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Sled dog weekend in pictures

U.P. 200 volunteers Louie Wisniewski of Jackson and Rob Hemmer of Mackinac City talk Friday night during the Dog-Tail gate gathering on West Washington Street in downtown Marquette, prior to thes start of the 30th running of the race. Both men have been involved with the race as volunteers for several years. (Journal photo by Renee PrusI)
U.P. 200 musher Mary Manning, foreground, gets her sled ready for Friday’s start of the race with the help of Julie Bishop. They’re from Hovland, Minn., and DoodleDog Kennels. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
While visiting Marquette with his family, Ezra Smith, age 2, of Millville, Pa., enjoys the U.P. 200 Dog-Tail Gate Friday on West Washington Street. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
Retired musher Michael Truitt, of Menominee, drove through snowy weather Friday to watch the start of the U.P. 200. Truitt called the race “the real deal.” (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
The starting gate of the U.P. 200 Midnight Run Sled Dog Championships is pictured in downtown Marquette on Friday. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks to a crowd gathered at the opening ceremony of the U.P. 200 Midnight Run Sled Dog Championships. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Ellen Gilchrist and her 5-year-old son Garlin share a moment at the opening ceremonies of the U.P. 200 Midnight Run Sled Dog Championships in downtown Marquette on Friday. Gilchrist’s 5-year old daughter Emily, bottom center, is pictured near her brother. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
U.P. 200 musher Ryan Redington, of Skagway, Alaska, gets ready to take off at the starting gate of the U.P. 200 Midnight Run Sled Dog Championships in downtown Marquette on Friday. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Musher Erin Redington of Skagway, Alaska takes off from the starting gate on Washington Street in downtown Marquette. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
U.P. 200 musher Andre Longchamps, of Pont-Rouge, Quebec, Canada, steals a kiss before his 12-dog team leaves the starting gate of the U.P. 200 Midnight Run Sled Dog Championships in downtown Marquette on Friday. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Pictured is a view of Washington Street during the start of U.P. 200 Midnight Run Sled Dog Championships in downtown Marquette on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Sigurd Utych of Boreal Photo & Video)
Midnight Run musher Chad Grentz, of Nisula, Michigan, is pictured at the start of the Midnight Run Sled Dog Championship in downtown Marquette on Friday. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Midnight Run musher Al Borak, of Roscommon, Michigan, checks on his team at the starting gate of the of the U.P. 200 Midnight Run Sled Dog Championships in downtown Marquette on Friday. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Two sled dogs from Midnight Run musher’s Al Borak team jump in excitement. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Midnight Run musher Jenny Gastmeier, of Ayr, Ontario, Canada, waves to the crowd gathered at the start of the U.P. 200 Midnight Run Sled Dog Championships in downtown Marquette on Friday. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Midnight Run musher Gavin Baker, of Almonte, Ontario, Canada, begins journey to Chatham down Washington Street in Marquette during Friday evening. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
A sled dog team from the U.P. 200 is pictured in action on the 238-mile course Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Sigurd Utych of Boreal Photo & Video)
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchreist answer questions that members of 8-18 Media have prepared for the duo during the Whitmer Winter Warm-Up party at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette on Saturday. Whitmer, who was in town for the U.P. 200, commented that her and the Lt. Governor wanted to organize a relaxed family friendly event where they could get close with communities members. “The U.P. is very important to our state economy, they people of the U.P. are very important to me personally, so we are just here to make sure that people know how that the U.P. has a seat at the table,” said Whitmer. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer holds up 3-year-old Aegis MacIvor-Andersen while she and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist pose with the MacIvor-Andersen family at the Witmer Winter Warm-Up party at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette. From Left to right, pictured is Kathryn MacIvor-Andersen, Aegis, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, 7-year-old Levin, and Josh MacIvor-Andersen with 7-month’s old Simeon. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Collin Smith, age 2, and his dog Breslin were participants in the Marquette Kiwanis Kiddie Mutt Races in the Marquette Commons Saturday. Collin’s parents, Andrea and Cody, walk with them back to the starting line. As a child, Andrea herself took place in the races. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
