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CopperDog CD80 and CD150 Overview

CopperDog 2023 CD80 and CD150 Overview

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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

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


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

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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