Thank You To Our 2019 Title Sponsor
And Welcome To Our Two New Major Sponsors
Director's Report
Greetings from the 2019 Noquemanon Ski Marathon! Mother Nature has blessed with the right snow and temperatures and our course will be incredibly solid. This year we get to introduce the new Mead Hills bypass in the 24K that we have been working on for a couple of years. It definitely will provide a different challenge than previous 24K course by offering a much greater variation of terrain, along with a much better transition into the full marathon course. Additionally, we have finished a number of other projects over the last couple of years, and from the looks of it they have really paid off. Many of our problematic areas of the past with drainage or transitions now look to be working well and have contributed to a very solid base. Also, because of the early snow and volume of it, we were able to work on a number of areas rather early this year that historically we have to wait on until closer to the race. What this means for you is that the Dead River Basin, Deer Lake, and Granite Point are all looking incredible with some of the best snow we have seen in years. We will still be keeping the start at Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming that was showcased in 2018 and we are also going to continue to use a section of trail in Forestville which shows off a little more of the trail variation we have in our area.
Regarding the finish line - this year we were on the fence about trying to run the race back to the NMU Superior Dome or to finish in the Log Yard again as we did in 2018. In the end we decided to let mother nature dictate the final decision for us. While we were blessed with plentiful snow across the course, we have not been quite as lucky with plentiful snow in Marquette's city limits. Because we want to make sure that you all have the best race course we can provide, we will be finishing in the Log Yard again this year. We have made a number of exciting changes however to assist with the atmosphere and setup at the finish line. We have added a larger tent with heat in the case of very cold weather. We will have a greater amount of parking for spectators. We will be running buses consistently for both spectators and competitors. We also will have some great vendors donating their services, but the biggest addition is the configuration of the finish. We worked with the land owner and made some large improvements, and I am happy to tell you that the finish will now be a large stadium style finish with the last 300+ meters over 30 ft wide in front of spectators. This should make for some great spectating!

With just under two weeks to go our executive committee and volunteers are in full Noque mode. We can’t wait to celebrate the 21st running of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon and putting on a great race and entire weekend of winter events. Thank you all for your support, and we look forward to seeing all of our ski family!


Jason Rolling
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You've heard we have some of the best snow in the midwest right now, but, do you still need a little nudge to commit and get registered for the Noque? Register for the 24K or 50K between Tuesday January 14th at 7:00am (EST) and Thursday January 17th at 6:00pm (EST) and you'll be entered into a drawing for a FREE two night stay at the upscale  Staybridge Suites Marquette  on your Noque weekend. We'll draw on Thursday night and contact you so you can get even more excited about your Noque weekend. Register today!
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2019 Race Pricing Schedule

Youth (age 24 and under) get a $25 discount when signing up on line for 50K/24K/15 Mile events.

50K, 24K & 15 Mile Events (Saturday)
  • $100 by January 24, 2019
  • $110 on January 26, 2019
12K (Saturday)
  • $45 by January 1, 2019 to Race Day
Adaptive/Sit Ski
  • $10 by January 25, 2019

"WildSide of the Noque" Skijour, Snowbike, 5K&10K Snowshoe (Sunday)
  • $45 by January 1, 2019 to Race Day
2019 Noquemanon Ski Marathon commemorative posters will be available once again at the Ski Expo/Bag Pick-up
Accommodation Sponsors
Looking for a place to stay during your trip to Marquette County? The hotels below have partnered with the Noquemanon Ski Marathon and are available to make your trip as comfortable, and convenient, as possible. Race busing is available at these hotels and they are our preferred accommodation partners. Check the bus schedule and race packet at the Ski Expo/Bag Pick-up for more details on the perks these businesses are offering Noquemanon racers!
Upper Michigan's only upscale extended stay hotel. Architecturally reminiscent of Marquette's historical downtown, and with interior spaces reflecting the region's heritage, we offer our guests an upscale local experience. The hotel offers plenty of temperature controlled, underground parking units, to keep our guests warm and dry in the winter, and cool during the hot summer.

Covered parking and waxing station for Noque Skiers included.

Make yourself at home in one of the 84 rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed, complimentary wired and wireless Internet access and satellite programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Don't miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center, and a fireplace in the lobby

Amidst the shops, restaurants and theaters of downtown Marquette, overlooking Lake Superior, discover a place that time forgot but that you never will — the Landmark Inn, featured in the  New York Times . Old-world European splendor and charm meet modern convenience at our AAA Three-Diamond hotel that welcomed its first guests as The Northland Hotel in 1930.

A pleasant blend of rustic charm and modern accommodations awaits you at the Cedar Motor Inn. Family-owned over 45 years, our small-scale AAA diamond approved hotel is in Marquette, nestled against the north woods near the shores of Lake Superior. We offer the vacationer, the traveler or a business person 43 rooms to choose from, including a housekeeping cottage suite that can accommodate 2-4 people.

Located within close proximity of Ojibwa Casino, Superior Dome, Lake Superior and Westwood Mall, our Marquette, MI Inn places guests close to all area business, dining and entertainment districts. Enjoy year-round activities in hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowmobile trails to discover why we're a big hit with outdoor enthusiasts.

