The Marji Gesick 50
The hard(er) half of the 100.
50+ miles. Don’t underestimate this one.
We’ve had racers that are always on the podium at other events quit our 50-mile event, it’s nothing to scoff at. While there’s no easy part of the Marji Gesick 100 course, we make sure you get the most bang for your buck and send you out on the hardest part of the 100. You’ll get to experience the joy of an uphill start at Marquette Mountain, the seriousness of the RAMBA trails, and of course the surprises that we throw in during the infamous last 15.
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.
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.
There is a cut-off at Jackson Park around mile 35. 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: Marquette Mountain
Start Line, Last chance packet pickup, Drop bags, etc.
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 7:45AM-8:30AM. Our team and your start line will be behind the lodge this year. 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 in the parking lot.
15-minute warning before Race Start
Racers will receive last minute updates. The National Anthem will be played.
Enjoy the ride up the ski hill!
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.