5K trail run (or guided waterfall hike) along a scenic trail through the Vielmetti-Peters Reserve, just on the edge of the Queen City of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan--Marquette! Race downhill at the start, and then over the river on a footbridge before continuing through the woods while tackling several challenging hills. While you run, you'll pass several signs that detail the unique flora and fauna of the area. Be sure to visit the Reserve again to read them...unless you're a speed reader! The race will take you around a large loop, retrace your steps, and then uphill to the second loop, which will give you an idea of your current standing before the final stretch back to the start--running downhill will help you pick up your pace--but the finish is a steep uphill, so dig in while the spectators cheer you across the finish line. The race will be followed by an after party and silent auction upstairs at the Ore Dock Brewery with free dinner for all race participants (donations accepted for family and friends to join you at the feast).
All proceeds go to support the UP Land Conservancy's stewardship mission--making sure that properties we protect like the race course at the Vielmetti-Peters Reserve are taken care of and have adequate trail maintenance, signs and parking, and can be monitored to ensure that we are honoring our promise to protect land today for life tomorrow.
Event details and schedule:
Packet pickup: Downstairs at the Ore Dock from 5-7 on May 5, or on-site from 12-1:45 day of the race
Getting to the start: You are welcome to park along Brickyard Road or in the parking lots at the beginning of Brickyard Rd (PetSmart, Lowe’s) and walk the 800 yards to the starting line.
Race start time: Race starts at 2pm. All competitive runners will start at the front and hikers will follow shortly guided by a UPLC representative.
Afterparty: After the race we will be having food and a silent auction at the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette, MI from 2:30-6. Come enjoy food on us as a thank you for supporting our small non-profit!