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Note: to volunteer at the Grand Marais end of the race, please contact the Grand Marais coordinator at gmup200@gmail.com.

Thank you to each and every 2019 volunteer!  We simply couldn’t do this event without you.
Race dates for 2020 are February 13-17 — please consider returning next year for more sled dog fun.

Volunteer Descriptions

Headquarters Assistance:

Assist with registration of mushers, record keeping, phone calls, email, silent auction.

Merchandise Sales:

Assist the merchandise coordinator in the sale of race related merchandise to the public. You will be assisting customers in helping them choose their items and  possibly assisting with the cash register.

Vet Check:

Assist race veterinarians with examination of sled dogs and assist with record keeping.
Time: Friday 8am-12:00noon

Bag Checkers:

Check each musher’s sled bag for mandatory items and/or prohibited items.

Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm for UP 200 and 6:30 – 7:30pm for Midnight Run –
Saturday 8 AM to 3:00 PM for Midnight Run finish
Sunday 12 noon until 12 midnight for UP200 finish (broken into 4-hour-shifts) or until last team has either finished or scratched.

Dog Handling: 

Assist in moving dog teams to the starting gate (physically demanding, requires a training session prior to race) 5:30 PM until the end of the start of the UP 200 and then until last Midnight Run team has left the gate. Midnight Run – Chatham 5:00AM Saturday until last team has left checkpoint.

Crowd Control:

Assist law enforcement with providing for the safety of mushers, dogs, and spectators. Friday 5:00 PM –  until the last musher leaves the start chute (approximately 9:00 PM)

Starting Line Setup and Take Down:

Set up barriers and fencing prior to the race start and remove them for storage after the last team has left the starting gate. Setup Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm; Final Setup 5:00pm – Til Start of Race. Take-down (fences and barricades) Friday after last team has left the starting gate until approximately 11 PM

Timers and Record Keepers:

Record, document, and communicate each musher’s departure and arrival times at the starting gate, checkpoints, and finish line. Friday evening (Marquette, Chatham); Saturday morning to afternoon (Chatham & Marquette); Sunday morning until evening or until last team has either finished or scratched (Marquette).

Lower Harbor Finish:

Assist with incoming road crossings, bag checks, timing and other tasks associated with getting teams from the finish line to their dog trucks.

Road Crossings:

You will safely assist the Musher and their dog team in road crossings. Note:  Crossings with long hours are broken into shifts. Friday 6:30 PM until all teams go through (depending upon which race and specific crossing, the last team may cross at midnight (12 AM) or later). Saturday morning until early afternoon (Chatham to Marquette for Midnight Run and Gwinn for Jack Pine 30), and Sunday early morning until 9:00 PM or notified that last team has crossed.» Road Crossing Guide