This Event Took Place Sat. Aug 20, 2011


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

The Marquette Trail 50 consists of a 50-kilometer and 50-mile event. For an added challenge, back by popular demand, a 100K [MT50 PLUS] 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 team relay on Friday, 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 on our event website for more details.

Not running this year, but would like to participate? We have plenty of volunteer opportunities. Click VOLUNTEER on our race website for details...{We have exceptional volunteer incentives, including earning a complimentary entry for future use.} Happy Trails!

Events at a Glance

50K & 50M & 100K & 50K Team Relay & Kids Events

Relay: Friday, August 19th - 11:30 AM
Kids Events: Friday, August 19th - 7:00 PM
100K: Saturday, August 20th - 12:30 AM
50M/50K: Saturday, August 20th - 5:30 AM

100K: 20 hours
50K & 50M: 14 hours
Relay: 8.5 hours

Opens November 27th, 2015, 8:00 AM EST
and closes: August 10, 2016 or when capacity in reached.
[We fill earlier each year, and will most likely reach capacity before 2016.]

100k Application

An application is required to participate in the 100K event. Entrants must submit a Top 10 reasons for doing the race:

One reason must be a tough, qualifying event (like the Marquette Trail 50-mile race).

Another reason must be some type of volunteer hours giving back to the ultra-community (working an aid station, trail maintenance, staffing a race, etc.).

Other reasons can be as serious or silly as you wish. You will submit your application via e-mail after registration. The registration confirmation e-mail will have directions on where to submit your "top 10" application. You will be placed in a waiting list until your application is reviewed. If your application is accepted, you will be entered in the 100K race and your credit card will be charged. If you sign up on Black Friday, you will get $25 off the registration fee.

Local time: 7:22 AM


Joseph Jameson
Race Director

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