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CopperDog Volunteer Appreciation Night


Copper Country #404 Elks Lodge

Join us at the Copper Country #404 Elks Lodge in Calumet for our Volunteer Appreciation Night!!! It's the least we can do to show how amazed and thankful we are for the army that makes the CopperDog churn before, during, and after our race weekend!

There will be food, drinks, music, prizes, swag, memorabilia, and most importantly a chance to visit with friends, mushers, volunteers, sponsors, and officials.

Join us as we celebrate a now renowned and world class event that is put on by you the volunteer!!! 2024? It's right around the corner!!

Music by Bob Hiltunen

The CopperDog is a community effort - without you the dedicated volunteers that show up every year, there would be no CopperDog!

CopperDog 150 Results - Ryan Anderson is our overall winner

Ryan Anderson put in a strong performance to win the 2023 CopperDog 150 on Sunday, March 5th. Michael Bestgen who has run every CopperDog150 race placed second, followed by J.R. Anderson who came in third. Another strong showing by Rita Wehseler found her finishing in fourth place ahead of our fifth place finisher Joanna Oberg. Our local musher and great supporter of the CopperDog, Tom Bauer finished in sixth place. All 17 teams finished the race. Maddie Longpre-Harrer, who grew up with the CopperDog along side her father Doug Harrer, completed her first CopperDog150.

10:18:36 14 Ryan Anderson 12.8 1st
10:24:39 0:06:03 5 Michael Bestgen 12.7 2
10:36:56 0:18:20 0:12:17 9 JR Anderson 12.4 3
11:05:35 0:46:59 0:28:39 8 Rita Wehseler 11.9 4
11:13:35 0:54:59 0:08:00 11 Joanna Oberg 11.8 5
11:15:54 0:57:18 0:02:19 1 Tom Bauer 11.7 6
11:26:02 1:07:26 0:10:08 2 Sarah Tarlton 11.6 7
11:26:41 1:08:05 0:00:39 15 Frank Holmberg 11.5 8
11:34:07 1:15:31 0:07:26 4 Bucky Tippett 11.4 9
12:06:09 1:47:33 0:32:02 6 Mary Manning 10.9 10
12:06:09 1:47:33 0:00:00 7 Lauren Stukenborg 10.9 10
12:21:30 2:02:54 0:15:21 10 Jennifer Freking 10.7 12
12:29:25 2:10:49 0:07:55 16 Brian Kandler 10.6 13
12:31:56 2:13:20 0:02:31 13 Laura Neese 10.5 14
13:11:30 2:52:54 0:39:34 3 Blake Freking 10.0 15
13:29:12 3:10:36 0:17:42 12 Maddie Longpre-Harrer 9.8 16
14:07:57 3:49:21 0:38:45 17 Kevin Daugherty 9.3 17

Lynn Witte wins the 2023 CopperDog 80

Lynn Witte put in an impressive performance winning by a margin of 24 minutes over a tightly contested battle for second place where just a few minutes separated our second place finisher Joann Fortier, our third place finisher Heather Brandon, and Alex Laplante who finished in fourth place.

7:25:51 22 Lynne Witte 11.5 1st
7:50:03 0:24:12 28 Joann Fortier 11.0 2
7:54:53 0:29:02 0:04:50 23 Heather Brandon 10.8 3
7:58:57 0:33:06 0:04:04 24 Alex Laplante 10.7 4
8:43:38 1:17:47 0:44:41 21 Derek Nechuta 9.8 5
9:08:02 1:42:11 0:24:24 27 Shannon Miller Adkins 9.4 6
9:21:48 1:55:57 0:13:46 26 Frank Caldwell 9.2 7
9:45:58 2:20:07 0:24:10 25 Alyssa Sarlund 8.8 8
9:46:51 2:21:00 0:00:53 29 Wade Canavan 8.8 9
DNF #VALUE! #VALUE! 30 A. Thaemert #VALUE! #VALUE!

Matha Schouweiler wins the 2023 CopperDog 30

Martha Schouweiler a CopperDog regular and great competitor won the CopperDog 30. The addition of the CopperDog 30 was well received by both spectators and the mushing community. Twenty teams competed in the race with all teams finishing. Many of our regular participants chose the CD 30 race this year, so there were many familiar faces. Steve Goedken finished second place, followed by Geri Menard. One of our local mushers, Jerry Trudell round out the top four places with a good run. Jerry opted for an encore by enjoying participating in the CD15 as well on Saturday.

