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Aspirus applauds every group and every person who steps up to volunteer to help others and our community overall. That is why Aspirus is very proud to be the Official Volunteer Sponsor of the CopperDog!

With over 1,500 volunteers annually, the event is a standing example of what a community can do when people come together to make great things happen. Without the efforts and spirit of the volunteers, the CopperDog would simply not take place.

Way to go volunteers!

Dave Olsson
UP Regional Marketing Lead


Volunteer Now for the 2018 CopperDog 150!


Volunteer registration is now open or the 2018 CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 80 sled dog races this coming March 2 - 4, 2018.  There are literally hundreds of shifts and positions to fill and we need your help.  Interested?  Just take a look at the 2018 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.

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!

A technical note on our Volunteer System

Our volunteer system is a sophisticated labor of love built by Todd Brassard. We are continually improving the site and as with all software there are defects.  Please let us know if run into a problem or issue with the website. If the system doesn't work as expect send an e-mail to IT Support with a description of the problem.  Cut and paste the error into the email if you can. Thanks! We are happy to hear your ideas for improving the website as well!

posted on 12/21/2017 9:00 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

2018 Volunteer Guide to Road Crossings

Click to view Volunteer Guide to Road Crossings.

posted on 12/20/2018 10:13 PM by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

2018 All Volunteer Hands-On Training

WHO:       All Volunteers, Please Join Us!

WHAT:      Learn about working with mushers and sled-dogs

WHERE:   Calumet High School

WHEN:     Saturday, February 24, 10:00 - Noon

WHY:        Having some fun and learn something!

Safety is one our biggest concerns race weekend and well-prepared volunteer base is one of our most important resources. Event planners put a lot of time and energy into planning a safe event, but ultimately its the volunteers in the field that hold the line keeping everyone safe.

To help ensure CopperDog volunteers are ready, the race organization provides an annual All Volunteer training session a week before the race at the CLK Schools in Calumet. The training session is interesting and fun with about 45 minutes of indoor training, covering numerous scenarios that may be encountered on the trail, and 45 minutes of training outdoors working with a musher and dog team.

We strongly encourage all volunteers and anyone from the general public who wants to learn the ins and outs of a musher's sled and the dog team that pulls it; wants to learn the do's and don'ts of working with sled-dogs; wants to learn about race safety and communication procedures; and wants to work hands-on with a couple of dog teams to gain experience to attend this volunteer training session.

Ray Bosley Galleries: Indoor Training, Outdoor Hands-On
posted on by Todd Brassard | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog Volunteer Benefits

Looking for warm clothes, gloves, hats, etc. for the upcoming CopperDog 2018 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.

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