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CopperDog Adds $500 Purse To "Doghouse Races"

$500 PRIZE MONEY!

REGISTRATION at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 in downtown Calumet

Mushers want just three things from a race providing organizations: (1) an event, (2) a safe fast trail and (3) a little money on the line to make things interesting. CopperDog is borrowing from mushers thinking and applying these three basic rules to the new "Doghouse" race to take place in downtown Calumet on Saturday, March 1 at 11:30AM.

1st Place ............ $250
2nd Place .......... $100
3rd Place ........... $75
Fan Favorite ...... $75

But there's a catch... there must be at least 3 teams competing in the race for the prize money to be awarded. Here's an easy way to make $250, just build a doghouse, put together a team, get a few friends to do the same and your'e in the money (If your'e fast enough that is)!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RULES!

To participate in the Doghouse Race, you must construct a doghouse following the Doghouse Race rules. Each team must consist of one person riding in the doghouse with up to eight people pulling the doghouse.

Do you have a friendly competition within the community? Challenge your rival to construct a wonder of modern doghouse technology! The greater the architecture and creative your team name, the greater your chance to win fan favorite doghouse! Assemble your team of “dogs” to pull your house to glory and bragging rights!

Doghouses will be judged prior to the race by the crowd at large to determine the winner of fan favorite doghouse. The overall race winner will be determined by individual timed heats down the snow road of Calumet. The race includes: one block run, a dog bone toss where the team must sink three bones into a dog dish in order to proceed, followed by a final one block run to the finish line.

Registration will be accept right up to the start of the race on Saturday at 11:00AM!  No excuses! Get your house build and your team put together and come out and win some money.

If you have any questions on the race or entry, please contact our lead organizer Heather at heathermikkola@copperdog150.com. Thank your for your time, and we hope to see your team on the snow road!

2014 CopperDog 150
Saturday Event Committee

posted on 1/24/2014 10:45 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

Volunteer Training Today, 1-3PM, CLK School!

UPDATE: The volunteer training session postponed from yesterday to today is a go!  Race officials and mushers will be on-site to teach and demonstrate best practices to volunteers of next week's big event. Park in the rear parking lot behind CLK Schools. Indoor training at 1:00PM. Outdoor training at 2:00PM. See you there.

Safety is one of the biggest concerns of CopperDog and a strong volunteer base is one our most important resources.  We put a lot of time and energy into planning a safe race, but ultimately its the volunteers that hold the lines and take action on the trail.  When it come to actually executing a safety event, its the volunteers in the field that everyone is counting on.


To better familiarize our volunteers with what can go around and equip them to handle situations that may arise, we provide volunteers with training at our annual hands-on volunteer training session.  The training session is fun and very straight forward with 45 minutes of indoor training and 45 minutes of outside training working with dog teams.

We strongly encourage all volunteers and anyone from the general public who wants to learn the ins and outs of a musher's sled and the dog team that pulls it; wants to learn the do's and don'ts of working with sled-dogs; wants to learn about race safety and communication procedures; and wants to work hands-on with a couple of dog teams to gain experience to attend this volunteer training session.

posted on 2/11/2014 12:04 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog Adds $500 Purse To "Doghouse Races"

$500 PRIZE MONEY!

REGISTRATION at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 in downtown Calumet

Mushers want just three things from a race providing organizations: (1) an event, (2) a safe fast trail and (3) a little money on the line to make things interesting. CopperDog is borrowing from mushers thinking and applying these three basic rules to the new "Doghouse" race to take place in downtown Calumet on Saturday, March 1 at 11:30AM.

1st Place ............ $250
2nd Place .......... $100
3rd Place ........... $75
Fan Favorite ...... $75

But there's a catch... there must be at least 3 teams competing in the race for the prize money to be awarded. Here's an easy way to make $250, just build a doghouse, put together a team, get a few friends to do the same and your'e in the money (If your'e fast enough that is)!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RULES!

To participate in the Doghouse Race, you must construct a doghouse following the Doghouse Race rules. Each team must consist of one person riding in the doghouse with up to eight people pulling the doghouse.

Do you have a friendly competition within the community? Challenge your rival to construct a wonder of modern doghouse technology! The greater the architecture and creative your team name, the greater your chance to win fan favorite doghouse! Assemble your team of “dogs” to pull your house to glory and bragging rights!

Doghouses will be judged prior to the race by the crowd at large to determine the winner of fan favorite doghouse. The overall race winner will be determined by individual timed heats down the snow road of Calumet. The race includes: one block run, a dog bone toss where the team must sink three bones into a dog dish in order to proceed, followed by a final one block run to the finish line.

Registration will be accept right up to the start of the race on Saturday at 11:00AM!  No excuses! Get your house build and your team put together and come out and win some money.

If you have any questions on the race or entry, please contact our lead organizer Heather at heathermikkola@copperdog150.com. Thank your for your time, and we hope to see your team on the snow road!

2014 CopperDog 150
Saturday Event Committee

posted on 1/24/2014 10:45 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

Santa and Sled Dogs

'Tis that time of the year when Santa takes to the skies and CopperDog takes to the ground. On Saturday, December 14, kids in the Copper Country will have a chance to have a personal encounter with each of them - Santa, and sled dogs, that is!

Come visit Santa during the "Celebrate Christmas in Calumet" celebration, and then head over to Agassiz Park for a FREE kids' sled dog ride. Children will be offered the chance to ride in a sled pulled by a team of sled dogs. Easier to control than flying reindeer (although mushers might debate that point), and more fun!

Sled dog rides will be offered from 1-3 pm, with line-up for the rides starting at 12:30 pm. The sled dogs, sleds, and mushers for this children's event are provided by Tom Bauer, of Otter Creek Kennel and Wilderness Tours. Free hot dogs and free hot chocolate will also be available.

posted on 12/3/2013 1:24 PM by Meredith LaBeau | permalink | Back to Top

Calling All Food Vendors!

If you are a food vendor, CopperDog wants you ... and your food! (We want you even if you're not a food vendor, but that's another issue.)

CopperDog is currently accepting food vendor applications for the Friday night (Friday, February 28, 2014) race start event. That Friday night, thousands of people will converge on historic downtown Calumet, all of them wanting food and drinks. Last year nearly 6000 people attended the race start. This year we are expecting 5000-7000 people. We want those people to come hungry and to be able to get some food while they watch the race.

CopperDog is not just about sled dogs. It's about community involvement and vitality. It's about creating a great event that brings people together. Having food and drinks available is part of this vision. And the better the entire vendor program, the better the individual success of each vendor.

To ensure that spectators and vendors have a good experience CopperDog is introducing a Vendor Facilitation Program. Our goal is to identify great locations for vendors to set up shop, with easy access to for spectators. Power will be provided, and CopperDog will coordinate with vendors to avoid duplication of menus. CopperDog will advertise and promote vendor menus and provide location maps to the public. We will also be campaigning for people to come early, come hungry, and have dinner downtown during the race start. And we will work to retain a balance between downtown Calumet restaurants and vendor services.

For more information, and to fill out an application, please contact Renee Cunningham at reneecunningham@copperdog150.com. To see a copy of the application Please click here.

posted on 1/21/2013 11:03 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top
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