UP200 transitions from sled dog races to festival amid warm winter

The UP200, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30, originally scheduled for February 16-18, have been canceled due to the worsening trail conditions and safety concerns for both mushers and dogs.

In light of the cancellation of sled dog races across the Midwest this winter, owing to the elevated temperatures and state of the trails, Darlene Walch, UP200 President replied “That being the case, we were even more determined to hold our races for mushers and the community, but the current conditions have made the choice for us. Safety is our top priority and given the lack of snow and the warm temperatures, we cannot offer a safe race. We will make the best of a difficult situation however.” 

Despite the cancellation, the spirit of the event lives on in the “Festival of the Sled Dog Powered by NMU,” scheduled for Friday, February 16th, in the heart of downtown Marquette.  Keep an eye on UP200 social media and local media for more details. The arch will be erected, the streets will be covered with snow for sledding, and there will be informative sled dog demonstrations. The event will also be energized with live music and a host of other engaging activities.

Walch is grateful for the community’s support as the organization transitions to the festival format. It was a difficult decision to make after the months of effort invested by mushers, volunteers, sponsors, and the board. The UP200 organization extends its sincere thanks to everyone for their understanding and flexibility. They eagerly anticipate welcoming attendees at the Festival of the Sled Dog.

For more information check out the links below:

UP200 Facebook: UP200 Facebook

UP200 Website: Home | Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association – UP 200