UP200 Sled Dog Race, Marquette, MI

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.

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10 Responses to UP200 Sled Dog Race, Marquette, MI

  1. czarowniczy says:

    No animal rights protestors?

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  2. jeans2nd says:

    Oh wow, never heard of this one, thanks, Stella.
    So who won?

    Looking forward to the Iditarod posts again this year. Lacking knowledge or experience, rarely comment, but read it every year. It is hard not to be caught up in the excitement.

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  3. The Tundra PA says:

    Really late to the party on this one, and delighted to find your post this morning. Thanks, Stella! Sounds like a gorgeous place to mush dogs. I’ve never been to the UP, but hope to see it on an extended RV trip in the next 2 years. Won’t be in winter, though.

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    • stella says:

      Beautiful, but lots of bugs, including black flies.


      • The Tundra PA says:

        DH and I both have The Ultimate Bug Shirt ™, the go-to garment for bugginess. Even keeps out no-see-ems.

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        • stella says:

          To me, the worst are the black flies. They bite and draw blood. Once I was traveling with friends on a sailboat on Lake Huron and, as we passed an island, a huge swarm of black flies landed on our boat. We went from bathing suits to as many clothes as we could practically wear. It was an awful experience. They went to sleep at night, but the next morning we fogged the cabin and vacuumed up their tiny bodies (we were in port by that time).

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  4. The Tundra PA says:

    Stella, you’ve set my spidey senses tingling, big time. I had to jump down the rabbit hole of the UP200, wondering if any of the mushers were names known to me. Of the 19 mushers, Ryan Reddington was the only one I knew. But the guy who took the Red Lantern (last place), Josh McNeal, is from the next community south of here, Kasilof. I’ve spent the last hour or more on his website, crookedcreekmushing.com. Looks like a nice young man who is new to mushing and trying to make a go of it. Plans to run Iditarod for the first time next year. I’ve been wanting to find a young musher to sponsor, and thanks to you I think I have. I’m so pleased! Thank you! (we never know the good we do at the time we do it…)

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