Few course changes for March 3-5 Copper Dog

Photos provided by CopperDog 150 For the eighth annual CopperDog 150 and 80 sled dog races, a few changes in the race courses were made. The start of the race will be at 6:30 p.m. March 3.

CALUMET — For the eighth year, the CopperDog 150 and 80 sled dog races will take place March 3-5, and race director Meredith LaBeau said there are a few changes for the mushers.

Starting with the course, LaBeau said there are a few differences from past years regarding private property.

“We have some trail changes,” she said.

However, the trail lengths of 135 miles and 80 miles haven’t changed much, LaBeau said.

“They’re still the same,” she said.

Racers can find out about any trail changes by checking copperdog150.com.

“On the website there’s GPS data,” she said.

For the 150 race, LaBeau said there are 19 teams taking part.

“Of those, four are new,” she said.

Of the 15 returning teams, LaBeau said five are returning Copper Dog 150 champions.

For the Copper Dog 80, LaBeau said there are nine mushers, all of whom have participated previously.

The start of the race at 6:30 p.m. March 3 hasn’t changed, LaBeau said.

“We’re still starting on Fifth Street,” she said.

Also March 3, LaBeau said there will be music and speakers during a block party sponsored by McCabe Distributing in Laurium and LaBatt Beer.

The mushers in the two races come from Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.

There are no changes affecting spectators, LaBeau said.

Also happening Friday are fireworks, sponsored by McCabe and Labatt Beer, LaBeau said. They’re scheduled for 8:30 p.m. or 8:45 p.m.

On Saturday, the fourth annual Dog House race will take place. They can be real dog houses, or they can be facsimiles.

“They just have to be human powered,” LaBeau said.

Dog house race participants must register by 11:30 a.m. March 4. There is no registration fee. Prizes for the race are $250 for first, $100 for second, $75 for third and $75 for fan favorite. For details go to copperdog150.com/Site/Events.