Trail Running Trilogy set for weekend

Event focuses on different age levels

Andrew Rickauer

MARQUETTE — The first annual Marquette Trail Running Trilogy, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, June 9-11, is geared toward runners of all abilities.

The theme for this year’s event is “race, learn, connect,” with four races for adults, two races for children, multiple panels, professional running-focused presentations and clinics, yoga and a dinner throughout the weekend.

Andrew Rickauer, festival director, said in a news release: “We really want to focus on hosting a first-rate trail-running event that showcases the fantastic trail infrastructure we are blessed with here in the Marquette area.

“The trilogy takes this beyond just a race,” he continued. “With the expert speakers, panel discussions, clinics, yoga and other great events, it really makes the weekend ideal for runners to learn and connect with others.”

Rickauer said the trilogy is intended to be an affordable family-oriented event, with all proceeds donated to local charities.

Runners have the option of signing up for the full race weekend or individual events. Due to multiple requests, a shorter race event was added for Sunday.

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at Lakeview Arena where participants can either attend a special session, Yoga for Runners, or take part in a “no-drop” fun run. Dinner as well as an injury prevention and rehabilitation panel will complete the evening.

The first Saturday event will be the 1.5-mile hill climb that begins at 9 a.m. at the Noquemanon Trail Network’s East Mount Marquette trailhead parking lot. All other races will be at the main South Trails parking lot off M-553.

Other events include a Saturday youth trail race and a Sunday trail-running clinic.

For a full list of the festival events and to sign up online, visit RunSignUp.com and search for Marquette Trail Running Trilogy.

Racers also can register in person at the Queen City Running Co., 119 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, or the NTN office at Lakeview Arena.

Racers may pick up their race packets at Queen City during regular Thursday business hours and until 4 p.m. Friday. After that, racers may get their packets at Lakeview Arena starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Marquette Trail Running Trilogy Facebook page or call Rickauer at 906-250-2005.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.