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This Weekend: U.P. 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races

Dog sled races, UP200, 2007 by e.rabior
Dog sled races, UP200, 2007 by e.rabior

Eric says that this photo shows a team arriving in Grand Marais, halfway point of the 240 mile race, amidst unrelenting lake effect snow.

This year is the 20th running of the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races and Over 15,000 visitors come to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for one of the nation’s premier weekends of sled dog racing. The U.P. 200 is a competitive, 12 dog, mid-distance sled dog race that is always held on the third weekend of February (Feb 20-22). The race is about 240 miles in length and is a qualifying race for the Iditarod.

You can get a look at what it’s all about courtesy Wild Weekend TV if you click over to the UP 200 web site!