Planning

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.

Self-supported

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.

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Event Cutoffs

  • Out & Back Forestville cutoff is 7:00am. If you have not reached Forestville by 7:00am, you will be disqualified. Please leave the course to avoid running into the 100-Mile event leaving Forestville at 7:30am.
  • The 2:00am Sunday cutoff applies to all events. If you have not left Jackson Park by 2:00am Sunday, you will be disqualified.

Hidden Checkpoints and Tokens

Checkpoints are hidden throughout the course – we will not tell you how many there are. They are located directly on course, you cannot miss them. Grab a token from each checkpoint, put it in a safe place, and present ALL of them to volunteers at the finish line. You WILL be disqualified if you do not have all of your tokens.

Cash Awards, Buckles

  • Overall category winners receive a $1.00 bill.
  • Reference the event website for buckle cutoff times.
  • Please note: 12-hours is 12-hours. If we start two-minutes early, you have 12-hours from that time etc.

Course Markings and GPS

  • Yes, GPS is required. In the event you choose not to use it, blame yourself.
  • Yes, the course is marked, always has been. If everything goes to plan, you will not need to use the GPS, but anything can happen, be ready.
  • BLUE arrows are for Out & Back Racers ONLY. Blue arrows will take you to Marquette.
  •  RED arrows are for ALL other events. Red arrows will take you to Ishpeming.
  • ALL signs are printed on highly reflective material, to make life a bit easier while you push your bike through the dark.
  • In addition to arrows, we use wrong way signs, caution signs, Blame Danny and Blame Todd signs.

GPX-Files

  • Don’t wait until race day to verify the files work with your device! GPX-Guru will NOT be at packet pickup this year. He’s recovering and unavailable. If you need help, and you request it now, he might be able to help via email. Load the file, learn how to navigate and follow the course.

Lights

  • You will need them. Some people use them at the start (for events starting before 8:00am). If you plan to finish, you’ll need them. Bring more than one.

Shuttles

  • Not provided. You are responsible for you to get yourself to the race start and back home again. Suggestion: bring a friend.

Camping

  • Camping at NTN Forestville trailhead is on a first come-first serve basis. Rustic campground ONLY.

Drop Bags

  • You are allowed one drop bag. The drop bag can be no larger than a small gym (duffel) bag. We will not take more than one bag. We will not take large coolers etc.
  • You will see your Jackson Mine Park drop bag twice during the race at the following approximate mileage markers. 100-Mile at 60 and 85-miles, 50-Mile at 18 and 43-miles.
  • Drop bags at Jackson Mine Park will NOT move to the finish line until you let the volunteers know you are done with your drop bag. Please communicate, or you’ll need to go back to Jackson Park to get your drop bag.
  • Out & Back: Your drop bag will be in a white trailer at the South Trails in Marquette until 8:00am Saturday morning. There will be a combination lock on the trailer, THE COMBO IS: TODD. After 8:00am Saturday, we will move the trailer and your drop bag to Jackson Park. When you’re done with your drop bag, tell volunteers it can be moved to the finish line.
  • 100-Mile, 50-Mile, 15-Mile, and Duathlon: Your drop bags will be moved from the start line to Jackson Park. When you’re done with your drop bag, tell volunteers it can be moved to the finish line.
  • 200-Mile out & back: Your drop bag will be at mile 60 at the NTN South Trails Pavilion. Then we’ll move it to Jackson Park where you’ll see it again at mile 160.

Duathlon Transition area: Jackson Park

  • Duathlon participants will ride approximately sixty-miles to Jackson Park. Have someone pick up your bike. We are not responsible for it and will not move it.
  • You will run the final forty-miles.
  • You will be provided a hard number plate for your bike, and a soft, fabric plate for the run.

About the LeMans and Le Bike

  • 100-Mile MTB begins with a free 1-mile run. Yes, you have to do it.
  • 100-Mile Run begins with a free 1-mile bike ride. Yes, you have to do it. You must wear a helmet. You must bring your own bike, or borrow one from someone, that’s on you.

Volunteers

  • Suffer Crew members will wear Suffer Crew T-shirts.
  • General volunteers will wear Don’t Blame Me T-shirts.
  • If you need help, ask them for help.

GPX Files

These are the final 2019 final GPX files. Make sure you remove any old files and replace them with the most current release. Remember: GPS is your backup nav, not primary! You should only have to use it in the event something happened to course signage, or you end up in the Huron Mountains. Some users and web browsers have issues with GPX files. If you’re having issues call your techy friend who has done this before. Do not wait until race week to learn how to use your gear. Be prepared.

What does this race need? More cowbell!

The Greater Ishpeming & Negaunee Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to have us as guests in their communities for a fifth year in a row. To celebrate our five years of bad ideas the following businesses will have free cowbells when you stop in. While you’re there buy something and say “thanks” for hosting us once again!

Congress Pizza
Main Street Antiques
Susie Qs Antiques
Wilderness Sports
Jackson’s Hardware

(10 per business, only one per person)

Questions? Call Todd.

If you still have questions after reading this page, the specific page for your event, and our FAQ page your best bet at locating missing information is by calling our Race Director, Todd Poquette, on his personal cell phone (day or night). Our small staff is not able to respond to every Facebook comment, message, tweet and email that we get. Word to the wise when calling Todd: no stupid questions.

906.748.0034

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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.