Our marathon and half marathon run on the scenic Ishpeming-to-Negaunee-to-Marquette route, which has received rave reviews from our runners. Both the full and half courses are not only breathtakingly beautiful but they are FAST! As you’ll see in the course maps, there’s a lot of downhill. Plentiful aid stations are located along the course.

The 5K runs a point-to-point course within Marquette, featuring a gorgeous Lake Superior view and the same downtown finish as the longer races. The Kids Fun Run leads off the race action on Friday in conjunction with the race expo.

Important Notes

  • The last chance to register is at Friday night’s expo. There is no race day registration.
  • We strongly encourage all runners to pick up their packets at the expo. We do make packets available on Saturday for those who can’t attend the expo.
  • Busing is mandatory to the start line area of the marathon and half marathon. There is no parking allowed at the marathon and half marathon starts. Race parking is located at the Berry Events Center on NMU’s campus. More details will be available in the racer packet, which will be posted on the website.

Full Marathon Start – Ishpeming

Marathon StartThis course will quickly be come to known as one of the fastest Boston Qualifier Courses in the country! The start is in the heart of the small iron mining town, Ishpeming; which means “heaven” in Ojibwa. This town loves athletes! It is home to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and is proud to be the start of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon. From Start to Finish: Net Elevation Drop of 1037 feet.

Half Marathon Start – Negaunee

Half Marathon StartThe Half starts at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in another of our mining towns, Negaunee. Admission to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum is free! Negaunee means “low ground” in Ojibwa but don’t be fooled….you will be going lower because this is a fast course, too! Negaunee hosts the start of the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic every summer. From Start to Finish: Net Elevation Drop of 735 feet.

Along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail

Iron Ore Heritage TrailBoth of our courses join together on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. This trail is a multi-use, year round trail that connects communities and people to the region’s historic sites and human stories. With over 160 years of mining ore, it’s no wonder that Marquette County’s landscape is so exceptional! The trail is partially paved with asphalt along with crushed granite. The footing is great for running!

Into Marquette for the Final Miles

Iron Ore Heritage TrailRacers will enjoy a steady decline in elevation as well as amazing scenery full with trees, lush vegetation and spectacular rock formations. Both races will bring you to the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette where the courses will separate until the finish. Full Marathoners will continue around Presque Isle where they will be privy to some of Marquette’s proudest views and Half Marathoners will make their way to the finish as they pass the world’s largest dome, the Superior Dome.

You will feel the energy as you fly down the final stretch on Third Street lined by friends and family, our wonderful community, shops, bars and restaurants.

The Marquette Marathon and Half Marathon will be one you won’t forget!

Aid Station Information

Where the aid stations are, and what each one features.

Blackrocks 5K

3 mile marker for 5KThe race starts at Presque Isle and follows the Marquette City bike path along Lake Superior to Pine Street, to Fair Avenue, then onto Third Street for the big finish line at Blackrocks. Each mile will be marked.

There is no organized transportation for this race. Parking is very limited on Presque Isle. Car pooling, drop-off, or walking to the start is recommended. Fruit, granola bars, and energy drink and water will be available for participants at the finish. Awards will be given to the top three overall male runners and the top three overall female runners. There will not be age group awards in this event.

Kids Fun Run

Kids Run StartMarquette Pediatric DentistryFriday night’s Kids Fun Run, held in conjunction with the race expo, gives kids a chance to lace up their shoes and show their parents how its done before the main event on Saturday.

The Kids Fun Run is a 1 mile Pebble Run and a 1.5 mile Rock Skipper run.