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NEWS

Posted 9.14.2021 @2:27 PM ET

RACE WEEK

We’ve got all the details (and then some) on our race week page. Read ’em and weep.

Race Week Details
Posted 9.9.2021 @4:25 PM ET

FORECAST

Posted 9.9.2021 @8:54 AM ET

BURGER BUS

Fuel your Adventure at The Burger Bus. Thursday- Ore Dock Brewing Co 5-8p Friday & Saturday – Blackrocks Brewery 4-8p Sunday- Blackrocks Brewery 4-7p

Posted 9.8.2021 @8:47 AM ET

2021 TRAIL DONATIONS.

$27,000 will go to the trails this fall.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING MARQUETTE COUNTY.

Posted 9.7.2021 @3:48 PM ET

COURSE MARKING, GPX UPDATE

Volunteers from RAMBA and 906 Adventure Team will begin marking the course this weekend. 105-miles will be covered by 6,000 markers. BUT GPS is still required, so don’t show up unprepared. Also this weekend, the GPX file will be confirmed accurate by our volunteer crews marking the course and a couple of riders we selected to pre-ride with the file. Following the weekend we’ll make the file available to racers no later than mid-week.

LEAVE NO TRACE

Please leave no trace while you’re out there racing and adventuring across Marquette County. We do not want garbage left behind the event. We feel as though we/you have done a good job being respectful but from time to time we bump into someone who claims that “Marji” race left garbage all over the place. That’s not the reputation we want create for ourselves or Marji Gesick, so be diligent and leave nothing behind.
Posted 9.7.2021 @9:30 AM ET

DON’T BE JIMMY

Jimmy signed up to do Marji but then he didn’t train enough so he didn’t show up. Jimmy told one of his buddies to show up and take his plate – just pretend you’re me he laughed. What’s the big deal? So his buddy showed up and pretended to be Jimmy. He took off from Forestville Saturday morning and no one knew the difference. Jimmy was on course! Fast forward to Sunday morning around 4:00am. By now most of the field had finished or quit and gone home, but a short list of bibs remained. Jimmy was on that list. Volunteers called him. Sent him texts messages. Found him on Facebook and sent a private message. No response until later that day – when he told us he didn’t show up. His friend? He quit before South Trails and went home – and didn’t let us know.
This scenario happened several times in 2019 – and we just can’t have it. Not knowing who is on course, or how to get a hold of them, is a significant safety risk AND it keeps volunteers on the edge of their seat worrying we have an injured rider out there. If we find you racing under someone else’s bib you will not race Marji again. It’s that simple.

CUTOFFS

It’s simple. You have two times you need to hit regardless of category:
1. You have to leave Jackson Park by 2:00am Sunday morning.
2. You have to finish by 8:30am Sunday morning.
Posted 9.3.2021 @5:58 PM ET

FAQ

Are there Aid Stations?2019-04-24T19:54:28+00:00

No.

Does my event begin with a LeMans Start?2019-06-10T17:25:09+00:00

The 100-mile bike and the duathlon event both begin with a .5 mile run.

What is a LeBike?2019-06-10T18:17:37+00:00

It’s the opposite of a LeMans start where riders run to their bikes. In this case, you bike 0.5 miles to your run. Bring your own bike and helmet.

How am I supposed to make it to the finish line without aid stations?2019-04-24T19:57:33+00:00

Have a plan. Be prepared. Bring the right gear. Bring enough food.

How are drop bags handled?2019-06-10T18:19:20+00:00

Bring your drop bag to the race start line. Give it to race staff. They will move it to Jackson Park for you.

Out & Back racers can leave a drop bag at Forestville for Saturday morning.

What is Jackson Park and where is it?2019-06-10T21:10:34+00:00

Jackson Park is located at
199 Tobin ST
Negaunee, MI 49866

Your drop bags will be there.

