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2017 CopperDog 80 Who's Registered?

2017 CopperDog 80
Competition, 6 Dog Race (no pool), 77 Miles, 2 Stages, $2,700 Purse, Pays 1st - 5th`
Registration Cap: 18 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 Lynne Witte Nature's Kennel Mount Clemens, MI
2 Geri Minard Silver Creek Kennel Newberry, MI
3 Jerry Trudell ...Sharks Came Racing Calumet, MI
4 Steven Foust Tanglefoot Racing Mountain, WI
5 Randy Foust Tanglefoot Racing Mountain, WI
6 Alex LaPlante Maple Ridge Kennel Duluth, MN
7 Susan Serafini Two Hearted Racing... Hancock, MI
8 Kelly Jo Engle Kelly Jo's Solitaire... Atlantic Mine, MI
9 Jerry Papke Alder Creek Kennel Kingston, MI
10 Linda Thompson Yoop It Up Kennel Cannon Falls, MN
11 Mike Betz Fugarwe Kennels Minnetonka, MN

10/8/2016 10:02 AM
Lynne Witte
Nature's Kennel
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Lynn got into mushing through classroom teaching and enthusiasm to be enjoying the outdoors.She has taken an early retirement from teaching second grade to work at Nature's Kennel McMillan and has been training a team of yearlings. She is taking that team to Whitehorse, Yukon to run them in the Quest 300 mike race. She is a rookie in this race as well as her team. She has also competed in every CopperDog race to date. This year will have competed in Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Iron Line, Midnight Run. Leaders this year are Puddle and Mississippi leading a team of yearling females from Nature's Kennel of McMillan. Sponsored by Nature's Kennel and their sponsors Royal Canin.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: American Land by Bruce Springsteen

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 10:01 AM
Geri Minard
Silver Creek Kennel
Newberry, MI 49868

I have been running dogs for 17 years. I became interested in sled dogs after going on a sled dog day trip in Bayfield, WI. I spent the next year handling for a kennel before buying my first sled dog. My husband Rick and I have a small kennel of 11 dogs. I have finished the UP200 twice, Copperdog 150 three times, Midnight Run twice, and have also finished the Ironline, Apostle Islands, Pellston Icebox, TCSDR and my very first race was a three dog sprint in Cannon Falls, MN. My leaders are Shale and Siggy. In addition to running dogs I enjoy trail running and run various races in the "off season". My sponsors are Superior Health and Wellness, Joe and Bonnie Bennett, Dale and Deb Hardy , Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bak,Dr. Hilary Newby and Dave and Joan Coven. Special thanks to my biggest supporter and fan, my husband Rick.

Vet Check Slot: 10:40

Starting Chute Song: State of My Head by Shinedown.

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 10:02 AM
Jerry Trudell
...Sharks Came Racing
Calumet, MI 49913

Jerry and his wife Pat are transplanted southerners now residing in Calumet. They were introduced to the sport of mushing in 2006 through a chance meeting with local musher Truman Obermeyer. They adopted 2 retiring race dogs and began handling for Brewery Creek Racing. After a couple of years handling and running some other retiring dogs they were bitten by the race bug and began building their own kennel. They now have 12 race dogs and a few retirees. Leading tonight are a pair of 5 year olds,Burch and Spur. They are followed by 8 year old McGee and 5 year old Kashi. In wheel are 5 year old Dune and 4 year old Riata. And yes Burch is spelled with a "u" because he is named after a person not the tree.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + The Machine

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 10:03 AM
Steven Foust
Tanglefoot Racing
Mountain, WI 54149

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song:

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 10:03 AM
Randy Foust
Tanglefoot Racing
Mountain, WI 54149

We are looking forward to a new season of sled dog racing. Tanglefoot has been working hard to prepare for this new season.

