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Volunteer Now for the 2017 CopperDog 150!


Volunteer registration is now open or the 2017 CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 40 sled dog races this coming March 3 - 5, 2017.  There are literally hundreds of shifts and positions to fill and we need your help.  Interested?  Just take a look at the 2017 Volunteer Schedule, find something that suites your liking and click sign-up for as many shifts as you want.  If you do a lot of volunteer, please watch out for overlap conflicts in your schedule.

Register a Couple, Group, Team, etc.

When you register more than just yourself for a volunteer shift, you become responsible to bring all of the people you indicated.  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. Volunteering is fun for the entire family, we just need to make sure that our bases or covered to provide a safe event for all.

Buggy Wuggy

Our volunteer system is a home brew and can be a little buggy from time to time.  Please let us know if this happens to you, if the system doesn't work as expect, or you just have ideas on how to improve it.  Send an e-mail to Todd Brassard with a description of the problem.  Cut and paste the error if you can.

Are You a Newbie?

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

posted on 12/12/2014 7:00 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

8th Annual Volunteer Training

The 8th Annual CopperDog 150/80 sled dog races are quickly approaching and we are preparing to host another successful race.

WHO:     all volunteers, open event, please join us

WHAT:     learn about working with dog teams and mushers

WHERE:   Calumet High School (CLK: Multi-Purpose Room)

WHEN:    Sunday, February 26, 1:00PM - 3:00PM

WHY:       because its super fun!

Safety has always been our organizations top priority- for the dogs, for the mushers, for the community, and for our army of volunteers that it takes to put on this event.

Sunday, February 26th, we will once again host our All Volunteer Training session. CopperDog has heard a large amount feedback in the past from those mushers who have run our race; they tell us we are one of the few races that actually train our volunteers.

Please join us at the Calumet High School Sunday, February 26 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm, with official merchandise for purchase.

You will hear from many of the organizers of the race, be able to ask questions, and will get a chance to actually assist with the handling of a sled dog team with local musher Tom Bauer. This being one of the more physical jobs, we suggest you attend the training if you have never volunteered for this position. It’s a lot of fun but these dogs are strong!

In addition, crossing coordinators can pick up their crossing bags and snow fence at this training for the race the following weekend.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday! Thanks again to all our volunteers- we couldn’t do it without your hard work and dedication.

posted on 2/13/2016 5:28 PM by Meredith LaBeau | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog Volunteer Benefits

Looking for warm clothes, gloves, hats, etc. for the upcoming CopperDog 2017 race? You can now utilize the Dunham Team Program Discount

All CopperDog volunteers can now use a group discount from Dunhams in Houghton, thanks to their Team Program. Print the two discount coupons below, head into Dunhams and show them at the checkout for a 10-20% discount. This is a great thank-you for any CopperDog volunteer out there, big or small.

Team Discount Coupons

posted on 1/11/2017 10:16 AM by Meredith LaBeau | permalink | Back to Top

2016 Volunteer Guide to Road Crossings

Click to view Volunteer Guide to Road Crossings.

posted on 2/22/2016 9:13 AM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2016 Food Vendors Wanted

If you are a food vendor, CopperDog wants you ... and your food! (We want you even if you're not a food vendor, but that's another issue.)

CopperDog is currently accepting food vendor applications for the Friday night (Friday, February 27, 2015) race start event. That Friday night, thousands of people will converge on historic downtown Calumet, all of them wanting food and drinks. Last year nearly 5000 people attended the race start. This year we are expecting 4000 - 6000 people. We want those people to come hungry and to be able to get some food while they watch the race.

CopperDog is not just about sled dogs. It's about community involvement and vitality. It's about creating a great event that brings people together. Having food and drinks available is part of this vision. And the better the entire vendor program, the better the individual success of each vendor.

To ensure that spectators and vendors have a good experience CopperDog is introducing a Vendor Facilitation Program. Our goal is to identify great locations for vendors to set up shop, with easy access to for spectators. Power will be provided, and CopperDog will coordinate with vendors to avoid duplication of menus. CopperDog will advertise and promote vendor menus and provide location maps to the public. We will also be campaigning for people to come early, come hungry, and have dinner downtown during the race start. And we will work to retain a balance between downtown Calumet restaurants and vendor services.

For more information, and to fill out an application, please contact Renee Cunningham at To see a copy of the application Please click here.

posted on by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top
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