Midnight Run sled dog race

MARQUETTE, MI--   Keith Aili of Ray, Minnesota crossed the finish line first on Sunday to win this year’s UP200 sled dog race.

He came into Marquette’s Lower Harbor at 11:04 a.m. Denis Tremblay of Quebec came in second place seven minutes later. And Martin Massicotte of Quebec rounded out the top three, crossing the finish line at 11:18 a.m.


MARQUETTE, MI--   The trail for the UP200 and Midnight Run sled dog races is in great condition.

That’s according to “Ikey,” the UP200 race headquarters coordinator. She says Wednesday’s warmth and overnight cold has really packed it down and made it a smooth run for the dogs. Ikey says even Iditarod mushers love to race in the U.P.

“They said that we are so much like the Iditarod, with the area, the land layout, the weather, and we are a qualifier for them to get into the Iditarod, as well,” she says.

MARQUETTE, MI--   High temperatures and sunshine had a big impact on this weekend’s sled dog races.

A lack of snow between Marquette and Sand River prompted officials to move the finish line of the UP200

and Midnight Run from Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette to Lakenenland on M-28 east of Harvey. 

The first UP200 musher to cross the finish line Sunday was Denis Tremblay of Quebec.  He rolled in at 9:35 a.m.  Jake Golton of Ontario won the Midnight Run when he crossed the finish line Saturday at 8:56 a.m. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County is hopping with activity and mushers and their dogs prepare for three different races this weekend.

The opening ceremony for the 27th anniversary of the UP200 and Midnight Run starts at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Mining Journal in downtown Marquette.  Governor Rick Snyder is expected to make some remarks.  The first UP200 musher starts at 7 p.m. and the first Midnight Run musher takes off at 8:30 p.m.

Numerous activities are planned around the area before and after the races begin.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Warmer weather could create problems for the 28th running of the UP200 and Midnight Run sled dog races this weekend.  

Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association President Ron Hewson says most of the trails are in good shape—especially those in extremely rural areas.  But officials are watching the stretch between Marquette and Sand River, as that trail hasn’t had as much snow and is exposed to direct sun. 

Hewson says above-freezing temperatures at race time could affect where the teams cross the finish line.

Sled dog race results

Feb 14, 2016

MARQUETTE, MI--   Sunday was a beautiful day for the finish of the UP200 Sled Dog Race. 

Under bright blue skies and amid sparkling snow Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minnesota won yet another UP200—his sixth in the last seven years.  He mushed into Mattson Lower Harbor Park at 11:10 a.m.  Martin Massicote of Quebec slid in to the sound of ringing bells just four minutes later, followed by third-place finisher Denis Tremblay of Quebec at 12:06 p.m. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Mother Nature is cooperating this year for the running of the UP200 and Midnight Run sled dog races. 

Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association President Ron Hewson says the trails are looking good.  Warmth over the past week melted the snow a little, which makes for a good, crusty base.  He says upcoming cold temperatures will provide the perfect racing conditions. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minnesota has won the UP200 Sled Dog Race for a record fifth time. 

Anderson crossed the finish line in Marquette’s Lower Harbor Sunday at 1:38 p.m.  He was followed by Laura Neese of McMillan, Michigan at 2:02 p.m. and Frank Moe of Hovland, Minnesota at 2:30 p.m. 

Mushers battled blizzard conditions Saturday as they braved sub-zero temperatures, frigid wind chills and high winds. 

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MARQUETTE, MI--   Snowy conditions and cold temperatures must mean it’s time for the UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 sled dog races, and the dogs are ready to run!   

People, pups and sleds will pack downtown Marquette Friday evening as UP200 teams take off for Grand Marais at 7 p.m.  Midnight Run racers will start around 8:30 p.m.  Saturday at 10 a.m. Jack Pine 30 mushers will take off from Larry’s Family Foods in Gwinn.


MARQUETTE, MI--   It was an exciting—if nose numbing—weekend of sled dog racing that started and ended in Marquette and Gwinn.  

The first UP200 team to cross the finish line at Mattson Lower Harbor Park Sunday was piloted by Keith Aili of Ray, Minnesota at 1:46 p.m.  He was followed by Ryan Anderson, also of Ray, at 2 p.m., then Ryan Redington of Wasilla, Alaska at 2:44.