One of the participants in the Marquette Kiwanis Kiddie Mutt Races Saturday is greeted upon the return trip to the starting line at the Marquette Commons as the crowd waits for the next sled with a young passenger to be pulled by one dog to the finish line. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
A young lady named Fallon waits for her sled dog to start pulling during the Marquette Kiwanis Kiddie Mutt Races at the Marquette Commons Saturday. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
Chloe Korhonen, age 7, warms up by the fire during the Marquette Kiwanis Kiddie Mutt Races at the Marquette Commons Saturday. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
Lucy Tyrrell, of Bayfield, Wisconsin is pictured in action during the Jack Pine 30 sled dog race in Gwinn Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Dankers)
Dean Johnson, of Ogdensburg, Wisconsin crosses the finish line during the the Jack Pine 30 sled dog race in Gwinn Saturday afternoon. The 25-mile race starts and finishes in Gwinn at the First Baptist Church, located on North Billings Street. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Dankers)
Shannon Cummings, of Duluth, Minnesota is pictured during the the Jack Pine 30 sled dog race in Gwinn Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Dankers)
Christian Stevens, of Houghton, Michigan is pictured during the the Jack Pine 30 sled dog race in Gwinn Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Dankers)
Lucy Tyrrell, of Bayfield, Wisconsin crosses the finish line of the Jack Pine 30 sled dog race in Gwinn Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Dankers)
James Bardoner, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee receives the Red Lantern Award for being the final musher in the race during the awards ceremony at the Gwinn Bapist Church Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Dankers)
The Mush Bus, which consists of a guided tour that brings enthusiasts of the U.P. 200 Dog Sled Races to Grand Marais from Marquette, parks outside the Falling Rock Cafe in Munising to pick up those who reserved a seat on the bus. (Journal photos by Jaymie Depew)
Lake Superior Brewing Company at the Dunes Saloon, located at 14283 Lake Ave., Grand Marias, is a popular place to grab a bite to eat and tasty craft beverage for locals and out-of-towners alike.
Snowmobilers and a Jeep outfitted with tracks stop at the Bayshore Market in Grand Marais to refuel. (Journal photos by Jaymie Depew)
The wintry village of Grand Marais had a lot of traffic Saturday — and not just because it was a checkpoint for teams of the U.P. Dog Sled Races. Snowmobile season is in full swing in Alger County, with hotels and restaurants packed with visitors enjoying the fresh powder. (Journal photos by Jaymie Depew)
Susan and Mark Bochantin of Gwinn pose with a ring and bag of ornate dishes they won during a raffle drawing in Grand Marais. The raffle was a part of the festivities commemorating the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Races. (Journal photos by Jaymie Depew)
Joanna Oberg, of Grand Marias, Minnesota, rest with her lead dogs Viva, left, and Tamar, after crossing the fininsh line first in the Midnight Run, making it her third win thus far, on Saturday at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The race began Friday night on Washington Street in downtown Marquette but due to recent weather conditions, mushers found that the route was much slower than in previous years. “It’s like running through mashed potateos or sand, It’s tought.” Oberg said. “I felt like we were going as slow as molasas in January.” Oberg finished with six dogs after having to drop two at the Chatam checkpoint due to fatigue and a sore shoulder muscle. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Veteran racer and Oberg’s lead dog Viva is pictured. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Gavin Baker of Almonte, Ontario, Canada, crosses the finish line of the Midnight Run putting him in seventh place. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
Elyse Lessard, of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada, crosses the finish line of the Midnight Run putting her in sixth place. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)
U.P. 200 winner Ryan Anderson, Bib 4, mushes his sled dog team toward the ceremonial finish line at Mattson Lower Harbor Park Sunday afternoon. (Journal photo by Jaymie Depew)
Ryan Redington, Bib 1, who came in third place in the U.P. 200, shakes hands with an event organizer. (Journal photo by Jaymie Depew)
Martin Massicotte, Bib 2, crosses the finish line in second place. (Journal photo by Jaymie Depew)

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