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Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association records

Identifier: MSS-196

Scope and Contents note

Scope and Contents Note: The records of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association consist of materials that document the history of the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races organized and run by the Association. The collection is held in two cubic foot boxes, two large flat storage boxes, one smaller box, and one drawer in oversized item storage. It is organized in three separate series: (1) Internal Documents, (2) Arts and Crafts, and (3) Media and Advertising. The collection documents the annual sled dog races as well as the community’s support and involvement with the events.

The majority of the materials are promotion or publicity materials. The main sponsor of the event is Marquette’s local newspaper, The Mining Journal, so there is a large amount of promotional material published by The Mining Journal, as well as community and student projects hosted by The Mining Journal. In addition to the promotional material, the collection documents several versions of mission statements and rules and policies, trail descriptions and planning, members, organizers, volunteers, and participants, race standings and disputes, and special events in conjunction with the sled dog races.


  • 1990 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association records, MSS-196, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Historical Note

In the summer of 1988, musher Jeffrey Mann and his family moved to Marquette, Michigan from Seattle. Not long after arriving, he met the families of Scott & Elise Bunce and Tom & Sarah Lindstrom. The group soon discovered a common thread in their lives: sled dog racing. Scott and Elise were training a team of their own and Tom was the past President of the Beargrease Association, which sponsors the well known Beargrease 10 and 6 dog races in Minnesota. Jeff had been an avid and successful racer while living in Alaska.

As they spent time together, the families often talked of having a race in the Upper Peninsula. They discussed the idea with friends and met with others who were interested, finally deciding to formulate a race plan. When the race finally began to take shape, the trail encompassed Marquette, Alger, and Delta counties, and ran from Marquette to Chatham, Rapid River, Escanaba, Gwinn, and back to Marquette. People throughout the area became excited, volunteering their time and abilities to the efforts. Many local businesses began to offer financial support as well, and the event grew from an idea to reality. What started with three families soon grew into a group of many families, bringing their unique talents and ideas, immersing them into this new challenge. Some were former Alaskans missing a familiar pastime. Others had followed news of races in other areas for years and looked forward to a race hosted in their native region. Several had teams of their own, and were ecstatic over the opportunity to race in their home territory.

Through the Marquette Chamber of Commerce Jeff met LouAnn Balding, who quickly became a key member of the race committee, investing her considerable organizational abilities in the project. From this diverse group emerged a strong commitment and on a snowy Friday evening in February of 1990, the dedication and perseverance finally paid off. To the cheers of 10,000 spectators, the mushers of the first UP 200 Sled Dog Championship ten dog race sped down Washington street in Marquette into the night. At midnight, in the community of Chatham the first Midnight Run racers departed on the long, cold journey towards Escanaba. These racers went on their way into history, with many "tails of the trails" for the years to come. Since that time, the UP200 and Midnight Run have been extremely successful events each year.

History taken from the UP 200 Sled Dog Race official web site at


4 boxes

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Arrangement note

Series Descriptions Record Series I. Internal Documents and Papers, 1990-2005. 1 Cubic Foot (87 folders). Arranged chronologically. The Internal Documents and Papers record the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association Website, mission statement and rules and policies, correspondence, meeting minutes, official forms, site arrangement and schedule of events, financial documents, certificates and licenses, race results, coordinators, participants, volunteers, and sponsors information, photos and publications. This series documents the roles that volunteers, organizers, participants, and sponsors played in the events, as well as what planning and organizing goes into the dog sled races. It also contains race results, race rules and guidelines, photographic documentation of the events and participants, memorabilia, and pamphlets, brochures, and newsletters created to inform association members and community members.

Record Series II. Arts and Crafts, 1990-1996. 1.92 Cubic Feet (13 items). Separated into two subseries: (1) Large Scrapbooks, and (2) Student Craft Projects and Foam Core Plaques. The first subseries contains two large scrapbooks, the first ranging from 1990 to 1999, and the second ranging from 1993 to 1997. The scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, photos and lists of participants and winners, and some memorabilia. The second subseries contains paper bag drawings, laminated drawings, paintings, and poems done by area students, as well as nine foam core plaques documenting the award winners from the 1996 races.

Record Series III. Media and Advertising, 1990-2004. 2.27 Cubic Feet and one oversized drawer (44 items and 33 folders). Arranged into three subseries by size and then chronologically. The subseries are (1) U.P. 200 Special Mining Journal Publications, (2) Newspaper Clippings, and (3) Posters, Paintings, and Laminated Newspaper Articles. The first subseries contains copies of the Mining Journal’s U.P. 200 Publication from 1990 to 2004. The second subseries contains various newspaper clippings ranging from 1990 to 2004, separated by year. The third subseries contains the oversized items, including foam core posters, a painting and a collage, paper posters, laminated newspaper clippings, and a U.P. 200 volunteer vest.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Pat Torreana in 2009.

Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association records
Jaime L. Ganzel
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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