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2018 CopperDog 80 Who's Registered?

2018 CopperDog 80
Competition, 6 Dog Race (7 Dog Pool), 77 Miles, 2 Stages, $3,250 Purse, Pays 1st - 5th
Registration Cap: 18 Teams
  Bib Musher Kennel/Team City, State Fin
1 Jerry Trudell ...Sharks Came Racing Calumet, MI
2 Becky Bean Hermit's Cove K-9s Gay, MI
3 Alex LaPlante Maple Ridge Kennel Esko, MN
4 Geri Minard Silver Creek Kennel Newberry, MI
5 Erin Becker Prairie Winds Racing Little Falls, MN
6 Susan Serafini Two Hearted Racing... Hancock, MI
7 Bruce Magnusson Magnusson Racing Cheboygan, MI
8 Bruce Magnusson Magnusson Racing Cheboygan, MI
9 Bruce Magnusson Magnusson Racing Cheboygan, MI
10 Hanna Tiura Team Upland Racing Calumet, MI
11 Tim Chisholm Bad Moon Rising Kennel North Branch, MN
12 Amber Evans Silent Night Sled Dogs Milaca, MN
13 Kelly Jo Engle Kelly Jo's Solitaire... Atlantic Mine, MI
14 Frank Caldwell Team Caldwell Newberry, MI
15 Kelsey Beaber Flying K Kennel Mountain, WI
16 Ryan Beaber Flying K Kennel Mountain, WI

Registered
11/18/2017 10:09 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. After a couple of years handling and running retiring dogs they caught the virus BIG TIME and began building their own kennel. They currently have 15 runners and one retiree. His lead dogs are Kashi and Kellogs.

Jerry has attended every CopperDog and his favorite memories are the enthusiasm of all the people involved in the race. When asked about what he likes about CopperDog, Jerry's response was "the outpouring of community support."

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "Dog Days are Over", Florence and the Machine

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11/18/2017 11:12 AM
Becky Bean
Hermit's Cove K-9s
Gay, MI 49913

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11/18/2017 2:57 PM
Alex LaPlante
Maple Ridge Kennel
Esko, MN 55733

Alex became involved in mushing when she started volunteering at the Beargrease. She and her husband, Dave, have approximately 50 dogs in their kennel. Her lead dogs are Monax, Lettie and Charlie.

Her favorite memory of CopperDog was going down the chute a few years ago when then music was really loud!

Alex is the proud mom of two teenage boys who are "awesome." Her husband is her handler and "he is the best."

When asked what she doesn't like about CopperDog, her answer is pasties! But, "seriously though, this is a great race."

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: "Let's Go Crazy", Prince

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11/18/2017 10:37 PM
Geri Minard
Silver Creek Kennel
Newberry, MI 49868

Geri got involved in mushing after going on a sled dog trip in Bayfield, WI, she then handeled for a musher for a year and was hooked. She has 13 dogs in her kennel and her leads are Maxine, Quill, Snoopy and Pepper.

Her favorite memory of CopperDog is the view from Brockway Mountain. When asked about what she likes about CopperDog her reply was, "the race format, emphasis on dog safety, the people on the race committee."

In addition to mushing, she is also an avid runner and runs the trails year round.

Geri would like to thank the following sponsors: Forest Insurance Center, Dr. Hilary Newby, Joe and Bonnie Bennett, Jay and Loretta Holnagel, David and Joan Coven, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bak, Superior Health and Wellness, Ron and Carolyn Ford, Angel Hardy and Robert Robinson.

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: "State of My Head", Shinedown

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11/18/2017 11:56 PM
Erin Becker
Prairie Winds Racing
Little Falls, MN 56345

Erin started mushing at 9 years old after eating some oreos and milk with her Grandpa and reading the National Geographic article on Susan Butcher. After that it just kind of snowballed from "I want a puppy" to racing! She has 20 dogs in her kennel and her lead dogs are Zephyr, Rue and Penny.

This will be her second year of racing at CopperDog. She handled for Becky Bean in 2016 and fell in love with the race. She ran the 150 last year and is back for some more this year!

Her favorite memory was her main leader, Zephyr, single leading the last 17 miles into the finish last year. She "didn't think the wild child had it in him."

Erin said she "loves the community involvement and the excitement of the spectators. Add in absolutely beautiful trails and it's just an awesome weekend of mushing."

Vet Check Slot: 11:00

Starting Chute Song: "Shut Up and Dance", Walk the Moon

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11/19/2017 12:03 PM
Susan Serafini
Two Hearted Racing Kennel
Hancock, MI 49930

This years CopperDog will be Susan's 5th year racing. When she hasn't raced, she's volunteered. She got involved in mushing after Walt Babcock introduced her to skijoring.

Susan's favorite memory of CopperDog was last years finish in downtown Calumet as her dogs ran very well that day. Her lead dogs are Lily and Grace.

