The “IRON RANGE ROLL” is a 16 mile point to point fun (but timed) race from Ishpeming to Marquette along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. This relay/run/bicycle event celebrates the heritage and recreational culture of Marquette County – all in the name of giving back to our community’s youth through the YMCA of Marquette County’s “Reach & Rise” youth mentoring program. Along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail from downtown Ishpeming to the iconic Ore Dock in Marquette, recreational and community enthusiasts of all ages will participate in a friendly timed downhill excursion on foot, bicycle, or as part of a relay team.
40 Below Young Professionals of Marquette County is honored to partner with our sponsors, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, the Cities of Ishpeming, Negaunee, and Marquette, Townships of Negaunee and Marquette, and the YMCA’s “Reach and Rise” program to present an annual recreation event that celebrates the connection of our communities along the IOHT.
The “Iron Range Roll” aims to be an all-inclusive event that promotes healthy living, fun, and giving back with participants of all ages and abilities. Bicycle riders, relay runners, and runners will be staggered in separate start groups to facilitate safe and smooth transitions. At the conclusion of “The Roll,” an awards ceremony and celebration will be held at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette.
Race Route & Relay Logistics
NEW FOR 2017: The 8 mile run starts at the M-35/CR 492 intersection and ends at the Marquette Commons, following the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.
The 16 mile bike race and 16 mile run relay start at the Cliffs Shaft Museum and end at the Marquette Commons, Following the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.
Awards ceremony to follow at Ore Dock Brewing Company. For more information on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, visitwww.ironoreheritage.com.
By law, volunteers are not permitted to stop traffic and as such, all racers must follow rules of the road and will be asked to stop at road crossings along the trail. We ask that racers respect this request and our volunteers who are dedicating their time and energy to a safe and friendly race course. This course crosses highways and other roads, and all racers must stop at all road and highway crossings along the course. Volunteers may be present at intersections with stop signs to help warn you of the intersections, but they are not required to warn you. Volunteers will not stop traffic and are not authorized by law to stop traffic. If a participant fails to stop at crossings, he/she will be disqualified from the race and will not receive a race time or award.
To tighten up relay lengths and reduce confusion along the trail, select relay trailheads have been reassigned since the 2014 Iron Range Roll. Relay starts will be located at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum, Old Towne Park in Negaunee (not Jackson Miner's Park as noted on the map below), the intersection of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail and M-35, and Schwemwood Park. Each relay length will be approximately 4 miles. Water and aid stations will be present every two miles. Racers are encouraged to bring their own water if they feel they need it more frequently.
The course will remain secured until 4:30 p.m. At that time, the event is officially concluded and there will be no traffic protection and aid stations will cease operation.
Tandem Bikes & Bike Trailers: At the request of our participants, both tandem bikes and bike trailers are permitted. To ensure a safe start, tandem riders and riders with bike trailers are asked to position themselves toward the back of the mass start. Each tandem riders will need to register as an individual cyclist.
Are you ready to roll? Get ready to dust off that bike, assemble your relay team, and exchange your snow boots for sneakers.
Helmets for bicyclists are required. The Iron Range Roll committee has developed a robust emergency response and safety plan. Marquette Township, Search & Rescue, and the Marquette County Sheriff's department will be stationed along the trail. Volunteers and emergency preparedness leads will be present at each Aid Station/Relay Station. In the event of an emergency, racers should dial 911. Should a racer choose to remove themselves from the race, please notify Eric Walters at 906-235-7211.
The course will remain secured until 4:30 p.m. At that time, the event is officially concluded and there will be no traffic protection and aid stations will cease operation. Helmets for bicyclists are required.
Race Bag Pick-Up
NEW FOR 2017: LIMITED RACE DAY REGISTRATIONS WILL BE OFFERED! We will have a very limited number of extra bibs and registration forms for day-of registrants. Once we run out, registration will be closed. We encourage you to take advantage of pre-registration to ensure a spot for yourself in the race, and save money!
In order to make things easier for participants, bibs with embedded timing chips, course information, race bags and t-shirts will be handed out at the Marquette Commons on Friday, June 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. No refunds.
Awards & After Party
The top racer in each age category and gender will be awarded for the individual events (cycling and running). The top three teams in the relay will be awarded. Age categories for individual events are as follows:
12 and under 13 to 19 20 to 29 30 to 39 40 to 49 50 to 59 60 to 69 70 to 79 80 and above Racers, friends, family, sponsors and fans are invited to the Ore Dock Brewing Company from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the official Iron Range Roll after party and awards ceremony. A local restaurant will serve up complimentary post-race fuel and Ore Dock Brewing Company staff will be on-hand to hydrate with refreshing craft brews and craft sodas, juice, lemonade and water for the youth racers.
Interested in volunteering, sponsoring or joining 40 Below in planning the Iron Range Roll? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the events calendar at www.40BelowMQT.org for Iron Range Roll meeting dates.