1-mile kids race kicks off Marquette Trail 50 Ultramarathon on Friday night

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- The 1-mile kids race kicked off the Marquette Trail 50 Ultramarathon on Friday evening.

Despite the rainy weather, around fifty kids lined up to race.

This is the eleventh year for the Noquemanon Trail Network event and the title sponsor is the Queen City Running Company.

The 50-kilometer and 50-mile races start Saturday morning bright and early at 5:30 a.m.

The races go through trails on the Noquemanon Trail Network, and even up Sugarloaf and Hogback Mountains.

Almost 500 racers came in from out of town to participate in the races, according to Kevin Thomsen with Queen City Running Company.

"This is a 100% volunteered event so no one is making any profit off this, it all goes right back to the trails systems,” said Thomsen. “There are a couple smaller clubs that come and help us at aides stations like NMU Cross Country and NMU Women’s Track and they get a little donation to it, Friends of Harlow and we are basically here to embrace the trails and raise some money for them.”

Race organizers encourage those who aren't racing to come hang out early afternoon on Saturday, to cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line at Forestville Trailhead.

There will be a band playing and several food trucks for runners to enjoy.

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