Grand Island is a magical place with unparalleled beauty. The race has won numerous awards from Runners World and Trail Runner Magazine for its beautiful course, organization and to the ecological attention it devotes to the event. Medallions are hand blown glass by artist Rich Shapero and all refreshments are either locally grown or organic.
50K 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Marathon 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Half Marathon 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
50K & Marathon The course follows the perimeter trail of the island counterclockwise up past Murray Bay and Duck Lake. At three miles the course heads eastward into the Tombolo, up into the island's thumb and then back along Trout Bay where runners can enjoy one of the most spectacular stretches of shoreline anywhere in the Great Lakes. Runners then ascend up the eastern cliffs of the island which treat runners to views of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The northern half of the island features 300 ft colored Jacobsville sandstone cliffs and a gentle remote and exquisitely beautiful North Beach. The return trail on the island's western shore features remarkable vistas of Lake Superior. The 50K heads inland at mile 22 up to Echo Lake and up to the island's summit. This five mile section features relatively fast dirt forest roads. Runners in the 50K return to the Western Coastal Trail at mile 27. Much of the trail is shaded by lush hardwood forests. Exposed sections (atop cliffs) blanket runners with cool breezes off of Lake Superior. Trail includes single track, two track, and narrow dirt roads. The course is well marked with colored flags, directional arrows, and mile markers. The marathon will have a two wave start. Runners who expect to finish in over 5 hours must start in wave 1 (6:00 a.m.). Runners in wave 1 will receive a finisher medallion but not an age group award. Runners who expect to finish in less than 5 hours will start in wave 2 (7:00 a.m.). Indicate your wave start during online registration. Please note: This is a trail marathon on a wilderness island. Do not expect large numbers of spectators and loud music. Expect extraordinarily beautiful views of Lake Superior. 50K & Early Marathon Start: 6:00AM Regular Marathon Start: 7:00AM (Eastern Time Zone) Saturday, July 22, 2017, Williams Landing. Half Marathon The half marathon course is a scenic loop that takes runners northeast up along Murray Bay and Duck Lake and then heads eastward into the tombolo. At four miles runners head back westward on the Trout Bay Beach. Runners then ascend inland to the heavily forested highlands of the island's interior. When runners reach Echo Lake they head toward the western coastal trail and rejoin the marathon course (22 mile mark of the marathon). The remainder of the course follows the west coast of the island on a gradual downhill back to William's Landing and the finish. Half Marathon Start: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017
Williams Landing, Grand Island
- Williams Landing MI
Great Lakes Endurance LLC