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  • When is the Marquette Marathon?
    August 31, 2024.
  • How many runners usually participate?
    Last years race saw over 1,100 participants - over 450 competed in the full marathon, the half marathon had over 500 runners, and the 5K saw 150 racers
  • Whats the hype around the Marquette Marathon?
    If a small-town marathon boasting (Lake) Superior views sounds like Heaven, this is your race! Our point-to-point course starts in Ishpeming and follows historic railroad corridors along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. The wooded trail transitions from asphalt to crushed limestone and back before entering urban Marquette, where it hugs the shore of Lake Superior for much of the second half. A lakeshore loop in the closing miles offers a scenic distraction en route to the newly reimagined finish line beside the Superior Dome, the world’s largest wooden dome located on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Our course score of 100.92 makes us the 1st fastest marathon in the state of Michigan and the 28th fastest marathon course in the US
  • Can I change my shirt size?
    Shirts at the Expo will be stocked with limited quantities. Sizes are not guaranteed and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for changing shirt size is August 1st. Contact us, tickets@nmu.edu, and we will see if we can accommodate your request!
  • Can I defer my race registration to 2025?
    No, unfortunately at this time we do not offer deferrals.
  • I am injured or no longer able to attend the race. Can I get a refund?
    Registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to join us on race weekend, you may transfer your entry to another racer if done so by Friday, August 16, 2024. There is a $20.00 transfer fee to transfer your registration to another person. Any payment, reimbursement, or exchange of funds associated with a transferred entry must take place between the two individuals involved. NMU does not facilitate the payment between two parties.
  • How can I update my registration information?
    Contact tickets@nmu.edu with the information to be updated by Friday, August 16, 2024.
  • Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
    Runners have the opportunity to transfer their registration to another participant or change their distance by Friday, August 16, 2024 for an additional $20.00 transfer fee. Any payment, reimbursement, or exchange of funds associated with a transferred entry must take place between the two individuals involved. NMU does not facilitate the payment between two parties.
  • Once I register for a race, can I transfer it to another event?
    Runners have the opportunity to transfer their registration to another participant or change their distance by Friday, August 16, 2024 for an additional $20.00 transfer fee. If you upgrade to a costlier event, you will pay the difference between the entry fees of the two events. If you downgrade to a less expensive event, there is no charge or refund given.
  • Will there be a virtual option for 2024?
    There will not be a virtual option offered.
  • How do I know if I/m registered?
    You will receive an email confirmation immediately after payment. The confirmation email will come from no-reply@audienceview.com. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you do not see it come through.
  • Can I register multiple people at once?
    You can register yourself and others at the same time by selecting the “Add More to Cart” button. Please ensure you have entered information for all the people in your party before completing your registration.
  • I am unable to pick up my packet. Can someone else pick it up for me?
    Participants unable to pick up their packet may have someone else pick up their race packet! The participant must fill out the Packet Pickup Registration Form and give it to the person picking up, along with a copy of his/her photo ID and hand it to the volunteer handing out the packets.
  • When will registration open for the 2024 Marquette Marathon?
    January 1, 2024
  • Are strollers allowed?
    No, strollers are not permitted on the course.
  • What time does the finish line close?
    The both courses will officially be closed at 1:30 PM. Runners continuing on-course after the allotted time frame will not receive an official time.
  • Will there be drop bags?
    Bags will be available at packet pick up and near the start lines for the Marathon and Half Marathon runners. Please make sure your bib number is printed on your bag (markers will be available). You can drop the bags at the bag collection areas at each starting line and they will be waiting for you near the finish line. Please do not place any valuables in the bags. The Marquette Marathon will not be responsible for lost or stolen items placed in the bags.
  • Where are the aid stations and what will be provided at each one?
    A full map with detailed aid station information for the full marathon can be found here, and the half marathon information can be found here !
  • Will there be pace groups?
    Yes! You can check out pace group finish times on the full marathon page and the half marathon page
  • Will there restrooms along the course?
