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Tahqua Trail Run 2014

Tahqua Trail Run

25K & 10K
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Paradise, Michigan
August 9, 2014

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"Although this is the first race of its kind I've ever done, I cannot imagine there could be a more spectacular course anywhere in the world. We came as a family, with the kids running the 10k and adults the 25k. We will be back next year. Absolutely loved the first nine miles and am planning for how to train better for the last six. The kids had a blast. They are experienced x-country competitors and this race added a dimension of excitement that has them "hooked" on trail running."

-EMS XC Team

2014 Tahqua Trail Run Event Schedule

Event Day & Date Location Start Time
25K Saturday, 8/9/2014 Tahqua Trail Road, 4.3 Miles west of M-123 8:00 a.m.
10K Saturday, 8/9/2014 Lower Tahquamenon Falls 8:30 a.m.

 

Packet Pick-Up

Where: Whitefish Township School, Paradise, MI
When: Friday, August 8 3:00PM to 9:00PM

Travel & Lodging

Nearest Airport: Sault Ste. Marie (also known as Kincheloe International) 60 minutes away
Camping at Tahquamenon Falls State Park: (906) 492-3415
Camping Reservations at Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Lodging & Camping Info: (906) 492-3219
Tourism Website: www.paradisemichigan.org

Events

25 Km

The course begins on the Tahqua Trail 4.3 miles west of Whitefish Bay in eastern Lake Superior. Runners follow a dirt forest road along the Tahquamenon River for one half mile until they reach the North Country Trail (NCT).  The single track NCT winds through spruce swale, pine ridges, lush bogs, Jack Pine savannah, and past the Camp 10 and Water Tank lakes, where the occasional moose can be spotted.  Runners reach Lower Tahquamenon Falls nine and a half miles into the race. The NCT then transitions into the heavily forested Lower Falls trails. One mile later the course merges with the River Trail which travels along the Tahquamenon River. The River Trail features old growth hemlock and yellow birch.   Runners hear the roar of the Upper Falls encouraging a strong finish near the top of the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Runners are bused to start from your choice of the Upper Falls Parking Lot (Finish Area) or downtown Paradise (at the Whitefish Township School). Bus schedule will be available two weeks before the race. Aid stations stocked with cold water, cold HEED (Hammer High Energy & Electrolyte Drink), and Hammer Gel and Endurolytes are located at 3.5, 7, 9.5 miles. Runners are required to carry a 20 oz water bottle or other functional hydration system which can be refilled at each station with water or HEED.  Volunteers with pitchers will quickly refill your water bottle or hydration system with the fluid of your choice.
Start: 8:00 AM. Saturday, August 9, Tahqua Road, 4.3 miles west of Whitefish Bay.

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10 Km

Runners begin at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls, in the grassy area behind the gift shop. After a 1.7 mile loop up into the forested highlands above the falls the course descends and joins the River Trail as it winds along the banks of the Tahquamenon River.  The trail is shaded by old growth hemlock, yellow birch, and dense stands of sugar maple.  The course finishes on the trail above the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. Runners bused to the start from your choice of the Upper Falls Parking Lot (Finish Area) or downtown Paradise (at the Whitefish Township School). Bus schedule will be available two weeks before the race. Due to the remote nature of the River Trail, runners must be self supported by carrying a 20 oz water bottle or other functional hydration system.
Start: 8:30 AM. Saturday, August 9, Lower Tahquamenon Falls Campground.

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Race Fees

Race fees include:

  1. Bus transportation from Upper Tahquamenon Falls (Finish Area) or Whitefish Township School to race start.
  2. Custom printed Eco-tech shirt by Greenlayer. Must register by July 26, 2014.
  3. Wild Blueberry Muffins, Cherry Juice, and Iced Organic Coffee at Finish Line.

2014 Tahqua Trail Run Fee Schedule

Event

Until midnight
May 1, 2014
Until midnight
June 1, 2014
Until midnight
July 26, 2014
25K
$55
$60
$65
10K
$35
$40
$45


Online registration for all events ends at midnight on July 26, 2014 or earlier if event reaches capacity.

Refund & Transfer Policy

No refunds. This means that once you have registered your entry fee will not be refunded for any reason by Great Lakes Endurance. Active.com offers entry fee insurance.
No participant transfers. This means you may not transfer entry to anyone else.
No year to year transfers. This means that you cannot transfer your paid entry to any future events.
Event transfers. You may transfer from the 25K to the 10K up to and including August 9, 2014. Email the race director ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to request an event change. There are no refunds for entry fee differences between events.
Please note: Personal checks will no longer be accepted by Great Lakes Endurance.

Post Race Refreshments

The Tahquamenon region is recognized nationally for its abundant wild blueberries. Runners will be treated to locally made wild blueberry muffins, cherry juice, and iced organic coffee after the race.

Awards

EventOverall Male & FemaleTop Three in Each Age GroupAll Runners
25K
Patagonia Running Shoes
Hand crafted ceramic bowl by artist Thomas Baugnet
Custom printed Eco-technical race shirt from Greenlayer.
10K
Trail Running Gear

 

Age Groups

EventAge Groups
25K
15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
10K
12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Littering

Please do not litter. Runners who litter will be disqualified. A volunteer at each aid station will be glad to take any litter you may have and/or transport something back to the finish line for you to pick up later.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed in the start/finish area, but not on the race course. Dogs must be current on rabies and all other vaccinations. Dogs may not be left unattended at any time, must be quiet, and on a leash no more than 6 foot. All animal waste must be picked up.

iPods

For runner safety, we advise against the use of iPods.

Environmental Measures

  1. Eco-tech race shirts made of 100% Recycled Polyester.
  2. Post race refreshments are either locally sources or organically grown.
  3. A donation is made to support environmental education at the Whitefish Township School.
  4. Ceramic bowls hand made by local artist Thomas Baugnet.
  5. Course marked with reusable flags, removed directly after the event.

Runner Pre-Race Information & Bus Schedule

Please view and download critical pre-race information. This will make your experience much smoother and more enjoyable. Also, please view, study, and download the transportation to race start information.

Pre Race Info

Bus Schedule