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Waugoshance Trail Marathon


Trail Marathon

Half Marathon & Marathon Relay 

Emmet County, Michigan
July 7, 2018



The course follows a remarkable section of the North Country Trail that travels from Cross Village to Mackinaw City in the far northwestern region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The course features over 90% single track and includes rolling bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, coastal forests, inland wilderness lakes. The marathon relay features two 13.1 mile legs. The half marathon starts near Goose Pond in Wilderness State Park.

2018 Waugoshance Trail Run Event Schedule


Day & Date


Start Time

Marathon Saturday, 7/7/2018 Cross Village 7:00 a.m. register
Marathon Relay Saturday, 7/7/2018 Cross Village 7:00 a.m. register
Half Marathon Saturday, 7/7/2018 Wilderness State Park 8:00 a.m. register


Online only.
Deadline: July 6, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. or when event fills to capacity. Whichever comes first.
Participant Limits: Marathon (150), Marathon Relay (50 teams), Half Marathon (200)
Marathon Relay: Each relay member registers independently. Enter your teammate during online registration.
Current Registration Status: Open
No race day registration.
No waiting lists.

Travel & Lodging

Nearest Airport: Pellston, MI
Camping at Wilderness State Park: (231) 436-5381
Wilderness State Park Cabins & Camping: Info & Reservations
Chamber of Commerce: 888.455.8100
Chamber of Commerce Website: http://www.mackinawchamber.com/

Packet Pick Up

Where: Mackinaw City School, West Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
When: Friday, July 6, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.
No race day packet pick up. (Please plan accordingly).



Run a beautiful single track route from Cross Village to Mackinaw City in northern Michigan. The marathon starts at Wycamp Lake and winds up and along the Sturgeon Bay bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan. Runners descend into wildflower blanketed lowlands before arriving at Goose Pond. This is the half way point and the start of the Half Marathon. The next six miles feature pine needle carpeted trail through rolling forest. The trail opens up as it reaches French Farm Lake, a sandy bottomed wilderness lake with towering pines along the shore. Several miles of the route follow its shoreline before runners enter a cedar forest for 2 miles. The last 3 miles feature a converted rail trail that is flat and smooth. Runners finish at the Mackinaw City School athletic grounds. Post race foods include organic baked goods, fruit and locally grown cherry juice. course is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers. Runners are bused to the start from Mackinaw City School. Buses depart at 5:30 a.m. Gear bags will be transported back to the finish.

Marathon Start: 7:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, Cross Village. 

Marathon Relay

The relay has two 13.1 mile legs. Teams categories include female, male, and male/female teams with various age groups that use the total of both teammates ages (see age groups below).The first leg of the relay starts with the marathoners on Wycamp Lake Rd just north of Cross Village (see description above). The exchange zone occurs just before the Goose Pond Aid Station in Wilderness State Park. The second leg follows the second half of the marathon course (see description above) and finishes at the Mackinaw City School. First leg runners are bused to the start from Mackinaw City High School to Wycamp Lake Road. Second leg runners can take the bus from Mackinaw City School to Wilderness State Park. First leg runners are then bused to the finish. Buses depart at 5:30 a.m. for first leg runners, 7:00 a.m. for second leg runners. Return bus Wilderness State Park exchange zone leaves when all runners have made the exchange (9:00 - 9:30 a.m.). Each relay member must register independently, indicating your teammate during online registration.

Marathon Relay Start: 7:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, Cross Village. 

Half Marathon

The half marathon starts in Wilderness State Park and follows the last half of the marathon course past Canada Goose Pond, crossing of the Carp River, the north shore of French Farm Lake and then through a dense balsam forest before joining an old rail grade into Mackinaw City. A bus from Mackinaw City High School will take runners to the start. Buses depart at 7:00 a.m.

Half Marathon Start: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, Wilderness State Park.

Aid Stations

The marathon will have five aid stations at 4.2, 7.5, 13.1, 18.2, and 22.5 miles. The half marathon will have two aid stations at 5.1 and 9.4 miles. All runners are required to carry a 20 oz water bottle or similar functional hydration system that can be refilled.  Volunteers will have large pitchers with cold water and cold Gnarly Hydrate energy drink with electrolytes to quickly refill your hydration system. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels and Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes will be available at each aid station.