It’s on the race courses at the following mileages:
100 mile events @roughly miles 65 and 85
50 mile events @roughly mile 15 and 35

Who picks me up if i quit?2019-04-24T20:10:58+00:00

Hopefully you have family or friends along.

What should I do if I or someone else is hurt?2019-04-24T20:11:35+00:00

Call 911!

Can I use an E-bike?2019-04-26T17:19:10+00:00

No.

I heard there’s actually a lot of aid from the locals. True?2019-04-24T20:11:56+00:00

The race does not operate aid stations or provide support. What someone else does or does not do is out of our control. If you show up expecting help from someone you are making a grave mistake.

Who should I Blame?2019-04-24T20:12:18+00:00

Blame Todd or Blame Danny.

Why is GPS mandatory?2019-04-24T20:12:47+00:00

GPS is mandatory because no one can control what is going to happen to the signs we put up. With GPS, regardless of what the weather does to the course or other variables outside our control, you can still navigate and finish the race.

What is the “Self-Supported Ethos”?2019-04-24T21:08:44+00:00

You are on your own.

GPS is required.

In the event of an emergency call 911.

Road Rules apply.

You MAY accept outside nutrition & hydration assistance.

You may NOT cache anything in the woods trailside.

You may NOT accept mechanical assistance (from anyone but another rider).

There are NO race operated aid-stations.

Your bike is to be human-powered, with no level of assistance

Who is your Timing service?2019-04-24T21:11:29+00:00

Superior Timing

www.superiortiming.com

What happens if i lose a checkpoint item?2019-04-24T21:11:09+00:00

You will not be eligble for cash or buckles without all the chips.

Where will the checkpoints be?2019-04-24T21:10:43+00:00

Undisclosed locations.

What do we collect at the checkpoints?2021-09-03T21:57:29+00:00

Tokens.

Can I transfer my registration?2021-09-03T21:57:00+00:00

Yes, until August 1st.

Can I get a refund?2019-04-24T21:12:32+00:00

No.

Can I change my race?2021-09-03T21:56:29+00:00
Until August 1st
What is the suggested equipment?2019-04-24T21:13:06+00:00
  • Bike choice: choose what you are most comfortable and confident riding.
  • Tire choice: something with side wall protection and some tread.
  • Gps: Garmin units are the best and only units we can/will troubleshoot.
  • Backup battery: external battery for your phone and garmin
  • Appropriate charging cables for your phone and garmin
  • Lights: bar mount, handlebar mount. Have backup lights available
  • Tools: multi-tool, chain breaker, master link, tire lever, tubes, patches
  • Hydration pack
  • Food
  • Water
  • Change of clothes
  • Rain shell
  • Emergency blanket
  • Cash or debit card
Will there be beer at the finish line?2019-04-24T21:17:21+00:00

Does a Yooper live in da UP?

Will there be food at the finish line?2019-06-10T18:29:18+00:00

Yes.

Are there cash prizes?2021-09-03T21:55:32+00:00

No.

What is the belt buckle cut-off?2019-10-10T14:07:07+00:00

12-hours (100-mile bike)
22-hours (Duathlon)
28-hours (100-mile run)
30-hours (Out & Back)

 

Posted 9.3.2021 @8:40 AM ET

EVENT START TIMES

100-MILE-RUN: Friday @ Noon
50-MILE RUN: Saturday @ 7:00am
100-MILE BIKE: Saturday @ 7:30am
50-MILE BIKE: Saturday @ 8:00am
15-MILE BIKE: Saturday @ 8:000am

BUCKLE TIMES

100-MILE BIKE: 12-HOURS
100-MILE RUN: 28-HOURS
DUATHLON: 22-HOURS

TIMING SERVICE

Posted 9.02.2021 @9:20 AM ET

CHECKPOINTS

Here’s a quick refresher on checkpoints.
1. They will be located directly on the route.
2. You will collect a token from each of them.
3. You won’t know how many there are.
4. You won’t know where they are.
5. You need to present them at the finish line to be a #finisher.
6. If you don’t have all of them – DQ.
Posted 9.1.2021 @11:24 AM ET

CAMPING AT THE FORESTVILLE TRAILHEAD

For rules and property regulations visit the NTN website’s Forestville page.