Vet Check Slot: 9:40

Starting Chute Song: William Tell Overture

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 10:10 AM
Alex LaPlante
Maple Ridge Kennel
Duluth, MN 55804

Vet Check Slot: 9:20

Starting Chute Song:

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 11:21 AM
Susan Serafini
Two Hearted Racing Kennel
Hancock, MI 49930

I live in Hancock and it's awesome to have a race of this caliber in my back yard! I was introduced to mushing shortly after moving to the U.P. from Ohio, but didn't start running dogs until about 2001. My first race was the Land O'Lakes sprint race where I showed up with a Tim White toboggan sled and a Ford Explorer for a "dog truck". This is my 4th Copperdog. I have also raced in the 6 dog class at Tahquamenon, Jack Pine, IronLine, Apostle Island and the Wolf Track.
I have 14 sled dogs, which includes a number of retirees. My leaders are Lillie and Grace; Bloom, Beryl, Fleury, and Omni make up the rest of the team

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: When We Run by Seth Bernard and May Erlewine

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 12:01 PM
Kelly Jo Engle
Kelly Jo's Solitaire Kennel
Atlantic Mine, MI 49905

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song:

Host Family: 9:00

Finish Position:

11/22/2016 9:03 PM
Jerry Papke
Alder Creek Kennel
Kingston, MI 48741

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song:

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 2:51 PM
Linda Thompson
Yoop It Up Kennel
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

I watched the end of the U.P. 200 in 1991 and was hooked on
the sport. Since then, I have competed in numerous sprint, dry land and
mid-distance races. My kennel name is Yoop It Up Kennel with 10 dogs,
mainly Alaskan Huskies. The dogs I put in front for a run are my
leaders, though Jax, my German Shorthaired Pointer is my main man.
Big Thank You to all the volunteers who help with this race and a Big
Big Thank you to my husband Chris who supports me.

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song: Into the Night by Santana featuring Chad Kroeger

Finish Position:

10/8/2016 11:32 AM
Mike Betz
Fugarwe Kennels
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Vet Check Slot:

Starting Chute Song:

Finish Position:

CopperDog 80 - Sport-Class

6 Dog Team, 80 Miles, 2 Stage, $2,570 Purse, Pays 1st - 5th

This 80-mile, 2-stage, 6-dog race enjoys the same excitement and energy as the Professional Class, including the fabulous downtown Calumet start on Saturday and downtown finish on Sunday. Recreational teams will leave immediately following the pro-class teams.

Race Dates: 
Friday, March 3, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Race Format: 
80 Miles
2 Stages

Race Purse: 
$2,570 (1st - 5th)

Max Teams: 
18 Teams

Don’t miss out on the friendly people, welcoming communities, challenging trails, formidable competition, and the peace and tranquility that blossoms from the Keweenaw trails at night.

Award money will be paid to first through fifth place.  There is a limit of 18 teams for this event, register early to secure your position.

In 2016, CopperDog introduced its first two-stage race for 6-dog teams and it was well received, therefore it is back for 2017.  The CopperDog 80 is an 80 mile, 2 stage race. Stage 1 is on Friday, starting in Calumet and ending in Eagle River.  Stage 2 is Sunday, starting in Copper Harbor and ending in Calumet.

The CopperDog 80 Sport offers recreational mushers an opportunity to race in the big leagues sharing in the glorious fanfare of the fabulous downtown Calumet start and finish with thousands of fans cheering their teams off into the night.

FRIDAY: Stage 1 - Calumet to Eagle River

We don't skip a beat Friday night, CopperDog 80 teams head out right on the heels of the CopperDog 150 teams and share the same race route until the finish, where CopperDog 80 teams finish in Eagle River while CopperDog 150 teams go on to Eagle Harbor.

Many a 10-dog team have been tempted to take that left hand turn and follow the Sport teams into Eagle River, for the legends of Eagle Rivers welcoming hospitality is nothing short of legendary.

Musher's who have run the CopperDog 150 OR CopperDog 80 often call the Friday night stage "technical" due to the more than 25 road crossings staffed will volunteers. Lead dogs can often be spooked by the number of people present at crossings or by volunteers that are a little too energetic. 

