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Two Hearted Trail Run

Two Hearted
Trail Run
50K, Marathon &
Half Marathon

Paradise, MI
June 23, 2018



Located in the remote, wild northeastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Two Hearted River captured the imagination of Ernest Hemingway in his novel "The Big Two Hearted River." In addition to world class trout fishing this region features one of the most remarkable stretches of shoreline in the entire Lake Superior basin. Runners in the 50K and Marathon will experience this rugged coastline first hand via single track on high bluffs and more intimate shoreline forests. In addition, the race course winds inland along the shores of Culhane Lake and the Little Two Hearted River. The course is 80% single track and 20% dirt forest road or two track. This course has the capacity to transform the way you see nature and the world. The half marathon is a challenging loop that takes runners through old growth white pine forest and along the much loved ridge on the southern shore of Clark Lake. All races finish at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls, second highest east of the Mississippi. Camp 33 Brew Pub is located 200 meters from the finish.

2018 Two Hearted Trail Run Event Schedule


Day & Date


Start Time



Saturday, 6/23/2018

Little Two Harbor Road 800 m North of the Fisher Bridge Road

7:00 a.m. register


Saturday, 6/23/2018

County Road 414 just West of Pike Lake

7:30 a.m. register

Half Marathon

Saturday, 6/23/2018

Upper Tahquamenon Falls

8:00 a.m. register


Online only.
Deadline: June 22, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. or when event fills to capacity. Whichever comes first.
Participant Limits: 50K (100), Marathon (100), Half Marathon (200)
Current Registration Status: Open
No race day registration.
No waiting lists.

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
Newberry Chamber Website:
Paradise Tourism Website:

Packet Pick Up

Where: Newberry High School, 700 Newberry, MI 49868
When: Friday, June 22, 3:00PM to 9:00PM


50K & Marathon

Both routes are a stunning tour through the rugged and remote Two Hearted River wilderness. The 50K starts on County Road 414 and heads west onto 410, turning right on to 376 before arriving at the first aid station at the Reed & Green Campground. The next 5 miles takes runners on spectacular section of Lake Superior coastline, with some ascents of high ridges with far reaching views out into the world’s largest freshwater lake. The next aid station is located at the mouth of the Two Hearted River. Runners cross a cabled foot bridge over the river before reaching the aid station. The course then continues along Lake Superior before heading inland through a spectacular region scorched by fire 12 years ago that is now lush and green with ferns and shoulder high trees. Runners then enter a pine forest before reaching aid station #3 at Culhane Lake Campground. Runners follow the southern shoreline of the lake before heading southwest. This forested section is the most remote and wild on the entire course. The next aid station is located when the trail crosses Country Road 414 east of Pike Lake. The route continues to two tracks and lovely single track along the Little Two Hearted River until runners reach Country Road 500. Here runners reach their last aid station before heading toward Betsy Lake. The trail here is single track along several ridges overlooking tamarack bogs. The route then joins the Giant Pines Trail, where runners will encounter 300-400 year old white pines. The course finishes near the Upper Tahquamenon Falls, approximately 200 meters from the Camp 33 Brew Pub. Runners registering for the 50K must have run a marathon or ultra event previously. The route is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers. Runners are bused to the start from the Upper Tahquamenon Falls (site of the finish). Buses depart at 5:30 a.m. Gear bags will be transported back to the finish.

50K Start: 7:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, County Road 414 West of Pike Lake. Map
Marathon Start: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, County Road 414 West of Pike Lake. Map

Half Marathon

The half marathon starts and finishes at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. The course follows the Giant Pines, Clark Lake and Wilderness Loop single track north of Tahquamenon Falls. It is a challenging and beautiful trail that includes old growth white pine forest and the much loved southern ridge overlooking Clark Lake.
Half Marathon Start: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, Upper Tahquamenon Falls. Map

Aid Stations

Aid stations are located 5-7 miles apart. Aid stations are accessible by vehicle and are great locations for spectators to view the race. Because of the remote nature of the route all runners are required to carry a functional hydration system that can be refilled. Volunteers will have large pitchers with cold water and cold Gnarly Hydrate energy drink with electrolytes to quickly refill your hydration system. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel and Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes will be available at each aid station.

Time Limits

There is a 8.0 hour time limit for the 50K and 6.5 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 within the time limit. 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 the Upper Tahquamenon Falls will be available. A sweep runner will follow the last runner, thus closing the race course.

Race Fees

Race fees include:

  1. Bus transportation to the start (50K & Marathon).
  2. Custom race shirt.
  3. Post race refreshments.
EventUntil 11:00 p.m. February 24, 2018Until 11:00 p.m. April 28, 2018Until 9:00 p.m. June 22, 2018
Half Marathon $60 $65 $70


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. 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.
Event transfers: You may transfer from the 50K to the marathon or marathon to the half marathon until June 23, 2018. 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.

Bus Transportation

TimeWhoDeparture LocationArrival Location
5:30 a.m. 50K & Marathon  Upper Tahquamenon Falls Little Harbor Road North of the Fisher Bridge Road (50K) then to County Road 414 just West of Pike Lake (Marathon)

Age Groups

EventAge Groups
50K & Marathon
15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Half Marathon
13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+


EventTop Three in Each Age GroupAll Runners
50K, Marathon
Half Marathon
Pint Bottles of Mass Farms Maple Syrup
Custom Medallion and Race Shirt

Creating a Positive Experience

The Two Hearted Trail Run takes place on immensely beautiful trails. To ensure a good race experience, you must be well trained. Runners in the 50K must have previously run a marathon or ultra marathon. 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 5-7 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). 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.

iPods/MP3 Players

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

Environmental Measures

  1. Ecological fabric race shirts.
  2. 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).
  3. Food served after the event are either locally produced, organically grown, or both.
  4. Medallions and glasswork awards are made by Michigan artists.
  5. Food waste is composted and all other materials are recycled.
  6. Course is marked with reusable flags that are removed after the event.