July 2017 – Press Release


MARQUETTE, MI (July 11, 2017) – Bike, run, swim. If any or all of these activities interest you, then Marquette County has an opportunity for you to challenge yourself amidst nature’s beauty and elements. From shredding singletrack to hopping rocks along the Lake Superior shoreline, sign up for one of these activities and race to get here. Upcoming events occurring this summer include:

The Marquette Trail 50 Ultramarathon features some serious miles through challenging terrain that will likely include running in the dark and continues to draw more participants annually. The event features 100K, 50K, 50-mile, or 11-mile trail run options that take place on July 19.Want to participate but a bit uncertain? Find a team for the popular 50K relay, sign up for the family-friendly 5K on Friday, cheer on the kids for their 1-mile run, or maybe just come and be a smiling face at the finish line. All are welcome and encouraged.

The aptly named Red Earth Classic on July 22 covers a lot of ground throughout the western area of Marquette County, all starting and ending in Negaunee. The event features four mountain bike races on the RAMBA trails which include the 32-mile Beast, 19-mile Loader, 12-mile Dozer, and 3-mile Junior Classic. In addition to the two wheel races, runners can cover a half marathon or 10K trail run , a 5K trail run or walk, or a 1-mile kids run. Whatever you participate in you will be sure to see some of the red-colored ground that is the result of the hematite or iron ore deposits the area is known for.

The 14th annual Swim Teal Lake which benefits diabetes care, support, and research takes place on July 29. Participants can choose the 2.25-mile swim across the lake or the new Short-n-Sweet 1/4-mile swim which is a great introduction to open water swimming. 3-Time Olympic Medalist, swimmer Gary Hall Jr. will be this year’s guest speaker, sharing his inspiring story of living, training, and competing while living with type 1 diabetes.

The Ore-to-Shore mountain bike race, recognized as Michigan’s largest mass start point-to-point race, takes place on August 12. The 48-mile Hard Rock and 28-mile Soft Rock races offer a challenge for every level of rider. With a 10-mile Shore Rock, 4-mile Junior Rock, 1-mile Little Rock, and 1/2-mile Littlest Rock, there truly is a race for everyone at this popular annual event.

Held Labor Day weekend, the Marquette Marathon and Half Marathon, now in its 8th year continues to draw runners from around the U.S. to this Boston qualifier. On September 2 runners will take to the Iron Ore Heritage Trail on this beautiful and scenic point-to-point course that offers a lot of downhill and is considered fast in the running community. The fun kicks off on Friday at the race expo where a Kids Fun Run and 5K for all ages also take place.

The 2017 XTERRA Lake Superior Shore Run offers a Half Marathon, 5K run, 5-mile hike and 1K kids race on the trails surrounding Little Presque Isle along the Lake Superior shoreline on September 16. The 5-mile hike was a new addition in 2016 and will return given its popularity offering an opportunity for more to be a part of the event through this one vista hike with a superior view from Bareback Ridge.

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Do you want to blame Danny? Then don’t miss the epic Marji Gesick 100. Created by Danny Hill, Todd Poquette, and the 906 Adventure Team, the Marji Gesick 100 features 100-mile bike or running races along with 50 mile options. While the top winners get $1, all athletes who finish under a certain time are awarded a hand-forged belt buckle for their physical sacrifice. New for 2017, organizers have added a 15-mile run for those who only want to suffer a little. Regardless of what race participants choose, there will be rocks, roots, and lots of climbing, but the bragging rights remain to those who compete September 22 – 23.

None of these great events take place without the tremendous support of many Marquette County organizations and businesses as well as countless volunteers. Smiling faces to lend a hand or cheer on participants are always welcome and encouraged. To find out more about any of these events or even more that will take place throughout the year, please visit https://www.travelmarquettemichigan.com or call 1-800-544-4321.