About Marji Gesick

Welcome to Marquette County.

“The hardest single-day mountain bike event in the country.” – Jeremiah Bishop, 2017 Marji Gesick 100 Winner, Canyon Topeak Factory Racing. Da Marji, as referred to by locals, will fool you. Do your homework. Believe the stories. Prepare. Marquette County trails are littered with rocks, roots, and punchy climb after punchy climb hammering you into submission. In 2017 our DNF rate ran near 70% as unseasonably hot September weather melted the field. Weather in the U.P. can be defined as unpredictable. We encourage you to prepare for everything from a repeat of last year to the possibility of all-day rain or even flurries. Not kidding.

Self-Supported Ethos

You will be self-supported. There are no race operated aid stations. We will sign the course; however, signs fall down, people pull them down, bears eat them. You must be prepared to fend for yourself. Road rules apply. You will not find happy, smiling volunteers stopping traffic and waving your through – anywhere. You are on your own. If you finish expect to finish after dark. In the event of an emergency call 911. In recent years our community has developed a reputation for supporting Marji Gesick racers with “pop-up” aid stations. We are extremely lucky to live in an area where people care so much about other people. Our race team would like to share this word of caution: Pop-up aid stations are not operated by the race. They have no obligation to be there. There is no guarantee they will be in the same place this year or anywhere at all. We cannot stress enough – You are self-supported.

Take the Danny Hill Challenge

When we started the race in 2015 Danny said “No one will finish under 12-hours. I’ll give the first person who does $1.00.” So, if you happen to be the first finisher in one of our categories, you’ll go home with a buck and maybe a buckle (if you finish under 12-hours). For everyone else cash and prizes are not the goal – simply being strong enough to finish is.

The Buckle

Designed by local artist Gordon Gearheart our buckle has become synonymous with the definition of endurance and grit. 100-Mile Mountain bikers finishing sub 12-hours and 100-mile Ultra-runners finishing under 30-hours will go home with hardware claimed by only a handful of people.

Checkpoints

We will hide a yet to be determined number of checkpoints throughout the course. They will be directly on course and easy to recognize. Competitors are required to arrive at the finish line with a token from each checkpoint (what the item is will be disclosed at a later date). If you do not have all of the required checkpoint items for your event – you will be disqualified from consideration for the cash prize ($1.00) and buckles.

Time cut-off

There will be a cut-off this year in Jackson Park (Old Towne) around mile 85. You must leave Jackson park by 2:00am EST. Unclaimed drop bags will be moved to the finish line at this time.

NUE

The Marji Gesick is part of the National Ultra Endurance mountain bike race series. 12 of the toughest, longest races across the country.

MILES (PROBABLY MORE)

FEET OF CLIMBING (AT LEAST)

2017 DNF PERCENTAGE

Race Info

The Marji Gesick is a self-supported competitive event split into 4 categories.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST PACKET PICKUP 5:00-8:00pm
106 N. Main Street Ishpeming, Michigan 49849 

We’ll update this section by the first week of September. Details are being finalized with the city of Ishpeming. We plan to host packet pickup at the Marji Gesick Finish Line. Stay tuned for more information.

We expect there to be a full complement of food trucks, beer, Marji Gesick merchandise, vendors and much more.

We will have a team on-hand from 906 Adventure Team and Garmin to assist with loading GPX files if you require help. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL RACE MORNING TO DO THIS.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND RACE START
LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: Forestville Trailhead

5:00AM
Start Line, Last chance packet pickup, Drop bags, etc.
Contrast Coffee will be on-site serving complimentary coffee to all racers and staff. We highly recommend you allow for enough time to find the trailhead, get parked, and ready for the start. Parking will be tight this year due to increased numbers. Be prepared to get creative if necessary.

Racers will be able to pick up their packets at the race start from 5:00AM-6:30AM. Our team will be located inside the pole barn. Please do not wait until race morning to start loading the GPX file onto your Garmin. We cannot guarantee anyone will be able to help you in the event you experience technical difficulties.

Toilets will be available at the start.

Drop bags will be collected by race staff directly in front of the pole barn.

