The Marji Gesick 200

The out ‘n back. From the department of bad ideas.

200+ miles. 21,000 feet of climbing. Once every five years.

For those that need a larger challenge than the Marji Gesick 100 we offer the newest opportunity for personal exploration: 200+ miles of Upper Peninsula dirt, rocks and questionable choices.

Only racers with a proven track record of ultra endurance events are eligible for consideration to this event & this event is only run once every five years. Your next chance at the out & back is September 2024. Start training now. DNF rate in 2019 was 53%.

Start in Ishpeming at the finish line. Follow the MG100 course backwards through the last 15, the RAMBA trails, the NTN south trails, Marquette Mountain, up Top of the World, and back to the start at Forestville.

Then turn around and do it all over again.

We’ll see you in Ishpeming. Maybe.

Self-Supported Ethos

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 (twice)

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.” You have 30-hours to claim your buckle.

The Buckle

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. 200-Mile Mountain bikers finishing sub 30-hours will go home with hardware claimed by only a handful of people.

Checkpoints

We will hide a yet to be determined number of checkpoints throughout the course. They will be directly on course and easy to recognize. You will not know where they are, or how many there are. To be considered a finisher competitors must have all of the tokens required for your event, and have them verified at the finish line by volunteers.

Drop Bags

Info to follow. We plan to offer a couple of drop bag points for Out & Backers.

Time cut-off

You have two time cut-off goals.

Forestville: Must get to Forestville by 7:00am and leave by 7:30am (with the 100-mile). Failure to do both will result in a DQ.

Jackson Park: Must leave by 2:00am, Sunday morning.

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It’s all about community.

While a lot of races out there are run by for-profit companies, that’s not the case for Marji GesickPolar Roll and The Crusher. All of our events are productions of the 906 Adventure Team, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to empower people to become the best version of themselves through outdoor adventure. We don’t have a large staff of people (two, to be exact) or significant overhead, and that enables us to donate a significant portion of race revenues in two ways:

  1. Since 2015, we’ve given back more than $110,000 to the trail-builders of RAMBA, NTN, Sisu Dirt Crews, WinMan and the DCNT.
  2. We also support youth adventure programs in three communities, investing over $35,000 this year alone in equipment, training, and gear to remove barriers for all kids. Our summer and after-school programs now have over 350 participants, and spots fill up as quickly as Marji Gesick. There is a need we’re trying to fill: to connect kids with their communities and get them off devices.