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Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon 2013

 

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Porcupine Mountains
Trail Marathon
1/2 Marathon, 5K & Kid’s 2K
Silver City, Michigan
October 5. 2013

The Porcupine Mountains are one of the largest tracts of wilderness east of the Mississippi River. The Porcupine Mts overlook Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake on Earth. The coastline is remote and rugged. The marathon course includes some of the most remarkable single track in the midwest and takes runners past tranquil and remote Mirror Lake and along the classic Escarpment Trail where you can almost reach out and touch soaring hawks as you overlook Lake of the Clouds. This event completes a trio of deeply inspiring trail marathon hosted by Great Lakes Endurance (Waugoshance, Grand Island, and Porcupine Mtns) offering runners the best of what Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes have to offer.

 

2013 Porcupine Mtns Trail Run Event Schedule

EventStart Time
Marathon

8:00 a.m.

Half Marathon
8:30 a.m.
5K
9:00 a.m.
Kid's 2K
10:00 a.m.

Registration

Registration is available online only. This is part of our ongoing efforts to minimize waste. The marathon is limited to 200 runners and the half-marathon is limited to 300 runners. The limitations are implemented by the Michigan DNR to minimize environmental impact, a measure we fully support. Registration will be turned off when events reach capacity. There is no waiting list. Please do not contact Great Lakes Endurance to request entry after the event reaches capacity. Runners must register by September 21, 2013 to receive a shirt.

Travel & Lodging

Nearest Airports: Gogebic-Iron County Airport & Houghton Memorial Airport
Exclusive Host Hotel: Americinn, Silver City, MI.
Reservations recommended: 906.885.5311
Camping at Porcupine Mountains State Park:
Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.porcupinemountains.com
Chamber of Commerce: www.ontanoganmi.org 
We recommend lodging at the Americinn, which is only three miles from the race start. Make reservations early as this is peak color season.

Packet Pick Up

Runners may pick up their packets on Friday, October 4, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Americinn in Silver City. Race day pick up starts at 7:00 a.m. at the Porcupine Mtn Ski Lodge.

Events

Marathon

The marathon starts in front of the Porcupine Mtns Ski Lodge and ascends the mountain via cross country ski trails to the Union Spring Trail and Aid Station 1 (5.5 miles). Runners pass Trap Falls before heading west on the Government Peak Trail. Runners arrive at Mirror Lake for Aid Station 2 (13.5 mi). The trail doubles back for a mile before joining the North Mirror Lake Trail, which takes runners on a climb up to Lake of the Clouds and Aid Station 3 (17.5 mi). Heading east on the Escarpment Trail runners will enjoy wide sweeping panoramas of the Carp River Valley and Government Peak to the South. The last aid station is reached at Cuyahoga Creek (21.6 mi) before runners return to the Ski Lodge via the Overlook Trail and XC ski trails. The course is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers.
Marathon Start: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, Porcupine Mtn Ski Lodge.  Map Available 

Half Marathon

The marathon starts in front of the Porcupine Mtns Ski Lodge and ascends the mountain via cross country ski trails to the Union Spring Trail and Aid Station 1 (5.5 mi). Runners head west and then turn north, following and elegant trail that descends along the Carp River into the Carp River Valley. Runners then ascend out of the valley to reach the Cuyahoga Creek Aid Station (9.2 mi) before heading west via the Overlook Trail and XC ski trails. The course is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers.
Marathon Start: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013 Porcupine Mtn Ski Lodge. Map Available 

5K

The race starts and finishes at the Porcupine Mtns Ski Lodge and follows a scenic loop on the cross country ski trail system.
5K Start: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013. Porcupine Mtn Ski Lodge. Map Available Soon.

Kid's 2K

The race starts and finishes at the Porcupine Mtns Ski Lodge and follows a scenic loop on the cross country ski trail system. Open to kids age 3-12. Parents may run with their kids.
Kid’s 2K Start: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013. Porcupine Mtn Ski Lodge. Map Available Soon.

Aid Stations

The marathon will have four aid stations at 5.5, 13.5, 17.5, and 21.6 miles. The half marathon will have two aid stations at 5.5 and 9.2 miles. All runners will be required to carry a 20 oz water bottle or other functional hydration system which they can refill at each station.  Aid station volunteers will have large pitchers with cold water and cold HEED (Hammer Nutrition) energy drink with electrolytes and will quickly fill your bottle or hydration system. Simply have it open and ready to fill. Hammer Gel and Endurolytes will also be available at each aid station.

Time Limits

There is a seven hour time limit for the marathon. This is strictly enforced due to safety reasons and the remote nature of the race course. Do not register if you cannot finish within seven hours. Aid stations will close at times listed in the table below. Those runners who decide to drop out of the race are advised to drop out at an aid station where transportation back to the race start at the Porcupine Mountain Ski Lodge will be available. A sweep runner will follow the runners, closing the course.

