WHO WILL CLAIM THE CROWN?

Pat Gingras, left, owner of Republic Memorials, and Darlene Walch, president of the U.P. Sled Dog Association, hold up the race trophies designed by Gingras. The trophies are made of granite and hardwood. Their shape is cut with a water jet machine and then they are hand-engraved. Gingras said he has been making trophies for the U.P. 200 for at least the past 20 years. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)