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Volunteers! Please Join us for CopperDog Volunteer Appreciation Night

Volunteers! Please Join us!


SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2023 AT 6 PM

Copper Country #404 Elks Lodge

Join us at the Copper Country #404 Elks Lodge in Calumet for our Volunteer Appreciation Night!!! It’s the least we can do to show how amazed and thankful we are for the army that makes the CopperDog churn before, during, and after our race weekend!

There will be food, drinks, music, prizes, swag, memorabilia, and most importantly a chance to visit with friends, mushers, volunteers, sponsors, and officials

Join us as we celebrate a now renowned and world class event that is put on by you the volunteer!!! 2024? It’s right around the corner!!

Music by Bob Hiltunen 

The CopperDog is a community effort – without you the dedicated volunteers that show up every year, there would be no CopperDog!

 

Music by Bob Hiltunen 

The CopperDog is a community effort – without you the dedicated volunteers that show up every year, there would be no CopperDog!

Volunteer for the 2023 Copperdog​

Volunteer registration is now open for the 2023 CopperDog 150, CopperDog80, CopperDog 30 and the CopperDog 15 sled dog races being held March 3rd, 4th and 5th in Calumet, Eagle Harbor, and Copper Harbor.

There are hundreds of shifts and positions to fill.

We need your help!

Interested? Just take a look at the 2023 Volunteer Schedule, find something that suites your liking and click sign-up for as many shifts as you want. If you volunteer for multiple jobs, please watch out for overlapping conflicts in your schedule.

 

 

Register a Couple, Group, Team, etc.

 
When you register more than just yourself for a volunteer shift, you become responsible for ensuring the people you registered get to their assignments. Kids age 14 and over are considered able bodied volunteers, but there must be at least one adult (18+) on each shift.  Kids 13 and younger are welcome to volunteer, but do not count towards the minimum number of volunteers that must be present.
 

Are You New to the CopperDog?

Volunteering for CopperDog is ridiculously easy!  And working a shift or three CopperDog weekend is a lot of fun.  Please join the hundreds of people who have discovered that volunteer is the best way to experience CopperDog weekend!  And THANK YOU for the help!

A technical note on our Volunteer System

We are continually improving the site and as with all software there are defects.  Please let us know if  you encounter a problem or issue
with the website. If the system doesn’t work as expected send an e-mail to IT Support with a description of the problem.  Cut and paste the error into the email if you can. Thanks! We are happy to hear your ideas for improving the website as well!

About Volunteer Loyalty

 

A few years ago a rather prominent event planner in the Keweenaw told us that “CopperDog has an amazingly high level of volunteer loyalty; people just keep coming out year after year to support this event.” We reflected on this comment and agreed; CopperDog has an amazing turnout of volunteer each and every year, but why? “Why do people come out for CopperDog?” is one of those questions that we have been asking for years and never been fully able to answer. 

We suspect the answer has something to do with “inclusion”. Where so many events like foot races, bike races, ski races, triathlons, and various other sports tournaments are focused on the sport and on the athletes, CopperDog is focused much more strongly on community and the idea of people and organizations coming together to do something truly wonderful.

Look around, athletes are everywhere: walking, running, biking, skiing, swimming, skating, and playing all kinds of sports.  But people dedicating their lives to gliding down a trail scrutinizing dog butts, that is far less common; in fact it’s incredibly rare comparatively speaking. 

What our volunteers do have in common is the love of the Upper Peninsula, the Copper Country and the Keweenaw. The CopperDog 150 ultimately earns volunteer loyalty because they love this place in which we live, they love the life and vitality that the CopperDog resonates, they love being included and playing an important part in a world-class event that happens right in their backyard, and they breath in the magic and beauty of mushing and dog teams races through the countryside and go home feeling inspired, energized and richer from the experience.

Hopefully, the CopperDog will continue to inspire us for many years to come and old friends will continue to return each year and new friends with come out and become part of our family. CopperDog is about inclusion, about bringing people together, about hard work that is totally worth it, about being inspired by moments of true beauty, and the satisfaction that comes from a shared success.

 

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