2017 Judges

HEAD JUDGE: Al Orazietti

Al has been with us as a UP200 judge for a number of years.  We’re glad to welcome him back as our Head Judge for 2017!


Carl Mackenzie

Carl is an experienced judge who has worked with us for a number of races. You’ll see him at the UP200 checkpoints.  Welcome back, Carl!


Mike Varley

We asked Mike to tell us a bit about himself:

My first trip to the UP200 was back in 2003 as a spectator and tourist.   During that weekend, we met a lot of people.  Two of them happened to be Ed and Tasha Stielstra of Nature’s Kennel.   My wife booked me an overnight tour with them, thinking that would satisfy the interest and get it out of my system.  Instead, I was hooked.  Since then I have been in and around the sport every winter in some fashion – as a volunteer, team handler at both the Midnight Run and UP200 for Nature’s Kennel for several years, and musher (when I get the opportunity).  I also am currently the volunteer coordinator for the Tahquamenon Sled Dog race.  I enjoy winter, the dogs and all the people associated with the sport.   I live and work in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  It’s a privilege to be able to be a part of the team for this year’s event and I look forward to working with everyone!


Jill Churchill

Jill is joining us as part of the judging staff for the first time in 2017.  We welcome her to the races!


JACK PINE 30 JUDGE: Bernie Jensen