We rented Forestville from 10:00am Thursday through 12:00pm Saturday. What does this mean for people hoping to camp there? Camping Thursday and Friday night has been paid for by the event. You can claim a spot on a first come, first save basis. Follow all campground rules. No camping is allowed outside of the campground. No camping is allowed in the parking lot. Cars parked in the lot overnight will be towed. People planning to camp after Saturday morning will need to pay for the site.

Posted 8.31.2021 @11:30 AM ET

PARKING – EVENT START LINES

PLAN AHEAD! If you’re starting downtown leave yourself ample time to park and get to the start line. Make sure you know where the start line is! A map will be provided soon. Follow applicable city parking rules. Don’t get ticketed. If you’re starting at FORESTVILLE, you better get there early. REAL EARLY. Parking is challenging at best, chaotic most years. Traffic will stretch back to the RR tracks. We highly suggest car pooling, and even riding your bike to the start.

ROAD RULES

This is the part where we sound like a broken record. Marji Gesick is a unique ultra event. Not only do we not operate aid stations, we don’t put volunteers on every corner and road crossing. Racers MUST follow road rules at all times. Respect other racers and motor vehicle traffic, even ATV vehicles you might see on the two-track connectors. No one is out there helping you make good life choices. Be alert. Have your head on a swivel.

COURSE SIGNAGE & GPS

Course signage is your primary navigational tool. We’ll put out more than 5,000 signs before race day, but you have to remember signs fall down, the wind blows them away,  bears eat them, or people pull them down. That’s why we give you a gpx file and require you to use it. In the event you get off-course the gps will bring you back – assuming you know how to use it. We’ll spend the better part of a week preparing the course and double checking signage, but you still need to be prepared for worse case scenarios.
Posted 8.27.2021 @2:36 PM ET

PACKET PICKUP

Cleverly hidden behind Blackrocks Brewery, packet pickup is the place you get your number plate, pre-ordered merch and a little hydration before your event.

MARJI GESICK GEAR

This is important:
We WILL NOT have merchandise for sale onsite. 

If you want the official Marji Gesick 2021 gear you’ve got two options:
1) Order it online before Monday 8/30 and we’ll have it for you at packet pickup.
2 ) Order it online after the deadline and we’ll ship it to you in October.

Note: This  does not apply to jerseys. Borah Teamwear will ship directly from their factory to your home in a few weeks.

Shop The Store
Posted 8.26.2021 @9:56 AM ET

FORESTVILLE CAMPING

Camping is available inside the rustic campground only. Overnight camping is not allowed outside the campground. You cannot park overnight in the parking lot. If you do, the vehicle will be towed before morning. Please follow the rules and guidelines posted by the NTN. If you don’t we’re the ones that will hear about it. 
 

TRANSFERS & CATEGORY CHANGES

 
Transfers are done. Category changes are done. You cannot change categories or make transfers.
Posted 8.25.2021 @6:47 PM ET

We’ve held info close to the vest for two reasons: 1) Communicating with nearly 1,000 people is “doing hard things”, and 2) If the past year has taught us anything, it’s to be patient and ready to adapt at a moment’s notice. With less than a month to go, we’re ready to work with the info available and get ready to roll.

Updates will be shared weekly from now until the event, or more often if circumstances warrant additional communication.

Where things stand.

Mass starts. Unicorns. Reapers. Bag pipes. Marji-madness in all its splendor. Packet pickup outdoors at Blackrocks Brewery (the pub). The only way any of this changes is if someone comes in and forces a change.

The Danny Hill Challenge

You can’t finish the 100 in 12-hours or less. If you do, we’ll give ya a belt buckle and a one-dollar bill.

