Here’s a look at the start of the UP 200 Friday night in Marquette, Mi. Thousands of people turn out every year to cheer the teams on! They have been running since Friday night and will finish back in downtown Marquette today after having run over 200 miles to Grand Marais and back. This is the 30th year of the race.
Estimated finish time is approximately 9:45 to 10 am this morning at the Lower Harbor in Marquette.
The UP200 is one of America’s premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races and draws mushers from around the United States and Canada. The first UP200 was run in February, 1990, after two years of planning by sled dog racing enthusiasts. The current race covers approximately 230 miles from Marquette to Grand Marais, with a return to Marquette along the same trail. The terrain includes stretches of near-wilderness, creek crossings, hills and valleys, and heavily forested land. Mushers say this is one of their favorite races, not only because of the challenging race, but because of the beautiful trail, the cheering crowds and warm welcome they receive at every checkpoint along the trail here in the Upper Peninsula.
The UP200 is an Iditarod qualifying race. Registration is limited to 40 teams, and mushers are required to have finished the Midnight Run or other equivalent sixty (60) mile continuous running races within the past three seasons.