From left, U.P. 200 trail boss Mike Sjolund, Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association Board members Angela Sjolund and Ross Anthony, and trail crew member Trevor Slinkard are shown with the UP200 starting gate that UPSDA officials set up at the Marquette Commons Thursday. The group did so to honor and recognize what would’ve been the 32nd running of the UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 races this weekend, as they were canceled due to COVID-19. The 32nd running of the event has been postponed to 2022. The gate will be up through the weekend. (Journal photo by Ryan Spitza) - Marquette, Michigan
RACE DAY RECOGNIZED: UPSDA honors would-be UP200 start with display
The UP200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 sled dog weekend is a spectacle that draws thousands each year.
However, the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association made the difficult decision to postpone the 32nd running of the races until 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
And tonight would have been the night that sled dog enthusiasts of all ages from across the country would have descended upon Washington Street in downtown Marquette for the start of the UP200 and Midnight Run, where teams receive celebrity-like treatment as they’re cheered on under the glistening lights of downtown Marquette before they descend into the silence and darkness of the U.P. forests.
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