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Kid's Sled Ride Day a great success!

Kid's Sled Ride's Day a big success

Thank you to everyone that helped put on the Kids Sled Dog Race yesterday. It was a great success with around 200 kids getting rides. By the smiles on their faces, I think they will have good memories of that for years to come.

  • Thanks Krissy Kovachich for coordinating the entire event including being a musher, a dog handler, and our celebrity spokes person! ( see her TV6 Interview here )
  • Nice work Jon Koskiniemi for taking care of all the food and beverages
  • Rob Greenhoe and his daughter setting up and staffing the Merchandise stand ($424 is sales plus $142 in donations)
  • Jaime Thyrion of River Valley Bank for coordinating our guest riders and bringing volunteers from the bank
  • Ben Miller and his team for making the trail
  • Tom, Sally, and Roy Bauer and family from Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures for bringing the stars of the show their wonderful racing teams
  • The MTU Mushing club
  • Frank Fiala and Boone Fiala over at 5th and Elm for providing the coffee
  • Pat's Foods for donating the Hot Dogs
  • Aspirus Keweenaw for donating the Hot Chocolate
  • Jerry and Pat Trudell from Sharks Came Racing... for bringing some of their team to interact with the kids and for photos
  • Any the many volunteers that helped handle the dogs, get kids on the sled, kept the dogs on the trail, sanded the ice and everything else it takes to put this on this great event
posted on 12/23/2018 10:02 AM by Walt Kiiskila | permalink | Back to Top

Kid's Sled Ride Day a great success!

Kid's Sled Ride's Day a big success

Thank you to everyone that helped put on the Kids Sled Dog Race yesterday. It was a great success with around 200 kids getting rides. By the smiles on their faces, I think they will have good memories of that for years to come. Plenty of hot chocolate (Aspirus), coffee (5th and Elm), and hot dogs (Pat's Foods) were served to our aspiring young mushers and their families.

See our own Krissy Kovachich, Jerry Trudell, and some excited sled ride participants in the TV6 story here

Tom Bauer with an excited future musher

The course

The Crowd

See the news story listing some of our volunteers and sponsors.

Our own Krissy mushing

posted on 12/23/2018 10:02 AM by Walt Kiiskila | permalink | Back to Top

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

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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