MARQUETTE — It has become one of the premiere events here in the Upper Peninsula.
The U.P. 200 is just two days away from returning to downtown Marquette.
Race officials say at least 35 teams are signed up to participate in either the U.P. 200 or the Midnight Run. The Mining Journal has been the premier sponsor of the race for 26 years.
Publisher Jim Reevs says he gets excited just watching the people come downtown and watch the dogs take off from right outside the paper’s office.
“It’s actually a great family event. People bring their kids down,” said Reevs. “Even though this year it’s going to be cold, they seem to know how to dress them here in the U.P., so they’re not worried about that. They’ll dress them up warm, they’ll be playing in the snowbanks, they love seeing the dogs and watching the dogs and clap for the mushers as they go by. That’s a big part of it. It’s such a neat family event.”
The Pre–Race Banquet takes place at the Marquette YMCA Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The opening ceremony is set for 6:15 p.m. on Friday.
Dog sled teams in the U.P. 200 will leave the chute beginning at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Midnight Run at 8:30 p.m.