2014-01-02 / Sports

Sled dog race to see change

MARQUETTE – As the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association prepares for the 25th consecutive running of the UP200, the organization has announced changes to the 2014 races. The UP200, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 will return to the central U.P. Feb. 14- 16.

The date change moves the races one week earlier. The new date will allow more mushers to enter, and spaces several major races two weeks apart.

This year’s UP200 will also see some changes made at the Wetmore checkpoint. The new checkpoint location will be at Hiawatha Log Homes on M-28 southeast of Munising. There will be heated facilities for mushers and vets, and Ron Modin will be the new Wetmore Checkpoint coordinator.

At the Wetmore M-28 crossing, teams will cross “off the clock”. A timing gate will be placed on either side of the highway. Michigan State Police officers will be on hand with flashers, the crossing area will be lighted, and signs will alert traffic of the presence of dog teams. The MSP will stop traffic if necessary.

For maps, details and information, visit the UPSDA website at www.up200.org.

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