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Be sure to mark your calendars for the 12th (yes the twelfth! wow!) running of the CopperDog sled dog races

February 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2021

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CopperDog150

posted on 3/3/2020 8:56 AM by Doug Harrer | permalink | Back to Top

Community Appreciation Night Postponed until Summer

Volunteers, Sponsors, Mushers & Fans...

After lengthy discussion between our Board of Directors and our Race Planning team we have decided to postpone the community appreciation night honoring and celebrating all the volunteers that make the CopperDog possible until this summer.

One Idea is to have a barbecue after life has returned to normal.

We are all quite disappointed, but believe that it is best to follow the guidelines set out by government agencies to minimize the spread of the coronavirus at this time. Hopefully, this summer's event will be unencumbered by the current public health concerns so we can call enjoy and celebrate the successful CopperDog 2020 that you all made possible.

Please be safe. We will all be together soon to reminisce and celebrate a great 2020 event as we prepare for an even better 2021 CopperDog.

posted on 3/7/2018 8:45 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

2020 CopperDog 150 Event Schedule

Click to view or download the 2020 CopperDog150 Event Schedule.

Note that event schedule is subject to change for a variety of reasons. Please check this page for updates. Schedule updates will be announced via Facebook and Twitter.  If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to

posted on by Jeff Foss | permalink | Back to Top

Movie - The Great Alaskan Race at the Calumet Theatre

You don't want to miss! the showing of the movie The Great Alaskan Race Saturday, February 29th, at 5:30pm at your Calumet Theatre. The cost is only $8.00

After overcoming personal tragedy, widowed father and champion musher Leonhard ‘Sepp’ Seppala steps in the midst of a diphtheria outbreak in his small dock town of Nome, Alaska to safely deliver the anti-toxin to the hospital. With his own child’s life on the line, Sepp battles the impossible, accompanied by his trusty pack of sled dogs. When a severe winter storm has made it impossible journey for planes, trains, or any form of transportation, Sepp and his dogs are able to get the anti-toxin to the children in need, just in the nick of time.

Buy Tickets here at the Calumet Theatre

posted on 2/12/2020 4:37 PM by Erin Barnett | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog25 Race Overview for Spectators

An overview map showing the single stage of the CopperDog 25 sled dog race.

posted on 2/26/2020 3:41 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog80 Race Overview for Spectators

An overview map showing both stages of the CopperDog80 run on Friday and Sunday.

posted on 2/26/2020 3:37 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog150 Race Overview for Spectators

An overview map showing all three stages of the CopperDog150.

posted on 2/26/2020 3:31 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

Friday Night Food at the CopperDog

Food at the CopperDog150 Friday Night

The CopperDog150 is pleased to welcome back our food vendors who helped make last year's CopperDog150 so much fun. The DogFather and Baby E's will be located in the area near Oak Street and 5th Street.

The DogFather

Vollwerth’s Hot Dogs served on Randalls Bakery Buns
Greg and Tracey Alessandroni
(906) 201-2481
The Boss - $3.00 or 2 for $5.00
A Plain Dog ~ You’re the Boss ~ Add your Own Ketchup, Mustard, Sweet Relish, & Onions
The Corleone - $5.00
A Dog topped w/Chili, Cheese, Frito’s and Jalapeños
The Goomba - $6.00
A Brat topped w/Kraut, French’s Crispy Onions, & Sweet/Spicy Mustard
The Fredo - $6.00
A Brat topped w/Chili, Cheese, & Cheetos
The Cindilini - $5.00
A dog topped w/Kraut, Onions, Jalapeños & Sweet/Spicy Mustard
Hot Chocolate - $2.00
CopperDog Menu Sheet
website: The DogFather on Facebook