Marathon Aid Station Closing Times

Station5.5 Mile13.5 Mile17.5 Mile21.6 Mile
Closing Time
9:30 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
1:00 PM

There is a seven hour time limit for the marathon.

Half Marathon Aid Station Closing Times

Station5.5 Mile9.2 Mile
Closing Time
10:00 AM
11:30 AM

There is a four hour time limit for the half marathon.

Race Fees

Race fees include:

  1. Eco-technical race shirt (see Awards below, must register by September to receive a shirt).
  2. Post race refreshments.
  3. Finisher medallions for marathon & half marathon.
EventUntil midnight
June 1, 2013
Until midnight
August 1, 2013
Until midnight
October 3, 2013
Marathon
$85
$90
$95
Half Marathon
$60
$65
$70
5K
$25
$30
$35
2K Youth
$12
$15
$18

Online registration for all events ends at midnight on Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Note: 2K Youth Race Fee is $20 on Race Day (October 5, 2013).

No refunds or participant transfers allowed. This means that once you register you will not receive a refund for any reason nor can you transfer your entry to another person. Do not contact Great Lakes Endurance for an exception to this rule. You may transfer from the marathon to the half marathon with written permission of the race director (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) up until and including October 4, 2013. $25 charge for cancelled and NSF checks.

Age Groups

EventAge Groups
Marathon
15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Half Marathon
15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
5K
12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
2K Youth
8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12

Awards

EventOverall Male & FemaleTop Three in Each Age GroupAll Runners
Marathon
Patagonia Running Shoes
Mass Farm Maple Syrup 
Custom Printed Greenlayer Evolution Shirt to all.
Custom Hardwood Medallions to Marathon Finishers.
Half Marathon
5K
Trail Running Gear (jackets, vests, technical tops)
GLE Merino Trail Socks
2K Youth

Creating a Positive Experience

The Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon & Half Marathon are run on an immensely beautiful course. Please help us keep it that way by not littering. Runners who litter will be disqualified. The course is challenging so ensure a good race you must be well trained. Expect hilly and technical terrain characteristic of a trail run. Also, bring a 20 oz water bottle - it is required in the marathon and half marathon . If you forget one, you don't race. Aid stations are up to 4-8 miles apart, so to ensure that you have plenty of fluids and energy, refill your bottle at each aid station. Hammer Gel will also be available at all aid stations.

Natural History of the Porcupine Mountains

The Porcupine Moutains have a rich geological, biological, and cultural history.  In addition to running scenic trails through this region we also want to provide you with the opportunity to learn about the natural history of the area. A Porcupine Mtns Wilderness State Park forest ranger will provide an interpretive program on Friday October 4 at the Americinn in Silver City at 7 p.m., during packet pick up.

Littering

If you leave any trash on the trail or litter you will be disqualified and will not receive a medallion or other award. Do not expect to leave trash including plastic coffee cups, plastic beverage bottles (Gatorade, Powerade, etc), gum wrappers, food wrappers on the trail. . If you have any reservations about this policy do not register for this event.

Bikes

Bikes are not allowed on the race course. This is for runner safety and because a majority of the course is designated wilderness, which means no wheeled vehicles of any kind. Failure to abide by this policy will result in disqualification.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed at the start/finish area near the ski lodge, but not on the race course; they must be current on vaccinations and rabies shots. Dogs may not be left unattended in a vehicle, camper, or a campsite at any time, and they must be quiet, on no more than a 6 foot leash, and cleaned up after at all times. Dogs may not be left outside tied up alone, and they are not allowed in park buildings or at swim beaches.

iPods/MP3 Players

We advise against use of iPods and MP3 players by participants but they are not forbidden.

Environmental Measures

  1. Proceeds from the event support the Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Folk School which provides environmental education workshops for the public.
  2. Eco-technical race shirts from Greenlayer are made from 100% Recycled Polyester.
  3. Each runner must carry a 20 oz water bottle or other functional hydration system. Cups are wasteful, end up in landfills, and don’t work very well at hydrating runners. At each aid station runners can have their bottle or hydration system refilled quickly with either cold water or cold HEED via a pitcher poured by a helpful volunteer. All you have to do is open up your bottle or hydration system and request the fluid of your choice. This is an obviously superior system on ecological grounds, however, we have found it results in less spillage (less waste) and better hydration for runners (they have access to fluid between aid stations as it is always with them).
  4. Foods served after the marathon are either locally produced, organically grown, or both.
  5. Age group awards include Michigan’s only certified Organic Honey: Keweenaw Gold.
  6. Marathon medallions are made from hardwood from skateboard factory scraps.
  7. Food waste is composted and all other materials are recycled.
  8. Course is marked with reusable flags that are removed after the event.