Aug. 14-15th
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We opened registration for the 2015 MT50 Race Weekend (August 14 & 15 2015) on 11/28/2014, with our Black Friday Deal!  In 24 hours, 172 trail runners signed up for our event!  Currently, we are filling fast: 100K = 33% full, 50M = 63% full, 50K = 82% full, Team Relay = 16% full, and Kids Race registratioin opens Jan 1st 2015 (make a family resolution).
For the 2014 solo races, we were half full in 11 hours, capacity reached in early February.  Sign up early!
 
Results for the 50K and the 50M are available on the Superior Timing website.  We also have UPDATED results for the 50K team relay and the kids races.  Visit Staci K. Photography to view and purchase photos or check them out on Staci's Facebook page.
 


 
Marquette 50 Ultramarathon
Join us for the seventh edition of the Marquette Trail 50 Ultramarathon in Michigan's Upper Peninsula!

The Marquette Trail 50 consists of a 50-kilometer and 50-mile event.  To add another challenge in 2015, a 100K event will start in the middle of the night.  The 100K has a special application process, as racers will need to prove their skills and talents.

The course is mostly single-track, climbing the 4 peaks: Sugarloaf, Top-of-the-World, Bareback, and Hogsback.  All the peaks have views of Lake Superior, and portions of the course skirt its shoreline.

Much of the trail consists of easy to moderate terrain, but there are also significant climbs and technical areas.

According to Ultrarunning Magazine, the course is rated 3 out of 5 for Terrain ("Hilly"), and 4 out of 5 for Surface ("Trail with substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts").

Not ready for a solo ultra?  Then consider forming a team and run the 50K ultramarathon relay on Friday afternoon, which follows the same course as the solo event held the next day.

We will also be hosting trail races for kids on Friday evening at Marquette Tourist Park.  Check out the Kids page for more details.

Not running this year, but would like to participate?  We have plenty of volunteer opportunities.  Click here for details and sign up here!

To learn more about the race:
 
  • Enjoy this incredible video of the 2014 course posted by Lewis Hayden.
  • Read this race report from Mike Dietz who ran the 50M race in 2013.
  • Check out "Soak in Lake Superior County" written by Scott Drum of Marquette and published in Trail Runner Magazine.
  • Read "Making the best of it", an article about the race and the trails in Marquette written by Silent Sports Magazine's editor Joel Patenaude.
  • Follow us on Facebook (no account needed to read our posts).

The race filled up in record time last year, so sign up early!


Sponsors

A special thank you to...Babycakes, Blackrocks Brewery, Border Grill, Country Inn & Suites of Marquette, Down Wind Sports, Econo Foods, Hammer Nutrition, GoGo squeeZ, Marquette Food Co-op and Sports Rack Ltd. for donations of door prizes and food for the race.

When you are in the area, please thank these fine businesses for supporting this event!

The Marquette Trail 50 Ultramarathon is part of the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN).  Visit their Web site to discover more events and other trails around Marquette.

Events at a glance

RACES
50K & 50M & 100K ● 50K Team Relay ● Kids

STARTING TIMES

Relay: Friday, August 14th ● 11:30 AM
Kids: Friday, August 14th ● Details here
100K: Saturday, August 15th  ● 12:30 AM
50K/50M: Saturday, August 15th ● 5:30 AM

TIME LIMITS

● 100K: 19 hours
50K & 50M: 14 hours
● Relay: 8.5 hours 

REGISTRATION

Opens November 28th, 2014
and closes:  August 10 2015 or when capacity in reached.  100K = 31% full ///  50M = 45% full  ///  50K = 75% full  /// Kids Races = Open

FEES
  • 100K: $100 (until 3/31), then $120
  • 50M: $85 (until 3/31), then $105
  • 50K: $85 (until 3/31), then $105
  • Relay: $120/team (until 3/31), then $150
  • Kids Races: $5 (until 3/31), then $10

FIELD LIMIT
● 100K: 55 racers
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50M: 100 racers
● 50K: 125 racers
● Team relay: 125 racers

TIMING

Chip timing provided by Superior Timing

TRAINING RUNS
Meet at Forestville Trailhead, Marquette

Saturday, June 20th ● 7:00 AM
Saturday, July 18th ● 5:30 AM

ELEVATION GAIN

50K: + 2700 ft ● 50M: + 4900 ft

PACKET PICK-UP

Forestville Trailhead, Marquette

Relay ONLY: Friday ● 10:00 AM  - 11:30 AM
100K/50M/50K: Friday ● 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
50K/50M: Saturday ● 4:30 AM - 5:15 AM

>>  ID required to pick up number.

START & FINISH LOCATION

NTN Forestville Trailhead, Marquette
[Kids Races at Tourist Park]

>>  All times listed are EST.
 
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