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.
Are you ready to roll? Get ready to dust off that bike, assemble your relay team, and exchange your snow boots for sneakers. Interested in volunteering, sponsoring or joining 40 Below in planning the Iron Range Roll? Email email@example.com or check out the Events calendar for Iron Range Roll Task Force meeting dates.
The third annual Iron Range Roll is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016. The race start is scheduled for 1 p.m. There will be two mass start waves: cyclists, followed by relay run teams (4 per team) and individual runners. An after party and awards ceremony will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.
Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Marquette County's "Reach & Rise" youth mentoring program.
Registration & Race Bag Pick-Up
Registration opens on January 1, 2016! Registration will close on Thursday, June 2, 2016. RACE DAY REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE OFFERED. 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 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. No refunds.
January – March 31
- Individual Runner $25.00
- Youth Runner (12 and Under) $15.00
- Individual Cyclist $25.00
- Youth Cyclist (12 and Under) $15.00
- 4 Person Relay Team (Run) $100.00
April 1 – April 30
- Individual Runner $35.00
- Youth Runner (12 and Under) $25.00
- Individual Cyclist $35.00
- Youth Runner (12 and Under) $25.00
- 4 Person Relay Team (Run) $135.00
May 1 - June 4
- Individual Runner $40.00
- Youth Runner (12 and Under) $30.00
- Individual Cyclist $40.00
- Youth Runner (12 and Under) $30.00
- 4 Person Run Relay Team (Run) $160.00
The first 150 registrants will be guaranteed an Iron Range Roll t-shirt with entry payment. Registration will launch in January 2016.
Race Route & Relay Logistics
Starts at the Cliffs Shaft Museum and ends at the Marquette Commons (with awards ceremony to follow at Ore Dock Brewing Company). For more information on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, visit www.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 racers of the intersections, but they are not required to warn racers. 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.
Participants can download course data to their electronic devices by clicking here. (Full URL: http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/gpsmjs/iron-range-roll-2016-track-log/#.VzVGMmO_BEc)
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 rider will need to register as an individual cyclist.
Water will be present at the Start, Relay/Aid Stations, Finish and at least two additional water stations along the course. There will be water at least every two miles but runners are advised to carry additional water, if needed.
The Iron Range Roll committee has developed a robust emergency response and safety plan. Aid stations will be present at each Relay station. In the event of an emergency, Marquette Township, Bell Hospital, and Upper Peninsula Health System EMS personnel will be on-site and/or on standby for service. Volunteers and emergency preparedness leads will be present at each Aid Station/Relay Station. Helmets for bicyclists are required.
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.
Iron Range Roll Class & Open Shop
Revolutions, a sponsor of the 2016 Iron Range Roll, will be hosting an event specifically for registered racers of the Iron Range Roll on Thursday, June 2, 2016 (the last day to register for the 16 mile point-to-point race!) From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Revolutions will be hosting a class on the basics of racing. The class will cover what to bring, what to wear, what to eat and what to do before the race. Following the class from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the shop will be open for any registered racer to come in and tune up their bikes before the race. Staff will be on hand to help with questions.
Revolutions is located at 130 West Washington Street in downtown Marquette. For more information, contact them at (906) 235-0412 (call or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.revolutions-marquette.org/classes--events.html.
Staying the Night?
Visit the Marquette County Convention & Visitors website for a list of lodging options near the race start or finish in Ishpeming or Marquette or contact them directly at 1-800-544-4321 or (906) 228-7749.-
Make It A Weekend
Visit the Marquette County Convention & Visitors Bureau Events Calendar for a full listing of area activities and attractions.
Interested in lending a hand? Volunteers are needed in Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette at road crossings, water stations, setup, tear down and registration. To ensure the race goes off without a hitch, race day volunteers are required to attend a 30 minute volunteer training on Friday, June 3, at the Marquette Commons. To sign up, visit our online volunteer registration or email email@example.com.
Interested in getting a media pass for the event? Want to write a story on "The Roll"? Contact Kelsey Niemisto with the Iron Range Roll Communications Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or to become involved in planning or sponsoring the Iron Range Roll, contact race chair Lizzie Corser at email@example.com.
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