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2019 CopperDog 150

10 Dogs, 3 Stages, 128.4 Miles, $27,000 Purse, Pays 1st - 10th

Experience the stunning and picturesque trails from the shores of Lake Superior, to the rolling and twisting back country, and cresting the peak of Brockway Mountain.  Enjoy the friendly people, welcoming communities, challenging trails, formidable competition, and the peace and tranquility that blossoms from the deep back-country of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Race Dates:
March 1 - 3, 2019

Race Format:
10 Dog Team (10 Dog Pool)
128.4 miles, 3 Stages

Registration Fee:
$390 by February 28, 11:59 PM
Includes Friday Lunch
Includes Awards Dinner
Includes Commemorative Item

Race Purse:

$27,000 (1st - 10th)
$7,500 First Place

Teams:
Goal of 25 Teams

Stage 1:
Calumet to Eagle Harbor
49.4 Miles
Night Run

Stage 2:
Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor
35.6 Miles
Day Run

Stage 3:
Copper Harbor to Calumet
43.4 Miles
Day Run

Notice: Stage 3 distance may change. We are working on land permissions to restore access to go over Brockway Mountain, stay tuned!

The Keweenaw Peninsula is one of the most unique geographic features of the Great Lakes region.  "Lake-effect" snow storms contribute to the average 273 inches of snow-fall each year making the CopperDog 150 the perfect choice for a late season, March race.

Pro-class race teams are invited to join the fun and pit their and their team's skills and conditioning against other word-class competitors.  The best ten times take home a piece of the $27,000 race purse. 

posted on 11/13/2019 8:00 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2019 CD150 Race Purse

CopperDog 150 Race Purse
Position 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1st 3,000 6,000 6,000 6,200 6,300 7,000 9,300 9,000 9,000 7,500
2nd 2,000 4,500 4,500 4,800 4,800 5,000 7,100 6,000 6,000 5,450
3rd 1,200 3,500 3,500 3,600 3,600 3,800 5,200 4,000 4,000 3,950
4th 1,000 2,500 2,500 2,600 2,600 2,800 3,300 2,500 2,400 2,800
5th 800 1,500 1,500 1,800 1,800 2,000 2,000 1,800 1,650 2,000
6th 500 500 900 1,100 1,200 1,200 1,400 1,200 1,150 1,500
7th 400 450 800 900 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,000 950 1,200
8th 300 400 700 800 1,000 1,000 900 850 850 1,000
9th 200 350 600 700 900 900 800 750 750 850
10th 100 300 400 500 700 700 700 700 600 750
11th - - 350 - - - - - - -
12th - - 250 - - - - - - -
Total 9,500 20,000 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,500 31,800 27,800 27,350 27,000
posted on 11/13/2019 8:00 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2019 CopperDog 150 Who's Registered?

2019 CopperDog 150
Professional, 10 Dog Race (10 Dog Pool), 132.2 Miles, 3 Stages, $27,000 Purse, Pays 1st - 10th
Registration Cap: 25 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 1 JR Anderson River Rock Kennel Cook, MN
2 5 Joanna Oberg Run Silent Racing Kennel Grand Marais, MN
3 4 Michael Bestgen Fugarwekennels Saint Cloud, MN
4 2 Rita Wehseler Stoney Creek Kennel Tofte, MN
5 6 Al Borak Caribou Creek Racing Roscommon, MI
6 3 Tom Bauer Otter River Sled Dog... Chassell, MI
7 7 Frank Moe Moetown Kennels Hovland, MN
8 10 Kevin Vandenbussche Vandenbussche Kennels Moosonee, Ontario
9 8 Becky Bean Hermit's Cove K-9s Gay, MI
10 11 Martha Schouweiler Otter Run Kennel Irma, WI
11 15 Larry Fortier Coyote Run Sled Dog... Gaylord, MI
12 13 Ryan Anderson AnderTier Racing Saint Croix Falls, WI
13 12 Mary Manning Doodledog Kennel Hovland, MN
14 14 Jake Golton Golton Racing Kennel L'Amable, Ontario
15 9 Brady McConkey Golton Racing Kennel L'Amable, Ontario
Registered
12/4/2018 10:32 PM
JR Anderson
River Rock Kennel
Cook, MN 55723

JR is returning to race from Cook, MN. His kennel, River Rock, has 42 dogs from seniors to puppies. His lead dogs are Man o' war, Blackhawk, Citation, and Aberdeen.

