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Registration Opens Saturday, Oct. 17, 10AM

Registration for the 2016 CopperDog races will open on Saturday, October 17 at 10:00AM. We are looking forward to another exciting season of sled-dog competition and hope you will join us!

Please note that registration was original scheduled to open on Saturday, September 26, but this date was in conflict with the 2015 Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher's Conference in Curtis, MI in which CopperDog will be participating.

Full details regarding this year's events will be available online by Monday, September 28. Thank you for your interest in the CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 80. We hope to see you at this year's event.

posted on 9/17/2015 11:49 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2016 CopperDog 150 Race Offerings

Mushers,

With each passing year we have been amazed at the overwhelming support and loyalty from CopperDog mushers, volunteers, sponsors and spectators. Together, we have grown CopperDog from a simple idea to an amazing, world-class celebration that brings joy to the hearts of so many in the cold of winter. We are truly blessed to have so many diverse people and organizations committed to the vitality of our small communities in and around Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Thank you for sharing your love of mushing with us and being an inspiration to everyone who loves CopperDog.

CopperDog is back for its 7th Annual season of sled-dog competition. This year’s event will be held on Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28. We will be offering two events, our traditional 10-dog, 3-day, 134-mile, CopperDog 150 and an expanded 6-dog, 2-day, 77-mile CopperDog 80.

CopperDog 150

There are several noteworthy changes to the 10-dog, CopperDog 150 in 2016: (1) the registration fee has been increased from $350 to $375, (2) the goal for the number of competing teams has been reduced from 30 to 25, and (3) the purse has been increased from $25,500 to $31, 800, an increase of $6,300 or 25% over 2015.

  • Friday, February 26 – Saturday, February 28 (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 31,800, Pays 1st – 10th (9300, 7100, 5200, 3300, 2000, 1400, 1100, 900, 800, 700)
  • Goal of 25 teams
  • Registration fee $375 (registration deadline February 23, 11:59PM)
Purse 10-Dog Race
Position 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1st 3,000 6,000 6,000 6,200 6,300 7,000 9,300
2nd 2,000 4,500 4,500 4,800 4,800 5,000 7,100
3rd 1,200 3,500 3,500 3,600 3,600 3,800 5,200
4th 1,000 2,500 2,500 2,600 2,600 2,800 3,300
5th 800 1,500 1,500 1,800 1,800 2,000 2,000
6th 500 500 900 1,100 1,200 1,200 1,400
7th 400 450 800 900 1,100 1,100 1,100
8th 300 400 700 800 1,000 1,000 900
9th 200 350 600 700 900 900 800
10th 100 300 400 500 700 700 700
11th - - 350 - - - -
12th - - 250 - - - -
Total 9,500 20,000 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,500 31,800


CopperDog 80

Based on feedback from mushers, CopperDog is offering 6-dog teams a two-stage competition. The CopperDog 80 is a 77 mile race that will take place in two stages. The first stage (42 miles) begins Friday night, downtown Calumet to Eagle River. The second stage (37 miles) begins on Sunday in Copper Harbor ending in downtown Calumet.

  • Friday, February 26 and Sunday, February 28
  • Recreational (no prerequisites)
  • 6 Dog Team (no pool)
  • 2 Days / 2 Stages / 77 Miles
  • Stage 1: Calumet to Eagle Harbor (42 miles, night run)
  • Stage 2: Copper Harbor to Calumet (37 miles or less)
  • Purse $2,750, Pays 1st – 5th (1150, 750, 450, 250, 150)
  • Goal of 18 teams
  • Registration fee $175 (registration deadline February 23, 11:59PM)
Purse - 6-Dog Race
Finish 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1st - - 500 500 500 500 1,150
2nd - - 300 300 300 350 750
3rd - - 200
200
200 250 450
4th - - - - 100 175 250
5th - - -
-
100 125 150
Total - -
1,000 1,000 1,200 1,500 2,570


Registration

Registration opens for the CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 80 on Saturday, October 17 at 10:00AM and closes on Tuesday, February 23, at 11:59PM.

NOTE: CopperDog registration was originally slated to open on Saturday, September 26, but this date conflicted with the 2015 Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference.

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, 2016 and received a 100% refund of the registration fee.
  • Withdraw between Feb 1, 2016 and Feb 19, 2016 and receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • No refunds will be issued to entrants who withdraw after February 19, 2016.

Thank You

Once again we would like to thank mushers for their consideration of the CopperDog 150. We will be "flipping" our website to 2016 in the coming weeks. The 2016 Race Rules will be out soon as well.

posted on 9/21/2015 9:45 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2016 Race Rules

Click to view or download the 2016 Race Rules.

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

posted on 10/17/2015 12:00 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2016 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, 2016 and received a 100% refund of the registration fee.
  • Withdraw between Feb 1, 2016 and Feb 19, 2016 and receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • No refunds will be issued to entrants who withdraw after February 19, 2016.
posted on 10/17/2015 8:29 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top
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2016 Downloads

Downloads for 2016 will provide you with excellent information.

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2011 Race Poster



2010 Race Poster

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