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The key to the success of the event is the volunteers. Over the years, many of the runners have expressed their appreciation for being able to participate in running our marathon in Paradise. Thank you (volunteers) for helping to make this year's Whitefish Point Marathon a success! Total finishers 73, first-time marathon finishers 18, Boston Qualifiers 11, first wheelchair competitor." Bill Sved 2021 Race Director

2018 Starting Line

"I just want to say what a great marathon last Saturday (June 12, 2021). This was my first WhiteFish about 5 marathons overall and this is right up there. I liked the milk jugs for mile markers and the water station folks, GREAT volunteers. I loved the rock medals, I get enough plastic crap made in China and also got a BQ mug (got a BQ by 33 mins so should be good for next year in Boston) and the painted rock for age group winner was excellent! ....GREAT organization, GREAT volunteers and tell that rock painter you have, EXCELLENT job, love my rock, BQ mug, stone medal, and the memories" (2021) John Niven Swartz Creek, Michigan

"I have run 71 marathons and tons of other races of various distance from 5K to 103 miles, and your race stands out as perhaps my favorite (apart from Boston anyways). For what it is worth, from a hard core runner -- nice work, really nice work. Thank you for doing what you do." (2016) John Klees Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bill Sved of Marquette, Michigan has served the Paradise community in directing the Whitefish Point Marathon 2016 - 2021. His genuine passion to share the unqiue attributes of the Paradise area was evident in his collaboration with area businesses, community organizations, and passion for the Upper Peninsula.

In 2013 Rob Klein, Paradise resident and avid runner approached the Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce to sponsor and support a full marathon with the hopes of bringing more visitors to the area in June. The Chamber got behind the effort and the Whitefish Point Marathon was established. In 2014 Rob Klein took the steps to get the course certified as a Boston Marathon Qualifier. Rob Klein served as the race director from 2013 - 2015.