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Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon
Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K
Sat, Sep 20, 2014
About This Activity
Marathon The marathon starts in front of the Porcupine Mtns Ski Lodge and ascends the mountain via cross country ski trails to the Log Camp Aid Station 1 (3 miles). Runners descend to Union Spring and then travels on beautiful single track before crossing the Carp River. The course heads south to Trap Falls before heading west on the Government Peak Trail. Runners arrive at Mirror Lake for Aid Station 2 (12.5 mi). Runners follow the Correction Line Trail to the Carp River Trail, ascending onto the exposed rock ridge overlooking the valley. The Lake of the Clouds and Aid Station 3 is reached at mile 17.5. Heading east on the Escarpment Trail runners will enjoy wide sweeping panoramas of the Carp River Valley and Government Peak to the South. The last aid station is reached at Cuyahoga Creek (21.6 mi) before runners ascend to the West Vista and then travel an easy 3 miles downhill return to the Ski Lodge. The course is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers. In 2013 rain produced treacherous conditions on portions of the trail that required a re-route. In case of similar conditions the re-route will be employed. Marathon Start: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014, Porcupine Mtn Ski Lodge. Half Marathon The marathon starts in front of the Porcupine Mtns Ski Lodge and ascends the mountain via cross country ski trails to the Log Camp Aid Station 1 (3 miles). Runners head west to Union Spring and then takes runners up and over ridge before crossing the Carp River. Runners then turn north, following and elegant trail that descends along the Carp River before reaching the Cuyahoga Creek Aid Station (7.5 mi). The trail then ascends through a old growth hemlock forest to West Vista where runners will enjoy a panaoramic vista of Lake Superior and the valley below. Runners then follow XC ski trails along the ridge before returning to the Log Camp Aid Station (mile 10). The last three miles follow a gradual 3 mile downhill course back to the ski lodge. The course is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers. Half Marathon Start: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014 Porcupine Mtn Ski Lodge. 5K The race starts and finishes at the Porcupine Mtns Ski Lodge and follows a scenic loop on the cross country ski trail system. 5K Start: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014. Porcupine Mtn Ski Lodge. .