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2014 Whitefish Point Marathon

June 14, 2014

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Paradise, Michigan

If you love serene runs, lots of unadulterated nature, friendly villagers, special care and attention on the course to include lots of food, plus water-water everywhere, this marathon is for you. " 2013 Participant.

The Whitefish Point Marathon is a USA Track & Field Certified Course north of Paradise Michigan located in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

"This is a great Father/Son experience" states a 2013 Dad/Participant, " I'm glad we had the chance to spend the time together."

The road race meanders along Whitefish Point Road, traveling along the edge of Whitefish Bay, crossing the Betsy River, kissing the shores of Lake Superior, passing by the Whitefish Point Light Station, while skirting the edge of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Whitefish Point. The finish line is at the Whitefish Community Center on the southern edge of Paradise. After the race, we encourage you to unwind by visiting Tahquamenon Falls, Crisp Point Light House, Point Iroquois Light House, the Whitefish Point Light Station or Oswald's Bear Ranch.

Awards will be presented to the 1st place men and women runners. In 2014, through a partnership with the Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club, UPRRC, the Whitefish Point Marathon will be posting the results by age brackets as well as finish times in an effort to encourage marathon runners everywhere.



We are located in Michiganís Eastern Upper Peninsula, 58 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge on Route M-123.

By Flight | The closest commercial airport - served by Delta - is Chippewa County Airport (1 hour from Paradise). From there, join Interstate 75 and continue north to M-28. Exit on M-28 and head west to M-123. Turn right on M-123 and continue to Paradise. Other regional airports are Pellston (2 hour drive and a bridge commute), Marquette (a 3 hour drive) and Escanaba (about a 4 hour drive).

By Car| Coming North over the Bridge on Interstate 75, continue for 8 miles. Exit on to M-123 (toward Newberry). Stay on M-123 Ė including a right turn in Trout Lake - until reaching Paradise.

From the Western Upper Peninsula/Wisconsin/Minnesota, follow Highways U.S. 2, U.S. 41, then M-28 until reaching M-123 (near Newberry). Turn left on M-123 and continue to Paradise.

From Eastern Wisconsin/Illinois | join U.S. 41 (near Green Bay) heading North, then join M-35 at Menominee and continue north along the Lake Michigan shore. Near Rapid River, join U.S. 2 heading East. Continue East to M-117. Turn left and continue to M-28. Right on M-28, East to M-123 (near Newberry). Continue to Paradise.

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Updated 02.15.2014
Is the course certified?
Yes -- USATF Certification #MI 130825 SH Effective until December 31, 2023. Endorsed by the Michigan Governorís Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.
T-shirts: Cotton or polyester?
T-shirts will be Cotton
Will there be a finisherís medal and/or awards?
Each Finisher will receive a medal. A trophy will be given to the fastest man and woman.
Is there a Half-Marathon option in this event?
No, our community is focussing on developing a strong Marathon Event. There is a lot of interest in a half-marathon and we are encouraging the community to develop a specific half-marathon event.
Aid stations: How often, and what will be offered?
MM 5Water
MM 7.4Water
MM 10.4Water, Gatorade, & Carb Snack
MM 13.4Water, Gatorade, & Carb Snack
MM 16.4Water, Gatorade, & Carb Snack
MM 19.9Water, Gatorade, & Carb Snack
MM 22.6Water, Gatorade
MM 24.6Water, Gatorade
Finish LineWater, Gatorade, Bananas & Bagels
What toilet facilities will be available?
Start lineouthouses at Sawmill Creek Park
MM 5.5outhouses at Andrus Lake Picnic Area (along the course)
MM 10.4one port-a-potty along the course
MM 13.4bathroom facilities at Whitefish Point
MM 24.6outhouses at Sawmill Creek Park
Finish Line | Whitefish Township Community CenterBathrooms
How much of the course is shaded?
There are a couple of stretches along the Lake where there is no shade from the sun, the sun being in the eastern sky in the morning. But I would say that most of the course is shaded, or partially shaded. The last couple of miles (along M-123) will be in the direction of where the late morning sun would likely be in your face. Sun screen would be a good idea. In early June, morning temperatures will be a bit cooler, but will likely warm up by noon - and the course will be less shaded at mid-day with the sun being higher in the sky.
What is the average daily temperature in that area in mid June?
The average daily temperature in mid June for Paradise, Michigan is 70 degrees. Last year the maximum temperature was 77 degrees (We had an unusually warm spring.) and the minimum temperature was 60 degrees. In 2009 the high was 73 and the low was 50.
Is there usually a cool breeze from the lake?
Breeze should help, but wind/breeze is unpredictable and can move with or against you. Historically wind speeds average 10 miles per hour at that time of year with maximum wind speeds of 17mph. Most of the course has trees between you and the lake which blocks some of the winds coming from the lake. It has been a wet spring and whatever breeze is present may be enough to keep the flies and mosquitoes away but you might consider using an insect repellant/or spray.
Are there spots without cell phone reception?
There are spots where cell phone reception will probably not work. There is a tower in Paradise - close to both the start and finish, but further north I would expect loss of signal.
What is the running surface?
The course is mostly paved. The course is along Whitefish Point Road - which is paved with bike/foot path along the edge. The 1.2 mile stretch down Vermilion Road - and back - is partially paved with pot-holes and part gravel. The leg on Superior Drive is about 1.3 miles and it is gravel. The runners will run on the bike/foot path portion of the road. Runners will be on the left facing any on-coming automobile traffic, and there is a painted stripe on the edge separating the car traffic from the foot traffic.
Whitefish Point Light Station

Thank You Sponsors

2014 Profit proceeds will benefit the Whitefish Township Community Library and the Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center. This event is another Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Event

DISCLAIMER:    The Whitefish Point Marathon is not affiliated with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society or the Whitefish Point Lighthouse Preservation Society.