More questions about how to stay and play? Contact another one of our great partners, Travel Marquette for, great tips.
Support the Noque and trails by being a Noque volunteer!
We need you! Did you know it takes nearly 500 volunteers to pull off the Noquemanon weekend? Did you also know that participant surveys indicate the Noque has some of the best volunteers on the ski race calendar? Come be part of the fun, and history, and know that you'll be playing a part in one of Marquette Counties premier outdoor events! Sign up now to secure your preferred spot. We train, and we have swag for you too!
Junior Noque
Please join us at the NTN Forestville Trailhead on Friday Jan 25th at 4pm for the ever popular Jr. Noque. Events exist for all ages 1-19 so the whole family can participate in the Noque.

5K Classic (ages 14-19) at 4pm
3K Classic (ages 8-13) at 4:30pm
3K Freestyle (ages 8-13) at 4:35
1K untimed Classic (ages 7 & under) at 5:00pm

On-site registration is available at the very low cost of $10! Pre registration is only $7.
There is no on-line registration to keep costs low but Jr. Noque pre registration forms can be downloaded at our website here:
WildSide of the Noque
The Noquemanon weekend wraps up on Sunday January 27th with the very spectator friendly Wildside of the Noque at the NTN Forestville Trailhead . Three events are showcased - the Animoosh 1 and 2 dog skijour, snowbike, and 5K & 10K snowshoe races. Don't miss out on the fun and laid back atmosphere.

Adaptive Ski
The 2019 Noquemanon Ski Marathon will be hosing a 1K and 3K Adaptive Ski which will start and finish at the Noque finish line (ie the "Log Yard" - approximately 3 miles west of the NMU Superior dome on CR550). Contact the Adaptive Ski coordinator Nancy Uschold at for questions, concerns, or spotter requests and visit the Noque website for additional details. Registration fee is only $10.00. Upon advanced request, the Noque organizers will try to provide spotters for other distances (12K, 24K, and 50K). Those adaptive events will be held on the same courses. Full rates apply for adaptive distances 12K or more. The adaptive ski is sponsored by Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL). To learn more about SAIL visit their website HERE .
Founder Bibs
Now that the Noquemanon has entered it's 21st year, we will be issuing red "Founder" bibs to skiers that have completed all editions of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon. Founder skiers can confirm, or ensure, their eligibility through e-mail by contacting registration at Please contact us prior to the expo to ensure you receive the correct bib color so the rest of us mere mortals can appreciate you the way you deserve!
Wave Placements - Preferred Start Positions
PLEASE NOTE ! To be considered for higher wave, or elite wave, placement, you must have skied in last year’s Noquemanon or petition in. Results from the 2018 Noquemanon will be used as a guideline. Petitions must be submitted in writing two weeks in advance of race. Contact the Registration Coordinator via email at
Waxing Demo
A waxing demo and area will be hosted by Down Wind Sports at the bag pick-up/ski expo on Friday January 25th in the NMU Superior Dome. Pick up tips, products, and assistance. Thank you to one of our local shops Down Wind Sports !
Aid Stations
We are pleased to provide Hammer products on course once again at each of our 8 aid stations.  We are very grateful for their continued partnership with the Noquemanon Ski Marathon!

Busing Schedule
A complete bus schedule will be available at the Friday night bag pick-up/ski expo on January 25th at the NMU Superior Dome along with a racer bulletin which will provide details on all Noquemanon weekend activities. Busing will be available from the NMU Superior Dome to the start lines of the 50K and 24K along with return buses that will run on the hour from the Dome to our sponsor hotels and then back to the start line of the full marathon only (Birchview Elementary School in Ishpeming. The last run will be approximately 5:00 pm. There is no transportation back to the start of the ½ marathon or to the start of the 12K at the NTN Forestville Trailhead. Please reference the complete bus schedule available at the Friday ski expo/bag pick up.

Additionally, there will be very regular busing available at the finish line (along with medical area) to take skiers (and spectators) back to the Dome. Spectators may also take a bus to the finish line. The bag drop, showers, locker rooms, sauna, massage stations, ski valet, results, and awards are located in the Dome. An aid station inside the Dome will be available and aid/refreshments will be available at the finish line as well.

Please reference final details in the racer bulletin.
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon is pleased to continue to be a part of the CXC Marathon Cup Series. The 50K Classic race counts towards CXC Marathon Cup points.

The CXC Marathon Cup connects the premiere cross country ski events across the Central region. Sanctioned and scored by  Central Cross Country Skiing, presented by  AVANT Techno, the Cup includes races in each of the three main states in the region - two races in Michigan, two in Wisconsin, and two in Minnesota. The 2019 series is split between classic and skate racing, with two classic races, three skate weekends, and one skiathlon weekend.

Seeley Hills Classic - January 12th
Ski Rennet - January 19th
Noquemanon Ski Marathon - January 26th
City of Lakes Loppet - February 3rd
Vasaloppet USA - February 9th
American Birkebeiner - February 23rd
Great Bear Chase - March 9th
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon continues a long tradition of being a part of the ASM Series.

Beautiful backdrops in America's most incredible winter that both challenge veterans as well as welcome novices...unparalleled organization at every racers and entire families all with smiles from ear-to-ear. This is the American Ski Marathon Series!

Founded in 1978 as the "Great American Ski Chase". the American Ski Marathon Series (ASM) provides every level of cross country skier a thrilling chance to be part of a nationwide series of adventure, winter festivals and fun. Whether beginner, weekend warrior, casual tourer or professional racer -- every ASM event has something to offer you and your family.