The U.P. 200 Sled Dog Championship wrapped up on Sunday with Eric Morris from Port Wing, WI taking home first place. Behind him in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place were Ryan Anderson, Tim Calhoun, and Rebekah Chapman, respectively.
Each year the race attracts over 15,000 visitors to Marquette and the surrounding towns for a combination of three races. In addition to the U.P. 200 there is also the Midnight Run from Gwinn to Wetmore and the Jack Pine 30 from Gwinn to Marquette.
What I find most impressive is that our sled dog race right here in Marquette is a qualifying race for the notorious 1,100 mile Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. Not only that, but several Iditarod winners have raced in Marquette over the years.
The NMU student newspaper, The North Wind, published a great little article on the history of U.P. 200 and how it got started two decades ago.
The man responsible was Jeffery Mann who headed to Alaska on a high-school exchange program in the 1970s. In 1988 Mann and his family moved to Marquette with 30 sled dogs. By chance Mann met a Minnesotan named Tim Lindstrom who was an experienced musher in Minnesota. Together they created a premier mid-distance sled dog race. The race is approximately 240 miles, making a round trip from Marquette to Grand Marais.
Photos by yours truly. And unfortunately my camera went kaput while photographing these last photos. Kaput to the point where I won’t be posting any of my own photos for a while. So feel free to buy a Lake Superior Shirt this week or pass the site on to some friends :-)