resides in the Northern Crocker Hills of Langlade County with his wife Kim and their dogs. He has been training and racing sled dogs since 1989.
Special thanks to his wife for her dedication to the dogs’ care and her assistance in training.
Phil enjoyed his 1st CopperDog Race in 2011 and is looking forward to this year’s event.
10/17/2012 2:34 PM
Hibbing, MN 55746
Eva started her mushing career by riding along with a family friend when she was in 2nd grade, then got 3 puppies and has been involved in mushing ever since. Eva finished the Beargrease as the youngest racer ever to do so.
Her lead dogs are Kiwi, Brook, Bernard and Apple.
Please welcome Eva Kolodji joining us from Hibbing, Minnesota
Starting Chute Song: Firework by Katy Perry
10/3/2012 10:25 AM
I am from the warm state of California where I have been a whitewater rafting guide for the past 10 years. I started mushing 3 years ago as a dog sledding tour guide for Nature’s Kennel and Ed and Tasha Stielstra in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. When I first drove out here it was 105 degrees in CA, took me 5 days to get to MI and it was 55 and raining when I pulled into Nature’s Kennel. Talk about a crazy change in weather. Having never had any experience with sled dogs before I have greatly enjoyed the experience so far and think its amazing I can do a sport that is also my job (same with the rafting). I have competed only in the 4 and 8-dog Taqumenon race and am looking forward to a new experience at the CopperDog. My lead dogs are Jekyl….smart and fast, Jester….loads of experience, Robbin….fast, and Stinky Feet…..loads of fun! I would like to thank Royal Canin and Dogbooties.com for helping support the kennel and racing team, along with Ed and Tasha Sielstra for giving me the opportunity to train the yearlings and race them this year in the CopperDog. You can follow all the dogs, mushers at www.natureskennel.com
Starting Chute Song: California Love, Tu Pac
9/21/2012 10:29 AM
Two Hearted Kennel
Hancock, MI 49930
Susan is one of our local mushers hailing from Hancock. Her Kennel is the Two Hearted Kennel and her lead dogs are Blue and Alex, a great, hard-driving combination. She has completed 20 races and her other hobbies are mountain biking and bee-keeping. Please welcome Susan Serafini
Starting Chute Song: Born to Run, Emmylou Harris
9/17/2012 10:54 AM
Last Chance Retreat and Trails
Baldwin, MI 49304-0896
Linda Lange started out skijoring... then moved on to mushing. She’s completed 20 races... sprint and mid-distance and is a co-founder and secretary of the Michigan Dog Drivers’ Association. Linda’s lead dogs are Chuck and Striker. They and her whole team are from one litter. and are Certified Therapy Dogs. From Last Chance Retreat and Trails in Baldwin, Michigan... please welcome Linda Lange.
Starting Chute Song: The Immigrant Song, Led Zepplin
9/17/2012 9:03 AM
Prairie Winds Racing Kennel
Waite Park, MN
Erin has been involved in sled dog racing going on 12 years now. It all started with a Nat Geo. article on Susan Butcher and the Iditarod. After that my love and involvement in the sport pretty much snowballed into a passion for running distance races. Racing from Prairie Winds Kennel near St. Cloud, MN my lead dogs are Gobar, Panda, Patty and Cloud. This will be her first time racing the CopperDog. Join us in welcoming Erin...
Click on this link to view or download a copy of the 2013 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.
|CopperDog 35 Race Purse
Register early, register with confidence. Withdraw before January 1, 2013 and received a 100% refund of the entry fee.
Withdraw between January 1 and February 1, 2013 and receive a 75% refund of the entry fee. Withdraw between February 1 and February 17, 2013 and receive a 60% refund of the entry fee. No refunds will be issued to entrants who withdraw after February 17, 2013.
Refunds will be issued twice during the 2013 race season. Mushers who withdraw or switch races prior to January 1, 2013 will receive the appropriate
refund in January 2013. All other refunds will be issued in March 2013.