Volunteer registration is now open or the 2016 CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 40 sled dog races this coming Feb 26 - 28, 2015. There are literally hundreds of shifts and positions to fill and we need your help. Interested? Just take a look at the 2016 Volunteer Schedule, find something that suites your liking and click sign-up for as many shifts as you want. If you do a lot of volunteer, please watch out for overlap conflicts in your schedule.
When you register more than just yourself for a volunteer shift, you become responsible to bring all of the people you indicated. Kids age 14 and over are considered able bodied volunteers, but there must be at least one adult (18+) on each shift. Kids 13 and younger are welcome to volunteer, but do not count towards the minimum number of volunteers that must be present. Volunteering is fun for the entire family, we just need to make sure that our bases or covered to provide a safe event for all.
Our volunteer system is a home brew and can be a little buggy from time to time. Please let us know if this happens to you, if the system doesn't work as expect, or you just have ideas on how to improve it. Send an e-mail to Todd Brassard with a description of the problem. Cut and paste the error if you can.
Volunteering for CopperDog is ridiculously easy! And working a shift or three CopperDog weekend is a lot of fun. Please just thousands of people who have discovered that volunteer is the best way to experience CopperDog weekend! And THANK YOU for the help!
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 27, 2015) 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 5000 people attended the race start. This year we are expecting 4000 - 6000 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.