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Future Race Dates through 2025

The CopperDog Board of Directors pleased to announce tentative race dates from 2022 through 2025.

Tentative Race Dates:

    • 2022 March 4 — 6
    • 2023 March 3 — 5
    • 2024 March 1 — 3
    • 2025 February 28 — March 2
    posted on 3/10/2021 11:05 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

2021 CopperDog25 Final Results

The CopperDog150 for 2021 is in the record books. Congratulations to J.R. Anderson for his impressive win this year. All 23 teams finished all three stages of the race.

posted on 2/28/2021 1:41 AM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

Watch the CopperDog150 Live!!!!!

You can watch the CopperDog 150 Live via Facebook and Boxcast.TV

Track the mushers and their team progress via our online race timing

Live tracking by CopperDog Net Central right here on the CopperDog website

Race Standings

We recommend you view the live feeds on BoxCast.TV instead of Facebook.

Live Stream - CopperDog 150 Awards Presentation 1:07PM

CopperDog150 Awards Presentation Boxcast TV

CopperDog150 Awards Presentation Facebook

posted on 2/26/2021 11:57 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

2021 CopperDog25 Race Results

The CopperDog25 featured a wonderful field of 19 mushers and their six dog teams. The teams were slowed by the sugar snow on the trail, but the weather was cooperative and made for a great race. Congratulations to the winner Ben Thompson who just edged out Morgan Larson by 15 seconds.

It was a family affair with Sara and Anna Anderson (wife and daughter of JR Anderson, this years winner of the CD150), the father and son teams of Steve and Casey Goedken, and the sisters Kiana and Kelsey Beaber.

posted on 2/28/2021 1:41 AM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog150 Standards after two stages

J.R. Anderson led the CopperDog150 race after stage 2 with an 8 minute lead over second place Laura Bontrager. Joanna Oberg had an impressive stage 2 to move her into third place..

posted on 2/27/2021 1:15 PM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog 150 Stage 2 Results

J.R. Anderson led the teams after stage 2 with an average speed of 13.2 MPH for this stage. Joanna Oberg who came in 1 minute and 07 seconds behind JR.

The field was tightly grouped during this second phase. Experienced race leaders were surprised the field came in so close together.

posted on 2/27/2021 12:51 PM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog150 Stage 1 Results

J.R. Anderson led the teams after stage 1 with an average speed of 13 MPH. Followed by Laura Bontrager who trails by 1 minute and 42 seconds.

posted on 2/27/2021 10:00 AM by Kiko de Melo e Silva | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog 150 Merchandise Available Online

The race this year might be virtual, but you can still get your hands on official CopperDog apparel and souvenirs! U.P. North Custom Apparel is the exclusive online merchant for all things CopperDog - from official race Stormy Kromers, ski hats and ball caps, long sleeve t-shirts and sweatshirts, to coffee cups, license plates, and travel mugs. You are sure to find something worthwhile for yourself, or for your favorite race spectator.

Where Can I Purchase My Official CopperDog Apparel?

All merchandise is available online exclusively from U.P. North Custom Apparel. Browse their CopperDog collection to view all CopperDog souviniers and apparel.

Start Shopping Now!

All sales support the race and are an important part of race funding. Place your order for your merchandise today and support the CopperDog!

Click here to check out the great CopperDog merchandise available online.

posted on 2/10/2021 11:04 AM by | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog Board approves the running of the 2021 CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 25

Announcement from the CopperDog Board of directors

The CopperDog150 board of directors during their meeting on Tuesday the 2nd approved holding the CopperDog150 and CopperDog 25 races February 26th-28th. The CopperDog this year has been scaled back to comply with directives of the State of Michigan. The race also benefited from guidance provided by the Western UP Health Department. The CopperDog150 board of directors and Race Planning committees worked with other races and sought out advice from experts in creating the CopperDog150 Covid19 Safety Plan. All of us have been impacted in so many ways by COVID. The entire CopperDog community considers themselves very fortunate to be able to put on a race this year. We are pleased that in a small way we are doing our part to encourage business in the Keweenaw, while still protecting our communities by following our COVID plan rigorously throughout the race weekend.

