There’s something for everyone to get involved in on Copperman race day

Copperman VolunteeringCOPPER HARBOR, Mich. – The Aspirus Copperman Triathlon and Duathlon in Copper Harbor on Aug. 5 lends itself to many unique and exciting volunteer experiences for all ages. Opportunities range from registering participants for the race and body marking to volunteering at aid stations and kayaking during the swim portion of the race. All volunteers receive a free Copperman t-shirt and complimentary lunch served by the Harbor Haus Restaurant in Copper Harbor.

A list of volunteer opportunities is provided on the Aspirus Copperman website at  There, volunteers can register by completing the online form. Volunteer Coordinator Gwen Grabig will contact each volunteer with additional details prior to race day.

For many residents and out-of-towners alike, volunteering at Copperman is a longtime tradition. Several groups, families and friends make the drive to the northernmost tip of the Keweenaw to take in the sights, sounds and excitement. Several providers and staff from Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics volunteer each year, helping out in the medical tents, serving as crossing guards and filling in wherever they’re needed.

“You don’t have to compete to get involved at Copperman. Volunteering is just as fun because you get to go behind the scenes and see how it all comes together,” said Race Director Stacy Bussiere. “There’s something for everyone to help out with. If you’re not sure what you want to do, that’s OK, too. We can always find a spot for you.”

Founded in 1992 with 45 competitors, Copperman has grown into one of the Keweenaw’s premier summer sporting events. Last year’s 25thanniversary Copperman hosted 263 participants, in addition to hundreds of volunteers and spectators.

Pictured: Aspirus Copperman Triathlon and Duathlon offers unique and exciting volunteer opportunities from kayaking during the swim portion of the race and body marking to helping out at aid stations and timing competitors.