7:15AM
15-minute warning before Race Start
Racers report to the LeMans staging area. Racers will receive last minute updates. The National Anthem will be played.

7:30AM
Race Start
LeMans RUN.

8:00AM-10:00PM
Finish Line/Celebration Zone
LOCATION: 106 N. Main Street Ishpeming, Michigan 49849
The Marji Gesick Race Team will be headquartered here. Look for the 906 Trailer. We’ll have food trucks, live music, a beer tent featuring New Holland Brewery, vendors and much more.

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Podium
We will not know until race day when to expect our podiums to take place. There are too many variables involved and it is never the same year-to-year. That being said we will recognize the Top 3 Overall of each NUE category as soon as the Top 3 of each category has finished. Updates will be shared throughout the day at the finish line by our event MC.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH PACKET PICKUP 5:00-8:00PM
LOCATION: Queen City Running Co. 119 W. Baraga Ave. Marquette, Mi 49855

New for this year we are offering our Ultra-Runners their own packet pickup event on Thursday night at a place local Ultra-runners call home. We’re excite to partner with Kevin and his team and look forward to hosting you, our runners, as you prepare to #findyourlimits.

We will have a team on-hand from 906 Adventure Team and Garmin to assist with loading GPX files if you require help. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL RACE MORNING TO DO THIS.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST RACE START
LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: Forestville Trailhead

10:00AM
Start Line, Last chance packet pickup, Drop bags, etc. Contrast Coffee will be on-site serving complimentary coffee to all racers and staff. We highly recommend you allow for enough time to find the trailhead, get parked, and ready for the start.

Racers will be able to pick up their packets at the race start from 10:00AM-11:00AM. Our team will be located inside the pole barn. Please do not wait until race morning to start loading the GPX file onto your Garmin. We cannot guarantee anyone will be able to help you in the event you experience technical difficulties.

Toilets will be available at the start.

Drop bags will be collected by race staff directly in front of the pole barn.

11:45AM
15-minute warning before Race Start.
Racers report to the LeBike staging area. Racers will receive last minute updates. The National Anthem will be played.

12:00PM
Race Start
LeBike Ride!


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND Finish Line/Celebration Zone LOCATION: 106 N. Main Street Ishpeming, Michigan 49849 

8:00AM-10:00PM
Finish Line/Celebration Zone
The Marji Gesick Race Team will be headquartered here. Look for the 906 Trailer. We’ll have food trucks, live music, a beer tent featuring New Holland Brewery, vendors and much more.

??:??-??:??
Podium
We will not know until race day when to expect our podiums to take place. There are too many variables involved and it is never the same year-to-year. That being said we will recognize the Top 3 Overall of each category as soon as the Top 3 has finished. Updates will be shared throughout the day at the finish line by our event MC.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST PACKET PICKUP 5:00-8:00PM
106 N. Main Street Ishpeming, Michigan 49849 

We’ll update this section by the first week of September. Details are being finalized with the city of Ishpeming. We plan to host packet pickup at the Marji Gesick Finish Line. Stay tuned for more information.

We expect there to be a full complement of food trucks, beer, Marji Gesick merchandise, vendors and much more.

We will have a team on-hand from 906 Adventure Team and Garmin to assist with loading GPX files if you require help. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL RACE MORNING TO DO THIS.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND RACE START
LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: Marquette Mountain
7:00AM
Start Line, Last chance packet pickup, Drop bags, etc.
Velodrome Coffee will be on-site serving complimentary coffee to all racers and staff. We highly recommend you allow for enough time to find the trailhead, get parked, and ready for the start. Parking will be tight this year due to increased numbers. Be prepared to get creative if necessary.

Racers will be able to pick up their packets at the race start from 7:45AM-8:30AM. Our team will be located in the parking lot near the start line. Please do not wait until race morning to start loading the GPX file onto your Garmin. We cannot guarantee anyone will be able to help you in the event you experience technical difficulties.

Toilets will be available at the start.

Drop bags will be collected by race staff in the parking lot.

8:45AM
15-minute warning before Race Start
Racers report to the LeMans staging area. Racers will receive last minute updates. The National Anthem will be played.