We are strongly advising the public to follow the race online this year and not watch the race in person.  We have significantly downsized the scope of our race and the events that surround CopperDog during race weekend to protect our communities. Unfortunately, there will be no downtown Calumet events, including the usual Friday night start, for this year’s race. We will all miss the excitement and thrill of one of the premier winter events in the entire upper Midwest, the CopperDog start in Calumet. Unfortunately, we could find no safe way to conduct our usual races.

An important reason we chose to continue with the CopperDog this year has been to provide a much needed race for our loyal musher community and to provide an opportunity for new musher teams to experience the Keweenaw. We hope our efforts this year will help us to continue the CopperDog for many years to come. Much consideration was given regarding holding the race or canceling. Everyone committed to the CopperDog150 were concerned that cancelation could impact our ability to hold future races in terms of attracting mushers and having adequate funding for continued operation. Regarding funding, the entire Keweenaw business community has stepped forward with sponsorships and donations. Please be sure to visit our sponsors and share your appreciation for their commitment to CopperDog. These are challenging times for many of our loyal business sponsors.

You will be able to follow the race in real time via the CopperDog website and our Facebook Live feed accessible from the CopperDog150 Facebook page. Due to lack of internet coverage in the Keweenaw of course, the Facebook Live coverage will be limited to locations where suitable Internet or cellular telephone service is available. We strongly encourage everyone to follow the race online this year rather than try to see it in person. While we agree, this is not the way we would like all of you to enjoy the race, we need to make sure we protect our communities and our race teams.

There are volunteer positions still available at We encourage family groups and same household groups to sign up together for the few crossing available and enjoy an opportunity to safely participate in CopperDog this year.

We are pleased to be able to run our race this year, but we are more excited to look toward next year and seeing our communities back out in force enjoying CopperDog and all the events that surround our race. Thank you to our local communities and businesses for your continued support. We are excited to bring the 2022 CopperDog back to the public and look forward to seeing all of you in 2022.

posted on 2/3/2021 6:00 PM by John Bryant | permalink | Back to Top

CopperDog Covid19 Pandemic Update

December 31st, 2020

Update on CD150 and COVID-19

We are in communication with local and state health departments regarding the 2021 CopperDog150 race. Under the current Covid-19 restrictions in place for the state of Michigan, CopperDog 150 may not be able to take place. As these restrictions change, we are monitoring restriction changes and are moving forward in the race planning process.

A final decision regarding the race will be made by February 3rd to ensure all materials, lodging and expenses can be refunded if necessary.

posted on 12/31/2021 8:23 PM by Jeff Foss | permalink | Back to Top

2021 CopperDog Race Changes Announced

Hello CopperDog Race Fans!

Due to the pandemic there are many changes that will occur this year that we want to share with you:

Friday evening start will happen in Eagle Harbor with only one race.

There will be no other events or fireworks Friday night.

CD150 Race Format: 8 dog/10 dog pool & 111.1 miles

Friday: Eagle Harbor – Copper Harbor

Saturday: Copper Harbor – Copper Harbor

Sunday: Copper Harbor – Eagle Harbor

CD25 Race Format: 6 dog & 14.4 miles

Saturday: Copper Harbor – Copper Harbor

No additional events are planned before, during or after the race.

We are encouraging race fans to follow the race online. Details will be announced in February.

Volunteers, mushers, and others in attendance must adhere to the COVID safety plan set in place (available online),

The race trail will be mostly in the woods with minimal crossings.

There is no guarantee that the race will happen.

All changes were made with the input of the communities involved, both past and present.

Parking will be very limited and no open warm public spaces will be available in either community.

All merchandise will be sold online.

We appreciate all of you for being a part of CopperDog through the years. Changes were made for the health and safety of our volunteers, mushers, officials and community members. We truly hope this is a temporary change for the race and appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time in history.

