Marquette Mountain to host annual trails festival

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Trails Festival opens Friday and continues through weekend, featuring mountain bike races, trail running races and socials.

The festival is part of the Noquemanon Trail Network; proceeds are donated back into the trails systems for new trails, maintenance, and community events. The 2017 Marquette Trails Festival raised $9,657 to donate back to the NTN.

  “Last year, we had over 500 participants competing in everything from a cross-country mountain bike race to a 5k trail run.  We also have events specifically for kids and a bonfire and social gathering to go with the event,” said Nicholas Dobbs, Marquette Trails Festival race director.

“As a fun, family and community-oriented festival we strive to bring a little something for everyone,” Dobbs continued. “Whether you’re a racer, a volunteer, or you just want to spectate, the Marquette Trails Festival would love to have you as a part of the crew.”

For more information, go online to www.MarquetteTrailsFestival.com. 

 The schedule, all in Eastern time, includes —

Friday

4 p.m.: Registration at Marquette Mountain

4 p.m.: Mountain trail bike dual slalom practice

5:30 p.m.: MTB dual slalom, adult

8:30 p.m.: Bonfire, with free s’mores and hotdogs at Marquette Mountain.

Saturday, June 23

7 a.m.: Registration at Marquette Mountain

8 a.m.: Twin Peaks Trail Run

8:30 a.m.: 5k Trail Run

11 a.m..: 1.5-mile Kids Run

Noon: MTB Enduro

6:30 p.m.: Youth dual slalom

8 p.m.: Party and awards at Marquette Mountain

 Sunday, June 24

7 a.m.: Registration at Marquette Mountain

8 a.m.: Youth mountain bike race

9 a.m.: MTB cross-country race, long race

9:30 a.m.: MTB cross- country race, short race

2 p.m.: MTB downhill

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