Run a beautiful single track route from Cross Village to Mackinaw City in northern Michigan. The marathon starts at Wycamp Lake and winds up and along the Sturgeon Bay bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan. 50K runners will depart from the course for a 5 mile route up the gorgeous and highly runable Sturgeon Bay Trail. After this scenic detour they will rejoin the marathon course and descend into wildflower blanketed lowlands before arriving at Goose Pond. This is the half way point and the start of the Half Marathon. The next six miles feature pine needle carpeted trail through rolling forest. The trail opens up as it reaches French Farm Lake, a sandy bottomed wilderness lake with towering pines along the shore. The route follow its shoreline for several miles before runners enter a dense balsam fir forest for 2 miles. The last 3 miles feature a converted rail trail that is flat and smooth. Runners finish at the Mackinaw City School athletic grounds. The course is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers.
Event details and schedule
Friday, July 14, 2023
3:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packet Pick Up at Mackinaw City School, 609 West Central Avenue, Mackinaw City
Saturday, July 15, 2023
50K & Marathon Start at 7:00 a.m., Wycamp Lake, Cross Village
Half Marathon Start at 8:00 a.m., Goose Pond, Wilderness State Park, Carp Lake