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Race Planning - Doug Harrer

past Asst. Race Director & Calumet Director

Doug Harrer, a native of the Keweenaw, lives in Calumet.  Doug spends much of his typical day traveling the Upper Peninsula as a Driver and Sales Rep. for Ferrellgas and has also served as a Trustee of the Calumet Village since 2006.

As the concept for the CopperDog 150 was first coming together, the Calumet Village Council was asked to provide a representative to sit on the CopperDog Board.  Feeling that the proposed event would be a good opportunity for Calumet businesses during a typically slow time of year, Doug volunteered and became involved.

As Doug learned the basics of mushing and helped in the planning of the inaugural event, his interest and enthusiasm grew.  Using his many years of experience as Inventory Manager at Somero, Doug managed the race's apparel, merchandise, and sales, which raises much needed funds for the event.  Doug moved on to managing musher parking and was a "Calumet Hooker" (the person that pulls a musher's snow-hook off the cable at the Calumet starting shoot) at the first race.

After experiencing the thrill and excitement of the event, Doug became very passionate about the sport and was ready to get more involved.  Later in 2010 Doug went on to be the clear choice to Chair the CopperDog 150 board.  Doug's balance of insight, experience and even temperament made him the perfect person to bring together the many different people and personalities that make up the Board.  Doug also served as Asst. Race Director at the second CopperDog 150 event in March of 2011.

In mid 2011 Doug served a key roll in establishing policy and procedures designed to make the CopperDog 150 successful and sustainable for many years to come.  With many fresh faces on the Board, Doug was re-elected as Chair and worked to establish the various committees to better distribute the immense work load of planning the epic sled-dog racing weekend.

Doug believes that between the beautiful terrain of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the dedication of mushers to their sport, and the ongoing support of local business, the CopperDog 150 will be one of the most prestigious sled-dog races in the Midwest.  Doug is honored and humbled to say he's been a part of the adventure since day one.

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