Team 50+ Miles
“Barkley Marathons meets Amazing Race”
– Kathy Schut, 2018 team event finisher
Total Adventure. No course markings. In fact, no course. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to capture as many checkpoints, as fast as you can, and return to basecamp. Teams decide where they go and how they get there. Checkpoints can be captured in any order. Navigation by GPS unit, map reading, and orientation skills will benefit you greatly. We consider the Team Adventure to favor the thinking man and woman.
All event participants are required to know the self-supported ethos, take photos at checkpoints and to abide by the rules. GPS is mandatory. The course is not marked. Required gear lists are provided, may be updated prior to the race, and are considered mandatory. Failure to pass gear check will result in DQ. All items (yes, even the snorkel) are required.
You will be provided a booklet in lieu of a number plate. Traditional race plates are dead to us. Think of your passport as your number plate. DO NOT LOSE IT. You’ll need it at checkpoints and at the finish line. The passport will contain helpful information such as: required gear checklist, the rules, course information, checkpoint locations, detailed maps, bail point information, and more.
We will distribute Passports Friday night at basecamp. Teams will have the evening to review passports, checkpoint locations, maps, and time to develop a strategy.
CHECK-IN | START TIME | CHECKPOINTS | CUT-OFF
CHECK-IN (PACKET PICKUP): Friday night, Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, Michigan
GEAR CHECK: Friday night, Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, Michigan
RACE START: Saturday morning, 5:30 AM, Forestville Trailhead, Marquette, Michigan
CHECKPOINTS: Mandatory and optional on-course checkpoints. Listed in your passport at check-in.
EVENT CUT-OFF: 5:30 PM – 12-hours from the start of your event.
- REQUIRED GEAR IS MANDATORY.
- GPS IS MANDATORY.
- This event DOES NOT provide a GPX-file.
- The course IS NOT MARKED.
- Cell service is unreliable, if not impossible.
Many racers will arrive in the U.P. with family and friends planning to serve as a support team. We encourage this activity, but please be advised we are working on and will issue some guidelines intended to manage where and when support can be provided. The most likely answer will be in one of the predetermined checkpoints. Stay tuned for more information on the topic.