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 14, 2020.
2020 Midnight Run Purse
The Midnight Run is an eight-dog, 94 mile race. This race is typically a faster race than the UP200. Midnight Run mushers will 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 has modified the trail where the Midnight Run teams split from the UP200 trail to head to Chatham. Trail distance from Marquette to Chatham is 47 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 47 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 the same trail and 47 miles for a total of 94 miles.