The UP200 is one of the top 12-dog mid-distance races in the Midwest, as well as being an Iditarod qualifier. The UP200 trail covers 230 miles of challenging terrain from Marquette to Grand Marais, Michigan and back again through forested land and near-wilderness. Mushers face hills, creek crossings, deep snow, and isolated trail. This is a true test of skill and stamina! The first leg of the trail is from Marquette to Wetmore, a distance of approximately 64 miles on the upbound leg, and 60 miles on the downbound leg.
A 90 mile 8-dog Midnight Run is also scheduled for February 17th and a 26 mile 6-dog Jack Pine on February 18th.
Jackie Stark, "Numbers for sled dog races climbing just days before events", Marquette Mining Journal, February 11, 2014.
Julie Bitely, "Dog Sled Racing: The Thrilling Event Taking Over the U.P. This Weekend", A Healthier Michigan, February 12, 2015.