September 5th, 2019
IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING THE TUNNEL UNDER HWY 41: 100-MILE EVENTS & DUATHLON
MDOT is working on an expansive highway project around Target, Walmart, and Meijer.
Participants – please get through the tunnel and away from the project as quickly as possible.
Supporters – please do not attempt to support racers in or around the highway project. Plan ahead, meet in a different place. We need your help minimizing traffic around this critical race crossing.
In case you haven’t heard – the race does not operate aid stations. We do not offer a shuttle. We do not guarantee signs haven’t fallen down, or that bears haven’t eaten them, or that someone didn’t try to sabotage the course. You won’t find volunteers stopping traffic for you, road rules apply. Emergency response consists of calling 911. In our eyes, you’ve had a year to prepare, we’ve answered questions when asked, and been brutally honest about the difficulty of the task at hand – do not mistake our honesty for hype.
There is chance you will encounter Trail Angels along the way. While it was not part of our original plan, we are thankful for the support from our community, and from people around the Midwest who travel all this way – to support you. But make no mistake, none of it is guaranteed, and if you base your entire race strategy on the assumption some dude in overalls will be offering grilled meats at a predetermined point, that’s on you! We suggest you control your destiny and be prepared for the worst – alone.
If you need help, and you see someone on course capable of offering it, ask for it. Don’t ride by quietly and get pissed-off someone didn’t help ya. For folks on course offering support… it should be neutral, meaning it is offered to all racers if offered at all. If you are on the side of the road helping one, help all. Marji code of honor, please respect it.
For runners: The use of pacers
You can have a pacer – but only one at a time. Your pacer cannot provide you physical support, or carry gear for you. Anyone found to violate this rule will be disqualified. We’ll be reviewing the use of pacers for 2020 and beyond.
Schedule of Events
*** NO EARLY PICKUP ON EITHER DAYS
*** LATE PACKET PICKUP WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR A VERY SHORT WINDOW OF TIME FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.
Thursday, September 19th
- Packet Pickup at Queen City Running Co, 119 W. Baraga Ave, Marquette, MI, for Out & Back, 100-Mile and 50-Mile Run. Packet Pickup is open 5:00pm – 8:00pm EST.
Friday, September 20th
- Out & Back leaves at 12:00pm in Ishpeming. Expect a spartan start. Meet outside Cognition Brewery, 113 E. Canda Street, Ishpeming, Michigan .
- 100-Mile Run leaves at 12:00pm from Forestville. Be early. Don’t forget a bike for the Le Bike start. Plan to have someone take your bike, we are not responsible for it.
- 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 21st
- Out & Back Cutoff is 7:00am at Forestville.
- 50-Mile Run leaves at 7:30am, Marquette Mountain, 4501 M-553, Marquette, Michigan.
- 100-Mile MTB, Duathlon leaves at 7:30am, Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, Michigan.
- 50-Mile MTB, 15-Mile MTB leaves at 9:00am, Marquette Mountain, 4501 M-553, Marquette, Michigan.
- Finish Line open 12:00pm – 10:00pm. Food Trucks, Blackrocks and Cognition Beer Tent, Podiums, and a few buckles.
- Mini-Marji finish line is at Jackson Park
Sunday, September 22nd
- Jackson Park Cutoff – 2:00am *** Any remaining drop bags will be moved to the finish line.