The Midnight Run

Midnight Run map

Download the Midnight Run trail map

The mandatory layover time in Chatham is five and one-half (5.5) hours, plus the start differential.  This helps to facilitate the downtown Marquette start while maintaining the overall race schedule.

The Midnight Run start time is 30 minutes after the last UP200 musher leaves the chute, but not before 8:30pm, on  Friday, February 12, 2016

2017 Midnight Run Purse

1st Place $2,300
2nd Place $2,000
3rd Place $1,700
4th Place $1,300
5th Place $900
6th Place $600
7th Place $400
8th Place $325
9th Place $275
10th Place $250
11th Place $225
12th Place $200
13th Place $175
14th Place $150
15th Place $125
Total $10,925

The Midnight Run is an eight-dog, 90 mile race. This race is typically a faster race than the UP200. Midnight Run mushers will again start in downtown Marquette traveling to Chatham and then returning to Marquette for the finish. The Midnight Run draws some of the finest eight-dog teams in the region and the competition is fierce!

The Midnight Run trail crew have been working all summer on the trail and has approximated the mileage at 90 miles.

The Midnight Run teams will begin to leave the chute from downtown Marquette thirty minutes after the last UP200 team, but not before 8:30pm. Mushers will travel about 45 miles, to the Chatham checkpoint (Michigan State University Facility).  In Chatham, mushers will complete a mandatory 5-1/2 hour layover period, and will finish in Marquette at the Lower Harbor Park on Saturday morning with the first teams arriving in Marquette about 8:30am.

The second leg of the race, Chatham to Marquette is about 45 miles for a total of 90 miles.