Happy Health Dogs - No dogs allowed

The CopperDog race has some great superstars. Yes, we all know the dedication and hard work the “humans” put into this sport, but I am talking about the “4 –legged” Superstars- the dogs. Coined by our Senior Race Advisor Todd Brassard, one of the phrases you may hear during race weekend is “Happy Healthy Dogs”. With a team of skilled veterinarians, as well as a group of mushers that know how to care for these athletes, CopperDog is continuously trying to live up to just that…happy, healthy dogs.

These animals’ health and welfare is one of the highest priorities. Throughout race weekend, the veterinarians on staff work to make certain that these animals are in healthy condition and that no one places them in jeopardy.

We here at CopperDog would be remiss, if we did not do our part, to assist in striving to keep these animals safe and healthy during the race. We want everyone to come out and enjoy race weekend. It’s an exciting event that, thanks to the communities in and surrounding the Keweenaw, we should all be proud of.

We want to keep the dogs out of harm's way so here are a couple of tips for doing just that- Please keep “Fido” at home. We here at CopperDog love dogs. But during race weekend, keep your pets at home. It is distracting for the sled dogs and can be a health risk for them as well. Sled dogs live, function, and run with a pack mentality. Seeing a dog on a leash close by can disrupt this balance. We also want to keep the community pets safe; we do not want anyones’ beloved bow- wow to get into a situation that could potentially cause harm to them. Please do not come to the race, planning to feed the dogs. These animals are on very specialized diets that their mushers and handlers work hard to devise and maintain. (No hot dogs for these canines during race weekend!)

So hopefully we will see you all race weekend and remember safety first… please leave your pups at home.

posted on 2/26/2020 3:20 AM by Kim Pici | permalink | Back to Top

A tale of two logos

Our original logo, what we now are calling the "classic" logo (please Coca-cola don't sue us) was created for the CopperDog by Jess Brassard. The logo permeated the race, the Copper Country, and regional mushing for a decade and will continue on as part of the unique identity of the CopperDog 150.

Thank you Jess and Amber for your contribution!

As part of our tenth running of the CopperDog 150 in 2019, we asked Amber Voght, our graphics designer, to come up with a refreshed look for our logo, while maintaining consistency of design with Jess' original design

Now during our second decade as a race, we are fully embracing Amber's logo as our primary logo, while maintaining our classic logo.

Why keep two logos?

One of the primary reasons for keeping two logos is to preserve as much of the signage and banners as possible. The CopperDog150 is made possible by our generous sponsors. We try to use the sponsorship money conservatively and responsibly. Besides, we still really like Jess' logo and value her contribution to the race. The classic logo is part of Copper Country and Mushing history. Sponsor's with banners along the snow road can take pride in their classic logo banner as a sign of the number of years they have sponsored the CopperDog race. It can be seen as a badge of honor. Of course, any sponsor wanting to move to the new logo can simply let us know for next year.

posted on 2/22/2020 12:53 AM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top

Remembering - Duane Bennett

Duane Bennett passed away July 31st, 2019. Duane and his wife Joni returned to the Copper Country, which enabled them to participate in three CopperDog race seasons. Joni continues to be an active participant and important volunteer for the race. Despite suffering debilitating injuries as a result of military service and having his life cut short by cancer, Duane managed to live a full and active life.

Duane and Joni were active mushers themselves for over thirty years. The love of the dogs was what attracted them to the sport. Duane went on to be Race Director of the UP 200 in Marquette.

Joni reported that their biggest kennel was 17 dogs of Siberian and Alaskan Huskies. Duane always said the female dogs were better because they listened to the musher.

Joni fondly recalls Duane reporting that during a race in New Hampshire the temperatures kept rising so much so that all of the men finished the race without shirts on!

Duane was a Korean War Veteran who sustained injuries while serving on a Naval Aircraft Carrier. A hero in many ways.

Duane Mushing

Duane in service to sled dog racing

posted on 2/11/2020 8:45 PM by Jim Northey | permalink | Back to Top
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