Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun times are over. Not by far.

This weekend, a lot is happening in Marquette County. We will highlight four:

There’s the Marji Gesick, in his fifth year of challenging runners and cyclists on tough trails.

According to his website,, the event was described by Jeremiah Bishop as “The toughest one-day mountain biking event in the country”.

It includes a 100 mile race, which starts Friday at noon; a 100 mile bike that starts at 7:30 am on Saturday; a 50 mile run starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday; and 50 mile and 15 mile bikes starting at 8 a.m. on Saturdays.

The 100 mile races start at the Forestville Noquemanon Trail System Barn, which the other races start from Lakeshore Boulevard in front of the Ore Dock structure (not the tavern).

Ishpéming is the destination.

The Marji Gesick has set the standard for ultra mountain biking events across the country, according to its website, and the event features trail systems across Marquette County and brings the community together every year.

It’s definitely unique.

≤ The Marquette Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease also starts early on Saturday mornings. The event raises funds for care, support and research. The walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Jacobetti Complex at Northern Michigan University and is a two-mile event. Visit to learn more.

≤ The Marquette Kennel Club All Breed Show takes place today through Sunday at the Marquette County Fairgrounds. It will include all-breed competitions, obedience shows and rally events. Visit the club’s website at to learn more.

Then there’s one of Marquette County’s cutest annual events: the Strut Your Mutt fundraiser at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter at Ellwood A. Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette on Saturday.

The 16th annual includes registration at 10 a.m. and the walk with the people and their dogs at 11 a.m. Visit for full details.

The forecast is for great conditions this weekend, so we encourage everyone to come out for fun, whether it’s one or more of these events, or something else in Superiorland.

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