Exciting Changes for this Year’s Races

October 14, 2017

The Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association (UPSDA – Marquette, MI) is excited to announce changes to this year’s races.

Assisted Checkpoint: The UPSDA Board of Directors approved a significant change for UP200 mushers. Mushers who are not using the UP200 as an Iditarod qualifier may have handler assistance at the Wetmore upbound checkpoint on the way to Grand Marais. In collaboration with checkpoint host Timber Products, the UPSDA will now allow mushers to have an assisted checkpoint while maintaining the unassisted checkpoint for Iditarod qualifying mushers. Access to the Wetmore upbound Timber Products checkpoint will be limited to mushers, handling crews, and race officials, resulting in a quieter checkpoint to maximize quiet rest time and location security.

Purse Increase: The UPSDA Board also approved raising the 2018 purse for each of the three February races: UP200, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30. While race entry fees will remain unchanged for 2018, the purse was increased by $10,000 and spread over the three races. The ratio of purse money among the races was kept the same as was the distribution through the finish placings. The result is that each prize-winning place will see a share of the additional funds.

Registration & Drawing for 50% Refund: Registration for the UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 will open on October 16, 2017. All mushers who complete registration by November 15th will be entered into a drawing to receive a 50% refund of the paid entry fee. There will be one winning musher for each race.

Race dates are February 15 – 19, 2018, including musher meetings and awards ceremonies.