Unsupported Ethos

We do not offer aid stations. Been that way since day-one. In our eyes you are on your own, no one is out there to save you, and if there is an emergency you need to dial 911. Show up ready to go self-supported and pray for trail magic.

GPX-files

Will not be available until race week. You can hunt down the 2019 file if you wanna look at the most recent iteration, or use it to pre-ride the course.

And, YES, GPS is required. Signs fall down, blow away, or bears eat them, and people pull them down. The gpx-file and a device of your choice will keep you on track if the signage fails you. If you choose not to use one and things don’t go to plan… you know the drill… don’t blame us.

How do I get my hands on official Marji Gesick gear?

Possibly the only thing harder than Marji is gonna be getting the gear, and for that reason we’re doing 95% of our gear sales through pre and post orders online this year. The supply chain is a mess. You don’t know from one day to the next what’s gonna be available or when, but the pre-order and post-order strategy will help our vendors identify how much product we need, and they’ve promised we’ll get it to ya.

Here’s a link to the store with all of the new 2021 designs on T-shirts, hats, and some gear from Borah Teamwear.

PRE-ORDER ENDS AT MIDNIGHT 8/29/2021. ONLY PRE-ORDER PRODUCT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT PACKET PICKUP. BORAH GEAR WILL BE SHIPPED DIRECTLY, AFTER THE RACE.

Where does each event start?

100-Mile Bike & Run & Duathlon: Forestville NTN Pole Barn

All other events: Lakeshore Blvd, in front of the Ore Dock

Thoughts on parking at the start lines.

Forestville is absolute chaos on Saturday morning, so don’t act like we didn’t warn ya if you try to show up just before 7:30 and you can’t get anywhere near the pole barn. If getting to the line on time is a challenge, you’re in for a looooong day, eh! We highly recommend getting out there by 5:30am, six at the latest. Again, we warned ya! Camping is not allowed in the Forestville parking lot. The Forestville campground itself is available to Marji Gesick participants starting on Friday on a first-come, first-served basis and that is the only place at Forestville where camping is allowed. The campground rules apply. Familiarize yourself with them.

Downtown is beautiful and full of parking opportunities, but it’s on you to figure them out. Get there early. We’ll be staging racers between East Washington and Main Street, right on the road (Lakeshore Boulevard) in front of the Ore Dock (not the Brewery). It’s gonna be great, as long as you’re not late. Also, overnight parking is not allowed in most of downtown Marquette’s public parking so make a plan.

What day and time does each event start?

Friday, 100-Mile Run @ 12:00pm

Saturday, 50-Mile Run @ 7:00am

Saturday, 100-Mile Bike @ Duathlon @ 7:30am

Saturday, 50-Mile Bike & Mini Marji @ 8:00am

The infamous “Where is packet pickup?”

Runners @ Queen City Running Company, Thursday Night 5-8pm.

Bikers* @ Blackrocks Brewery , Friday Night 5-8pm.

*This includes 50-mile runners who can’t make it Thursday and the Duathlon.

Drop bags.

Bring em to the start line. We’ll move em’ to Jackson Park. ONE BAG (22 x 14 x 9) per racer. Keep an eye out for updates on this topic as we move closer to the race.

It’s all about community.

We asked you to #adapt in 2020, and you did. Now we’re asking you to join us and #forge ahead. 2021 is about doing what you do best, making the most of what you have, and getting better every day.

While a lot of races out there are run by for-profit companies, that’s not the case for Marji Gesick, Polar 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:

Since 2015, we’ve given back more than $141,000 to the trail-builders of RAMBA, NTN, Sisu Dirt Crews, WinMan and the DCNT. We also support youth adventure programs in three communities and have plans for that number to grow in the near future.

In 2021 we’re building a learning management system to train 150+ volunteer Adventure Leaders, and have our eyes on the future: planning to grow from 500 youth served to thousands. Together with your continued support and a network of dedicated partners, we will connect kids with each other, their communities, and give them a healthy alternative to time spent on devices.

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