The Marji Gesick 50 Run

Hills, Hills, Hills

50+ miles. On foot.

Our 50+ mile ultra is a true test of one’s will. With a course that features every kind of rock imaginable to punishing climbs and potentially muddy descents the Marji Gesick 50 on foot is a long day (and night) no matter how you slice it.

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.

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. 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.

Time cut-off

There is a cut-off at Jackson Park around mile 35. You must leave Jackson park by 2:00am EST Sunday morning. Unclaimed drop bags will be moved to the finish line at this time.

Schedule

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th PACKET PICKUP 5:00-8:00pm
Packet Pickup at Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West, Marquette, Michigan for all events except Out & Back and 100-Mile Run. Packet pickup will run from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Purchase Marji Gesick merchandise, meet our sponsors, take a moment to personally Blame Danny and Todd to their faces.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th RACE START
LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: Marquette Mountain

6:30 – 7:00AM
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 6:30 – 7:00 am. 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.

7:15AM
15-minute warning before Race Start, runners line up behind the bikes.

7:30AM
Race Start
Enjoy the RUN 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.

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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.