Aug 30 2014
Noquemanon Trails Network Council
The Marquette Marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier organized by marathon runners for marathon runners. The course is relatively flat and extremely scenic, taking you past some of Marquette’s most notable locations. These sights include Presque Isle, the Marquette lighthouse, iron ore docks, and miles and miles of Lake Superior shoreline.
What’s the course like? In a word, AWESOME! The course starts out at Presque Isle Park on the shores of Lake Superior. The majority of the course is on a bike path winding through woods, skirting the downtown, and passing by the Saturday morning farmers market. Best of all, half the race is along miles and miles of flat, fast, and gorgeous Lake Superior shoreline. There is one uphill at mile 12 and 25. It is an 1800 foot stretch that climbs 80 feet in the shade of an old growth stand of hemlocks. After “topping out”, you are rewarded with a fairly gradual downhill followed by a flat fast quarter mile stretch to the finish.
Marquette Marathon Goals
Triple participation by 2018 to 3000
Attain USA Track and Field certification for the marathon course
Secure a title sponsor for the ½ marathon
Develop new running events such as Santa 5k, Boston Strong Memorial run, etc
Offer cash prizes for full and ½ marathons
Hire part time staff and pacers for ½ and full marathon
Bid on the Master’s Championships
Organize a Marquette Marathon Running Club to provide training runs and promote wellness in the community