Time Limits

There is a six hour time limit for the marathon. This is strictly enforced for safety reasons and the remote nature of the race course. Do not register if you cannot finish in six hours. Aid stations will close at the times listed in the table below. Runners who decide to drop out of the race are advised to drop out at an aid station where transportation back to Mackinaw City will be available. A sweep runner will follow the last runner, thus closing the race course.

Marathon Aid Station Closing Times

Station4.2 Mile7.5 Mile13.1 Mile18.2 Mile22.5 Mile
Closing Time
8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

There is a four hour time limit for the half marathon.

Race Fees

Race fees include:

  1. Bus transportation to the start (Marathon, Marathon Relay & Half Marathon).
  2. Custom race shirt.
  3. Post race refreshments.
EventUntil 11:00 p.m. February 24, 2018Until 11:00 p.m. April 28, 2018Until 9:00 p.m. July 6, 2018
Half Marathon
Marathon Relay
(per person)

Refund & Transfer Policy

No refunds. This means that once you have registered your entry fee will not be refunded for any reason by Great Lakes Endurance. Active.com offers entry fee insurance.
No participant transfers. This means you may not transfer your entry to anyone else.
No year to year transfers. This means that you cannot transfer your entry to any future events.
Distance transfers. You may transfer from the marathon to the half marathon, half marathon to the marathon relay or marathon relay to the half marathon until July 6, 2018. Email the race director ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to request an event change. There are no refunds for entry fee differences between events.
Please note: Personal checks will no longer be accepted by Great Lakes Endurance.

Bus Transportation

TimeWhoDeparture LocationArrival Location
5:30 a.m. Marathoners and First Runner of the Marathon Relay Mackinaw City School Wycamp Lake Rd, Cross Village
7:00 a.m. Half Marathoners and Second Runner of the Marathon Relay Mackinaw City School Wilderness State Park, Goose Pond
9:30 a.m. Pick up for the First Runners of the Marathon Relay Wilderness State Park, Goose Pond Mackinaw City School

Age Groups

EventAge Groups
15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Marathon Relay
Combined Ages: <40, 41-60, 61-80, 81-100, 101-120, 121+
Half Marathon
13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+



Top Three in Each Age Group

All Runners


Ceramic Bowl by artist Thomas Baugnet Custom Finisher Medallion and Race Shirt
Marathon Relay
Half Marathon


Creating a Positive Experience

The Waugoshance Trail Marathon & Half Marathon are run on immensely beautiful trails.
To ensure a good race experience, you must be well trained. Expect very challenging, hilly and technical terrain. Bring a refillable hydration system. It is a requirement to participate in the race. Aid stations are up to 5-6 miles apart. To ensure that you have plenty of fluids and energy, we suggest you refill at each aid station. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels and Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes will also be available at all aid stations.


Please do not litter. Runners who litter will be disqualified. A volunteer at each aid station will be glad to take any litter you may have and/or transport something back to the finish line for you to pick up later.


For runner safety, bikes are not allowed on the course during the race (except for GLE volunteers). Spectators who wish to ride bikes can ride county roads to access several points on the marathon and half marathon course, but must remain off the actual running course at all times. Failure to abide by this policy will result in the runner the biker is spectating a disqualification.


Dogs are allowed in the start/finish area, but not on the race course. Dogs must be current on rabies and all other vaccinations. Dogs may not be left unattended at any time, must be quiet, and on a leash no more than 6 foot. All animal waste must be picked up.

iPods/MP3 Players

For runner safety, we advise against the use of iPods.

Environmental Measures

  1. Ecological fabric custom race shirts.
  2. Each runner must carry a functional hydration system or a minimum 20oz water bottle. There are no cups at the aid stations. Cups are wasteful, end up in landfills, and don't work very well at hydrating runners. There is less spillage and better hydration for runners (access to fluid between aid stations).
  3. Food served after the event are either locally produced, organically grown, or both.
  4. Ceramic bowls hand made by artist Thomas Baugnet.
  5. Food waste is composted and all other materials are recycled.
  6. Course is marked with reusable flags that are removed after the event.