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Tahqua Trail Run
Sat, Aug 9, 2014
About This Activity
The course begins on the Tahqua Trail 4.3 miles west of Whitefish Bay in eastern Lake Superior. Runners follow a dirt forest road along the Tahquamenon River for one quarter mile until they reach the North Country Trail (NCT). The single track NCT winds through spruce swale, pine ridges, lush bogs, Jack Pine savannah, and past the Camp 10 and Water Tank lakes, where the occasional moose can be spotted. Nine and one half miles in runners reach Lower Tahquamenon Falls. The NCT then transitions into the heavily forested Lower Falls trails. One mile later the course merges with the River Trail which travels along the Tahquamenon River. The River Trail features old growth hemlock and yellow birch. Runners hear the roar of the Upper Falls encouraging a strong finish near the top of the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Runners bused to start from your choice of the Upper Falls Parking Lot (Finish Area) or downtown Paradise (at the Whitefish Township School). Bus schedule will be available two weeks before the race. Aid stations stocked with cold water, cold HEED (Hammer High Energy & Electrolyte Drink), and Hammer Gel are located at 3.5, 7, 9.5 miles. Runners are required to carry a 20 oz water bottle or other functional hydration system which can be refilled at each station with water or HEED. Volunteers with pitchers will quickly refill your water bottle or hydration system with the fluid of your choice.
Runners begin at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls, in the grassy area behind the gift shop. After a 1.7 mile loop up into the forested highlands above the falls the course descends and joins the River Trail as it winds along the banks of the Tahquamenon River. The trail is shaded by old growth hemlock, yellow birch, and dense stands of sugar maple. The course finishes on the trail above the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. Runners bused to start from your choice of the Upper Falls Parking Lot (Finish Area) or downtown Paradise (at the Whitefish Township School). Bus schedule will be available two weeks before the race. Due to the remote nature of the River Trail, runners must be self supported by carrying a 20 oz water bottle or other functional hydration system.
Event details and schedule
Packet Pick Up: Friday, August 8 from 3:00-9:00 p.m. at the Whitefish Township School