Longtime U.P. 200 mascot dies at 13

K.I. SAWYER – The longtime official mascot for the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race, Banshee, died Friday morning. She was 13.

The Alaskan malamute taught children across the Upper Peninsula – and in lower Michigan, too – about sled dogs for the past five years.

At the end of this year’s race, Banshee turned over the reins to her younger brother, Seamus, 2, will be the official race mascot for years to come.

Banshee’s passing was shared with The Mining Journal by her “daddie,” Skandia resident Todd Hennigan, who took both dogs to many schools during Banshee’s farewell tour earlier this year.

“Last year, we saw over 1,800 students,” Hennigan said in February. “Banshee and Seamus don’t race but they do lots of PR for the sport.”

Hennigan said a memorial to the beloved dog is being planned.

More information on Banshee’s memorial once it’s planned will be available on the dog’s Facebook page, facebook.com/pages/Banshee-Dog/115475769945?ref=ts.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal.net.