Downtown Calumet is in the final preparations before the start of tonight’s CopperDog 150 Sled Dog Race.
The teams of sled dogs will begin on 5th Street with opening ceremonies starting at 6:30.
Roughly 20 teams of 10 dogs will make the officially 135 mile trek in three stages–first to Eagle Harbor then up to Copper Harbor tomorrow and back down to Calumet on Sunday.
Another 20 teams of six dogs will sprint from Calumet to Eagle River tonight in the single stage CopperDog 40.
Prior to the start of the races, 5th Street in Calumet will be electric with food vendors, music and shops open for business.
Even if you aren’t following the teams up the trail, there still remains a full schedule of activity in Calumet on Saturday—including open pond skating in Agassiz Park, the Dog House Races at noon, plus the Copper Island Pond Hockey Tournament takes place in Calumet Saturday and Sunday.
If you are driving anywhere north on the Keweenaw Peninsula this weekend, please keep an eye out for volunteers working the crossings. It’s their job to try and keep both you and the sled dogs teams waiting to cross safe.