9:00AM
Race Start
Enjoy the ride up the ski hill!

8:00AM-10:00PM
Finish Line/Celebration Zone
LOCATION: 106 N. Main Street Ishpeming, Michigan 49849
The Marji Gesick Race Team will be headquartered here. Look for the 906 Trailer. We’ll have food trucks, live music, a beer tent featuring New Holland Brewery, vendors and much more.

??:??-??:??
Podium
We will not know until race day when to expect our podiums to take place. There are too many variables involved and it is never the same year-to-year. That being said we will recognize the Top 3 Overall of each NUE category as soon as the Top 3 of each category has finished. Updates will be shared throughout the day at the finish line by our event MC.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH PACKET PICKUP 5:00-8:00PM
LOCATION: Queen City Running Co. 119 W. Baraga Ave. Marquette, Mi 49855
New for this year we are offering our Ultra-Runners their own packet pickup event on Thursday night at a place local Ultra-runners call home. We’re excite to partner with Kevin and his team and look forward to hosting you, our runners, as your prepare to #findyourlimits.

*** IF YOU MISS THURSDAY***
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST PACKET PICKUP
LOCATION: Ishpeming, Michigan 106 N. Main Street Ishpeming, Michigan 49849  We’ll update this section by the first week of September. Details are being finalized with the city of Ishpeming. We plan to host packet pickup at the Marji Gesick Finish Line. Stay tuned for more information. We expect there to be a full complement of food trucks, beer, Marji Gesick merchandise, vendors and much more. We will have a team on-hand from 906 Adventure Team and Garmin to assist with loading GPX files if you require help. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL RACE MORNING TO DO THIS.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND RACE START
LOCATION/DIRECTIONS: Marquette Mountain

6:00AM Start Line, Last chance packet pickup, Drop bags, etc. Velodrome Coffee will be on-site serving complimentary coffee to all racers and staff. We highly recommend you allow for enough time to find the trailhead, get parked, and ready for the start. Parking will be tight this year due to increased numbers. Be prepared to get creative if necessary.

Racers will be able to pick up their packets at the race start from 7:45AM-8:30AM. Our team will be located in the parking lot near the start line. Please do not wait until race morning to start loading the GPX file onto your Garmin. We cannot guarantee anyone will be able to help you in the event you experience technical difficulties.

Toilets will be available at the start.

Drop bags will be collected by race staff in the parking lot.

7:15AM
Racers report to the staging area. Racers will receive last minute updates. The National Anthem will be played.

7:30AM
Race Start
Enjoy the RUN up the ski hill!

8:00AM-10:00PM
Finish Line/Celebration Zone
LOCATION: 106 N. Main Street Ishpeming, Michigan 49849
The Marji Gesick Race Team will be headquartered here. Look for the 906 Trailer. We’ll have food trucks, live music, a beer tent featuring New Holland Brewery, vendors and much more.

??:??-??:??
Podium
We will not know until race day when to expect our podiums to take place. There are too many variables involved and it is never the same year-to-year. That being said we will recognize the Top 3 Overall of each NUE category as soon as the Top 3 of each category has finished. Updates will be shared throughout the day at the finish line by our event MC.

Rules

Take a look at what's expected of all participants

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Training Plans

Coach Rob Lee knows his stuff. From winning over 100 races during his own athletic career, to the athletes that he has coached while they achieved 1 World Champion, 1 European Champion, 3 National Champions, dozens of National age group Champions and medalists, he has a long history of success.

Coach Rob designed these Marji Gesick training plans specifically with the needs of the Marji Gesick racer and course in mind. The plans have options for both 50-mile and 100-mile Marji and can use either a heart rate monitor or a power meter.

The best part? They’re only $7.95. Coach Rob believes in the Marji Gesick. Don’t let him down.

Marji Gesick Training Plans

Finish Line/The Aftermath

Join us in the Celebration Zone near the Finish Line from 1:00PM-10:00PM. We will feature beer from New Holland Brewery, Food Trucks, and Live Music. Awards and Podium times TBD

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