The Marji Gesick 100
“It’s fun. In a sadistic sort of way” – Danny Hill
100+ miles. 12,000 feet of climbing.
With a course that is somewhere north of 100 miles (but probably south of 120), unpredictable weather, and relentless terrain, the Marji Gesick 100 is a day racers won’t soon forget. No matter how much they want to.
There’s a reason why professionals and amateurs alike travel from across the country to compete for the winning prize of one dollar. They come to test themselves. To find their limits & destroy them.
The fortunate few will finish in under 12 hours and earn a belt buckle. The rest will be out on course well past sunset and some into the next morning.
You will be self-supported. There are no race operated aid stations. We will sign the course; however, signs fall down, people pull them down, bears eat them. You must be prepared to fend for yourself. Road rules apply. You will not find happy, smiling volunteers stopping traffic and waving your through – anywhere. You are on your own. If you finish expect to finish after dark. In the event of an emergency call 911. In recent years our community has developed a reputation for supporting Marji Gesick racers with “pop-up” aid stations. We are extremely lucky to live in an area where people care so much about other people. Our race team would like to share this word of caution: Pop-up aid stations are not operated by the race. They have no obligation to be there. There is no guarantee they will be in the same place this year or anywhere at all. We cannot stress enough – You are self-supported.
Take the Danny Hill Challenge
When we started the race in 2015 Danny said “No one will finish under 12-hours. I’ll give the first person who does $1.00.” So, if you happen to be the first finisher in one of our categories, you’ll go home with a buck and maybe a buckle (if you finish under 12-hours). For everyone else cash and prizes are not the goal – simply being strong enough to finish is.
Designed by local artist Gordon Gearheart our buckle has become synonymous with the definition of endurance and grit. The Marji buckle is as real and raw as the effort required to claim it. 100-Mile Mountain bikers finishing sub 12-hours and 100-mile Ultra-runners finishing under 30-hours will go home with hardware claimed by only a handful of people.
We will hide a yet to be determined number of checkpoints throughout the course. They will be directly on course and easy to recognize. Competitors are required to arrive at the finish line with a token from each checkpoint (what the item is will be disclosed at a later date). If you do not have all of the required checkpoint items for your event – you will be disqualified from consideration for the cash prize ($1.00) and buckles.
There is a cut-off at Jackson Park around mile 85. You must leave Jackson park by 2:00am EST. Unclaimed drop bags will be moved to the finish line at this time.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th PACKET PICKUP 5:00-8:00pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st RACE START
LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: Forestville Trailhead
Velodrome Coffee will be on-site serving complimentary coffee to all racers and staff. We highly recommend you allow for enough time to find the trailhead, get parked, and ready for the start. Parking will be tight this year due to increased numbers. Be prepared to get creative if necessary.
Racers will be able to pick up their packets at the race start from 5:00AM-6:30AM. Our team will be located inside the pole barn. Please do not wait until race morning to start loading the GPX file onto your computer. We cannot guarantee anyone will be able to help you in the event you experience technical difficulties.
Toilets will be available at the start.
Drop bags will be collected by race staff directly in front of the pole barn.
15-minute warning before Race Start
Racers report to the LeMans staging area. Racers will receive last minute updates. The National Anthem will be played.
Finish Line/Celebration Zone
LOCATION: 106 N. Main Street, Ishpeming, Michigan, 49849.
The Marji Gesick Race Team will be headquartered here. Look for the 906 Trailer.