She loves the way the community comes together to put on this "AWESOME" event.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "Pumpin Blood", NoNoNo

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11/19/2017 6:52 PM
Bruce Magnusson
Magnusson Racing
Cheboygan, MI 49721

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11/19/2017 6:52 PM
Bruce Magnusson
Magnusson Racing
Cheboygan, MI 49721

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11/19/2017 6:52 PM
Bruce Magnusson
Magnusson Racing
Cheboygan, MI 49721

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12/12/2017 2:41 PM
Hanna Tiura
Team Upland Racing
Calumet, MI 49913

Hanna is our youngest musher this year at 14 years old! It will be her first year mushing in the CopperDog! She got into the sport from her Father, Brian Tiura, who was the first Copper Dog director.

Her kennel has 10 dogs and her lead dogs are Lara and Juneau. Her favorite memory of CopperDog, thus far, was handling for Frank Moe.

Vet Check Slot: 8:40

Starting Chute Song: "Move", Toby Mac

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2/4/2018 9:23 PM
Tim Chisholm
Bad Moon Rising Kennel
North Branch, MN 55056

Tim and his wife, Nancy, run Bad Moon Kennel in North Branch, MN. His kennel currently has 12 Huskies and one Cheasapeake house dog. His lead dogs are Mooka and Anna. This will be his fourth time attending CopperDog.

Tim has several funny stories from his years of mushing, including training his dogs while he rode a bicycle.

He would like to thank everyone for helping him out last year, especially the fellow musher who saved his team at the beginning of the race. His favorite memories of CopperDog are the people, the atmosphere and the party in Copper Harbor.

Tim indicated the CopperDog is the funnest race he's ever been to, "the volunteers will do anything for you except run a team, but, if asked, I suppose they would run a team too!"


Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: "Bad Moon Rising", Creedence Clearwater Revival

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2/5/2018 8:32 AM
Amber Evans
Silent Night Sled Dogs
Milaca, MN 56353

Amber became involved in mushing after she went to watch a race in college. Her kennel has 20 dogs and her leads are Yokel and Lefty.

Her favorite memory of CopperDog is the time with her husband, kids and dogs, especially in Copper Harbor. She very much likes the trails and community support of the race.

Amber's Dad passed away in November and she has been training this season with a broken heart. When she told her kids she may not run CopperDog this year, her 12 year old said, "Then I will walk there. It's the highlight of the year." So, they are "coming back to a race we love and a community that has supported mushers in a fantastic way every year!"

Vet Check Slot: 10:20

Starting Chute Song: "Do Life Big", Jamie Grace

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2/17/2018 10:05 PM
Kelly Jo Engle
Kelly Jo's Solitaire Kennel
Atlantic Mine, MI 49905

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2/18/2018 9:43 AM
Frank Caldwell
Team Caldwell
Newberry, MI 49868

This will be Frank's first time attending the CopperDog. He and his wife, Regina, moved from upstate New York to the UP in May of 2017. He sprint raced for 18 years and this will be his first stage race and he's looking forward to the experience.

He raced mid distance races mostly in the Eastern United States. Although, when he did start mid distance racing the lack of snow and poor conditions caused the majority of races that he entered to be cancelled the last two seasons. Frank was able to run the Can Am 30 both years but conditions were also unfavorable for training at home so the dogs weren't in as good as shape as he would have liked. Since moving to the UP, he has gotten the most miles on his team yet at over 1,300 training miles. His lead dogs are Hemlock, Cameron, Larry and Fender. So now all Frank asks for is good conditions for the race and to see what his middle aged group of wonderful, hard working dogs can do!

If you ask Frank how he got into mushing, he'll tell you he "saw some weird looking trucks going off into the Pine Barrens in NJ in the mid 1990's and followed them!!!"

He also wishes "Good luck to all of my competitors and thank you to everyone who makes this race happen. Happy Trails!"

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: "Crazy Train", Ozzy Osbourne

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2/19/2018 7:31 PM
Kelsey Beaber
Flying K Kennel
Mountain, WI 54419

This will be Kelsey's second year running the CopperDog. She was 11 when she first ran! Her lead dogs are Tulip and Pork Chop. She really likes the chute songs and the downtown start.

Kelsey says "hopefully this will be my last CopperDog 80 so I can do the CopperDog 150 next year. I plan on doing all the longer dog races next year when I am 13. I did two 8 dog races this year already."

Vet Check Slot: 10:00

Starting Chute Song: "Thunder", Imagine Dragons

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2/19/2018 7:31 PM
Ryan Beaber
Flying K Kennel
Mountain, WI 54149

This will be Ryan's second time attending the CopperDog. His favorite memory was his first year when he got to be on the trail with his amazing 11 year old daugher, Kelsey, the whole race. "It was very special."

He loves that he gets to participate in the race with Kelsey, but, this year he is betting she will beat him and not run the trail with him.

Ryan got into mushing by running sprint dogs as a hobby and it was "a trap!! All of a sudden I owned them!" His lead dogs are Tulip and Calamity. He's looking forward to the downtown start and all the amazing volunteers!

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