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plover12

USA
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Posted - 01/15/2012 :  11:32:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The new Midnight Run trail from Marquette to Munising is finished and the trail crew is out brushing the section from Chatham to Munising this weekend. We received 6-12 inches of new snow on Friday; things are looking up! A new MNR trail map will be posted at www.up200.org on Monday. The UP200 trail has not changed this year. Right now there are 23 UP200 mushers registered and 22 MNR mushers.

Jack Pine 30 - Updates

Trail: The Jack Pine 30 sled dog race runs from Gwinn to Marquette on the original UP 200 trail established more than twenty years ago. Jack Pine 30 mushers leave Gwinn from the parking lot of Larry’s Family Foods traveling over a short section of snowmobile trail. The race trail first parallels M553 and then travels across the Sands Plains. After crossing County Road 480, the trail runs through sections of hilly woods, making its way across M553 toward Marquette Mountain ski hill, crossing the Carp River after a spectacular run down the lower half of Weasel hill. Before heading along the UP200 trail to the finish line in Marquette, the Jack Pine 30 travels along the Carp River on Cliffs Power Road and under US41 at the Carp River. All critical sections of trail and road crossings will have volunteers to assist mushers.

Bib Draw: For the first time in the ten year history of the Jack Pine 30 there will be a bib draw to determine mushers’ order of departure from Gwinn. On Thursday, February 16th the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association will draw bib numbers for Jack Pine 30 mushers who are pre-registered for the race. Any musher registering after the bib draw takes place will be added to the end of the roster in the order that entries are received. The Jack Pine 30 mushers’ bib numbers will be posted on Friday after the bib draw. Bibs and start times will be distributed at the mandatory Jack Pine 30 musher meeting held at Gwinn High School at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning prior to the race start.

Minimum Number of Entries: A minimum of 10 mushers is necessary for the Jack Pine 30 sled dog race. UPSDA Board of Directors adopted this policy to ensure that a sufficient number of mushers are competing. To allow adequate time to notify mushers, trail crew, and volunteers, if there are not at least 10 mushers registered by February 5, 2012, the race will be cancelled.

plover12

USA
39 Posts

Posted - 01/26/2012 :  2:03:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Update: The new Midnight Run trail is looking really good! We've had some snow in the past week and it's packing down well. The UP200 trail was just brushed from Grand Marais to Kingston Lake and it's in great shape. We could run the race on that section tomorrow if we had to! (But we'll take some more snow if we can get it.) Right now we have 25 UP200 mushers and 20 MNR mushers registered.
1/26/2012
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farmin

USA
95 Posts

Posted - 01/26/2012 :  6:15:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe you have 31 mar teams
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qw

USA
100 Posts

Posted - 01/27/2012 :  09:55:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What did the mileage end up at for the MR, specifically the second leg? Thanks
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plover12

USA
39 Posts

Posted - 01/27/2012 :  7:09:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yup, farmin, you are right, that was a typo. There ARE 31 MNR teams registered, and thanks for pointing that out!

qw, I will check on the second leg mileage.

We have a family interested in hosting a UP200 musher. If any musher is interested, contact Pat Torreano at leaddog200@charter.net
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pcurtice

USA
450 Posts

Posted - 01/28/2012 :  05:28:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chad, right now the second leg is at 31 miles and I think it is looking good to add another 6 or 7 miles that can be added for sure. Our intentions have always been to get the second leg to to 40 to 50 miles, but there have been many obstacles that couldn't be overcome this time around. There are intentions and the possibility of looking for a few additional miles between now and race time, beyond the mentioned above addition. We will be looking for trails already established that will take minimal maintenance to prepare. Hard to find those in that area on public land. Hoping to get the second leg closer to 40 for this years race anyway. Next year closer to 50....hopefully.

