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2018 CopperDog 150 Race Offerings

With the scent of fall in the air, as the colors change, we reflect back on years-past; so many inspiring sled-dog moments right here in our own back yards of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We feel blessed and are truly amazed, overwhelmed even, by all of the dedicated mushers, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators that come together year over year to celebrate mushing and community vitality in the Keweenaw.  Together, we have grown CopperDog from a simple idea to a world-class event that brings joy to the hearts of so many.  Thank you for sharing you love of mushing with us and inspiring everyone who loves CopperDog.


2018 CopperDog 150 (10 Dogs, 3 Stages, 135 Miles, $27,350 Purse)

  • Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 4 (Friday is a night run)
  • Professional (mushers must be qualified for the event, see race rules)
  • 10 Dog Team / 10 Dog Pool
  • 3 Days / 3 Stages / 135 Miles
  • Stage 1: Calumet to Eagle Harbor (49 miles, night run)
  • Stage 2: Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor (44 miles or less)
  • Stage 3: Copper Harbor to Calumet (41 miles or less)
  • Purse 27,350, Pays 1st – 10th (9000, 6000, 4000, 2400, 1650, 1150, 950, 850, 750, 600)
  • Goal of 25 teams
  • Registration fee $375 (registration deadline February 28, 11:59PM), this will include one musher meal for Friday opening meeting and a commemorative CopperDog item.

Purse 10-Dog Race
Position 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1st 3,000 6,000 6,000 6,200 6,300 7,000 9,300 9,000 9,000
2nd 2,000 4,500 4,500 4,800 4,800 5,000 7,100 6,000 6,000
3rd 1,200 3,500 3,500 3,600 3,600 3,800 5,200 4,000 4,000
4th 1,000 2,500 2,500 2,600 2,600 2,800 3,300 2,500 2,400
5th 800 1,500 1,500 1,800 1,800 2,000 2,000 1,800 1,650
6th 500 500 900 1,100 1,200 1,200 1,400 1,200 1,150
7th 400 450 800 900 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,000 950
8th 300 400 700 800 1,000 1,000 900 850 850
9th 200 350 600 700 900 900 800 750 750
10th 100 300 400 500 700 700 700 700 600
11th - - 350 - - - - - -
12th - - 250 - - - - - -
Total 9,500 20,000 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,500 31,800 27,800 27,350


2018 CopperDog 80 (6 Dogs, 2 Stages, 77 Miles, $3,250 Purse)

Based on success of 2016/17 and excitement from mushers, CopperDog is continuing to offer the traditional 6-dog teams a two-stage competition with the same format and fees as 2016. The CopperDog 80 will continue to be a 77 mile race that will take place in two stages. The first stage (42 miles) begins Friday night, downtown Calumet to lantern lit Eagle River. The second stage (37 miles) begins on Sunday in Copper Harbor ending in downtown Calumet.

  • Friday, March 2 and Sunday, March 4
  • Competition (no prerequisites)
  • 6 Dog Team (no pool)
  • 2 Days / 2 Stages / 77 Miles
  • Stage 1: Calumet to Eagle River (42 miles, night run)
  • Stage 2: Copper Harbor to Calumet (37 miles or less)
  • Purse $3,250, Pays 1st – 5th (1450, 800, 500, 300, 200)
  • Goal of 18 teams
  • Registration fee $175 (registration deadline February 28, 11:59PM), this will include one musher meal for Friday opening meeting and a commemorative CopperDog item.
Purse 6-Dog Race
Finish 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1st - - 500 500 500 500 1,150 1,150 1,450
2nd - - 300 300 300 350 750 750 800
3rd - - 200
200
200 250 450 450 500
4th - - - - 100 175 250 250 300
5th - - -
-
100 125 150 150 200
Total - -
1,000 1,000 1,200 1,500 2,750 2,750 3,250


Withdraw and Refunds

We are continuing to pursue our more lenient policy with withdraws and refunds. Refunds are typically issued within two weeks of notification of withdraw.

  • Withdraw before January 31 and received a 100% refund of the registration fee.
  • Withdraw between Feb 1 and Feb 20 and receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • No refunds will be issued to entrants who withdraw after February 20.
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