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Grand Island Trail Marathon 2014

Grand Island Trail Marathon 2014

Grand Island Trail Marathon & Half Marathon Munising, Michigan July 26, 2014   “One of the Top Ten Marathons in North America introduced since 2003.” Runner’s... Read more...

Grand Island 2012 Results

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Grand Island Trail Half Marathon 2011 Age Group Results

Grand Island Trail Marathon and Half Marathon Half Marathon Age Group Results July 30, 2011 Results By Superior Timing LLC Men: 12-15 16-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-99 Women:... Read more...

Grand Island Trail Half Marathon 2011 Overall

Grand Island Trail Marathon and Half Marathon Half Marathon Overall Finish List July 30, 2011 Results By Superior Timing LLC Female Finishers Place Name City Bib... Read more...

Grand Island Trail Marathon 2011 Age Results

Grand Island Trail Marathon and Half Marathon Marathon Age Group Results July 30, 2011 Results By Superior Timing LLC Men: 15-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-99 Women: 15-19 20-29... Read more...

Grand Island Trail Marathon 2011 Overall Results

Grand Island Trail Marathon and Half Marathon Marathon Overall Finish List July 30, 2011 Results By Superior Timing LLC Female Finishers Place Name City Bib... Read more...

Grand Island Trail Marathon 2011 Overall Results

Grand Island Trail Marathon and Half Marathon Marathon Overall Finish List July 30, 2011 Results By Superior Timing LLC Female Finishers Place Name City Bib... Read more...

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2013  Searchable Results for all events 2012   Searchable Results for all events   2011 Trail Marathon Results Overall Age Groups Trail... Read more...

Grand Island Trail Marathon 2010 Age Group Results

Grand Island Trail Marathon Age Group Results August 01, 2010 Results By Superior Timing, LLC Men: 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-99 Women: 15-19... Read more...

Grand Island Trail Marathon 2010 Overall

Grand Island Trail Marathon Overall Finish List August 01, 2010 Results By Superior Timing, LLC Female Finishers Place Name City Bib No Gender Age... Read more...

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Tahqua Trail Run

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Tahqua Trail Run 2014

Tahqua Trail Run 2014

Tahqua Trail Run 25K & 10K Tahquamenon Falls State Park Paradise, Michigan August 9, 2014   "Although this is the first race of its kind I've ever done, I cannot... Read more...

Tahqua Trail Run 2013 Results

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Tahqua Trail Run 2012 Results

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Tahqua Trail Run: 2011 Results

Tahqua Trail Run Youth 2Km Results TAHQUA YOUTH 2KM OVERALL Tahqua Trail Run 10Km Results TAHQUA 10KM OVERALL TAHQUA 10KM AGE GROUP Tahqua Trail Run 25Km Results TAHQUA 25KM OVERALL TAHQUA... Read more...

Tahqua Trail Run: 2010 Results

Tahqua Trail Run Youth 2Km Results TAHQUA YOUTH 2KM OVERALL TAHQUA YOUTH 2KM AGEGROUP Tahqua Trail Run 10Km Results TAHQUA 10KM OVERALL TAHQUA 10KM AGEGROUP Tahqua Trail Run 25Km Results TAHQUA... Read more...

2009 Results

Tahqua 25Km Trail Run Results TAHQUA TRAIL RUN 25K OVERALL RESULTS TAHQUA TRAIL RUN 25K AGE GROUP RESULTS Tahqua 10Km Trail Run Results TAHQUA TRAIL RUN 10K OVERALL RESULTS TAHQUA TRAIL RUN 10K AGE... Read more...

Artists & Awards

The 2008 awards for the Tahqua Trail Run were large ceramic bowls crafted by artist Thomas Baugnet of Munising, Michigan.  Baugnet’s studio, Open Wings  Pottery is located in downtown Munising, Michigan.... Read more...

2007 Results

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2008 Results

To view the Results for Tahqua 2K Kids run Click Here To view the Results for Tahqua 10K Click Here To view the Results for Tahqua 25K Click Here     Read more...

2K Kid’s Run:

A beautiful out and back course along the historic Emerson Trail.  Trail travels through black spruce and wetlands similar to Canadian Boreal forests. Read more...

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Tahquamenon Snowshoe

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Tahquamenon Snowshoe Race 2014

Tahquamenon Snowshoe Race 2014

Tahquamenon Snowshoe Race 5K & 10K Upper Tahquamenon Falls Paradise, Michigan February 15, 2014 The Tahquamenon River basin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula receives... Read more...