Starting in 2014, CopperDog planners implemented measures to reduced the stress caused on dogs at road crossings. This includes re-education of volunteers concerning "mentally stressing dogs", reducing of the number of volunteers assigned to crossings and a liberal use of snow fence at crossings.

CopperDog invested in an additional 3,000 feet of snow fence for 2014. Half of this fence will be set up at the Traprock Bridge (Crossing #90) and the remainder cut into 25 and 50 foot segments, fitted with dowels, and distributed to volunteers for use at crossings.  Because the snow fence is support by dowels at either end (and sometimes in the middle), two to three volunteers can simply hold and stretch the snow fence in and out of position as mushers come through crossings.

SATURDAY: Day of Reset

CopperDog 80 teams are given a day of rest while the CopperDog 150 teams progress from Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor on Saturday.

SUNDAY: Stage 3 - Copper Harbor to Calumet

Stage 2 is 42 miles, mostly thoroughfare snowmobile trail except for a few locations where we take teams off the beaten path for a little background adventure. In the early years, this short sections of back-country could be pretty tough, but heavier grooming has reduced the difficulty of these sections of trail in recent years.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of stage 2 is the climb from Copper Harbor to the top of Brockway Mountain, about 600' over 4 miles of trail (see stage 2 elevation map). Mushers have reportedly loved this climb because its not only an amazing feeling to finally reach the summit and make the turn down the backside of the mountain, but its a perfect use of the dogs unbridled enthusiasm coming fresh out of Copper Harbor.

Once teams are over Brockway and through the back country that follows, its pretty much a straight shot down Trail 3 back to downtown Calumet where cheering spectators are welcoming teams home.  Teams average between 8.5 and 12.9 mph climbing brockway, right round 10.5 mph through the country and finally between 10 and 12 mph for the remainder of the stage.

The reverse start out of Copper Harbor tends to pack teams together bringing almost all of the competitors into downtown Calumet within an hour. The spectators are very excited to experience teams coming in back to back. Each year has drawn more spectators to the downtown finish. 

Good Luck 6 Dog Teams!

The CopperDog 80 is a challenging, two-stage, mid-distance competition for 6-dog teams and a excellent choice for a first race at CopperDog!

The Keweenaw Peninsula is one of the most unique geographic features of the Great Lakes region. "Lake-effect" snow storms contribute to the average 273 inches of snow-fall each year making the CopperDog 40 the perfect choice for a mid-March race. Experience of the CopperDog 40 for yourself!

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2017 CD80 Race Purse

CopperDog 6-Dog Race Purse
Finish 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1st - - 500 500 500 500 1,150 1,150
2nd - - 300 300 300 350 750 750
3rd - - 200
200 250 450 450
4th - - - - 100 175 250 250
5th - - -
100 125 150 150
Total - -
1,000 1,000 1,200 1,500 2,750 2,750
posted on 10/7/2016 11:00 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2017 Race Rules

Click to view or download the 2017 Race Rules.

Note that race rules are subject to change.  If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to

posted on 10/7/2016 12:00 AM by Meredith LaBeau | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog 80/40 Champions

Know the names of past CopperDog 150 Champions as they are the teams to beat. Since there are small alterations to the race routes each year, performance is show as average miles per hour rather than overall time.

Year Musher Team State Final
2010-CD35 Saffron Hooper-Kay Caribou Creek Racing Team MI 12.07
2011-CD35 Monte Simmons Doe Creek Kennel MI 10.79
2012-CD35 Jerry Trudell Sharks Come Racing... MI 11.38
2013-CD40 Martha Schouweiler Otter Run Kennel WI 13.98
2014-CD40 Matt Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs MI 11.47
2015-CD40 Matt Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs MI 12.01
2016-CD80 Mallory Sturmer Deepwoods Husky Dogs MI 11.64
posted on 10/7/2016 11:50 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top
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