Saturday, September 14, 2019 • Marquette, MI • Course Map
Expanded a few years ago from a race that was once a 10-mile run through the challenging hills and trails of Michigan’s Escanaba State Forest, the Xterra Lake Superior Shore Trail Half Marathon is now (as its name suggests) a full-fledged 13.1-mile trail running event.
The running event takes participants through this breathtakingly scenic forest at the start of the crisp early fall season, when it changes its spring and summer green for innumerable shades of red, orange and gold as far as the eye can see.
The starting line for the race is at Little Presque Isle, which lies about seven miles northwest of downtown Marquette, just off Harlow Lake Road East.
From there, the adventure through the forest begins, as the all-trail course takes runners to well-known scenic overlooks in the forest like the areas called “Top of the World” and “Razorback Ridge,” all while running in the shadow of the nearby Huron Mountain Range over one shoulder and the deep blue waters of the great lake over the other.
Runners looking to participate in the race need to be ready for a rugged, challenging course with several changes in elevation, and sometimes steep uphills and downhills.
Along the way, there are plentiful streams and lakes, and the course is made up of hard-packed single-track trails and dirt roadways through the forest. Once runners reach the turn at a place called Wetmore’s Landing along the shore, they start making their way back to Little Presque Isle for the race finish line.
In addition to the half-marathon, there’s a 5K for runners and 1K Youth Run for kids ages 8-12 and for those 7 and under. The official starting time for the half marathon is 10:00 AM, but runners who expect to take longer than two and a half hours to finish must start at 9:30 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shore of Lake Superior in northern Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the city of Marquette typically sees mild to fairly cool conditions in the early fall, and the area’s wettest weather of the year occurs during this time of year.
On race day (Sept. 14), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 63ºF.
- 2018 Xterra Lake Superior Shore Run Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Xterra Lake Superior Shore Run Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Xterra Lake Superior Shore Run Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Xterra Lake Superior Shore Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Xterra Lake Superior Shore Run Half Marathon Results
- 9:00 AM – 5 mile hike
- 10:00 AM – half marathon
- 11:00 AM – 5K
- 12:00 PM – 1K
- $55 for the half marathon
- $90 for the half marathon relay
- $35 for the 5K
- $25 for the 4.5-mile hike
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Marquette’s Xterra Lake Superior Shore Run Half Marathon, 5K, 1K race or 4.5-mile hike, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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