Sled dog group alters indoor events for upcoming races – Marquette Mining Journal

A dog sled team participating in the 2019 UP200 makes its way through the checkpoint in Wetmore. Given current concerns about COVID-19 in the region, the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association is making ongoing adjustments to ensure a safe UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 for mushers and spectators. (Journal file photo)

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MARQUETTE — Given current concerns about COVID-19 in the region, the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association is making ongoing adjustments to ensure a safe UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 for mushers and spectators.

The UP200 and Midnight Run races are scheduled to start on Feb. 18 while the Jack Pine 30 is scheduled for Feb. 19, which is when the Midnight Run is expected to finish. The UP200 is set to finish on Feb. 20.

To help protect everyone involved, the UPSDA announced on Monday that it recently made changes to its indoor events. The prerace banquet originally scheduled for the evening of Feb. 17 will not be held.

The UPSDA said UP200 and Midnight Run mushers must register in person by 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Holiday Inn in Marquette, and mandatory musher meetings will be held as scheduled. Race bibs and sponsor sled banners will be distributed following the musher meetings. Only mushers, their handlers and race officials will be allowed to enter these events.

To adhere to safe venue capacity guidelines, the awards ceremonies for the UP200 and Midnight Run also are restricted to mushers, handlers and race personnel. Jack Pine 30 mushers will register in person at the Gwinn First Baptist Church on the morning of Feb. 19, with similar limitations on indoor events to be in place.

Outdoor events are taking place as planned, although the UPSDA advises people to adhere to local and national COVID protocols. The UP200 and Midnight Run races start in Marquette and follow Lakeshore Boulevard and the multiuse path along Lake Superior to Harvey. This leg of trail offers spectators uncrowded spots to watch the teams.

The UPSDA indicated that the Jack Pine 30 in Gwinn has ample spectator space at the start, finish and along the trail.

“Finding a less crowded spot along the trail allows spectators to watch teams without being in a large group,” it said in a new release. “And a mask under a scarf or neck gaiter is a great way to stay warm while protecting yourself and others.”

UP200 and Midnight Run teams will have spot trackers on their sleds to show their progress along the trail throughout the races, the UPSDA said. Individuals can follow their favorite teams at UP200.org. Additionally, throughout race weekend, fans can visit the Holiday Inn to purchase merchandise and get race information in the large, socially distanced Iron and Copper rooms.

“The UPSDA is excited to bring back our awesome sled dog races for 2022 and we thank everyone for their help making this a safe event,” it said.

The 2021 races were canceled due to COVID-19.

Visit UP200.org for a schedule of events and the latest race information.

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A dog sled team participating in the 2019 UP200 makes its way through the checkpoint in Wetmore. Given current concerns about COVID-19 in the region, the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association is making ongoing adjustments to ensure a safe UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 for mushers and spectators. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — Given current concerns about COVID-19 in the region, the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association is making ongoing adjustments to ensure a safe UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 for mushers and spectators.

The UP200 and Midnight Run races are scheduled to start on Feb. 18 whil…….

A dog sled team participating in the 2019 UP200 makes its way through the checkpoint in Wetmore. Given current concerns about COVID-19 in the region, the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association is making ongoing adjustments to ensure a safe UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 for mushers and spectators. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — Given current concerns about COVID-19 in the region, the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association is making ongoing adjustments to ensure a safe UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 for mushers and spectators.

The UP200 and Midnight Run races are scheduled to start on Feb. 18 whil…….

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