2014 U.P. 200, Midnight Run, and Jackpine 30 Dogsled Races

If you were in or around Marquette County this weekend you likely saw some mushers, dog sleds, and a whole lot of cute dogs! The weekend was full of dog sled racing.

The U.P. 200

The longest of the three, the historic U.P. 200 stretches 240 miles. The annual races leaves from Marquette, making a round trip to Grand Marais. The races is limited to no more than 40 teams, each with 12 dogs. To ensure the safety of dogs and mushers there are a series of checkpoints and a required 16 hours of rest time. The inaugural race was in 1990. Annually, as many as 10,000 people will line the streets of Marquette on Friday night to watch the mushers take off.

Top 5 finishes of 2014

  1. Keith Aili, veteran from Ray, MN
  2. Ryan Anderson, veteran from Ray, MN
  3. Ryan Redington, veteran from Wasilla, AK
  4. Troy Groeneveld, veteran from Two Harbors, MN
  5. Denis Tremblay, veteran from St. Michel des Saints, Quebec

For full race results check out UP200.org

Breakdown of mushers

VeteranRookieFemaleMaleTotal
Michigan20112
Other U.S.A.71178
Other Countries21033
Total Mushers11221113
Midnight Run

The Midnight Run also takes off on Friday night from downtown Marquette and returns to Marquette the next morning. This is an eight-dog 90-mile race that makes a round trip to Chatham. The required rest time is five hours.

Top 5 finishes of 2014

  1. Jacob Golton, rookie from L’Amable, Ontario
  2. Kris Sampson, veteran from South River, Ontario
  3. Joann Fortier, veteran from Gaylord, MI
  4. Martha Schouweiler, veteran from Tomahawk, WI
  5. Michael Bestgen, veteran from St. Cloud, MN

For full race results check out UP200.org

Breakdown of mushers

VeteranRookieFemaleMaleTotal
Michigan1035813
Other U.S.A.824610
Other Countries51156
Total Mushers246102030
Jackpine 30

The Jackpine 30 is the shortest of the three races and begins and ends in Gwinn. The 26-mile course consists of six-dog teams and takes 2-4 hours to complete.

Top 5 finishes of 2014

  1. Matt Sturmer, veteran from Bruce Crossing, MI
  2. Linda Thompson, veteran from Cannon Falls, MN
  3. Randy Foust, veteran from Mountain, WI
  4. Fred Powers, veteran from Wetmore, MI
  5. Susan Serafini, veteran from Hancock, MI

For full race results check out UP200.org

Breakdown of mushers

VeteranRookieFemaleMaleTotal
Michigan1002810
Other U.S.A.1103811
Other Countries00000
Total Mushers21051621
Blair Braverman
Blair Braverman, Jackpine 30

Brian Bentley
Brian Bentley, Jackpine 30

Fred Powers
Fred Powers, Jackpine 30

JR Williamson
JR Williamson, Jackpine 30

JR Williamson
JR Williamson, Jackpine 30

Larry Krot
Larry Krot, Jackpine 30

Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson, Jackpine 30

Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson, Jackpine 30

Lynee Witte
Lynee Witte, Jackpine 30

Peter Swanson and Brian Bentley
Peter Swanson and Brian Bentley, Jackpine 30

Pete Swanson
Pete Swanson, Jackpine 30

Randy Foust
Randy Foust, Jackpine 30

Randy Foust
Randy Foust, Jackpine 30

Randy Foust
Randy Foust, Jackpine 30

Susan Serafini
Susan Serafini, Jackpine 30

Tony Hanson
Tony Hanson, Jackpine 30

Seamus
Seamus, U.P. 200 mascot

U.P. 200

Marquette Cathedral
Marquette cathedral on the evening of the U.P. 200
U.P. 200 Fans
U.P. 200, Downtown Marquette
Start of the U.P. 200 in downtown Marquette
Kevin Malikowski
Kevin Malikowski, start of the U.P. 200 in downtown Marquette
Tim Hunt, U.P. 200 downtown Marquette
Tim Hunt, U.P. 200 downtown Marquette
Upper Peninsula Plaid Bandana
Linda Johnson’s team wears our Upper Peninsula Plaid bandana

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