Ryan Anderson, from Ray Minnesota, crosses the finish line in Grand Marais, Michigan
Photo courtesy of The Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association
The UP200 Sled Dog Race, one of the top annual sled dog races in the lower 48 and a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska. We'd previously been to the Minnesota's John Beagrease sled dog race and the Apostle Islands Dog Sled race and have wanted to catch the UP race for several years, but things always came up to change our plans. So in 2012 we finally made it . . . .
Well almost. The morning of the race while traveling west of Munising returning from snowshoeing, nasty noises began eminating from the left front wheel of our truck. Investigation led us to conclude a wheel bearing was starting to go out. Since our plans involved chasing around the remote countryside between Marquette and Grand Marais to follow the race, we feared we might break down in some isolated place, risking life and limb in freezing weather. We also figured we'd be greeted with an expensive and a long delay waiting for repairs. So reluctantly we decided we'd better head directly home to Wisconsin before the bearing failed completely.
So the pictures and videos here are courtesy of others who were lucky enough to attend the race and festivities associated with the race. For us it is better luck next year.
Video of the 2012 UP 200 Dog Sled Race
The following video from Under the Radar - Michigan provides a super introduction to the sport of Sled Dog Racing as well as some great pre-race scenes in Marquette and the ceremonial start of the race in downtown Marquette.
Here's another video showing a close-up of a sled dog team on the trail. In YouTube you catch several other interesting race videos.
2012 Race Results
Ryan Anderson won the main race - the 240 mile UP200. This was his third victory in this race. David Gill from Skandia, Michigan took second place and third place went to Martin Koenig of Seeley Lake, Montana. Joanna Oberg from Ignace, Ontario, Canada won the Midnight Run, a 90 mile eight dog race that begins Friday evening in Marquette and finishes the next morning in Munising. Allena Baum, from Kennan, Wisconsin, won the Jack Pine 30, a 30 mile six dog race that runs from Gwinn to Marquette. The Jack Pine is favored by younger and first time competitors.
See more race results and photos at the UP200 Website.
See several pictures and our report from the 2013 UP 200 dog sled race
Mushing and Sled Dog Marathon Links
John Beargrease Marathon - SuperiorTrails Report
UP 200 Sled Dog Race - Race Website
Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race - SuperiorTrails Report
CopperDog 150 Sled Dog Race - Race Website
Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race - Race Website
Marquette & Eastern UP Travel-Visitor Directory
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