JR's family was into dogs and he learned about mushing at a young age. He still enjoys it very much and also enjoys teaching his kids about mushing!

His favorite CopperDog memory was about his daughter, Sara; she slept her first night through in Copper Harbor in the 2011 CD150. The next day was a race full of energy!

This year she is JR's chief handler!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: U2 - "Beautiful Day"

Finish Position:

Registered
1/8/2019 12:29 AM
Joanna Oberg
Run Silent Racing Kennel
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Joanna is returning for her sixth CopperDog from Grand Marais, MN. Her lead dogs are Viva, Tamar, Nikita, and Vader.

Joanna was hooked on dog sledding when some friends of hers took her for a ride. She's always been a huge animal lover, loves the outdoors, adventure, and competing!

She would like to thank her sponsors Agimac River Outfitters and Home Hardware.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Greatest Showman Cast - "The Greatest Show"

Finish Position:

Registered
1/8/2019 12:45 PM
Michael Bestgen
Fugarwekennels
Saint Cloud, MN 56304

Coming from Saint Cloud, MN, Mike Bestgen is returning for another CopperDog! He has been to all of them! While up here for the race, he certainly enjoys the festivities in Copper Harbor. If you want to see a musher cut a rug, come up to Zik's Bar on Saturday night!

His lead dogs are Summit (as in the beer) and Serena.

Mike is married to Vicki and they have four grown children. They also have six grand kids and another one on the way.

He has worked for Miller Chevrolet in Rogers, MN for 25 years. His sponsors would be everyone who buys a car from him. That's how he finances what he calls his "crazy sport."

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Kenny Chesney - "Bucket"

Finish Position:

Registered
1/9/2019 11:09 AM
Rita Wehseler
Stoney Creek Kennel
Tofte, MN 55615

Rita has been running dogs for 25 plus years! Her favorite CopperDog story is when her team got really close to winning it with Ross Fraboni on the sled but Anny Malo beat them by two (2) seconds! Talk about a close race!

Her lead dogs are Clyde, Foxy, Mitre, and Aramis.

Rita was introduced to mushing by an ex-professional wrestler, Paul Ellering, from her hometown. She has since competed in races from Minnesota to Main and she has enjoyed them all.

She currently has 36 dogs in her kennel which she runs along with her husband, Bill, on the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior in Tofte, MN.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: George Straight - "Here For A Good Time"

Finish Position:

Registered
1/20/2019 6:10 PM
Al Borak
Caribou Creek Racing
Roscommon, MI 48653

Al Borak and his team are joining us from the Caribou Creek Racing Kennel in Roscommon, MI. His lead dogs are Gemma and Pfister. Al started mushing about 15 years ago with Lloyd & Mary Gilbertson.

He would like to thank Lloyd Gilbertson and Bruce & Monica Magnusson.

Welcome back to the CopperDog, Al!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Dire Straights - "Sultans of Swing"

Finish Position:

Registered
Tom Bauer
Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures
Chassell, MI 49916

Tom Bauer is the owner of the Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures in Tapiola, MI where they offer sled dog rides, tours and camping trips!
Together, he and his wife, Sally, care for a whole lot of dogs!

He's back for another CopperDog 150! His lead dogs this year are Tri-Force and Scooby. This year, along with running his own team, his dogs will also be ran by three additional mushers from the Mushing Club at Michigan Tech - the only college club in the country by the way! Good luck to all of Tom’s teams of dogs in the CD150, CD80, and CD25!

Ask Tom how he got into mushing; it has to be the best story ever! Serious!

CopperDog would like to thank the Bauer’s for all they do to help the race with all of their community support. They give free sled dog rides in Calumet during Christmas and free rides again on Saturday afternoon in Copper Harbor the weekend of the race. They also bring a team to volunteer training each year and help educate our volunteers on dog handling and road crossings.

Thank you so much Tom and Sally for all you do for our community, the CopperDog, and mushing as a sport!

Tom would like to thank his sponsors, Keweenaw Sauna, Woodland Firearms in Baraga, Heikkinen Firewood, Jerry's Auto Service and Super 8 in Houghton.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Ted Nugent - "Fred Bear"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/1/2019 11:26 AM
Frank Moe
Moetown Kennels
Hovland, MN 55606

Frank Moe, from Hovland, MN, is returning to Calumet for his sixth CopperDog. Calumet has become his adopted town; he and his family love coming back, staying with and visiting so many good friends that they've met along the way.

