CopperDog entrants prepare for big race with vet checks

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CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) - Friday afternoon race staff were busy putting the finishing touches on the event for the start of the events that night.

"Preparations for the race are as always, hectic, crazy, there's a long list of things that need to be done. I spend about two months pretty much full time organizing the race," said Jeff Foss, Race Director for CopperDog 150.

At Incredible Bank in Calumet mushers were checking in with their dog sled teams and getting them checked out by the races vet staff.

"For us it's a primary way to set a baseline for what each dog looks like, so that when we go to check them as they progress through the race we can spot any medical conditions that may arise during the race," said Phillip Totham, a Trail Veterinarian for CopperDog 150

During a race the vets check on the dogs for a variety of problems and injuries that may occur.

"The biggest race issues that we deal with or watch for are things like dehydration, as well as foot, shoulder, or wrist injuries that might come from running the trails," added Totham

The check in also gave mushers the opportunity to talk with one another, building excitement for the race, including some first time mushers.

"I'm really excited, and I'm really nervous. Usually I run with Tom's dogs, but I'm running out of Flying K Kennel and I've never ran with these dogs before and had never met them before yesterday. I'm really nervous and really excited, it's going to be good," said Rachel Falls, a first time musher competing in the CopperDog 150.