2019 Schedule of EventS

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9:00 am –  Public Race Headquarters opens at the Holiday Inn of Marquette

Public Headquarters will be open during the following hours:

Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm

You’ll find displays, information, merchandise, souvenirs and the Silent Auction.

Silent Auction at the Holiday Inn begins Wednesday, February 13th and will run from 9:00 am to closing hours daily, closing at noon on Sunday.  Winners to be notified immediately following auction closing.

Once the 2019 races are over, merchandise will be available online at our website.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Silent Auction and Merchandise  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Midnight Run Musher Meeting  4:00 PM  (Mushers & Handlers only)

UP200 Musher Meeting  5:00 PM  (Mushers & Handlers only)

Pre-Race Banquet and Bib Draw  (Holiday Inn) –  6:30 PM Social   7:00 PM Dinner

Mushers receive their bib number which determines their starting position. Tickets available in the merchandise room at the Holiday Inn. The public is welcome!

The musher banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn  and is open to the public.  Mushers are required to attend as their bib numbers will be handed out. (This is the order mushers will leave the chute). All mushers receive one banquet ticket with registration. Additional tickets should be purchased a least one week prior to the event. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased in the merchandise room at the Holiday Inn. Come join us to see who is first out of the chute for both races.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Silent Auction and Merchandise  9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Vet Check for all UP200 and MNR teams    9:00 AM at the Riverside Auto parking lot.  Don’t miss seeing the real athletes of this race receive a pre-race exam by race veterinarians.  Public welcome.            Mushers: please register for your vet check by calling Pat Woods at 906-458-9994 by Wednesday evening (2/13/19).

UP200 bag drop location for Iditarod Qualifiers will be announced at the musher meeting.

Marquette Welcome Center will be open starting at 6:00 PM on Friday until all mushers pass (approximately 10:30PM). – a good viewing site with restrooms, hot beverages, cookies, pizza, and more.

Prince of Peace Church – bonfire – food & beverages available by the girl scouts and boy scouts until 10:00pm.  On M-28 in Harvey. Cheer the teams as they pass! 

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM  Dog-Tail Gate gathering – downtown Marquette between 4th and 6th Streets.  View dog trucks, dogs and mushers as they prepare to race.  Visit the NMU Alumni tent (merchandise available) and downtown shops.  Race track must be cleared by 6:15 PM and please, do not bring pets downtown.

6:30 pm – Opening Ceremony for the 30th running of the UP200 and Midnight Run

7:00 pm – UP200 START

Both the UP200 and the Midnight Run start in downtown Marquette in front of The Mining Journal.

8:30 pm – Midnight Run START – the Midnight Run starts approximately 30 minutes after the last UP200 musher has left the chute, but not before 8:30 pm.

Chatham Midnight Run Checkpoint: The Midnight Run teams will arrive at the Chatham Checkpoint starting around midnight.  Here they take a mandatory 5-1/2 hour layover before starting back to Marquette along the same trail. The public is welcome at this checkpoint, located at the MSU Farm Agricultural Station.  Food will be available and it’s a great place to see the Midnight Run teams!  Teams will begin leaving Chatham around 5:00 am to race back to Marquette.

Midnight until approximately 2:30 AM – UP200 mushers at M28 road crossing Wetmore.  Spectators may watch teams at the crossing and enjoy S’mores courtesy of the Wetmore checkpoint. The Wetmore upbound checkpoint is a mandatory 5-hour layover. This checkpoint is not open to spectators so dogs can get maximum rest and our checkpoint host can maintain appropriate traffic levels in their facility.  We expect the first teams to leave Wetmore for Grand Marais between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM Saturday morning.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Cheer for Midnight Run Mushers at the finish – Midnight Run mushers begin arriving at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette around 9:30 AM, depending on conditions. Updates will be posted during the race.

Silent Auction and Merchandise  9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

10:00 am – Jack Pine 30 race begins at First Baptist Church of Gwinn The Jack Pine 30 sled dog race features teams of 6 dogs. It starts and finishes in Gwinn at the First Baptist Church, located on North Billings Street.  Teams arrive at the finish line approximately 12:30 – 2:00 PM.

First musher in Grand Marais All Day in Grand Marais – the UP200 mushers will arrive at the Grand Marais checkpoint in the late morning and early afternoon.  They will begin the return trip to Wetmore in late afternoon and into the evening. This is a great place to see the UP 200 teams up close. Visitors can stroll through the lot and take photographs. Breakfast 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Pie sale, lunch all day, Grand Marais Multi-Item Raffle  and UP200 merchandise on sale all day.

2:00 PM  Dog Dayz Student Art Show reception at Peter White Public Library community room.  Come meet these K-8 student artists and see their creations.

2:30 PM – Jack Pine 30 Awards ceremony at First Baptist Church in Gwinn.  Visitors welcome.

UPDATE:  5:30 pm Midnight Run Awards Banquet will be held in Marquette at the Marquette Township Hall on Commerce Drive, and is open to the public.  Tickets should be purchased in advance at the merchandise room at Holiday Inn (Midnight Run mushers receive one ticket with their registration). A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

UP200 Finish — mushers are running more slowly than originally anticipated due to our recent snow storms.  Please check out the teams’ progress with Spot Tracker.  Come see UP200 mushers finish at the lower harbor in Marquette. 

Silent Auction ends at the Holiday Inn at 12:00 noon. Winners will be notified immediately after.

Merchandise is available at the Holiday Inn 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, February 18, 2019

8:00 am – UP200 awards breakfast is at HOLIDAY INN and is open to the public. UP200 mushers will receive one ticket.  Additional tickets can be purchased in advance at Headquarter – Holiday Inn.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.  There will be a UP200 finishers’ meeting and a UPSDA Board meeting after the breakfast.

Merchandise will be available until 12:00 noon.