His favorite memory is the first time he crested Brockway Mountain and looked out over da Yoop and Lake Superior. His craziest mushing story is giving CPR to a dog in the 2018 CD150.

Hi lead dogs are Cinder, Colt, Pony Girl, and Clover.

He would like to thank his sponsors NutriSource Performance Dog Food, which is made right in Minnesota!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Call Me the Breeze"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/21/2019 6:52 PM
Kevin Vandenbussche
Vandenbussche Kennels
Moosonee, Ontario P0L-1Y0

Kevin Vandenbussche will be running the CopperDog 150 for the very first time! He's traveling from Vandenbussche Kennels in Moosonee, Ontario!

His kennel currently has 12 working dogs and a few pups. His lead dogs names are Everest, Abby, Vegas, Torino, Zuma, and Frank 'The Tank.' He got into mushing simply for his love of dogs and nature. Almost all of his dogs are born and raised in his kennel in the company of his family.

Welcome to the Keweenaw Peninsula, Calumet, and the CopperDog Kevin!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: His kids favorite song!! Jason Aldean - "Dirt Road Anthem"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/22/2019 8:51 PM
Becky Bean
Hermit's Cove K-9s
Gay, MI 49913

Becky is returning for her sixth time racing the CopperDog. Her lead dogs are True Grit and Driver. Her kennel currently has 32 dogs, nine ducks, and three cats. She got into mushing when she started handling for Kelly Jo Engle in 2012 and thought it might be fun! She had been "mushing" with her Golden Retrievers and a kick sled!

Her craziest mushing story is a long one but the gist of it is being stranded in the woods during a blizzard with no headlamp and wolves all around. Sounds scary!

Her favorite memory of CopperDog is being out in the back country in Copper Harbor and seeing eagle wing prints in the new fallen snow.

Becky works as an ICU / ER RN to help pay for all of her critters and she would love to give a huge thanks to her family who are patient and tolerant of her mushing madness. We hear it is a very contagious and incurable disease!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Heart - "Barracuda"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/25/2019 12:27 AM
Martha Schouweiler
Otter Run Kennel
Irma, WI 54442

Martha fell in love with Huskies and mushing when she was 15 but she didn't really get to do mushing for real until 2003.

Her craziest moment was during a year in the Midnight Run in the Marquette, MI area when her team had to go under the boom of a logging truck - AS IT WAS IN ACTION!!! She said it was super scary for all! :-O

Martha would especially like to thank a group of beautiful dog lovers called the Ugly Dogs. And also 10 Squared Racing - and they love dogs too!

Her first grandson, T-Boone [yes, we have that right], was recently born so when you see her this weekend be sure to congratulate her!!

Good luck at the CopperDog, Grandma Martha! We promise no logging trucks... but watch out for those snowmobiles!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: David Parmley - "Going to the Races"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/25/2019 8:58 AM
Larry Fortier
Coyote Run Sled Dog Kennel
Gaylord, MI 49735

Larry Fortier has raced every CopperDog with the exception of 2015 when his wife, Joann, raced in his place. This year they are both racing - who will beat who?!? Larry beat his wife in the Midnight Run by 32 seconds this year. Payback at the CopperDog, perhaps?!?

His lead dogs will be Nelson and Summer.

His craziest mushing story was the Midnight Run blizzard of 2015. All four major highways were closed for the first time in history and there were 72 mph winds and he was mushing 100 feet from Lake Superior!

Larry's favorite memory of CopperDog was the first one. He had a "smoking third leg" of the race and, well, finished third overall!

He would like to thank UpNorth Land Company and Wittock Supply.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Imagine Dragons - "Believer"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/25/2019 7:09 PM
Ryan Anderson
AnderTier Racing
Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024

Ryan Anderson is back for his second CopperDog 150 joining us from Saint Croix Falls, WI this year. His kennel has 40 dogs includinbg puppies! His lead dogs this year are James, Tito, Elm, Bunker, Rose, Muskie, and Oak.

His favorite memory of CopperDog last year was the Calumet start of the race on Friday night. Cheer him on big time at the start so he'll be even more impressed this year!

