2020 Schedule of EventS
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
9:00 am – Race Information Booth opens at the Holiday Inn of Marquette.
The Information Booth will be open during the following hours. Merchandise and Silent Auction are also open during these times:
Wednesday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Monday: 8:00am – 12:00 noon
You’ll find displays, information, merchandise, souvenirs and the Silent Auction.
Silent Auction at the Holiday Inn begins Wednesday, February 12th at 9:00 am and is open daily when Merchandise and Information Booth are open. Bidding closes at noon on Sunday. Winners will be notified immediately following auction closing.
Once the 2020 races are over, merchandise will be available online at our website.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
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
The 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. Come join us to see who is first out of the chute for the UP200 and the Midnight Run.
Friday, February 14, 2020
Silent Auction and Merchandise 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Vet Check for all UP200 and MNR teams is 9:00 AM at the Riverside Auto parking lot. (Note: Riverside has a new location: on US-41 West, near the WalMart.) 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, 6:30pm until 10:00pm. On M-28 in Harvey. Cheer the teams as they pass!
5:15pm – 6:15pm 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.
6:00pm – late evening Marquette Welcome Center Viewing Party – Great place to view the teams going by! Restrooms, cookies, pizza, hot coffee, and more! At the MDOT Welcome Center on M-28 east of 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 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 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 5:30 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 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 15, 2020
Cheer for Midnight Run Mushers at the finish – Midnight Run mushers will finish at the Ojibwa Casino on M28 just east of 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 Ojibwa Casino to cheer on the mushers!
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.
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.
2:30 PM – Jack Pine 30 Awards ceremony at First Baptist Church in Gwinn. Visitors welcome.
3:00 pm – Midnight Run Awards Banquet will be held in Marquette at the Marquette Township Hall on Commerce Drive, and is open to the public. Purchase tickets on this website under Banquet Tickets. Online ticket sales are available until midnight Sunday, February 9th. Midnight Run mushers receive one ticket with their registration. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
UP200 Finish — Please check out the teams’ progress with Spot Tracker. Come see UP200 mushers finish at the lower harbor in Marquette.
Silent Auction bidding 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 17, 2020
8:00 am – UP200 awards breakfast is at HOLIDAY INN and is open to the public. UP200 mushers will receive one ticket. There will be a UP200 finishers’ meeting and a UPSDA Board meeting after the breakfast (mushers and Board members only please).
Merchandise will be available from 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon.