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Marquette Marathon events happening this weekend

 Marquette Marathon WLUC 2018 File Photo.
Marquette Marathon WLUC 2018 File Photo. (WLUC)
Published: Aug. 29, 2019 at 4:17 PM EDT
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The annual Marquette Marathon weekend begins Friday.

The event features a full and half marathon as well as a 5K and kids fun run.

The race brings in participants from all across the country and is actually a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Organizers say it's a great way to show off what Marquette County has to offer.

"We really encourage people to come out and cheer on these runners," said Race Co-Director Cris Osier. "They're coming from all over the country and we couldn't be more proud of that. We're showing off our cities, our county actually, and our course, of course is amazing and we like to share that experience with people from all around the world."

Friday's packet pickup and expo is from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lakeview Arena

The marathon starts Saturday in Ishpeming near the Cliffs Shaft Mine at 7:30 a.m. The half marathon starts at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum at 9 a.m.