Posted 9.14.2021 @2:27 PM ET
We’ve got all the details (and then some) on our race week page. Read ’em and weep.
Posted 9.9.2021 @8:54 AM ET
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 9.3.2021 @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
100-MILE BIKE: 12-HOURS
100-MILE RUN: 28-HOURS
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.
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 8.26.2021 @9:56 AM ET
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.
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.
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.
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.