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2017 CopperDog 150 Race Offerings

CopperDog Mushers,

With the scent of fall in the air, as the colors change, we reflect back on years-past; so many inspiring sled-dog moments right here in our own back yards of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We feel blessed and are truly amazed, overwhelmed even, by all of the dedicated mushers, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators that come together year over year to celebrate mushing and community vitality in the Keweenaw.  Together, we have grown CopperDog from a simple idea to a world-class event that brings joy to the hearts of so many.  Thank you for sharing you love of mushing with us and inspiring everyone who loves CopperDog.


First, a few notes from 2016...

CopperDog has a long established pattern of growing the race purse by roughly $1,000 each year, sometimes putting the money into the top positions, sometimes in the bottom.  For 2016, the Board of Directors broke from the usual pattern and increased the purse by 25%. The objective was simple, to see if (1) the increased purse would have an impact on registrations and (2) to determine if our fundraising ability would support a larger purse.  We learned from the exercise, mainly about where we fit in the sport, who we want to be, and how we want to go about funding future races.

Now, on to 2017...

For 2017, CopperDog will be returning to its prior conservative growth patterns.  This means that we will be backing off the 2017 purse to bring it back in line with prior growth patterns. Specifically, reducing the purse by about 12% ($4,000) with respect to 2016, but actually increasing the purse over 2015 by 8%.  Ultimately, this is a much more conservative and fiscally responsible strategy. The CopperDog has also strives to keep the race affordable for mushers, registration will be the same as 2016, at $375. 

2017 CopperDog 150 (10 Dogs - 3 Stages - 135 Miles - $27,800 Purse)

  • Friday, March 3 – Saturday, March 5 (Friday is a night run)
  • Professional (mushers must be qualified for the event, see race rules)
  • 10 Dog Team / 10 Dog Pool
  • 3 Days / 3 Stages / 135 Miles
  • Stage 1: Calumet to Eagle Harbor (49 miles, night run)
  • Stage 2: Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor (44 miles or less)
  • Stage 3: Copper Harbor to Calumet (41 miles or less)
  • Purse $27,800 - 1st–10th ($9,000 $6,000 $4,000 $2,500 $1,800 $1,200 $1,000 $850 $750 $700)
  • Goal of 25 teams
  • Registration fee $375 (registration deadline February 28, 11:59PM), this will include one musher meal for Friday opening meeting and a commemorative CopperDog item.

Purse Long Race
Position 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1st 3,000 6,000 6,000 6,200 6,300 7,000 9,300 9,000
2nd 2,000 4,500 4,500 4,800 4,800 5,000 7,100 6,000
3rd 1,200 3,500 3,500 3,600 3,600 3,800 5,200 4,000
4th 1,000 2,500 2,500 2,600 2,600 2,800 3,300 2,500
5th 800 1,500 1,500 1,800 1,800 2,000 2,000 1,800
6th 500 500 900 1,100 1,200 1,200 1,400 1,200
7th 400 450 800 900 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,000
8th 300 400 700 800 1,000 1,000 900 850
9th 200 350 600 700 900 900 800 750
10th 100 300 400 500 700 700 700 700
11th - - 350 - - - - -
12th - - 250 - - - - -
Total 9,500 20,000 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,500 31,800 27,800


CopperDog 80 (6 Dogs - 2 Stages - 77 Miles - $2,750 Purse)

Based on success of 2016 and excitement from mushers, CopperDog is continuing to offer the traditional 6-dog teams a two-stage competition with the same format and fees as 2016. The CopperDog 80 will continue to be a 77 mile race that will take place in two stages. The first stage (42 miles) begins Friday night, downtown Calumet to lantern lit Eagle River. The second stage (37 miles) begins on Sunday in Copper Harbor ending in downtown Calumet.

  • Friday, March 3 & Sunday, March 5
  • Recreational (no prerequisites)
  • 6 Dog Team (no pool)
  • 2 Days / 2 Stages / 77 Miles
  • Stage 1: Calumet to Eagle River (42 miles, night run)
  • Stage 2: Copper Harbor to Calumet (37 miles or less)
  • Purse $2,750 - 1st–5th ($1,150 $750 $450 $250 $150)
  • Goal of 18 teams
  • Registration fee $175 (registration deadline February 28, 11:59PM), this will include one musher meal for Friday opening meeting and a commemorative CopperDog item.
Purse Short Race
Finish 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1st - - 500 500 500 500 1,150 1,150
2nd - - 300 300 300 350 750 750
3rd - - 200
200
200 250 450 450
4th - - - - 100 175 250 250
5th - - -
-
100 125 150 150
Total - -
1,000 1,000 1,200 1,500 2,750 2,750


Registration

Registration opens for the CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 80 on Saturday, October 8 at 10:00AM and closes on Tuesday, February 28, at 11:59PM.

Withdraw and Refunds

We are continuing to pursue our more lenient policy with withdraws and refunds. Refunds are typically issued within two weeks of notification of withdraw.

  • Withdraw before January 31, 2017 and received a 100% refund of the registration fee.
  • Withdraw between Feb 1, 2017 and Feb 20, 2017 and receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • No refunds will be issued to entrants who withdraw after February 20, 2017.

Thank You

Once again we would like to thank mushers for their consideration of the CopperDog 150/80. We will be "flipping" our website to 2017 in the coming weeks. The 2017 Race Rules will be out soon as well with an exciting special announcement in regards to our chief vets.

An extra special thank you goes out to Dr. Ladd for his continual support since the 1st CopperDog weekend. Many of you may know, but he has made a career change and moved to Virginia to focus on canine rehabilitation. We will greatly miss him and his expertise. CopperDog sends a heartfelt thanks. Please know that our new chief vets will carry on in his great tradition and will continue to push for happy, healthy dogs and happy, healthy mushers!

posted on 9/20/2016 9:45 PM by Meredith LaBeau | permalink | Back to Top

2017 Race Rules

Click to view or download the 2017 Race Rules.

Note that race rules are subject to change.  If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to meredithlabeau@coppercog150.com.

posted on 10/7/2016 12:00 AM by Meredith LaBeau | permalink | Back to Top

2017 Withdraw and Refunds

We are moving toward a more lenient policy with withdraws and refunds. Refunds are typically issued within two weeks of notification of withdraw.

  • Withdraw before January 31, 2017 and received a 100% refund of the registration fee.
  • Withdraw between Feb 1, 2017 and Feb 20, 2017 and receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • No refunds will be issued to entrants who withdraw after February 20, 2017.
posted on 10/7/2016 8:29 AM by Meredith LaBeau | permalink | Back to Top
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