A tradition since 1990, the U.P. 200 sled dog race kicks off tonight; best of luck mushers!
A top 12 sled dog race for mid-distance in the Midwest, the U.P. 200 is an Iditarod qualifier. Mushers and dogs cover 230 miles between Marquette and Grand Marais, then back again. The trails consist of forested land, hills, creek crossings, deep snow and isolated trail.
The U.P. 200 occurs each year in February. There are 3 races: the U.P. 200, the Midnight Run and the Jack Pine 30. The Midnight Run and the Jack Pine 30 take place on February 18 and are shorter races than the U.P. 200. The U.P. 200 starts today, February 17 and lasts until Sunday, February 19th.
It’s great to keep special traditions alive, especially when they’re unique to a local area. Here’s to the U.P. 200!
Information courtesy of The Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association (UP 200).