Thank You To Our 2020 Title Sponsor
And Major Sponsors
Noque week is here! The race committee looks forward to hosting the 22nd annual UPHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon January 24th-26th 2020. We encourage you to stay connected with us as event details become available. Please note - details and information can change so it is important to follow official race information sources closely.

More and more, families are starting, or ending, a winter vacation with the Noquemanon. With all of the extensive ski trails, snowbike singletrack, and winter trail running available, Marquette has become the perfect basecamp for an extended winter adventure. In fact, USA Today rated Marquette the "Best Small Town For Adventure" in 2018 and was voted again as one of the top best small towns for adventure in 2019. If you're considering sticking around, visit our friends at  Travel Marquette  - they can help you make your plans.

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-Noquemanon Ski Marathon Race Committee
Click the video below to see more from the 2019 Noquemanon Ski Marathon!
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Important Race Information
Stay up to date on the latest race details and developments!

Trail conditions:
There is plenty of snow on the course and good snow coverage on the trail within the city limits of Marquette on the last few kilometers to the Superior Dome. Course prep is in progress and we will keep everyone up to date on the Trail Reports section of the race website at www.noquemanon.com. Trail reports are dated and they are located at the bottom of the page.

On line registration deadline and on-site registrations:
On-line registration ends January 22nd at 11:59 PM eastern time. On site registration will then be available at the Expo on Friday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM eastern time. Please contact registration@noquemanon.com with any registration questions or requests.

Bib number and wave assignments:
Bib numbers are preassigned for the top 50 in Wave 1 of the 50K Classic race only. All other participants will be assigned a bib number upon check in on Friday night at bib pickup/ski expo held in the NMU Superior Dome. To be considered for a higher Classic or Freestyle wave a participant must have skied in the previous years Noquemanon or petition in to a higher wave with comparable ski marathon times (or a prior Noquemanon result). Wave petition deadline was January 17th. We do not guarantee a top 50 start placement (or bib number) to registrants that register after the petition deadline.

Wave placements can be found by visiting our registration page and going to "Find A Current Participant". Click HERE to visit our registration page.

24K Half Noque bibs:
Different colored bibs will now be used for the 24K Half Noque. The day's of all yellow are gone! Each 24K wave will have a different color assigned and each bib will have the wave assignment printed directly on the bib. This will give each skier, as well as the starter of the race, a clear visual as to what wave a skier is in. This will also help our volunteers and emergency personnel more quickly determine what wave a skier started in. All 50K skier bibs will remain fully white as in years past.

Bib pick up:
Bib pick up is available on Friday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM eastern time. If you are registered for an event on Saturday and you cannot attend packet pickup by 10:00 PM please contact registration@noquemanon.com to request a packet pickup on Saturday morning. WildSide of the Noque participants can attend packet pickup Friday evening, Saturday, or at the Forestville Trailhead on Sunday morning.

Returning participants - watch for a different pick-up process at the Dome this year. We will no longer be printing bib receipts that need to be presented at a bib table. Our registration volunteers will be able to verify your information, quickly check you in, and provide you with your bib assignment all at one spot.

Noque hat and swag :
The famous Noque hat will continue to be distributed to all long event participants at a hat table (it is not in the bag!). Short event participants will receive a buff. These will be nearby all of the other Noquemanon merchandise which will be available for purchase.

As a reminder, all participants checking in for bib pick up need to present a valid picture ID .

Course Cut Offs:
At 2:00 PM all 50K skiers will need to be past North Basin Drive. The Trail entry point at this location will be closed promptly at 2:00 PM. No one except safety and course officials are permitted past this point after 2:00 PM. 

All participants must finish by 4:30 PM. A race official, or Search and Rescue personnel, is required to take your bib (for liability reasons). For safety reasons these participants will not be permitted to continue on the course. Our officials will arrange a ride back to the Superior Dome. No participants are allowed on the course after the cutoff times. The finish line announcer will only be available until 4:30 PM.


DNF's and leaving the course:
If you are not able to complete the race for whatever reason, you are required to notify the nearest First Aid Personnel or aid station. Your bib number will be relayed to the finish line and timer. The Race Director, at the finish line, will have a listing of dropouts. Please inform your family or friends to check with the Race Director at the finish area if they are concerned about you. Participants that drop out may also choose to notify the timer directly by texting DNF to (906) 256-6356 with participant name and bib number.    
If a participant leaves the course and does not inform an official, race organizers will (after contacting phone and e-mail addresses provided on the registration form) have to assume the participant is lost and will send Search and Rescue. The participant will be responsible for any cost incurred for search activities.   

More Information:
More important race information will be coming soon as we get closer to race day and the expo. Stay in touch. Pre-registered participants will receive a racer bulletin by e-mail after on-line registration closes.

Age 24 and under always get a $25 registration rate discount when signing up on line for
50K/24K/15 Mile events


50K, 24K & 15 Mile Events (Saturday)
$100  through January 22, 2020
$110  on January 24, 2020

12K (Saturday)
$45  January 1, 2020 to Race Day

Adaptive/Sit Ski
$10  through January 24, 2020

"WildSide of the Noque" Skijour, Snowbike, 5K&10K Snowshoe (Sunday)
$45   January 1, 2019 to Race Day
2020 Noquemanon Ski Marathon commemorative posters will be available once again at the Ski Expo/Bag Pick-up
Course Safety
It takes many organizations and lots of planning to make and keep the Noquemanon safe for participants. The Marquette Mountain Ski Patrol Members, Marquette County Search and Rescue, The Ham Radio Operators, Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, Marquette Township Fire and Rescue, the City Police from Negaunee, Ishpeming, and Marquette, the Michigan State Police, and Bell and Marquette General Hospital. There are also 8 aid stations on the course and each one has a Ham Radio Operator.
 
All of these agencies are in communication with each other on the day of the race. Many are on stand by and we hope they are not needed. Most often seen on the trail during the race are the Marquette Mountain Ski Patrol, Marquette County Search and Rescue, Marquette Township Fire and Rescue, and the Ham Radio Operators.
 
Because of the amazing terrain that you all enjoy skiing on, we need to communicate by using both the Ham Radio Operators, and Marquette County’s 800 megahertz radio system. The 800 system is what all EMS units have available to communicate across the whole State of Michigan. It really takes all the terrain challenges out of being able to communicate along the race course in anyone’s time of need.
 
Marquette County Search and Rescue provides the race with transportation for injured guests, and also provides an exacting trail sweep function at the conclusion of the race, so we have no racer left behind.
 
Planning for all of these agencies starts in the early fall so we can ensure that the skiing experience is wonderful, and if needed, you will be attended to as quickly as possible. It is very important to note that every racer has some degree of responsibility when it comes to communicating fellow racers that need help. Please share as quickly as possible with the nearest aid station whatever the issue is! Please also attempt to identify the place on the course as closely as possible. Between marker 15 and 16, or just beyond the 15 marker, or where the two trails merge, would be great possible descriptions that will speed up that injured racers rescue. If the issue is extremely serious please consider staying with the injured racer if there are more skiers with you that can go for help.
 
In most cases rescue agencies will have an AED with them, and very possibly oxygen, plus of course first aid supplies. An AED is an “automated external defibrillator”. For those racers that would develop heart issues, this device will diagnose heart issues and potentially be able to return a beating heart to its normal beat patterns. We are blessed with agencies in the community that can loan AED’s in volume to the Marquette Mountain Ski Patrol for your race.

50K and 24K Course Map
The maps below are for general information purposes only. Small sections have been or may yet be re-routed due to conditions on the ground and aid stations may be moved to meet different needs from year to year.
Fun and Adventure for the Whole Family
and the Whole Weekend!
The Junior Noque is the race for kids and teens! Affordable 1K, 3K, and 5K events that can get the whole family involved in the Noquemanon weekend. Come out to the Forestville Trailhead on Friday night and encourage the next generation of skiers!
Don't let the Noquemanon weekend end on Saturday! Take part in the spectator friendly Snowbike, skijour, and snowshoe events for an extra dose of adventure at the Foresetville Trailhead.
Win These Snowshoes!
Enter the Noquemanon Wildside Snowshoe and win these New Dion Snowshoes! You don’t event have to be fast to win these...just enter and participate in the 5k or 10k during the WildSide of the Noque on Sunday. Special thanks to Dion Snowshoes for providing two pairs of running snowshoes!
Good Luck From Major Race Sponsor IncredibleBank!
As you reach your peak in financial fitness check us out and see how we can help you achieve your Incredible!

Aid Stations
We are pleased to provide Hammer products on course at each of our 8 aid stations.  We are very grateful for their continued partnership with the Noquemanon Ski Marathon!

Volunteers Needed!
Did you know it takes a small army of dedicated volunteers to put on the Noquemanon Ski Marathon? Did you also know that year in and year out the Noque volunteers are rated as some of the most helpful volunteers encountered all year by event participants?

If you aren't able to ski, snowshoe, or bike this year don't worry - you can still show your support for the Noque and join the tradition by volunteering! There are inside and outside positions available and all are important. Grab some friends, even a costume, and sign up at the link below. Thank you!

Preferred Accommodations
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 hotels are offering Noquemanon racers!

To take advantage of any special rates offered by our preferred accommodation partners please be sure to book your stay directly through the hotel and not a 3rd party.
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 50 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.
College Club Team Challenge
Welcome to skiers from the following Collegiate Nordic Ski Teams! At this time you will see skiers from the following University club teams out on the course (more may be added)
If you ski on a Collegiate Club Nordic Ski team, or know someone who does, contact Anna Badger at abadger@nmu.edu for information on a special rate! Pre-registration is required.
Thank You For Your Support!
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon is an event of the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) - a 501c3 non profit organization. The mission of the NTN is to secure, develop, maintain and promote the use of a non-motorized trail network throughout the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. NTN relies on the support of the community and generous land owners to keep trails open and available to the public. NTN works with over 45 landowners, both public and private, for daily trail access and over 90 landowners for events. NTN maintains an agreement with each landowner and carries liability insurance to protect each landowner above protections provided by  Michigan Act 451 . Through a variety of agreements, easements, and ownership, NTN is working towards protecting and growing trail access for the future. As of 2019 there are 7 trail systems maintained by NTN from Munising to Big Bay. Funds for our work come from membership, donations, sponsorships, grants, fundraising events (like the Noquemanon Ski Marathon), and occasional contracted trail builds. NTN does not receive any direct local government funding for development or maintenance but a number of municipalities provide land access. To sign up for NTN newsletters, or to become an NTN member, click the buttons below! Thank you for your support!
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 2020 series is split between classic and skate racing, with two classic races, three skate weekends, and one skiathlon weekend.
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon continues a long tradition of being a part of the ASM Series.

Beautiful backdrops in America's most incredible winter playgrounds...courses that both challenge veterans as well as welcome novices...unparalleled organization at every event...world-class 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.
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon is an event on the new Worldloppet Global Ski Calendar of popular races and skier ranking which was launched in September of 2019. Visit the new global calendar of top tier events at https://www.worldloppet.com/globalcalendar/