MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Preparations are in full swing for the return of the U.P. 200 next weekend. The races kick off the evening of Friday, Feb. 16th.
Trail conditions are the best we have seen in the past couple years, and so far, there are 20 mushers registered, five of which are returning champions.
Grooming the trails is already underway, with many people already volunteering, but the team can always use extra hands on deck.
There is a particular need at various road crossings throughout the race.
“The volunteers make this race happen. They make it safe for our mushers. We could not possibly put on an event of this size without all the volunteers. It takes roughly between 900 and 1,000 volunteers throughout the weekend to make this event happen,” said Darlene Walch, President of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association.
There are both inside and outside positions available. To see a full list of open positions and to volunteer, click here.