MARQUETTE - As the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association prepares for the 25th consecutive running of the U.P. 200, the organization has announced changes to the 2014 races. The U.P. 200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 will return to the central U.P. Feb. 14-16. This is a date change that moves the races one week earlier. The new date will allow more mushers to enter and spaces several major races two weeks apart.
This year's U.P. 200 will see some changes made at the Wetmore checkpoint. The new checkpoint location will be at Hiawatha Log Homes on M-28 southeast of Munising. There will be heated facilities for mushers and vets and Ron Modin will be the new Wetmore checkpoint coordinator.
At the Wetmore M-28 crossing, teams will cross off the clock. A timing gate will be placed on either side of the highway. Michigan State Police officers will be on hand with flashers, the crossing area will be lighted and signs will alert traffic of the presence of dog teams. The state police will stop traffic if necessary.
For maps, details and information, visit the UPSDA website at www.up200.org.