What Makes the Marji Gesick “Sadistic?”

July 15th, 2017

“It is sadistic…but we want people to have fun.” Typically, only 50% of riders who participate in the Marji Gesick 100, finish.

So, why Blame Danny? Danny made sure to include over 12,000 feet of climbing, and about 95% of it singletrack. This easily rivals any riding out West. Yea…you can blame Danny.

Travel Marquette presents a new video clip based on the film “Blame Danny” – a film by Aaron Peterson. The clip features the “sadistic” side of the ultra-endurance race, the Marji Gesick 100.

Showcasing some of the best trails in the US, Marquette County and the Marji Gesick 100 doesn’t allow even the best riders time to rest by utilizing the elevation change and rocky terrain. MTB Hall of Famer and professional mountain biker, Tinker Juarez, was the top finisher in 2016, finishing in 10:12:40. Despite the brutal conditions, Tinker still confirms that the Marji Gesick was “absolutely the best maintained trails I’ve ever ridden.”

Currently a part of the National Ultra Endurance Series calendar for 2017, the Marji Gesick 100, which began in 2015, is a non-profit, point-to-point adventure race across Marquette County, Michigan that takes place on September 22 and 23, 2017, and is run by race promoter, Todd Poquette. All proceeds from the event go toward further maintenance and development of the local trail system in the form of donations to the Range Area Mountain Bike Association (RAMBA) and Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) Singletrack. Filmmaker Aaron Peterson followed the Marji Gesick 100 in 2016 and is now sharing the experiences that the event brings.

While the event packs in as much trail as most racers can manage, the reality is that it only scratches the surface of the over 120 miles of county-wide trail network. It certainly includes some of the best portions, there are many hidden gems left for visitors to uncover. Similarly, while Peterson’s storytelling touches on a number of local characters, it can only allude to the broader culture of Marquette, MI,; especially its outdoor sports community, which blends a combination of heartiness, welcoming and toughness that can only be found in smaller population towns that manage challenging seasonal weather conditions and other factors together.

Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this race. Racers participate just to finish.

Showcasing some of the best trails in the US, Marquette County and the Marji Gesick 100 doesn’t allow even the best riders time to rest by utilizing the elevation change and rocky terrain. MTB Hall of Famer and professional mountain biker, Tinker Juarez, was the top finisher in 2016, finishing in 10:12:40. Despite the brutal conditions, Tinker still confirms that the Marji Gesick was “absolutely the best maintained trails I’ve ever ridden.”

Currently a part of the National Ultra Endurance Series calendar for 2017, the Marji Gesick 100, which began in 2015, is a non-profit, point-to-point adventure race across Marquette County, Michigan that takes place on September 22 and 23, 2017, and is run by race promoter, Todd Poquette. All proceeds from the event go toward further maintenance and development of the local trail system in the form of donations to the Range Area Mountain Bike Association (RAMBA) and Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) Singletrack. Filmmaker Aaron Peterson followed the Marji Gesick 100 in 2016 and is now sharing the experiences that the event brings.

While the event packs in as much trail as most racers can manage, the reality is that it only scratches the surface of the over 120 miles of county-wide trail network. It certainly includes some of the best portions, there are many hidden gems left for visitors to uncover. Similarly, while Peterson’s storytelling touches on a number of local characters, it can only allude to the broader culture of Marquette, MI,; especially its outdoor sports community, which blends a combination of heartiness, welcoming and toughness that can only be found in smaller population towns that manage challenging seasonal weather conditions and other factors together.

Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this race. Racers participate just to finish.

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What Makes the Marji Gesick “Sadistic?”

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