The course follows a remarkable section of the North Country Trail that travels from Cross Village to Mackinaw City in the far northwestern region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The course features over 90% single track and includes rolling bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, coastal forests, inland wilderness lakes. The marathon relay features two 13.1 mile legs. The half marathon starts near Goose Pond in Wilderness State Park.
Deadline: July 9, 2015 or when event fills to capacity. Whichever comes first.
Participant Limits: Marathon (150), Marathon Relay (50 teams), Half Marathon (200)
Marathon Relay: Each relay member must register independently. Enter your teammate during online registration.
No race day registration.
No waiting lists.
Travel & Lodging
Nearest Airport: Pellston, MI
Exclusive Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Mackinaw City, MI.
Reservations recommended: 866.394.8339
Chamber of Commerce: 888.455.8100
Chamber of Commerce Website: http://www.mackinawchamber.com/
We recommend lodging at the Holiday Inn Express, which is less than one mile from the Mackinaw City School.
Packet Pick Up
Where: Mackinaw City School, West Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
When: Friday, July 10, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.
No race day packet pick up. (Please plan accordingly).
Natural History of Waugoshance Point
Waugoshance Point and Wilderness State Park have a rich geological, biological, and cultural history. In addition to running the North Country Trail, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the natural history of the area. A Wilderness State Park forest ranger will provide an interpretive program on Friday July 10, 7:00PM at the Mackinaw City School in Mackinaw City.
The marathon starts 50 meters in on Wycamp Lake Rd just north of Cross Village. The course follows the North Country Trail along Wycamp Lake before ascending the Sturgeon Bay bluffs. Runners travel through oak and pine forest, past small wilderness lakes before arriving at the Goose Pond in Wilderness State Park. The course then heads eastward through pine forest, crossing the wood bridge over the Carp River and along to the rolling bluffs overlooking beautiful French Farm Lake. Runners then enjoy winding single track through dense balsam forest before joining an old tree canopied rail grade for the last 1.5 miles into Mackinaw City. The course is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers. Runners are bused to the start from Mackinaw City High School. Buses depart at 5:30 a.m. Gear bags will be transported back to the finish.
Marathon Start: 7:00 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, Cross Village.
The relay has two 13.1 mile legs. Teams categories include female, male, and male/female teams with various age groups that use the total of both teammates ages (see age groups below).The first leg of the relay starts with the marathoners on Wycamp Lake Rd just north of Cross Village (see description above). The exchange zone occurs just before the Goose Pond Aid Station in Wilderness State Park. The second leg follows the second half of the marathon course (see description above) and finishes at the Mackinaw City School. First leg runners are bused to the start from Mackinaw City High School to Wycamp Lake Road. Second leg runners can take the bus from Mackinaw City School to Wilderness State Park. First leg runners are then bused to the finish. Buses depart at 5:30 a.m. for first leg runners, 7:00 a.m. for second leg runners. Return bus Wilderness State Park exchange zone leaves when all runners have made the exchange (9:00 - 9:30 a.m.). Each relay member must register independently, indicating your teammate during online registration.
Marathon Relay Start: 7:00 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, Cross Village. Map
The half marathon starts in Wilderness State Park and follows the last half of the marathon course past Canada Goose Pond, crossing of the Carp River, the north shore of French Farm Lake and then through a dense balsam forest before joining an old rail grade into Mackinaw City. A bus from Mackinaw City High School will take runners to the start. Buses depart at 7:30 a.m.
Half Marathon Start: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 Wilderness State Park.
The marathon will have five aid stations at 4.2, 7.5, 13.1, 18.2, and 22.5 miles. The half marathon will have two aid stations at 5.1 and 9.4 miles. All runners are required to carry a functional hydration system that can be refilled. Volunteers will have large pitchers with cold water and cold HEED (Hammer Nutrition) energy drink with electrolytes to quickly refill your hydration system. Hammer Gel and Endurolytes will be available at each aid station.
There is a six hour time limit for the marathon. This is strictly enforced for safety reasons and the remote nature of the race course. Do not register if you cannot finish in six hours. Aid stations will close at the times listed in the table below. Runners who decide to drop out of the race are advised to drop out at an aid station where transportation back to Mackinaw City will be available. A sweep runner will follow the last runner, thus closing the race course.
Marathon Aid Station Closing Times
|Station||4.2 Mile||7.5 Mile||13.1 Mile||18.2 Mile||22.5 Mile|
There is a four hour time limit for the half marathon.
Race fees include:
- Bus transportation to the start (Marathon, Marathon Relay & Half Marathon).
- Eco-technical race shirt (Must register by June 28, 2015).
- Post race refreshments.
|Event||Until 1:00 a.m.|
February 1, 2015
|Until 1:00 a.m.|
March 1, 2015
|Until 7:00 p.m.|
July 9, 2015
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 your entry to anyone else.
No year to year transfers. This means that you cannot transfer your entry to any future events.
Please note: Personal checks will no longer be accepted by Great Lakes Endurance.
|Time||Who||Departure Location||Arrival Location|
|5:30 a.m.||Marathoners and First Runner of the Marathon Relay||Mackinaw City School||Wycamp Lake Rd, Cross Village|
|7:00 a.m.||Half Marathoners and Second Runner of the Marathon Relay||Mackinaw City School||Wilderness State Park, Goose Pond|
|9:30 a.m.||Pick up for the First Runners of the Marathon Relay||Wilderness State Park, Goose Pond||Mackinaw City School|
15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Combined Ages: <40, 41-60, 61-80, 81-100, 101-120, 121+
13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Overall Male & Female
Top Three in Each Age Group
|Ceramic Art by Steven Stuchell Ceramic Bowl by artist Steven Stuchell||Ceramic Bowl by artist Steven Stuchell||Custom Hardwood Finisher Medallion by artist John P. Wilson &
Eco-tech Shirt by Greenlayer
(Must register by June 28, 2015 to receive a shirt)
Creating a Positive Experience
The Waugoshance Trail Marathon & Half Marathon are run on immensely beautiful trails.
To ensure a good race experience, you must be well trained. Expect very challenging, hilly and technical terrain. Bring a refillable hydration system. It is a requirement to participate in the race. Aid stations are up to 5-6 miles apart. To ensure that you have plenty of fluids and energy, we suggest you refill at each aid station. Hammer Gel and Endurolytes will also be available at all aid stations.
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.
For runner safety, bikes are not allowed on the course during the race (except for GLE volunteers). Spectators who wish to ride bikes can ride county roads to access several points on the marathon and half marathon course, but must remain off the actual running course at all times. Failure to abide by this policy will result in the runner the biker is spectating a disqualification.
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.
For runner safety, we advise against the use of iPods.
- Greenlayer, eco-tech shirts made from 100% recycled polyester.
- Each runner must carry a functional hydration system or a minimum 20oz water bottle. There are no cups at the aid stations. Cups are wasteful, end up in landfills, and don't work very well at hydrating runners. There is less spillage and better hydration for runners (access to fluid between aid stations).
- Food served after the event are either locally produced, organically grown, or both.
- Marathon medallions are made by Wisconsin artist John P. Wilson from hardwood scraps.
- Ceramic bowls hand made by Steven Stuchell artist from Petoskey.
- Food waste is composted and all other materials are recycled.
- Course is marked with reusable flags that are removed after the event.