Tahquamenon Snowshoe Results

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Waugoshance

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Waugoshance 2014 Race Results

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Waugoshance Trail Marathon 2014

Waugoshance Trail Marathon 2014

Waugoshance Trail Marathon Marathon Relay & Half Marathon Emmet County, Michigan July 12, 2014   The course follows a remarkable section of the North Country... Read more...

Waugoshance 2013 Race Results

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Waugoshance 2012 Results

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Hartman Creek Trail Run

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Hartman Creek Trail Run 2014

Hartman Creek Trail Run 2014

Hartman Creek 25K & 10K Trail Run Hartman Creek State Park Waupaca, Wisconsin September 7, 2014 Join us for the fourth annual Hartman Creek Trail Run including 25K... Read more...

Hartman Creek Trail Run Results 2013

Results for the Hartman Creek Trail Run are now available:  2013 Results Read more...

Hartman Creek Trail Run Results 2012

Results for the Hartman Creek Trail Run are now available:  2012 Results Read more...

Hartman Creek Trail Run Results 2011

Results for the Hartman Creek Trail Run are now available: 2011 Results Read more...

Hartman Creek Trail Run Results 2010

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Iola

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Iola Trail Run 2014

Iola Trail Run 2014

Iola Trail Run 15K & 5K Iola, Wisconsin April 12, 2014 Great Lakes Endurance introduced the Iola Trail Run in 2011 and it has quickly become a favorite trail race on... Read more...

Race Results

2014 Searchable results 2011 15K Trail Run Results Overall Age Group   5K Trail Run Results Overall Age Group     2K... Read more...

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Iola Twilight

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Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race 2014

Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race 2014

  Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race 5K &10K Iola Winter Sports Club Iola, WI February 1, 2014 The fabled nordic ski venue in the glaciated hills north of Iola provides... Read more...

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Conserve

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Conserve School Trail Run 2014

Conserve School Trail Run 2014

  Conserve School 20K & 5K Trail Run Land O'Lakes, WI June 14, 2014 Great Lakes Endurance is excited to introduce the Conserve School 5K & 20K Trail Run for... Read more...

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Porcupine Mountain

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Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon 2014

Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon 2014

Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Silver City, Michigan September 20, 2014   The Porcupine Mountains are one of the largest tracts of wilderness... Read more...

Porcupine Mountain Trail Marathon Results Available

Results for the 2013 Porcupine Mountain Trail Events is now available on the SuperiorTiming website.  Click here to view the results. Read more...

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Porcupine Mountains Snow Shoe

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Porcupine Mountains Snowshoe 2014

Porcupine Mountains Snowshoe 2014

Porcupine Mountains Snowshoe Race 5K & 10K Porcupine Mtns State Park Silver City, Michigan March 2, 2014 One of the most enchanted venues for endurance sport in the... Read more...

Introduction

Great Lakes Endurance has been committed to pioneering race events with minimal to no environmental impact since our first Keweenaw Trail Running Festival in 2000. We led the effort and continue to be recognized as an innovator in conducting ecologically mindful running races.  Our commitment to organizing a ecologically sensitive event was first acknowledged in a feature article by Suzanne Van Dam in Running Times (May, 2005).  In 2008 Runner’s World (November 2008) recognized Great Lakes Endurance as one of the Top Ten Environmental Events in North America.  Of those ten, three were Canadian events.  The Great Lakes Endurance Trail Series was the only event selected from the midwest.  In addition, Trail Runner Magazine (Nov/Dec 2008) awarded Great Lakes Endurance Race Director Jeff Crumbaugh with its inaugural Sprout Award for the Greenest Race Director in North America.

Goal Summary

1.    Financially support land conservation, environmental education, and sustainable silent sport trail construction and maintenance.
2.    Eliminate production of solid waste via use of reusable materials, composting, recycling, or other new creative methods.
3.    Serve only locally grown or organic foods.
4.    Provide runners with race shirts domestically sewn from sustainable fibers (organic cotton, recycled polyester, etc).
5.    Minimize impact on local environment.
6.    Minimize carbon footprint via use of public transportation and/or purchasing carbon offsets.

Our Efforts

Unless you have directed a race you may not be aware of all the garbage that such an event produces. Paper cups, plastic water bottles, orange rinds, banana peels, and the  cardboard boxes that t-shirts and other prizes are shipped in all pile up. We have watched front end loaders clean up the paper cup waste on city streets after an urban marathon - the sight is not pretty - nor is the fact that they will be transported via diesel exhaust spewing trucks to a landfill (which produces methane, hydrogen sulfide and other gases). Even the ubiquitous 100% cotton t-shirts that many races issue to runners  introduce toxins into the environment during their production.  Indeed, just growing cotton uses 10% of all pesticides applied worldwide.  

