Midnight Run sled dog race

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. 

Travel Marquette

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. 


MARQUETTE, MI--   Trail conditions in and around Marquette County are great for the UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 sled dog races.  

That’s according to president of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association Pat Torreano, who says recent cold temperatures have hardened up the trails, which is easier on the dogs’ paws and legs. 

She says while musher numbers were initially low because of the weather and slow economy, those numbers have rebounded nicely to normal levels.

Sled dog race results

Feb 18, 2013

MARQUETTE, MI--   Finishers in this year’s UP200 Sled Dog Race mushed their way into Marquette Sunday around 1 p.m. 

For the fourth time in a row Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minnesota won the event, followed by Keith Aili—also of Ray—and Ryan Redington of Wasilla, Alaska.

In the Midnight Run it was Michael Bestgen of St. Cloud, Minnesota who crossed the finish line first, followed by Al Borak of Cheboygan, Michigan and Tom Bauer of Tapiola, Michigan.

And in the Jack Pine 30 the top finishers were Monte Simmons, Jim Winkowski, and Brad Quayle.