    Yes! Portable restrooms will be located at aid stations throughout the course, and you can find those spots here
  • Are headphones allowed?
    Yes, headphones are allowed. However, the use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Marquette Marathon encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of your race.
  • Are dogs allowed?
    No, unfortunately we ask you leave your furry friends at home.
  • Can I wear a hydration pack?
    Yes! Hydration packs and handheld water bottles are allowed.
  • Is the Marquette Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
    Yes! We submit both gun and chip time to the BAA. Our course was re-certified in 2020, and in 2023, 15.8% of our runners qualified for the Boston Marathon!
  • What is our course like?
    Read our "Whats the hype around the Marquette Marathon?" drop-down under "The Basics"!
  • Do I get a shirt?
    Yes! All participants for the full marathon, half marathon, and 5K receive a unisex shirt. Registrations after August 1st are considered a “late registration”. Shirt sizes are not guaranteed and may be exchanged at the Expo on a first come, first serve basis.
  • How old must I be to run?
    Participants must be 18 years of age or older on race day to run either the Marathon or Half Marathon. There is no minimum age requirement for the Wildcat 5K.
  • Are strollers allowed on the course?
    Strollers WILL NOT BE PERMITTED on the course for the Full Marathon or Half Marathon. Strollers WILL BE PERMITTED for the Wildcat 5K!
  • When does the race start?
    The full marathon is 7:30 AM, the half marathon and 5K is 9:00 AM, and the 1 Mile Pebble Fun Run takes place at 6:00 PM Friday night.
  • Where does the Kid's Pebble Race start?
    The Kid’s Pebble Race starts outside at the East end of the Superior Dome and finishes at the same finish line as the Marathon and Half Marathon.
  • Are there shuttle services to the starting lines?
    Yes, The Marquette Marathon and Half Marathon will include free shuttle busing to the starting lines for your convenience. Shuttles will depart from the Superior Dome and will be for registered runners.
  • Where does my race begin and where do I park?
    More information on this to come!
  • Where does the 5k start and finish?
    The 5k starts outside at the East end of the Superior Dome and finishes at the same finish line as the Marathon and Half Marathon.
  • Where and when is packet pickup?
    Packet pick-up will take place during the EXPO on Friday, August 30th, at the Superior Dome from 3-8 PM. *We will be offering race-day pickup, which will be inside the doors of the main entrance to the Superior Dome, between the hours of 5:45-7:15 AM. A PHOTO ID MUST BE SHOWN FOR EACH PACKET BEING PICKED UP. *NOTE: Because of our tight bussing schedule, we highly encourage you to pick your race day packet up at the EXPO. RACE DAY PACKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE STARTING LINE LOCATIONS.
  • Can I pick up my 5k Bib in the morning?
    Yes, you can pick up your 5k Bib inside the Dome at the East end of the Dome from 8 to 8:45am before the race.
  • Where can I view photos?
    Yes! Photos will be uploaded in a timely manner after the race, and will be housed here
  • Will I receive an award if I don't/can't attend the awards ceremony?
    Awards and shirts WILL NOT be mailed out of you miss the award ceremony. IF YOU CANT MAKE THE AWARD CEREMONY, you can pick up your award/shirt in the NMU athletic office until Oct. 1st.
  • Do I get a finisher medal for the race?
    Yes! All finishers from the full marathon and half marathon will receive a medal.
  • Will there be an awards ceremony after the race?
    Yes! Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Male, Female, Overall, and Top 3 in the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ for each event. ​
  • Can I live-stream the race?
    No, unfortunately at this time we do not have any live-stream options.
  • Where can I watch the race?
    Our course offers 12 stunningly unique spots to watch your favorite racer! You can find those locations here
  • Can I track a runner on the course?
    Yes! Visit SuperiorTiming on race day to find the event.
  • Can I take a shuttle to the starting lines?
    Yes! Shuttles will depart from the Superior Dome and will be for both registered runners and spectators, however, registered runners will always be first priority!
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