2:14:40 53 Martha Schouweiler 13.6 1st
2:25:34 0:10:54 54 Steve Goedken 12.6 2
2:32:45 0:18:05 0:07:11 47 Geri Minard 12.0 3
2:38:48 0:24:08 0:06:03 48 Jerry Trudell 11.5 4
2:48:45 0:34:05 0:09:57 42 Jen Thompson 10.9 5
2:52:39 0:37:59 0:03:54 55 Mike Schultenover 10.6 6
2:52:40 0:38:00 0:00:01 57 Ross Anthony 10.6 7
2:57:44 0:43:04 0:05:04 49 Susan Sarafini 10.3 8
2:58:01 0:43:21 0:00:17 50 Suz Harris 10.3 9
2:59:56 0:45:16 0:01:55 46 Chad Grentz 10.2 10
3:00:34 0:45:54 0:00:38 58 Becky Bean 10.1 11
3:07:09 0:52:29 0:06:35 44 Melissa Mendelson 9.8 12
3:15:16 1:00:36 0:08:07 59 Katie Kunze 9.4 13
3:21:13 1:06:33 0:05:57 60 James Riedel 9.1 14
3:28:45 1:14:05 0:07:32 45 Dean Johnson 8.8 15
3:29:02 1:14:22 0:00:17 51 Lucy Tyrrell 8.8 16
3:30:30 1:15:50 0:01:28 43 Haley Marchese 8.7 17
3:36:35 1:21:55 0:06:05 41 Katelyn Dehlin 8.5 18
3:56:07 1:41:27 0:19:32 52 Ralph Schade 7.8 19
4:06:09 1:51:29 0:10:02 56 Jenny Gastmeier 7.4 20

Sherry Johnson wins the 2023 CopperDog CD15

Sherry Johnson posted the best time winning the CopperDog 15 in one hour and seven minutes. Matt Monke trailed by five and a half minutes to finish in second place. Our long time participants Charlie LaBoda and Jerry Trudell finished third and fourth respectively.

1:07:05 82 Sherry Johnson 14.3 1st
1:12:37 0:05:32 84 Matt Monke 13.2 2
1:13:54 0:06:49 0:01:17 75 Charlie LaBoda 13.0 3
1:18:24 0:11:19 0:04:30 62 Jerry Trudell 12.2 4
1:19:49 0:12:44 0:01:25 76 Aubrey Juckette 12.0 5
1:22:38 0:15:33 0:02:49 79 Liza Dietzen Weaver 11.6 6
1:26:32 0:19:27 0:03:54 74 Rolland LaBoda 11.1 7
1:27:03 0:19:58 0:00:31 63 Kyra Beaber 11.0 8
1:27:40 0:20:35 0:00:37 78 Mara Grentz 11.0 9
1:27:41 0:20:36 0:00:01 83 Brad Quayle 10.9 10
1:28:15 0:21:10 0:00:34 73 Niina Baum 10.9 11
1:31:53 0:24:48 0:03:38 65 Casey Goedken 10.4 12
1:33:09 0:26:04 0:01:16 61 Melinda Hayes 10.3 13
1:37:43 0:30:38 0:04:34 68 Sara Anderson 9.8 14
1:44:33 0:37:28 0:06:50 71 Elena Freking 9.2 15
1:49:34 0:42:29 0:05:01 69 Christy Felty 8.8 16
1:52:06 0:45:01 0:02:32 72 Kim Darst 8.6 17
1:59:32 0:52:27 0:07:26 66 Andrea Antonell 8.0 18
2:00:02 0:52:57 0:00:30 67 Nicole Freking 8.0 19
2:23:57 1:16:52 0:23:55 80 Janine Pollock 6.7 20
2:42:05 1:35:00 0:18:08 70 Chris Kivi 5.9 21

CopperWorld the Official CopperDog merchandise source

The CopperDog store at CopperWorld!

Let us tell you about a partnership that enriches, develops, and increases the vitality of not only CopperDog but more importantly, the Village of Calumet and the Keweenaw!!

We are super happy to announce that Copper World is our extra super official one-&-only merchandise provider for our yearly event!! If you are getting "our stuff" any place else, it's not official, it's not the real deal!

The first shipment of "CopperDog Merchandise" has arrived and they have t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, and crewneck sweatshirts to choose from. Note that more will be arriving, so stay tuned.

Don't see what you like or want? Just let them know!! They also have the 2022 CopperDog Invited Artist poster by Caiana. And soon will have the 2023 Invited Artist poster by Trista!! The Official Calumet High School should be proud of both of these students!!!

