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Waugoshance Trail Marathon



Trail Marathon
1/2 Marathon, 5K & Kid’s 2K
Emmet County, Michigan
July 14. 2012

New event for 2012!

We are excited to introduce this beautiful trail marathon in Northern Lower Michigan! It is the first Great Lakes Endurance event in the Lower Peninsula. The course follows a remarkable section of the North Country Trail that travels from Cross Village to Mackinaw City. Features include grassy bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, coastal forests, inland wilderness lakes. The half marathon starts in Wilderness State Park.


We are working with the Little Traverse Conservancy to promote awareness of the need to preserve wild habitat in northern Michigan. This event will help support environmental education efforts that focus on land preservation and knowledge of local flora & fauna.

2012 Waugoshance Trail Run Event Schedule

EventDay & DateLocationStart TimeRegistration Link
Kid’s 2K
Friday, 7/13/2012
Wilderness State Park
5:30 p.m.
Friday, 7/13/2012
Wilderness State Park
6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7/14/2012
Cross Village
7:00 a.m.
Half Marathon
Saturday, 7/14/2012
Cross Village
8:00 a.m.



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 200 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 June 30, 2012 to receive a shirt.

Travel & Lodging

Nearest Airport: Pellston, MI
Exclusive Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Mackinaw City, MI.
Click here to make online reservations for the Great Lakes Endurance Waugoshance Race in Mackinaw City.
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 only two blocks from the finish line and bus pick up to the start.

Packet Pick Up

Runners may pick up their packets on Friday, July 13, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Mackinaw City. There is no race day packet pick up. In addition to receiving your race number & race shirt you can also attend the Interpretive Program on the Natural History of the Waugoshance Point, Sturgeon Bay, and Cecil Bay areas, also held at the Holiday Inn Express (See details below). Tech reps from Montrail and Mountain Hardware will be available during packet pickup. They will have the latest trail running shoes and gear available for purchase as well as test fleet of Montrail shoes. Representatives from Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to provide runners with information on mountain biking, kayaking, swimming, hiking and other opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area.

Race Map Weekend Schedule



The marathon starts near Cross Village and follows the North Country Trail past Wycamp Lake, ascending the Sturgeon Bay bluffs, then continues northward to Goose Pond in Wilderness State Park. The course then heads eastward past Cecil Bay and Trails End Bay and along the northern shore of French Farm Lake. Runners then continue on to the Mackinaw City. Runners can park near the finish and take a bus to the start.
Marathon Start: 7:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, Cross Village. Map

Half Marathon

The half marathon starts in Wilderness State Park and follows the last half of the marathon course past Canada Goose Pond, Cecil Bay, Trails End Bay, the north shore of French Farm Lake and then along along a old rail grade into Mackinaw City. Runners can park near the finish and take a bus to the start.
Half Marathon Start: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012 Wilderness State Park. Map

Kid’s 2K

The race starts and finishes near the park headquarters in Wilderness State Park. The course is an out an back course on the Red Pine Trail.
Kid’s 2K Start: 5:30 PM Friday, July 13, 2012. Wilderness State Park. Map


The race starts and finishes near the park headquarters in Wilderness State Park. The course is a loop that includes the Red Pine, Hemlock and Wiikeohs Trails.
5K Start: 6:00 PM Friday, July 13, 2012. Wilderness State Park. Map

Aid Stations

The marathon will have five aid stations at 4, 7, 13, 18, and 23 miles. The half marathon will have two aid stations at 5 and 10 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 will also be available at each aid station.

Time Limits

There is a six 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 six hours. Aid stations will closed 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 Mackinaw City will be available. A sweep mountain bike with radio will follow the last runner throughout the marathon.

Marathon Aid Station Closing Times

Station4 Mile7 Mile13 Mile18 Mile23 Mile
Closing Time
8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

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

Race Fees

Race fees include:

  1. Bus transportation to the start (Marathon & Half Marathon).
  2. Eco-technical race shirt (see Awards below, must register by June 30 to receive a shirt).
  3. Post race refreshments.
EventUntil midnight
February 1, 2012
Until midnight
March 1, 2012
Until midnight
July 12, 2012
Half Marathon
2K Youth

Online registration for all events ends at midnight on Thursday, July 12, 2012.
Note: 2K Youth Race Fee is $20 on Race Day (July 13, 2012).

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 up until and including July 13. $25 charge for cancelled and NSF checks.

Transportation to the Start

Bus transportation to the start will start at 5:30 a.m. in Mackinaw City. Please see pick up location information during Packet Pick Up on Friday, July 13.

Age Groups

EventAge Groups
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+
12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Kid’s 2K
8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14




Overall Male & Female

Top Three in Each Age Group

All Runners


Montrail Running Shoes

Ceramic Bowls 
Ceramic Finisher Medallion &
Eco-tech Shirt
Half Marathon
Custom printed Eco-tech shirt from Atayne
Mountain Hardwear Gear (jackets, vests, technical tops)
GLE Merino Trail Socks
Kid’s 2K

Creating a Positive Experience

The Waugoshance 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 5-6 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 Waugoshance Point

Waugoshance Point and Wilderness State Park have a rich geological, biological, and cultural history. In addition to running the North Country Trail through this region we also want to provide you with the opportunity to learn about the natural history of the area. A Wilderness State Park forest ranger will provide an interpretive program on Friday July 13 at the Holiday Inn Express in Mackinaw City at 7 p.m., during packet pick up.


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. Do not throw these things in the porta-johns. If you have any reservations about this policy do not register for this event.

Bikes & Dogs

Bikes are not allowed on the course during the race except for volunteers. This is for runner safety. Spectators who wish to ride bikes can use the county roads to access several points on the marathon and half marathon course, but must remain off the actual running course at all times. Dogs are allowed near the finish area but must be on a leash at all times and all animal waste must be picked up and disposed of properly. Failure to abide by this policy will result in disqualification.

iPods/MP3 Players

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

Environmental Measures

  1. Eco-technical race shirts are made from 100% Recycled Polyester and are sewn in the U.S.
  2. Each runner must carry a 20 oz water bottle or other functional hydration system. Why? Because 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).
  3. Foods served after the event are either locally produced, organically grown, or both.
  4. Marathon medallions are made by local artists (Sturgeon River Pottery).
  5. Food waste is composted and all other materials are recycled.
  6. Course is marked with reusable flags that are removed after the event.
  7. Proceeds from the event support environmental education and land conservation efforts in Emmet County.rea.