MARQUETTE — The UP 200 Awards Breakfast was held this morning at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.
The event honored all of this year’s mushers and coordinators. One of the central themes of the ceremony was the continued efforts of volunteers and coordinators and their contributions to the race over the past 26 years.
“My wife yelled out to a couple of girls as the last musher went through and they were putting out and taking down fences in 20 below zero windchill, saying, thanks a lot, oh this is fun, this great,” said The Mining Journal Publisher Jim Reeves, “within ten minutes of when the last musher went through, they were cleaning up the operation. So they did just a wonderful job. If it wasn’t for the students and all of the volunteers we wouldn’t have this race.”
Ryan Anderson took home the first place prize of just over $7,000. He has placed in first place six out of the last seven years.