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2019 CopperDog 80

8 Dogs, 85.4 Miles, 2 Stage, $3,600 Purse, Pays 1st - 5th

This 85.4 mile, 2-stage, 8-dog race enjoys the same excitement and energy as the CD150, including the fabulous downtown Calumet start on Friday and downtown finish on Sunday. Teams will leave immediately following the pro-class teams.

Race Dates:
Friday, March 1, 2018 (night run)
(skip a day)
Sunday, March 3, 2018

Race Format:
Professional
8 Dog Team (8 Dog Pool),
85.2 Miles, 2 Stages

Stage 1:
Calumet to Eagle River
42.0 Miles
Night Run

Stage 2:
Copper Harbor to Calumet
43.4 Miles
Day Run

Registration Fee:
$190
Includes Friday Lunch
Includes Awards Dinner
Includes Commemorative Item

Race Purse:
$3,600 (1st - 5th)

Teams:
Goal of 20 Teams

Don’t miss out on the friendly people, welcoming communities, challenging trails, formidable competition, and the peace and tranquility that blossoms from the Keweenaw trails at night.

Award money will be paid to first through fifth place. There is a limit of 20 teams for this event, register early to secure your position.

The CopperDog 80 is an 85.4 mile, 2 stage race. Stage 1 is on Friday, starting in Calumet and ending in Eagle River. Stage 2 is Sunday, starting in Copper Harbor and ending in Calumet.

The CopperDog 80 offers professional and recreational mushers an opportunity to race in the big leagues sharing in the glorious fanfare of the fabulous downtown Calumet start and finish with thousands of fans cheering their teams off into the night.


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

2019 CD80 Race Purse

CopperDog 6/8-Dog Race Purse
Finish 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Dogs 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8
1st - - 500 500 500 500 1,150 1,150 1,450 1,500
2nd - - 300 300 300 350 750 750 800 950
3rd - - 200
200
200 250 450 450 500 550
4th - - - - 100 175 250 250 300 350
5th - - -
-
100 125 150 150 200 250
Total - -
1,000 1,000 1,200 1,500 2,750 2,750 3,250 3,600
posted on 11/13/2019 8:00 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2019 CopperDog 80 - Who's Registered?

2019 CopperDog 80
Competition, 8 Dog Race (8 Dog Pool), 85.2 Miles, 2 Stages, $3,600 Purse, Pays 1st - 5th
Registration Cap: 20 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 21 Jerry Trudell ...Sharks Came Racing Calumet, MI
2 24 Lynne Witte Iskristall Newberry, MI
3 22 Amber Evans Silent Night Sled Dogs Milaca, MN
4 23 Alex LaPlante Maple Ridge Kennel Esko, MN
5 26 Andrea DeBoer Amarok Kennel Grand Marais, MN
6 25 Frank Caldwell Team Caldwell Newberry, MI
7 27 Colie Fleming Mushing Club at Michigan... Houghton, MI
8 Joann Fortier Coyote Run Sled Dog... Gaylord, MI
Registered
11/19/2018 7:16 PM
Jerry Trudell
...Sharks Came Racing
Calumet, MI 49913

Jerry Trudell, another local Calumet musher, is back for another CopperDog! He has attended them all!

Jerry was introduced to mushing in a chance meeting with a local musher, Truman Obermeyer. He and his wife have a kennel of 16 dogs counting retirees. His leads will be Brooks and Kellogs.

His favorite memories of CopperDog are seeing all the crowds on 5th Street. His craziest memory also includes the start; his answer is simply "have you seen my dogs at the start?"

He wold like to thank his wife, Pat, for her continued support!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Florence + The Machine - "Dog Days are Over"

Finish Position:

Registered
11/25/2018 9:27 PM
Lynne Witte
Iskristall
Newberry, MI 49868

Lynne Witte, of Iskristall Kennels from Newberry, MI is back for another CopperDog! She has attended all of them! Her lead dogs this year are Puddle and Snow White.

She loves the terrific community support and all the friends she has met that are involved with the race.

She would like to thank Holmberg Racing, which Iskristall is kennel partners with, and DogBooties.com.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Phil Collins - "On My Way"

Finish Position:

Registered
11/29/2018 7:08 PM
Amber Evans
Silent Night Sled Dogs
Milaca, MN 56353

Amber Evans got herself into mushing when she attended a race near campus while attending college and found herself hooked! She cherishes her time with her family, friends, and dogs in Copper Harbor.

Her kennel name is Silent Night Sled Dogs. It is in Milaca, MN, where she currently has 15 dogs. Her leads this year are Yokel and Lefty.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Crowder - "Run Devil Run"

Finish Position:

Registered
12/4/2018 8:52 PM
Alex LaPlante
Maple Ridge Kennel
Esko, MN 55733

Alex has attended every CopperDog with the exception of year one (2010). She returns this year with lead dogs Charlie and Goose from Maple Ridge Kennel which is owned by Dave Gordon in Esko, MN.

