Lake Superior Shore Run funds youth ski programs

MARQUETTE — The Superiorland Ski Club is kicking the autumn season off with its 23rd annual fall Lake Superior Shore Run Saturday.

This year the organization is teaming up with XTERRA, which sponsors trail runs around the world. All proceeds from the race help fund the SSC’s youth programs.

According to its website, the Superiorland Ski Club’s mission is to provide the Marquette ski community a chance to support youth and adult skiing in the Upper Peninsula.

“We live in such a wonderful area, it’s important kids and families get out and enjoy what it has to offer,” said Debby Muskovitch, SSC treasurer and race director.

The event will be held at Little Presque Isle and offers a half marathon trail run with relay team options, a 5K run, 5K hike and a free youth 1K. The starting times are as follows: the hike begins at 9 a.m.; the half marathon and relay at 10 a.m.; the 5K at 11 a.m.; the Upper Peninsula Health Plan 1K youth race at noon.

The half marathon course runs along Lake Superior for 1.5 miles and then passes Harlow Lake. From there the trail winds up 300 feet of elevation to the top of Bareback Ridge, or as locals call it the “Top of the World.” Runners will then return to Lake Superior for a 1.5 mile stretch from Wetmore Landing toward the finish line at Little Presque Isle, a release from the Superiorland Ski Club states.

The hike, which also begins at Little Presque Isle, was added to last year’s agenda so participants could enjoy the scenic area at their own pace.

According to Muskovitch, around 50 volunteers are signed up for the event and six aid stations will be located evenly throughout the course.

Organizers will be at Little Presque Isle at 8:30 a.m. Saturday so any last-minute individuals can still register for the race.

Registration packet pickup will be Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Queen City Running Co., located at 119 W. Baraga Ave. in Marquette.

During registration, racers will need to sign a waiver.

If unable to pick up the packet, participants can also register before the race starts on Saturday. The option to register for next year’s Lake Superior Shore Run will be available to participants for $25 upon registration.

The organization wants to remind participants and supporters that a Michigan Recreation Passport is required to enter the parking area at Little Presque Isle.

Awards will be given after everyone has completed the race. Kids get free pizza from Aubree’s and a T-shirt, as well.

According to Muskovitch, a lot of participants stick around after the race to socialize and enjoy the gorgeous views.

“It’s just fun,” said Muskovitch. “A lot of people from the community come out to support the race. We have a lot of great volunteers and people who cheer for the runners — so after the event, stick around, have a picnic, talk to people from the community or just breathe in the fresh air.”

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Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.