Event Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Event Location: Washington Street
The UP200, an Iditarod qualifying race, is one of America’s premier twelve-dog, mid-distance sled dog races and draws mushers from around the United States and Canada. Coinciding with the UP200 is the eight-dog Midnight Run, a race from Marquette to Chatham and returning to Marquette. The Midnight Run, or MNR, draws premier teams wanting to test their skill on a technically challenging trail.
Celebrate the start of both races in Downtown Marquette, beginning with the Opening Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in front of The Mining Journal on the 200 block of West Washington Street. Join Walt Lindala and Frida Waara in welcoming sponsors, representatives and spectators to the race, while the Marquette Male Chorus gives a special performance. UP200 teams will hit the trail at 7 p.m., followed by Midnight Run teams at 8 p.m. The race route is set on Washington Street, heading east along Lakeshore Boulevard.
Warm Up Downtown
In addition to all of the restaurants and businesses in Marquette’s Downtown District that will be gearing up for the UP200 spectators, several businesses and organizations in Marquette’s Downtown District will be hosting warm up parties between and during the dog sled races, all of which are open to the public.