Prior to our first event we decided to do things differently. We have never produced more than two standard size kitchen bags of trash at our Keweenaw event. In 2004 and 2005 we produced only 1 bag. In 2006 we reduced it to zero.   We kept it at zero in 2007 and 2008.  This is not bad for 300+ runners over two days. Our Navarino Trail Run, Tahqua Trail Run, and Aldo Leopold Half Marathon all produced no landfill contributions in 2008.  Our Grand Island Marathon (500 runners) produced two large bags of trash in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  In 2008 we reduced it to one bag.  Our goal in 2009 is zero.  Our challenge with this event is the fact that it attracts many main stream marathoners who are unfamiliar with recycling, carrying one’s own reusable water bottle, and pack in-pack out ethics.

Donations

Great Lakes Endurance contributes race proceeds to organizations involved in land conservancy, environmental education, and sustainable silent sport trail construction or maintenance.  In 2008 Great Lakes Endurance donated funds to the Copper Harbor Trails Association, Michigan Nature Association, The Nature Conservancy, Navarino Nature Center, Whitefish Township Schools (Paradise, MI), Central Elementary School (Munising), River Crossing Middle School (Portage, WI).

T-Shirts

All of our events provide runners with shirts made of either organic cotton or recycled plastic. All shirts are sewn in the U.S.   

Why use organic cotton? Organic farming builds and maintains healthy soil by avoiding synthetic fertilizer and pesticides.  Over a half pound of pesticides are required to produce the cotton for one conventional cotton t-shirt. Pesticides are a major pollutant of rivers and lakes.

Why use recycled plastic?
  It keeps plastic beverage bottles from filling up landfills and avoids use of petroleum, the source stock of virgin plastic.  Plastic clothing fibers include polyester, nylon, and polypropylene. Our Grand Island Trail Marathon provides runners with a durable, well sewn Silkweight Capilene shirt made by Patagonia. The smooth, technical fabric is polyester made from recycled source stock (plastic bottles and worn out Capilene polyester clothing).  If and when this shirt wears out it can be returned to Patagonia to be recycled.  Many gear stores that sell Patagonia clothing will also accept old Capilene clothing for recycling.(link to Threads program)

Why use domestically sewn shirts?  Shirts sewn in the U.S. are more expensive because the labor is more expensive, but we believe it is important to pay people a fair, livable wage for their work.  We refuse to purchase shirts made using sweatshop labor. In addition, shirts sewn in the U.S. require less fuel to transport than shirts manufactured in Central America or Asia - decreasing the overall carbon footprint of our event.

Food

Since our first Keweenaw Trail Running Festival back in 2000, we have served runners a breakfast featuring organic and locally grown foods. Organic farming restores and maintains healthy soil. Even more importantly, locally grown foods minimize fossil fuels required to transport foods long distances.  

In 2007 we stepped up our focus on local foods with our inaugural Navarino 15K Trail Run in Northeast Wisconsin. Learning how much petroleum is burned shipping food long distances, we decided to source all of our food within a 100 mile radius of the Navarino Nature Center - the race location. The buffalo and elk burgers were purchased from a ranch only 8 miles away. The whole grain - flax buns were made by Mast Amish bakery 15 miles to the north. The green and purple cabbage was raised by the Mares Family Farm in Clintonville (17 miles southwest). Luke Mehlberg (83 years old) who had been tapping Maples in nearby Pella for over 50 years donated maple syrup. Oakgrove Cheese (Clintonville, 18 miles west), a small local cheese house produced their much loved Longhorn Colby and Aged Sharp Cheddar. Vegetable farmers Bud Newcomb and Jim Schultz donated forearm sized carrots and Michael Paiser provided honey. The Door County Cherry Grower's Cooperative donated cherry cider (55 miles east) and the Wisconsin Cranberry Grower's Association in Babcock (100 miles south west) donated premium cranberries. We ended up with a delicious menu of elk & buffalo burgers on whole grain buns, cole slaw, honey sweetened cranberries, maple baked beans and cherry cider. We anticipated having to struggle to put together a healthy meal with only local foods - and the just the opposite occurred - we ended up with a highly nutritious meal with superb flavor. Local is better! Its better tasting, more nutritious, and better environmentally.