Welcome back to the CopperDog, Ryan!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/25/2019 8:56 PM
Mary Manning
Doodledog Kennel
Hovland, MN 55606

Mary Manning, and Doodledog Kennel, are returning for their second CopperDog. She has 32 dogs in her kennel in Hovland, MN. Her lead dogs will be Mimas, Slider, Luck, and Waupaca.

Her favorite memory is the start! She says it's "outstanding" and "the crowd is great!"

Mary's craziest mushing story goes something like this; she was training her team on a forest road. A neighbor’s guard dog was barking at them as they passed and suddenly three goats and a llama burst from the woods on the opposite side of the road and charged towards her team.

They ran right at the dogs, then fell into a line running next to the dogs. Her dogs were trying to figure out what kind of weird dogs they were. She stopped the team to run off the interlopers, but the goats and llama turned and ran back to the woods and her team got back to work!

She would like to thank Canine Health Forward & 10 Squared Racing.

Good luck in the CD150, Mary!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Fall Out Boy - “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”

Finish Position:

Registered
2/26/2019 6:56 AM
Jake Golton
Golton Racing Kennel
L'Amable, Ontario K0L-2L0

Jake Golton returns to the CopperDog 150 for the seventh time. Golton Racing Kennels currently has many dogs from puppies up to some retirees. He got into mushing because of his dad. Jake finished in the top five in the last five years, including winning the CD150 in 2014!

He says he has too many good memories about CopperDog to pick only one. He LOVES everything about CopperDog, especially the many race volunteers and the race organizers.

Welcome back Jake!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Billy Squire - "The Stroke"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/26/2019 6:56 AM
Brady McConkey
Golton Racing Kennel
L'Amable, Ontario K0L-2L0

Brady is joining us this year for CopperDog, and is racing with the Golton Racing Kennel from L'Amable, Ontario.

Brady does not come from a family of mushers, but he got contaminated with the "incurable disease" at a very young age. His neighbor, a grade school teacher, asked Brady’s parents to come feed his sled dogs while he and his wife were away at a race. Brady came along for the ride and was enchanted!

With now many races under his belt, Brady’s goal is to run the Yukon Quest. The Quest is a daunting 1,000+ mile race that starts in Whitehorse, Yukon and ends in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is considered by many to be much tougher then the Iditarod!

His mom has been quoted in saying; “It doesn’t matter how his race goes, he always comes across the finish line with a smile." And "He’s making a name for himself just with the respect that he has for his dogs and his care for his dogs, and the respect that he has for other mushers.”

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: AC/DC - "Rock 'N' Roll Train"

Finish Position:

2018 CopperDog 150 Results

The ninth annual CopperDog 150 saw both excitement, incredible sportsmanship, and a third time winner. Mr. Dennis LaBoda won his third CopperDog 150. Anny Malo, last year's winner, overcame a health issue with one of her sled dogs and a reduced team size, for a come from behind second place finish. Anny was the first musher to arrive at the Stage-3 finish in Calumet on an incredibly bright and sunny day. Ryan Anderson in his first CopperDog 150 was a few minutes behind Anny. Martha Schouweiler, a veteran of several races and a past winner of the CD40 race, placed fourth. Experienced CopperDog participants Jake Golton, Rita Wehseler, JR Anderson, Michael Bestgen, and Greta Thurston rounded out the top ten.

Place Musher Bib Time mph Appearances Wins
1 Dennis LaBoda 10 9:41:40 13.17 9 3
2 Anny Malo 12 9:45:33 13.09 2 1
3 Ryan Anderson 17 9:50:59 12.96 1  
4 Martha Schouweiler 14 9:56:26 12.85 6 1
5 Jake Golton 15 9:59:38 12.78 6 1
6 Joanna Oberg 7 10:18:59 12.38 5  
7 Rita Wehseler 8 10:25:44 12.24 3  
8 JR Anderson 9 10:29:56 12.16 7 1
9 Michael Bestgen 3 10:31:16 12.14 9  
10 Greta Thurston 11 10:43:22 11.91 1  
11 Frank Moe 6 11:17:34 11.31 6  
12 Tom Bauer 5 11:51:02 10.76 4  
13 Lynne Witte 1 11:54:15 10.73 9  
14 Jerry Papke 13 11:57:04 10.69 8  
15 Chris Adkins 2 13:33:30 9.42 1  
DNF Larry Fourtier 4     8  
DNF Bruce Magnusson 16     8
posted on 3/7/2018 8:37 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top
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