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2018 All Volunteer Hands-On Training

WHO:       All Volunteers, Please Join Us!

WHAT:      Learn about working with mushers and sled-dogs

WHERE:   Calumet High School

WHEN:     Saturday, February 24, 10:00 - Noon

WHY:        Having some fun and learn something!

Safety is one our biggest concerns race weekend and well-prepared volunteer base is one of our most important resources. Event planners put a lot of time and energy into planning a safe event, but ultimately its the volunteers in the field that hold the line keeping everyone safe.

To help ensure CopperDog volunteers are ready, the race organization provides an annual All Volunteer training session a week before the race at the CLK Schools in Calumet. The training session is interesting and fun with about 45 minutes of indoor training, covering numerous scenarios that may be encountered on the trail, and 45 minutes of training outdoors working with a musher and dog team.

We strongly encourage all volunteers and anyone from the general public who wants to learn the ins and outs of a musher's sled and the dog team that pulls it; wants to learn the do's and don'ts of working with sled-dogs; wants to learn about race safety and communication procedures; and wants to work hands-on with a couple of dog teams to gain experience to attend this volunteer training session.

Ray Bosley Galleries: Indoor Training, Outdoor Hands-On
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2018 Stage Race Purse

Through generous donors we have secured funds that will be handed out to the fastest team in each Stage.

Based upon your generous donations the stage prizes is finalized at:

All donations were done in memoriam of Nathalie June LaBeau who was born as part of the CopperDog and will always be a part of the CopperDog.

May her infectious smile be on us all.

Volunteer Now for the 2018 CopperDog 150!

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

Volunteer registration is now open or the 2018 CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 80 sled dog races this coming March 2 - 4, 2018.  There are literally hundreds of shifts and positions to fill and we need your help.  Interested?  Just take a look at the 2018 Volunteer Schedule, find something that suites your liking and click sign-up for as many shifts as you want.  If you volunteer for multiple jobs, please watch out for overlapping conflicts in your schedule.

Register a Couple, Group, Team, etc.

When you register more than just yourself for a volunteer shift, you become responsible for ensuring the people you registered get to their assignments. Kids age 14 and over are considered able bodied volunteers, but there must be at least one adult (18+) on each shift.  Kids 13 and younger are welcome to volunteer, but do not count towards the minimum number of volunteers that must be present.

Are You New to the CopperDog?

Volunteering for CopperDog is ridiculously easy!  And working a shift or three CopperDog weekend is a lot of fun.  Please join the hundreds of people who have discovered that volunteer is the best way to experience CopperDog weekend!  And THANK YOU for the help!

A technical note on our Volunteer System

We are continually improving the site and as with all software there are defects.  Please let us know if  you encounter a problem or issue with the website. If the system doesn't work as expected send an e-mail to IT Support with a description of the problem.  Cut and paste the error into the email if you can. Thanks! We are happy to hear your ideas for improving the website as well!


posted on 12/21/2017 9:00 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

What Is CopperDog?

Hey! Let’s organize a sled dog race!

That’s what a small group of people said in 2009, and from that initial idea the CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 40 sled dog races were born.

Both races usually run the first weekend in March. The CopperDog 150 features teams of ten dogs and covers 150 miles in three days, while the CopperDog 40 features teams of six dogs and covers approximately forty miles in one day. The CopperDog 150 caps at thirty teams and the CopperDog 40 caps at fifteen teams. Which means … the first weekend in March finds 350+ dogs racing through Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

The CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 40 are organized by CopperDog, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization located in Calumet, Michigan, a small town in the middle of the Keweenaw Peninsula – a narrow finger of land on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that juts into the middle of Lake Superior.  With an average annual snowfall of 241 inches it’s the perfect place for … well, a sled dog race.

Since its beginning the CopperDog races have attracted mushers from around the world. While many mushers come from the Midwest, each race usually has several Canadian mushers competing – and in 2011 and 2012 a musher from South Africa competed.

CopperDog is definitely a labor of love. It is an entirely volunteer operation, with more than 500 volunteers helping to put the race on. Local residents help mushers with their dogs, provide housing, and oversee trail crossings. Local police and fire departments volunteer their time to man all highway crossings and ensure the safety of all volunteers and participants. On its business end, CopperDog, Inc. is run by an unpaid volunteer board of directors.

CopperDog is more than just two sled dog races. In addition to promoting community vitality through sled dog racing, CopperDog strives to provide education on the history and sport of sled dog racing. Numerous public events – such as classroom visits, volunteer training, “Meet the Dogs” events, and free sled dog rides - are held throughout the year.

CopperDog is always looking for new volunteers. If you’d like to work with a great group of people and be part of one of the MOST FUN winter events you’ll ever see, please contact us. We can’t do it without you!

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Flashback to 2013 CopperDog 150

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2017 CopperDog 150 Winners

Congratulations to Anny Malo for taking 1st Place in the eighth annual CopperDog 150!

Anny (in maroon in the picture below) has the distinction of being the first Canadian and first female musher to win the CopperDog 150. Anny took away the top spot leading Ross Fraboni by only 2 seconds over 136 miles and 10 hours of racing.

Anny is from Saint-Zénon, Québec, Canada, having a kennel of 70 dogs. After doing sprint racing in Québec in the beginning of 2000, her team started looking for longer races.  They have been a part of the central-Canada circuit since 2005 with the World Championships in The Pas, Manitoba. They have participated in the Wyoming Stage Stop, Open North American Championship, Can-Am Crown, and other races. They love being with our dogs and racing them. They travel, whole family in tow, to wherever a race may take them.

From race weekend...

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Race Dates through 2020

The CopperDog Board of Directors pleased to announce official race dates from 2017 through 2020, selected in collaboration with the UPSDA (UP200 & Midnight Run).

Official Race Dates:

  • 2017: March 3 — 5
  • 2018: March 2 — 4
  • 2019: March 1 — 3
  • 2020: February 28 — March 1

Your Donations are Greatly Appreciated

CopperDog is supported entirely through generous sponsorships and donations. Not able to volunteer? Not able to sponsor? Still want to help out? Why not donate by clicking the donate button below.



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