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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 volunteer!  We simply couldn’t do this event without you.
Note: The 2021 UP200 – Midnight Run – Jack Pine 30 sled dog races are canceled.
Race dates for 2022 are February 17-21 — please consider volunteering for some sled dog fun.

Volunteer Descriptions

Race Information Booth: 

Assist with public information, musher registration, phone calls, musher updates, and race history.

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 9am-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 – 8:30pm for Midnight Run
Saturday 9 AM to 3:00 PM for Midnight Run finish
Sunday 12 noon until late afternoon for UP200 finish or until the 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) Marquette downtown- 5:30PM until all UP200 and Midnight Run teams have left the gate. Midnight Run – Chatham 5:00AM Saturday until the last team has left the checkpoint. 

Crowd Control:

Assist law enforcement with providing for the safety of mushers, dogs, and spectators. Friday 5:30 PM –  until the last musher leaves downtown (approximately 9:30 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 11:00am – 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:  Help needed in Deerton, Chatham, M28 and downtown Marquette (specific details listed in the News section of our website)

You will safely assist the Musher and their dog team in road crossings. Note:  Crossings with long hours are broken into shifts. Friday 5:30 PM until all teams go through.  Depending upon which race and the 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