And there is no time like the present; Copper World is open today Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM @ 101 5th Street in Calumet. They are located in the historic John Green Block right inside the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Did you know that their store is the oldest wood-frame structure in Calumet???

And you want to know something else super cool?? You can order online - items should be available on their website by January 10th!!! You will be able to find it all here; The CopperDog store at CopperWorld!.

If there is something you can't find after the 10th, or need immediate assistance, just call them @ 906.337.4016.>

posted on 2/7/2023 8:41 AM by Doug Harrer | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog CD80 and CD150 Overview

CopperDog 2023 CD80 and CD150 Overview

Click on the map to see a larger version

posted on 1/21/2023 10:46 PM by John Bryant | permalink | Back to Top

Featured Artist announced for CopperDog the 2023

The CopperDog mission is to develop charitable, educational, and benevolent activities dedicated to the enrichment, development, and vitality of communities, natural resources, and trail systems in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula through world-class events, creating informational and educational opportunities, encouraging national recognition, specifically with respect to advancing national and international sled dog sports including sled dog racing and an understanding of the historic role of sled dogs in a natural environment.

Our 'Featured Artist Program' (FAP) goes right along with our mission! The 2023 FAP was open to all Houghton and Keweenaw County High School Students including homeschoolers. With this in mind, the CopperDog Board of Directors is pleased to announce winner of the 2023 FAP;

Trista Berryman from The Official Calumet High School!!! And in her own words;

"Hello, My name is Trista Berryman, a 10th grader at Calumet High School. My piece is titled, "Racing On Orange Gold", which is a reference to the copper found in the Copper Country. Throughout the piece, I tried to incorporate the colors mint and orange, to represent copper during oxidation, and in its original state. The medium I used was digital."

The Featured Art will be on the 2023 official race poster, which will be visible throughout the Keweenaw and surrounding areas, as advertising for this year’s race. Each official in the race will also be wearing Trista's artwork on a badge. In addition, CopperDog may sell the poster to the public as part of our 2023 merchandising efforts, which provides support for this premier community event. The artwork could also be featured on CopperDog merchandise.

The Featured Artist will also be present at the start ceremony in downtown Calumet on Friday night. All monies raised from the Featured Artist sales are considered part of the overall fundraising efforts, which support the annual CopperDog events.

Did we tell you how hard it was to pick a winner from all of our submissions??? It was extremely hard...

We are incredibly proud of our area youth and are also happy to display in this post the two runners up to the FAP - which are no less incredible! Thank you Vanessa and Rain!!

We already can't wait for 2024!!!

Vanessa Mosher - runner up

Rain Isaksson - runner up

posted on 1/19/2023 10:16 PM by Kelly Probst | permalink | Back to Top


Ok, Friday November 4th @ 10:30 AM we promised some off-the-charts news, didn’t we?!?

However, the something-something we are about to share first comes with a challenge! Ready? How fast can you say SCSDS? Try it again! Now faster! Do you have any idea what this acronym stands for? Do you know what you have just said, spelled-out? Could it be Sally Can’t Sing Down State?

Look, as far as we are concerned, Sally can sing, dance, or do whatever, anywhere she wants to. Actually, she can even help us do this unveil! So without any further ado; go ahead Sally, pull back the curtain!

And so… the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race and the The UP200, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 are teaming-UP with CopperDog to bring you, musher and fan, a brand-new triple-event most-adventurous greatest-challenge taking place in all three regions of Superiorland!! It is with the uttermost excitement and joy that these awesome organizations present you the;


You may have guessed it, a multi-race point-based quest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula!!! Is this cool or what?? Always reinvent-or-die are words we live by!! This series will be as hardy and as defiant as our snowy winters, with mushers having to do three races in less than two months time!! And it all comes with pretty simple rules; mushers must compete in, -AND- complete, three events. They are as follows;

Eastern Region - Newberry (event #1);

10-dog TC - January 7th-&-8th, 2023

Central Region - Marquette (event #2);

12-dog UP200 -OR- 8-dog MNR - February 16th-to-20th, 2023

Western Region - Calumet (event #3);

10-dog CD150 -OR- 8-dog CD80 - March 3rd-to-5th, 2023

For the inaugural year of this challenge, the three institutions have already committed to donating $1,000 each for a purse totaling $3,000. We hope this is just the start of “something-grand” something “world-class” that will always showcase the determination, opportunity, beauty, and history of a place many of us call home - and all while supporting and advancing the sport of sled dog racing. We are driven by the enrichment, development, and vitality of our communities, natural resources, and trails systems. It’s our backbone. With that, the 2023 purse-breakdown, as of today mind you ??, is;

First place; $1,500

Second place; $1,000

Third place; $500

The “Superior Crown” will use a weighted point system that exponentially benefits mushers finishing closer to first place and at the same time ensuring great competition for teams that are battling for the same position independent of where they are relative to first.

Please note the difference in points between the 12-dog, 10-dog, and 8-dog events (see pic below). For simplicity only first through 15th are shown - but the point system applies if there are 15, 51, or 1,551 teams.

The musher with the least amount of points will be crowned the 2023 Superior Crown Sled Dog Series Champion!!! It is also our intent that all participants that complete their three events in the series will receive an unique commemorative patch only available to mushers!! Can you say FINISHER?? It will be a dandy; the design is already in its final stages!

Registration for the CD150, CD80, UP200, and MNR are currently open, including for races not part of the SCSDS!!

Registration for all TC events open on the 15th of November - 12 days from now!! Races already full? Get on the waiting list, there is a very good chance you will still be able to participate! Keeping in mind as well that the UP200 is a qualifier for “The Last Great Race” - The Iditarod in Alaska.

As always, because we can’t say this enough; hats off to our communities across the three regions of da Yoop, the fans, the volunteers, the sponsors, the mushers, and the dogs... Without you we are nothing. Again, thank you!

Here is hoping you are as excited as we are about all this!! Make sure to share this spectacular news with friends and family because this coming winter will be one for the books!!

See you down the trail! We absolutely can’t wait!!

Click here to follow the discussion and excitement on our Facebook page post!

posted on 11/5/2022 6:18 PM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

How to follow the race via official timing sheets


shows the MPH between locations where we have radios - no radio time, no MPH.  these are not estimated MPH.  this would be the document where fans can "follow" the race by seeing how musher performance is stacking up against the field.  can be shared wherever.

2023 REAL-TIME CD150/CD80/CD30/CD15 - PUBLIC

this is our timing document with times-out and times-in.  same as we have been using since 2014.  .

posted on 3/4/2023 8:07 AM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog how to watch online

Of course you really should come to 5th Street in Calumet to see the start of the race! Or come up to Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor to see the starts and finishes in person!. But we realize many people follow the race from afar and not everyone can make it in person.

You can watch the CopperDog starts and finishes live using Zoom (new this year) or Facebook Live.

See the CopperDog Facebook page for the live feed:

Facebook has a no exceptions policy regarding live feeds that contain copyrighted material. It is possible that inadvertently copyrighted music will cause Facebook to end the feed. We recommend you consider using the Zoom feed as an alternative.

Scheduled Live Streams (click the link to join Zoom)

Friday 6:00PM ET- 9:00PM ET - The start of CopperDog: Opening ceremony followed by the starts of the CD150, CD80, and CD30 races - Calumet 5th Street

Saturday 9:00AM ET- 10:00AM ET - The start of the CD150, CD80 Stage 2 - in Eagle Harbor

Saturday 11:00AM ET- 5:30PM ET -CD150 Stage 2 completion, CD80 Race finish, and the running of the CD15 in Copper Harbor, followed by the CD80/CD15 Awards Ceremony

Sunday 9:00AM ET-10:00AM ET - Start of the CD150 final stage in Copper Harbor

Sunday 11:00AM ET-4:30PM ET - Completion of the CD150 final stage in Eagle Harbor followed by the CD150 and Triple Crown awards

posted on 3/3/2023 6:34 AM by Erin Barnett | permalink | Back to Top

2023 CopperDog Event Schedule

Click to view or download the 2022 CopperDogEvent Schedule

2023 CopperDog 150/80 Event Schedule

as of 2023-02-19

Note that event schedule is subject to change for a variety of reasons. Please check this page for updates. Schedule updates will be announced via Facebook  If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to

posted on by Doug Harrer | permalink | Back to Top

Volunteering for the 2023 CopperDog 150!

Volunteer registration is now open


Volunteer registration is now open for the 2023 CopperDog 150, CopperDog 80, CopperDog 30 and the CopperDog 15 sled dog races being held March 3rd, 4th and 5th in Calumet, Eagle Harbor, and Copper Harbor.

There are hundreds of shifts and positions to fill.

We need your help!

Interested? Just take a look at the 2023 Volunteer Schedule, find something that suites your liking and click sign-up for as many shifts as you want. If you volunteer for multiple jobs, please watch out for overlapping conflicts in your schedule.

Register a Couple, Group, Team, etc.

When you register more than just yourself for a volunteer shift, you become responsible for ensuring the people you registered get to their assignments. 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.

Are You New to the CopperDog?

Volunteering for CopperDog is ridiculously easy!  And working a shift or three CopperDog weekend is a lot of fun.  Please join the hundreds of people who have discovered that volunteer is the best way to experience CopperDog weekend!  And THANK YOU for the help!

A technical note on our Volunteer System

We are continually improving the site and as with all software there are defects.  Please let us know if  you encounter a problem or issue with the website. If the system doesn't work as expected send an e-mail to IT Support with a description of the problem.  Cut and paste the error into the email if you can. Thanks! We are happy to hear your ideas for improving the website as well!

posted on 1/12/2023 10:20 AM by Doug Harrer | permalink | Back to Top

Registration is now open for the 2023 CopperDog!

The CD150 and CD15 are now full - please email to be added to the waiting list.

Click this link to register for the 2023 CopperDog races!

Email the race registration team at if you have have any questions about the race itself.

Mushers are required to logon to the CopperDog 150 website. We highly recommend you attempt to login to the website prior to October 15th to make sure you can access the website.

Please!  If you have raced with us before or have had a user account on this web site in the past, use that account.  Do not create a new account.  If you cannot remember your login information or have any other technical issues, please email

2023 CopperDog races announced - Fourth Race Added!

It took almost 3-1/2 months of in-person meetings, virtual meetings, ATV rides, vehicles getting stuck, math (lots of math), paper maps, digital maps, GPS tracking, getting lost, and tons of coffee. But because of the passion that drives this organization is so immense (let's be honest, endless), all the work up to this point becomes a triviality when you can make an announcement of this sort.

We'll be tackling this "big-deal news" in parts so there is a clear understanding of what's in store for our 2023 events. Meaning that you'll need some time to process this before registration opens on Saturday the 15th of October... ??


In the 13 previous events we have had 10 years with two races and three years with three races!! In 2023 we are going bust with four races!! Your read that right!! We are always striving to be more encompassing and "more better" at what we do and provide!!!

So yeah, we are going to have four races in 2023; CD150, CD80, CD30, and CD15. Not only that, the overall purse has increased almost 8% from last year, making it the second largest in our 14-year history!!!

CD150 - 10-dog

$390 registration / $18,400 purse

Calumet to Eagle Harbor - Friday night-run

Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor - Saturday day-run

Copper Harbor to Eagle Harbor - Sunday day-run

CD80 - 8-dog

$290 registration / $8,400 purse

Calumet to Eagle Harbor - Friday night-run

Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor - Saturday day-run

CD30 - 6-dog

$190 registration / $3,800 purse

Calumet to Eagle Harbor - Friday night-run

CD15 - 6-dog

$90 registration / $1,700 purse

Copper Harbor to Copper Harbor - Saturday day-run

Registration is October 15th at Noon Eastern Time (11am Central Time)

Exact mileages will be posted before registration opens on the 15th. Questions? Please do ask!  You can email us at: registration[at]

We will be providing more information about these four races as we get closer to event-time.

posted on 10/6/2022 10:28 PM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

2022 CD150 Winner is JR Anderson

JR Anderson had a strong showing in all three stages of the CD150 to secure another victory. JR was followed by Ruan Anderson who came in second, with Joanna Oberg finishing in third place.

The 2022 CD150 Results

posted on 3/6/2022 1:52 PM by Erin Barnett | permalink | Back to Top

2022 CD80 Race Results

The winner of the CD80 this year is Martha Schouweiler, followed by Lynne Witte, and Bucky Tippett in third place.

posted on 3/6/2022 1:55 PM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

2022 CD25 Race Results

CD25 Race - all participants finished the race. Ben Thompson was our winner with a time one hour 5 minutes and 40 seconds. He finished in front of Geri Minard by 11 seconds!. Third place went to Anna Anderson. Congratulations to all participants. Thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors who made the race possible.

CD25 Results

posted on 3/6/2022 11:32 AM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

Future Race Dates through 2025

The CopperDog Board of Directors pleased to announce tentative race dates from 2022 through 2025.

Tentative Race Dates:

    • 2024 March 1 — 3
    • 2025 February 28 — March 2
    posted on 3/10/2021 11:05 AM by Doug Harrer | permalink | Back to Top

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