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CALUMET — For the first time a woman won the CopperDog 150 dog sled race when Anny Malo of Saint-Zénon Québec, Canada, finished a scant 2 seconds ahead of the pack with a time of 10 hours, 6 minutes, 28 seconds.
Finishing second was Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors, Minnesota, with a time of 10:06:30, and third was Martha Schouweiler of Irma, Wisconsin, with a time of 10:16:03.
Bruce Magnusson was the first musher in Calumet Sunday to close out the ninth annual CopperDog 150 Dog Sled Race, and his eighth time as a competitor in the race. He was the 13th musher to leave Copper Harbor Sunday, and he passed 12 mushers on the return leg of the race.
Magnusson crossed the finish line on Fifth Street in Calumet at about 12:30 p.m. with a total time of 10 hours, 26 minutes, 18 seconds, for a sixth-place finish.
Magnusson, a Novi, Michigan, resident, said he’s been in all of the CopperDog races except 2016, when he entered a dog sled race in Manitoba, Canada. He was the winner of the 2013 Copper Dog.
His dogs performed well for the race, Magnusson said.
“They did good today,” he said.
Although sled dogs are called Alaskan Huskies, Magnusson said they’re actually mixes of many different kinds of breeds.
“They’re technically mutts,” he said.
The race course was in very good shape, Magnusson said.
“They did a phenomenal job on the trail,” he said.
There were no troubles crossing roads along the course, either, Magnusson said, which was a tribute to the volunteers watching the crossings.
“They were all great,” he said.
The crowd on Fifth Street for the start of the race Friday was large, Magnusson said.
“It was the deepest I ever saw,” he said.
There were also good crowds along the route, said Magnusson, who is expecting to race in next year’s CopperDog.