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As we have for the last few years we drove up to Calumet at the end of February to do some cross country skiing and to watch the CopperDog Sled Dog Race. Last year we were out skiing and missed some of the preparations for the race. This year it was way too warm to ski so we walked over to the race well before it started. As you can see we were among the first to arrive.

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It was so warm that the street department was hauling in snow so the sleds could make it from the staging area to the to the starting line. The main intersection was about a foot deep in water and slush. It remained a problem throughout the race as mushers and volunteers had trouble navigating through the deep slush.

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We walked around and watched the mushers feed the dogs. Typically they bring them out of the trucks and feed them and then they are put back into their house until they are hooked up to the sled.

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When they are brought out for feeding it’s a good time for the kids to walk around and pet the dogs. A number of the dogs were more interested in getting attention from the kids than they were in eating their pre race meal.

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There is a lot of gear that has to be organized before the race.

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The start of the CopperDog takes place at night. Once the dogs are at the starting line the musher walk through the team and talks to each of the dogs.

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It takes a lot of volunteers to help get the teams from the staging area to the starting line and keep the dogs in line before they start.

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Some dogs are more excited than others. Some of the teams are very calm and others a wild with excitement.

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This spectator was getting a little tired toward the end of the evening.

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More photos from the race can be found on my website.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Phillip, Writing to ask if I could use your Baltimore Oriole (same one from the GD cover) photo, to use as a subject in a watercolor class . The class is for homeschooled military kids near Baltimore.


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