New Jack Pine 30 purse a positive development

We were pleased to report on our front page this week that the people who organize the Jack Pine 30 sled dog race were able to gather sufficient sponsors to set up a $1,000 purse.

Sponsors for the purse include SIR Federal Credit Union, Potlatch Corp., Argonics Inc. and Superior Extrusion Corp., race officials confirmed.

The Jack Pine 30 is part of a big weekend of sled dog racing. The 2013 U.P. 200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 will kick off with the opening of headquarters at 9 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Holiday Inn of Marquette.

There are six mushers and teams registered for the Jack Pine 30, which is a six-dog race.

Pat Torreano, who serves as president of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association, said the board hasn’t yet determined how the purse money will be split.

It’s gratifying that race organizers are continuing to search for ways to improve local and area sled dog competitions.

We congratulate them and look forward to an exciting sled dog weekend in mid February.