Baby E's BBQ

(Served with 4oz slaw - put it on the sandwich!) Pulled Pork Sandwich $7
Creamy Cole Slaw $3
BBQ Smoked Beans $4
Mac ’n Cheese $4
BBQ Nachos (chips with cheese sauce, BBQ beans, and Pulled Pork) $9
Chili-Mac (Mac ’N Cheese topped with our hearty chili) $8
Chili (midwestern style red chili - top w/ cheese, onion, jalapeño & sour cream) $7
Bottle Water $1
Hot Chocolate $3
#1 - KC style, bold and savory
#2 - STL style, mustard w/ vinegar kick
#3 - Sweet & Tangy
#4 - Eastern NC vinegar sauce
CopperDog Menu Sheet

The Matador

posted on 2/17/2020 9:31 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

7th Annual CopperDog "Doghouse Races" sponsored by Koppers

Registration is open now - please contact us!

You can register up until Saturday February 29th at Noon. Click to view or download the PDF registration form or use the online registration form




Registration Fee


5th – 8th Grade



9th – 12th Grade



All other entries

$10 Entry Fee


  • Registration due by February 26th.

  • The team size is 2 to 7 people with at least one rider in the doghouse sled.

  • No wheels allowed.

  • Sled must complete the course.

  • Winner decided by time, them participation and team spirit.

  • Children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.


Check in/pre-Race

10:30am - 12::00pm

Races Start


Hockey Stick Mini Golf

12:00PM - 3:00PM

Football Toss

12:00PM - 3:00PM

And there is more!

  • MTU Football Team

  • Free Vollwerth's Hot Dogs (first 200)

Have Questions?

If you have any questions on the race or entry, please contact the DogHouse organizing committee at

Thank your for your time, and we hope to see your team on the snow road!

posted on by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

Kopper's Dog House Race Registration Form

posted on 2/1/2020 12:22 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

Past Events

The following events were already held as part of this year's CopperDog150!

2020 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 22, 11:00am - 1:00pm

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.

posted on by Krissy Kovachich | permalink | Back to Top

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser February 1st 3pm to 6pm

Please consider joining us for a good meal, good folks, and a good time while helping the CopperDog150. The CopperDog150 is fully funded by sponsorship, fundraising, and donations. It is run completely by volunteers like you. The race needs your help and support.

But wait there is more! Bob Hiltunen will be providing live musical entertainment from 5pm until 8pm. So for a $10 donation you get a great meal and get to hear great live music by our local musical impresario Bob!

For only $10 you will have a great spaghetti dinner, listen to music, participate in the optional 50/50 raffle. CopperDog merchandise will be available. Our lead volunteers will be there to answer any questions about the race or volunteer opportunities available on race weekend. Main thing is come for the great food and the hospitality.

Eagle Harbor Checkpoint Coney Dog/Chili Bar Fundraiser December 29th, 2019

Once again the CopperDog150 is grateful to The Eagle Harbor Inn and the community of Eagle Harbor for sponsoring this early season CopperDog150 Coney Dog and Chili Bar fundraiser. The proceeds from the event go to support the Eagle Harbor Checkpoint.

If you haven't yet been to the Eagle Harbor Inn for their quality dining experience, warm hospitality, and the wonderful ambiance, what are you waiting for? Now is your chance while supporting a great cause!

Sunday, December 29th, 2019 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm

Cost is just $10

posted on 12/8/2019 7:31 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

2019 Kids Sled Rides December 14th, 2019 Agassiz Park Calumet

Kid's Sled Rides December 14th, 2019

This Kid's Sled Rides will be held again this year in Agassiz Park in Calumet. The rides are free. Children of all ages can enjoy being close to the mushers, their sled dogs, and rigs.

Bake Sale this weekend to support our own future musher's journey

There will be a bake sale this Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at the Keweenaw Heritage Center (formerly St Anne's) in Calumet to help support our own Maddie Harrer who is headed to Alaska to participate in the Girls to Mushers program held by the Last Frontier Mushing Co-op

All proceeds will be going to support Maddie's great adventure.

Map to the Keweenaw Heritage Center

posted on 11/21/2019 1:06 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top
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