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9th Annual CopperDog Festival Weekend

Friday, March 2

  • Music, Food, Art, Fun
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Start of Races
  • Fireworks Finale
  • Eagle Harbor Finish
  • Eagle River Finish

Saturday, March 3

  • Eagle Harbor Start
  • Downtown Calumet Events
  • 5th Annual "Doghouse" Races
  • Sled-Dog Rides Copper Harbor
  • Copper Harbor Finish

Sunday, March 4

  • Copper Harbor Start
  • Calumet Finish
  • Victory Awards Dinner
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2018 All Volunteer Hands-On Training

WHO:       All Volunteers, Please Join Us!

WHAT:      Learn about working with mushers and sled-dogs

WHERE:   Calumet High School

WHEN:     Saturday, February 24, 10:00 - Noon

WHY:        Having some fun and learn something!

Safety is one our biggest concerns race weekend and well-prepared volunteer base is one of our most important resources. Event planners put a lot of time and energy into planning a safe event, but ultimately its the volunteers in the field that hold the line keeping everyone safe.

To help ensure CopperDog volunteers are ready, the race organization provides an annual All Volunteer training session a week before the race at the CLK Schools in Calumet. The training session is interesting and fun with about 45 minutes of indoor training, covering numerous scenarios that may be encountered on the trail, and 45 minutes of training outdoors working with a musher and dog team.

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.

Ray Bosley Galleries: Indoor Training, Outdoor Hands-On
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5th Annual CopperDog "Doghouse Races"


4th Annual Competition is on Saturday, March 4, 2017 on 5th Street in downtown Calumet!

Registration opens is February 2017... details to come.

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 you are in the money... if you are fast enough!

1st Place ............ $250

2nd Place .......... $100

3rd Place ........... $75

Fan Favorite ...... $75

The Event

  • Registration is through 11:30am on Saturday, there is NO REGISTRATION FEE!  So get involved!
  • A starting 1-block pull, followed by a “bone toss”, wrapped up by a 1-block pull. For the “bone toss” when any of the teams members are able to land three dog-bogs in a dish, the team may continue.
  • The race is open to the entire family. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Teams are encouraged to embrace “themes” add dress appropriately.

    The clock stops when the entire team, including the doghouse, crosses the finish line.


  • The doghouse must be constructed out of sturdy materials that will not shatter (glass) or leave any sharp debris on the snow road. The doghouse may be constructor out of materials such as cardboard and duct tape.
  • This is a race competition; the doghouse should slide on the snow road riding on skies, sled or other slipper contraption.
  • The dog house should be able to support the weight of a rider inside or on top of the structure.
  • The dog house must be rigged to be pulled with a rope or cable of some fashion. There is no limit on the length of the rope. The rope may have knots, loops, or any sort of harness attached to help pullers hold onto the rope when running.
  • The doghouse must have a name (preferably in good taste) easily readable on the structure.


  • The doghouse may be pulled by up to 8 humans (adults or kids).
  • People may be spaced by any interval along a rope of any length.
  • Ropes may be rigged with harness, bars, loops or anything pull the rope.
  • Riders must stay in or on the doghouse and cannot help with locomotion.

Got Questions?

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

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2018 CopperDog 150 Event Schedule

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2018 Friday Night Food at the CopperDog

Here is last year's (2017) delectable treats...

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2018 CopperDog Community Appreciation Night

Volunteers, Sponsors, Mushers & Fans...

Please join us for our 2018 Community Appreciation Night!

Friday, March 16, 7:00 - 9:00PM @ Calumet Elks Lodge, 25701 Wedge Street

You are AWESOME - Please join us to celebrate your great work for CopperDog!

CopperDog swag will be on sale. Have fun socializing with your fellow CopperDog people. There will be music, fun, and some talk to pump you up for next year!

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