The famous U.P. 200 sled dog races is scheduled to return on Friday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day), starting off from Washington Street in Marquette.
As a qualifying race for the Iditarod, the U.P. 200 is one of the country’s premier twelve-dog, mid-distance races that attracts competitive mushers from both the United States and Canada.
Also occurring at the same time of the 200, is the eight-dog Midnight Run (MNR) from Marquette to Chatham, and back to Marquette. The MNR is a race for those who want to test their skills on a more challenging terrain/trail.
The races start at 6:30 p.m. with the Opening Ceremonies on the 200 block of Washington Street. Walt Lindala and Frida Waara will welcome sponsors, representatives and spectators to the race, and the Marquette Male Chorus giving a special performance before the teams hit the trail at 7:00.
No companion or pet dogs are allowed as they can distract the racing dogs, and sometimes, the temperatures could be unfavorable for those who would like their pets to be outside.
There will also be a few warming spots and parties offered throughout the race grounds from places such as Cafe Bodega, Donckers, Eagle Mine Information Center, Northern Michigan University, and the Marquette DDA at the Marquette Commons.
If you want to know more the races and the warming spots being offered at the U.P. 200, click here. Down below are a couple archive videos of the races, one of them was featured on TV6’s Discovering show.