A Marquette Tradition the 2013 UP200
A dog sled team taking off from the start of the UP200 in Marquette, MI.
Marquette – February, 18th 2013 – The UP200 dog sled race, in Marquette Michigan, was the great reminder that winter is still here.
The remarkable bond between the dogs and the musher was on display as the race twisted and turned for 240 miles over icy hills, through creeks, deep snow and along isolated trails. The race started on the snow re-covered streets of downtown Marquette, traveled along the shore to Wetmore, then up to Grand Marais, back to Wetmore, and then to the lower harbor of Marquette.
Team #14 racing in the UP200 February, 15th 2013
Kids and adults of all ages lined the streets 4 to 5 deep to cheer on the 17 mushers from all over the U.S. and Canada as they line up to start. Sunny 101.9’s very own Walt Lindala announced the start of the race this past Friday in downtown Marquette.
The streets were packed and parking was a nightmare. Local businesses supported the race, staying open for the start of the race, allowing all the frozen fingered kids and adults to warm up and shop.
The sled dogs wore booties and jackets to stay warm during the UP200!
Nicole Powers, Great Lakes Radio Media Marketing Consultant, was downtown freezing with her family at the start of the race. This was her first time attending a dog sled race and she was all grins.
“The dogs were all amped and ready to go before the countdown began. Then the fun started as the dog teams left the starting line, one by one,” Nicole said.
For the winners of the UP200 go to wkqsfm.com/upper-peninsula-news-updates/19738/results-dog-sled-races-u-p/!