She got into mushing through her husband and Dave Gordon when she was 41. She says it's never too late to start!

Alex would like to thank Dave Gordon and Maple Ridge Kennel and her wonderful handlers Mike & Dave.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Molly Hatchet - "Flirting With Disaster"

Finish Position:

Registered
1/23/2019 10:30 AM
Andrea DeBoer
Amarok Kennel
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Andrea DeBoer is a CopperDog rookie this year! She is joining us from Amarok Kennel in Grand Marais, MN.

Her mom and step dad combined had been mushing for over 30 years.
They were ready to retire so Andrea and her husband sold everything and moved their three children to Grand Marais to take over the kennel! She now has 40 Alaskan Huskies, "give or take a couple!"

Her lead dogs are Roscoe, Daisy, Elsa, and Frenchie. When asked what her craziest mushing story is her reply was "aren't all mushing stories crazy?!?"

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Panic! at the Disco - "High Hopes"

Finish Position:

Registered
1/25/2019 9:34 PM
Frank Caldwell
Team Caldwell
Newberry, MI 49868

Frank is back for his CopperDog number two! He attended for the first time in 2018. His favorite memories from last year were when some random people from the AmericInn in Calumet drove him around to find an auto part stores to get a starter for his truck on the morning of the race!

They wanted to give him their truck to use for the weekend if it was needed1 He also loved coming into Eagle River when he saw all the lanterns on Friday night!

He doesn't have any crazy mushing stories - just normal stuff like bouncing off trees, getting dragged, and dogs scooping up chipmunks without breaking stride!!

He is from Newberry, MI and his kennel name is Team Caldwell. His lead dogs are Larry, Fender, and Hemlock.

He would like to thank his wife Regina and his parents for coming to cheer him on from New Jersey!

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Scuttle Buttin'"

Finish Position:

Registered
2/14/2019 2:39 PM
Colie Fleming
Mushing Club at Michigan Tech / Otter River Sled Dog Training Center
Houghton, MI 49931

Colie is a member of the Mushing Club at Michigan Tech and believe it or not he's quite allergic to dogs! He just takes a pill and toughs it out. The dogs show unconditional love so he shows it back!

Last year he came on a date to the CopperDog as a spectator and told his now girlfriend, "I'm going to do that one year." She didn't believe him. So, he's here in his rookie year with lead dogs Northstar and Louie from Tom Bauer's kennel.

He would like to thank Swift True Value Hardware, Michigan Tech Undergraduate Student Government, and Michigan Tech Alumni.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: John Williams - "Imperial March"

Finish Position:

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

Joann is running her second CopperDog, but her dog sled kennel, Coyote Run, has raced every CopperDog since the beginning. Her leaders will be Tracer, Tuba, and Meri.

She can't pick a favorite CopperDog memory. Each year they have so much fun at the race. The community, the race organizers, the volunteers, the dogs, and other mushers are all part of her favorite CopperDog memories.

Joann has too many crazy mushing stories to list. Some involving porcupines, broken gang-lines, being dragged by her team, and yeah, the common; losing your team. There is a lot cover over in the past 19 years!

She would like to thank her sponsor UpNorth Land Company.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Imagine Dragons - "Whatever it Takes"

Finish Position:

2018 CopperDog 80 Results

The ninth annual CopperDog 80 boasted its largest field with 19 teams entering the race. Tristan Rivest won the event with a strong showing in only his second CopperDog appearance. One of our frequent participants, Alex LaPlante, finished with an impressive second place. Erin Becker placed third in her second CopperDog not far off the pace. We welcomed some new teams to the field this year and are looking forward to their return next year.

Place Musher Bib Time mph Appearances Wins
1 Tristan Rivest 31 6:39:44 12.05 2 1
2 Alex LaPlante 18 6:54:40 11.62 7  
3 Erin Becker 23 7:09:53 11.21 2  
4 Liz van den Toorn 20 7:11:35 11.16 1  
5 Jerry Trudell 26 7:12:08 11.15 7 1
6 Laura Bontrager 21 7:14:21 11.09 1  
7 Kelsey Beaber 30 7:27:56 10.76 2  
8 Susan Serafini 24 7:29:17 10.72 5  
9 Frank Caldwell 34 7:30:47 10.69 1  
10 Geri Minard 19 7:49:38 10.26 8
11 Amber Evans 29 7:51:48 10.21 8  
12 Brian Kandler 33 7:56:43 10.11 3  
13 Adam Schmidt 32 9:11:18 8.74 2  
14 Marcus Benjamin 36 9:47:48 8.20 1  
15 Tim Chisholm 28 11:02:48 7.27 4  
DNF Gerhardt Thiart 22     2  
DNF Becky Bean 25     5  
DNF Hanna Tiura 27     1  
DNF Kelly Jo Engle 35     4  
posted on 3/8/2018 1:22 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top
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