We continued our locovore (local foods) efforts in 2008 with our Aldo Leopold Half Marathon held at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  The chefs from Baraboo’s Java Cafe prepared a lunch for runners including:  Harvest Vegetable Soup, Fresh baked bread, apple cranberry sauce, pumpkin bars, and apple cider.  Just over 90% of the foods were sourced locally.  Four Elements Organic Farm & Orchard  in rural Baraboo (8 miles from the race site) provided all the fruits and vegetables (including pumpkins).  Ski - Hi Fruit Orchards (4 miles away) provided fresh (pressed the day before) apple cider.  In addition we purchased 125 pounds of the much loved Butterkaasse cheese from Cedar Grove Cheese in  Plain, WI (28 miles away) to be used as race awards (one pound blocks).

Our Tahqua Trail Run features pastries made with local and remarkably abundant wild blueberries.  The 25K Tahqua course actually traverses a Jack Pine savannah carpeted with wild blueberry bushes.  The blueberries reach maximum ripeness in mid to late August  - the usual time for the Tahqua Trail Run.  Our Grand Island Trail Marathon is catered by the Marquette Food Co-op and features 80% organic foods.  The cherry juice for both Grand Island and La Demi Grand events is sourced from King Orchards in Traverse City, Michigan.

Food scraps from all of our events are composted.  Navarino has an onsite compost bin used for environmental education purposes.  Food scraps from our Keweenaw, Grand Island, and Devil’s Lake events are given to local organic farmers for composting. Composting ensures that way nutrients are returned to build soil, not a landfill.

Our breakfast at the KTRF is served with real cups, plates, and dinnerware. No Styrofoam, paper plates, or plastic utensils. The local foods meals served at Navarino and Devil’s Lake use biocompostable bagasse  cups, plates, and bowls purchased from the RL Hess Co in Menasha, Wisconsin.  Bagasse is made from sugar cane waste fiber. Used bagasse is added to our food scrap compost. Converting, Inc. of Clintonville, Wisconsin produced a prototype paper plate made from 100% recyclable paperboard which we used at La Demi Grand in 2008.  The net effect of these measures was to prevent landfill contributions and to promote use of products made from recycled fibers - in our case, local paper fiber.  

 

Aid Stations

Aid stations can produce an enormous amount of garbage. We have always encouraged our participants to carry a water bottle or hydration system to avoid producing paper cup waste. In 2005 we required runners in the Grand Island Trail Marathon to carry one. We simply refilled the water bottles with narrow spout pitchers at each aid station. This was highly successful, indeed we found it worked better than the sloppy paper cup style aid station. Now all of our races 15 Km and over require runners to carry a 20 oz water bottle or similar hydration system. Runners claim it works better than cups in nearly all instances.

In our shorter events we changed from waxed paper cups to biodegradable PLA cups in 2006 and to biocompostable bagasse (faster breakdown) in 2007. We collect these and place them in a biodegradable bag and compost them appropriately.  In 2008 one of our aid station volunteers at Grand Island, Deb LeBlanc, decided to collect all the used bagasse cups used at the 10K aid station and use them as plant plugs for her native plant restoration program.  Deb is a botanist with the U.S. Forest Service and has been working tirelessly to remove invasive plants from Grand Island and restore native plants with regional genotypes to the island.  Reusing the bagasse cups saved her the money she would have used to purchase plant plug containers.  

Our goal has been to achieve waste free aid stations at all of our events.  In the process we have also created more effective aid stations.  We have discovered that requiring runners to carry a water bottle results in less spillage - so there is less waste of fluids.  Also, runners can more acquire more fluid at an aid station and then have access to the fluid between aid stations.  This provides better hydration and refueling to athletes and requires fewer aid stations - which in our case is necessary due to the remote location of our trails.  Finally, this more sustainable aid station design results in a safer event - again because athletes have more continuous access and more abundant quantity of fluids.

Entry Forms

We have used tree free paper and 100% post consumer content recycled paper with soy ink in past years to print entry forms. In 2007 we only printed entry forms for our Navarino race. In 2008 we did not print any entry forms.  Runners could either register online or download an entry form from our website.  In 2009 we have moved entirely to online registration.

Transportation

We worked with Altran in Munising to set up an efficient public transporation system for runners participating in the Grand Island and La Demi Grand events.  Runners are provided bus transport from their hotel and campground to the ferry dock and back.  In 2009 spectators attending both of these events will be able to ride a new hybrid-electric bus to several checkpoints on the course.  Starting in 2008 Great Lakes Endurance purchased carbon offsets from Native Energy to cover all staff transportation to and from events.

Race Course Marking

We mark all of our race course with reusable wired flags. We never use spray paint or other toxic markings. Our mile markers and directional arrows were constructed from several old sheets of plywood pulled from a trash bin (Cheap and ecological). Our goal is to leave only footprints at the race site. Several hours after the race you can barely tell that an event even occurred.