Peter C. Curtice II
Ridgerunner Kennel
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qw

USA
100 Posts

Posted - 01/28/2012 :  12:57:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Pete, appreciate all your work!
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JC

USA
726 Posts

Posted - 01/30/2012 :  07:39:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit JC's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Pete & Lyle: I am very thankful you are both working so hard on the trail!! Having experienced mushers out there is priceless! THANK YOU!!!
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farmin

USA
95 Posts

Posted - 01/30/2012 :  6:29:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kent and Terry and myself worked on the last few miles of the mnr trail into Munising Saturday which is the tight swampy area. Many stumps and hazards were removed,and bridges were built. Local volunteers will be on this section Tuesday and Wednesday packing and doing minor brushing. I hope to be back on this section on Thursday with a pipe drag ( groomer) that I am building tomorrow fashioned after the one used at Newberry. I would run the trail today without hesitation there are technical areas but in my opinion it is safe. This trail is going to be fast and fun !
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pcurtice

USA
450 Posts

Posted - 01/30/2012 :  7:37:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great news Lyle!

Peter C. Curtice II
Ridgerunner Kennel
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qw

USA
100 Posts

Posted - 01/31/2012 :  8:20:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Lyle, Kent, Terry and all the volunteers. You guys are awesome.
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jake

USA
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Posted - 02/02/2012 :  08:20:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

These guys are awesome, this is what keeps mushing alive in our dwindling numbers, I hope I am back there to see it. I am coming back to MI for a few mos.

Jake

Mikado, MI
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plover12

USA
39 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2012 :  11:15:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
An update on the UP200 checkpoint at Grand Marais: The building will be open all night for handlers to come in and register. The restrooms and microwave are available and there will be a sleeping area in the township library. Parking for rigs is once again in the large field behind the building.

The Grand Marais Women's Club will be serving breakfast on Saturday morning starting about 7:30 (sausage gravy and biscuits, muffins, coffee, etc.) and will be hosting their annual Soup-and-Sandwich Luncheon starting around 11am. This will last until the food is gone. We have a dozen homemade soups lined up, along with pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks, and desserts.

The Methodist Church ladies are holding a Pie Sale starting in the morning.

Massage Therapist Tammy DeLu will be giving Massages-By-the-Minute in the Youth Center room from 11am-3pm. These are seated chair massages focusing on the head, neck, shoulders, and back. No disrobing necessary. Priced at $1.00 per minute, 10-minute maximum. If you've never had one, it's awesome and a great way to ease kinked shoulder muscles. Open to everyone! Stop in and book a time.

There will be a big Silent Auction from 10am - 5pm, and we have some wonderful items this year! Clothing, snowshoes, pottery, sled dog rides, stuff for kids, and lots more.

Finally, don't forget we'll have all sorts of UP200 and Midnight Run merchandise for sale all day. The Grand Marais checkpoint is friendly and informal, and a great place to get up close and see the teams and dogs. Mushers, we can't wait to see you again! Good luck to all and travel safe!

Cathy Egerer
GM Checkpoint Manager
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plover12

USA
39 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2012 :  11:23:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Midnight Run trail has been finalized with the addition of the Addis Loop. The final map of the trail is now online at www.up200.org and there is a large PDF version that mushers can download and zoom in to study. Click on Race Info and then Midnight Run. The addition of the loop means that there will be a half-mile or so section of the trail where sleds will travel in both directions. Mushers, we encourage you to go have a look. The trail has been overlaid on a Google street map so the roads are marked.
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JC

USA
726 Posts

Posted - 02/09/2012 :  2:54:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit JC's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Just read the new start info. Is this what is happening or if you don't get more snow? Would like to know how many dogs we have to run with for the ceremonial start and where we are loading them back up? Is there still a chance we can have the regular start downtown and run to Chatham if there is more snow? Thanks!
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balzakjeff

USA
122 Posts

Posted - 02/09/2012 :  3:09:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The folks in charge of the UP200 web page might want to clean it up a little. The information on the "home" page is inconsistent with the information listed on the "Musher information" page (which says nothing about a ceremonial start and has the start in "Munising?" instead of Chatham.

Jeff
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