noquemanon trail network

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is holding its inaugural Snowfest as it kicks off the winter semester next week. 

NMU students will have free access to all the bike, ski, and snowshoe trails the Noquemanon Trail Network has to offer under a new partnership. They can also check out snow bikes, snowshoes, and cross-country skis at no charge.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Noquemanon Trail Network has expanded with the purchase of nearly ten miles of silent sports trail easements and 40 acres of land in Marquette County. 

The acreage surrounds the County Road 510 trailhead and connects the easements. 

NTN officials say the trail section on easement land is the primary cross-country ski trail system of the network and is used by more than 1,000 members annually. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The road to Big Bay will be filled with runners this weekend, and officials want motorists to use caution when traveling County Road 550.  

Sponsored by the Noquemanon Trail Network, the Big Bay Relay starts Saturday at 8 a.m. in Marquette.  Thirty, five-person teams will run along the side of the road.  Race in Progress signs will be posted along the way.

Officials say five junior race teams will join the fray Saturday, which marks the race’s 38th year. 

All runners will wear a reflective strap so they can be easily seen by motorists. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Noquemanon Trail Network Council is looking to buy land in Northern Marquette County.  

NTN board member Jon Mommaerts says the group wants to purchase at least a 40-acre lot and eight miles of trail easement.  It also wants a 100-foot-wide easement used by the Noquemanon Ski Marathon and Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic, from County Road 510 east to a mile west. 

Mommaerts says the point of the purchase is to secure permanent access for such events.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Runners are gearing up for the 37th Annual Big Bay Relay this Saturday.  

The event features teams of five people who will run from Marquette to Big Bay.  Divisions include all female, all male, mixed teams, and a seven-person junior division.

The Noquemanon Trail Network is hosting the relay.  Officials are looking for volunteers as well as participants.  Funds raised during the event will benefit the Noquemanon Skijor Club and Animoosh Skijor Race.

For more information call 906-235-6861. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A national off-road triathlon series is coming to Marquette this year.  

XTERRA combines swimming, mountain biking, and trail running, and is considered by many to be the world championship of the sport. 

The triathlon is scheduled for September 7 at Marquette’s Tourist Park.  A “Sprint” course will consist of a half-mile swim, 10-mile mountain bike, and 5K trail run, while the “Epic” course will feature a one-mile swim, 30-mile mountain bike, and 10-mile trail run. 

XTERRA is working with the Noquemanon Trail Network to coordinate the event. 

MARQUETTE, MI – The 36th running of the Big Bay Relay will be held Saturday, and race officials want to make sure the runners are safe.

Participants will take off from the River Park Sports Complex in Marquette at 8 a.m. and run about 26 miles to the finish at Perkins Park. More than 40 teams are expected to take part.

Officials say runners will be wearing a reflective strap and running on the left side of the road, facing traffic. “Race in progress” signs will be posted throughout the course between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.