Marquette, MI – February 17, 2017 – It’s that time of year again… The UP 200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 dogsled races are back for the 27th year! Teams from Michigan, Minnesota, Canada, and even Iowa, are competing this year in the UP 200, an Iditarod qualifier. Join our sister station 101.9 Sunny.FM for the live broadcasting of the UP200. We’ll be starting the morning off with Luke from Sunny’s Workday Wind Down hosting interviews from the vet check. – Stop in the for the vet check yourself at the Holiday Inn at 10 AM. You’ll see the real athletes of this race receiving a pre-race, and you might even get to pet one or two!
Around noon you can join the Public Service Garage state for the Midnight Run Chili Feed. Until 2 PM, Public Service Garage will be serving up Chili from Wendy’s.
More events open to the public will be running all day leading up to the races. At 5 PM stop by the Marquette Children’s Museum where you can enjoy a pizza party and meet Scratch! Also starting at 5 PM, enjoy treats at Gophers Bakery, refreshments at Marquette Yoga Center or refreshments at Michigan Fair. Most events are on Washington Street, why not hit them all?
Join The Eagle Mine Information Center Staff for refreshments at 6:30 PM or drop in to the Marquette Commons for the Warming Party! In the Commons you’ll find snacks and beverages. Just down the road the Marquette Welcome Center Viewing Party will also be kicking off at 6:30 PM. Watch the teams go by as the mushers depart while snacking on pizza, cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and more.
Looking to do something a little later one? The Masonic Building Race Night Party starts at 6:30 PM and runs until 11 PM! Drop by to jam out to live music, enjoy indoor viewing of the races, food, beverages, a chance to get out the History of the Race room and purchase UP200 merch. You might even get to meet at few dogs as Seamus and Scratch are scheduled to make an appearance.
The Opening Ceremony for the 27th Anniversary of the UP200 starts at 6:30 PM with the start of the race beginning at 7:00 PM in front of The Mining Journal. The Midnight Run is set to start 30 minutes after the last team leaves for the UP200. Start time for the Midnight Run is estimated to be around 8:30 PM.
Not going to get a chance to come out for the UP200? Track the dogs and mushers live!