2023 Schedule of Events

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Race Week February 16 – 20, 2023

Race Information Booth and Merchandise will be open at Holiday Inn Marquette during the following hours:

Thursday:         9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday:              9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday:         9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday:         10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday:          8:00 AM – 12:00 noon

You’ll find displays, information, merchandise and souvenirs.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2023

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)

Mushers will be given their race bibs after the musher meetings.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Merchandise  9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Vet Check for all UP200 and MNR teams is 9:00 AM at 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 call Pat Woods at (906) 458-9994 to register for a vet check time, and bring your completed paperwork with you to the vet check.

UP200 bag drop location for Iditarod Qualifiers will be at Riverside.

Prince of Peace Church – bonfire – food & beverages available by the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, 6:30 PM until 10:00 PM.  On M-28 in Harvey. Cheer the teams as they pass! 

5:15 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 6:00 PM and please, do not bring pets downtown.

6:00 PM – late evening – Marquette Welcome Center Outside Viewing – Great place to park and watch teams go by! Restrooms, available. Located at the MDOT Welcome Center on M-28 east of downtown.

6:30 PM – Opening Ceremony for the 33rd running of the UP200 and Midnight Run

7:00 PM – UP200 START

Both the UP200 and the Midnight Run start in downtown Marquette at Washington and Fourth Streets.

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 11:30 PM.  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.  It’s a great place to see the Midnight Run teams!  Teams will begin leaving Chatham around 5:30 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. 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 18, 2023

Cheer for Midnight Run Mushers at the finish – Midnight Run mushers will finish at Ojibwa Casino on M28 Marquette. We expect the first mushers to arrive around 9:00 AM, depending on trail conditions.  Updates will be posted during the race.  Come to the finish line to cheer on the mushers!

Race Information and Merchandise open at Holiday Inn  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.

11:00 AM Kiddie Mutt Race at Marquette Commons, 3rd Street
Join the fun as kids and their dogs try their hand at mushing!   Sponsored by Marquette Noon Kiwanis and Marquette Pediatric Dentistry.  Registration opens at 11:00 AM, Racing from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

First musher in Grand Marais All Day in Grand Marais – the UP200 mushers 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. View the full Grand Marais schedule of events.

11 AM – 4PM – Hot chocolate and s’mores at Superior Hardware in Grand Marais. Snowman Kits for the kids to build a snowy pal!

2:00 PM – Cardboard Sled Races for the kids, at the Bayshore Park Hill in Grand Marais. Prizes to be awarded!

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

3:00 PM – Midnight Run awards presented.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

UP200 Finish —  Please check out the teams’ progress with Spot Tracker.  Come see UP200 mushers finish at the lower harbor in Marquette. 

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

Monday, February 20, 2023

8:00 AM – UP200 awards at HOLIDAY INN.

Merchandise will be available from 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon.