We are now only one week away from the 25th Annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon! As usual there are a lot of moving parts right now - volunteer placements and call outs (PS - we are still in need of volunteers - click HERE to sign up!), aid station resource updates, finalizing the bus schedules, media interviews, trail work (a LOT of that), facility planning, communications....a whole host of final touches. This is certainly a busy time. And, this is the time where all of you are interested in locating all of the information that you need. As a reminder, this newsletter is one place to get information - while it does have quite a bit of information, as does our Facebook page, these sources do not have everything. The race website (www.noquemanon.com) is the place with the most comprehensive information for you, and, we will soon make the official Race Bulletin available - this is the complete document with all of the needed details for the race. We don't publish this until we are certain there wont be changes...as we will mention further down the newsletter we do need to get some eyes on the course this weekend as the weather over the last week has wreaked havoc. While we do have good snow it has been unseasonably warm which can cause some issues for our courses given our terrain and number of water crossings. While we are not expecting course changes at this time, we need to assess things before the big machines go out next week.

All of that said, our registration counts are as high as they've ever been one week before the race - in fact they are the highest in the history of the Noquemanon! Needless to say, we are excited for race week.

Thank you for your interest and continued support of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, and, the Rundman Jacobson Junior Noquemanon. We look forward to hosting you next weekend!
Registration for the 2023 Noquemanon Ski Marathon is still open however we are getting close to the point in time where deadlines become important.

On-line registration for the Full Noque, Half Noque, 15 Mile Snowshoe, and 12K will close on Wednesday January 25th at 11:59pm (eastern time). After that time, registration will only be available at the NMU Superior Dome during the expo on Friday January 27th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. THERE IS NO DAY OF REGISTRATION on Saturday January 28th.

On-line registration for the Rundman Jacobson Junior Noquemanon will close on Thursday January 26th at 11:59pm (eastern time). After that time registration will be available on-site/day of at Al Quaal Recreation Area before the start of the races.

The registration pricing schedule for all events is listed below - register soon to get our lowest available rate!

As usual skiers age 24 and under registering for the 50K, 24K, or 15 miles snowshoe event will receive a $25 discount no matter when they register - the discount is applied during registration.

Full Noque & Half Noque Events (Including Virtual), 15 Mile Snowshoe
  • $105 through January 25th
  • $120 on January 27th

  • $50 through January 25th
  • $60 on January 27th

Adaptive/Sit Ski
  • $15

Registration numbers are very high, so far the most in the history of the race, so we encourage you to pre-register as soon as possible - don't delay!

The Noquemanon Ski Marathon is a non profit event that serves as a fundraiser for the Noquemanon Trail Network. The race committee works very hard to keep event prices down while also having the capacity to follow through on our financial commitments and moving trail improvement projects forward. We are committed to offering a unique and high quality event at one of the lower price-points available for an event of this size and length. Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to our 25th annual event on January 27th and 28th 2023!

For complete event details please the Noquemanon Ski Marathon race website at www.noquemanon.com
Course Updates
New snow totals of 8-10+ inches fell on 1/19 and with a few more inches forecasted on 1/20. This was certainly welcome after quite a bit of the rain fell earlier in the week.

We will be out assessing the condition of the course over the weekend - this will include all of the water crossings. Things were looking a little slushy on those before the rain fell and now there is new snow on top of it. Temperatures from now until race day should stay just below the freezing mark, although not much below. As much preparation as could be done was done, but we suspect the lake crossings could end up being a bit of a "character building experience". Seasonable January cold temperatures look to return the weekend of the race although the timing of that is not yet certain in the weather forecasts. If very cold air sits around for some time before the race, that will help those spots out. It also hasn't been cold enough for the creek crossings to freeze over so we will be out preparing those as well.

Course condition updates will be made available on the "Trail Report" section of the website.
Wave Placement and Registration Check-In
Wave Placement: Registrants in the 50K and 24K will self select waves using prior Noquemanon results, up until the wave fills, when registering on-line. Final wave placement will be subject to verification and race director discretion and early registration is strongly encouraged and spots in waves are filling fast. Don't wait until in-person registration at the dome the night before as you may not have many choices at that point!

New skiers to the Noquemanon who wish to begin in Elite Wave 1 (50K, 24K) must petition for wave 1 placement when registering on-line. If the wave you want is full when you go to register you must petition in on the registration site.

Bib pickup/Check-in: Because of the increased number of registrations this year we strongly encourage participants to register early and then plan to visit bib pickup as soon as possible - don't procrastinate. To reduce waste, bibs are assigned to participants when checking in and not in advance. If you check in late there's a chance we could be out of the nice bibs!

Check-in at the NMU Superior Dome will open at 5:00pm on Friday January 27th. This is for the Full Noque, Half Noque, 15 Mile Snowshoe, 12K, and Adaptive.

Please note that the Rundman Jacobson Junior Noquemanon participants check in at Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming (not the dome!).

A complete Race Bulletin, with all the details needed for a participant for Saturday events, will be made available mid week and will be available at the dome in print as well.
No Cost For The Junior Noque
Because of a generous supporter there will be NO COST for Junior Noque skiers to participate as registration fees, and some primary operational expenses, will be covered annually through this generous gift in memory of Cheri Rundman! Cheri, who skied the Noque for several years under the last name of Uelmen, was an elite level skier from Ishpeming who often placed in the top 5 or 10 places. Cheri spent a lot of time skiing at Al Quaal which is now the location of the Junior Noque.

To further commemorate Cheri's legacy, the Junior Noque will officially be known as the Rundman Jacobson Junior Noquemanon!

Pre-registration through the RunSignup registration site, with no fee, is still strongly recommended for all Junior skiers. On-line registration for the Rundman Jacobson Junior Noquemanon will be available through Thursday January 26th at 11:5pm (eastern). On-site registration will then be available at Al Quaal Recreation Area just before the start of the events. Check in will also be at Al Quaal Recreation Area - it is NOT a the NMU Superior Dome.

For complete information on all events, please visit the race website at www.noquemanon.com

The 2023 Rundman Jacobson Junior Noquemanon will be held at Al Quaal Recreation area in Ishpeming and share the same start area as the 50K ski marathon!

All Junior Noque events are Classic

5K  Classic – starts at 4:00pm and is for skiers ages 14-19

3K Classic – starts at 4:30pm and is for skiers ages 8-13

1K Classic (untimed) – starts at 5:00pm and is for skiers ages 7 and under

Age Groups/Awards
5K Classic – 14-15, 16-17, 18-19
3K Classic – 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
1K Classic – overall only

All racers will receive a ribbon with their bibs.

Parents are allowed to ski with small children ad the back of the race. The Al Quaal venue has great sightlines throughout for the 1K and 3K events. Full sightlines at all times in the 1K.
Fee Schedule

For more information visit the race website HERE
Nutrition Sponsor
We are pleased to welcome back Hammer Nutrition as the official nutrition sponsor!

For over 30 years Hammer has been developing the most effective, natural products free of added sugars, artificial colors, flavors, chemicals and preservatives. They use only complex carbohydrates and the highest quality proteins and ingredients in their 100% USA made products. Thank you Hammer Nutrition!

Visit Hammer Nutrition at HERE
Partner Hotels
This is 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. Our hotel is situated in downtown Marquette, within walking distance of local breweries, restaurants, and shopping. Northern Michigan University is less than a half mile away. 

Wax area is available for Noque guests!

For booking at the Noque rate visit the Limited Time Offers section HERE
At the Holiday Inn Express of Marquette, we strive to be the hotel of choice for Noquemanon Ski Marathon participants by offering discounted rates and delivering best in class hospitality and accommodations. Prepare for and recoup from race day in the comfort of our recently renovated hotel; get a restful night’s sleep on our new bedding and mattresses, enjoy our complimentary hot breakfast buffet to fuel you through the length of the course, prepare your skis in our dedicated indoor wax room, and after you have crossed the finish line come back to relax and celebrate your accomplishments in our new hot tub! We have taken care of all the details from Start to Finish and are confident that you will find our property truly exceptional. Please call the hotel directly at (906)225-1300 for reservations or book online HERE

We look forward to everyone having a happy and safe Noquemanon! For more information on other winter safety tips, check out the following information HERE from one of our sponsors - UP Health System Marquette
Re-live the 2022 Noquemanon
Check out the excitement of the Junior Noquemanon held at Al Quaal Recreation Area
Thank You To All Of Our Sponsors
*This list is updated on the race website regularly