As a testament to the community's enduring adventure spirit and the epic amount of snow each winter, the Keweenaw hosts the annual CopperDog 150 sled dog race. Dog teams from across the Midwest and even some international races travel to the historic Copper Country to run this late-winter season race across the upper reaches of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
The CopperDog 150 was first held in 2009 when a small group of people got together and had an idea to organize a dog sled race. Since then the race has grown every year and brings thousands of people to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The race starts in Downtown Calumet on that Friday night with thousands of people lining the sidewalks awaiting the adrenaline filled start filling the town with energy and a live sporting event atmosphere.
The CopperDog 150 sled dog race is put on totally by volunteers and let us just say it takes A LOT of volunteers so when you see someone that has something that says CopperDog Volunteer, make sure you tell them thank you. Without them the Keweenaw would not have such an amazing race that has quickly drawn some pretty big attention!
If you have never seen a dog race in person you are missing out so come on up and experience one of the top races in it’s sport or do something a little different on your winter getaway and take your own sled dog ride with one of our local mushers, you won’t regret it!