The Marquette Marathon is here! An official Boston Marathon qualifier that has been organized by marathon runners, for marathon runners, this year marks the 5th year of this amazing event. The exciting news this year is the new course including a finish line pretty much in front of our store!
Full Marathon Start – Ishpeming
This course will quickly be come to known as one of the fastest Boston Qualifier Courses in the country! The start is in the heart of the small iron mining town, Ishpeming; which means “heaven” in Ojibwa. This town loves athletes! It is home to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and is proud to be the start of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon. From Start to Finish: Net Elevation Drop of 1037 feet.
Half Marathon Start – Negaunee
The Half starts at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in another of our mining towns, Negaunee. Admission to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum is free! Negaunee means “low ground” in Ojibwa but don’t be fooled….you will be going lower because this is a fast course, too! Negaunee hosts the start of the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic every summer. From Start to Finish: Net Elevation Drop of 735 feet.
Along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail
Both of our courses will join together on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. This trail is a multi-use, year round trail that connects communities and people to the region’s historic sites and human stories. With over 160 years of mining ore, it’s no wonder that Marquette County’s landscape is so exceptional! The trail is partially paved with asphalt along with crushed granite. The footing is great for running!
Into Marquette for the Final Miles
Racers will enjoy a steady decline in elevation as well as amazing scenery full with trees, lush vegetation and spectacular rock formations. Both races will bring you to the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette where the courses will separate until the finish. Full Marathoners will continue around Presque Isle where they will be privy to some of Marquette’s proudest views and Half Marathoners will make their way to the finish as they pass the world’s largest dome, the Superior Dome.
You will feel the energy as you fly down the final stretch on Third Street lined by friends and family, our wonderful community, shops, bars and restaurants.
Need any last minute items? We will be set up at the packet pick up area for energy food needs and special deals on some clothing. Good luck to all of the racers!
Check HERE to visit this marathon’s website!