For Immediate Release: Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic Volunteers Needed

By admin - July 23, 2014

N E W S   R E L E A S E -                          


August is just around the corner, which means last minute logistics are underway for the Marquette General 2014 Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic to be held on Saturday, August 9.  Last year’s race was a huge success, thanks in part to all of the volunteers who so generously gave their time and talents to a wonderful community event.  If there is any way you could help us get some last minute volunteers we would be so grateful! Below are some examples of what we need volunteers for.

Help us to continue this tradition of outstanding community involvement. Volunteers are needed for every aspect of the race, from registration the night before to the awards ceremony immediately following.


  • Thursday Bag Stuffing at Lakeview at 6pm
  • Friday Night Registration from 6-9:30 pm at Lakeview Arena
  • Saturday Road Crossing, various positions 9-12 and 12-3
  • Saturday Race Start Aids
  • Saturday Bag Pick Up
  • Saturday Youth Race 3pm-6pm
  • Saturday Race Clean-Up 4pm-6pm
  • Saturday Information Booth 9am-4pm
  • Saturday Bike Corral 9am-4pm
  • Saturday Awards 6pm-10pm
  • Saturday Race Receipts 11am-6pm
  • Saturday Registration 7am-9am

If you are able to volunteer, please contact the Ore to Shore at or call 866-370-7223 to express your interest. Someone from the race committee will be in touch to assign and confirm volunteer responsibilities.

Two hours or more of volunteering and you will receive a great Ore to Shore t-shirt.  Encourage friends, family and neighbors to volunteer and make this year’s Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic a total community experience!

Harbor Fest Volunteering 2014

By admin - June 20, 2014

Volunteers are needed for Harbor Fest Fun!  4th of July, is coming soon.

The NTN is looking for volunteers for two hour shifts, scooping Jilbert’s Ice Cream at Harbor Fest.  Tons of summer fun down at Lower Harbor!

Thank you volunteering for the 2013; the donation of your time and customer service talent helped the NTN raise over $6,000.

Would you be interested in volunteering again this year?   The busiest shifts where we need the most volunteers are on:

Thursday from 4-8pm.  Friday after the parade at 2pm and before the fireworks at 10pm and Saturday evening from 4-8pm.  Day hours are needed as well. Keep in mind the shifts are only two hours and your volunteer time extends to the grooming of the ski trails into the winter months and maintenance of singletrack now.

The Ice Cream booth generates a considerable amount of funds for the mission of the NTN.  Please email Nikki the time slots you would like to volunteer.

Have a wonderful weekend.  The NTN



Marquette Marathon Seeking Volunteers, August 30th

By admin - June 18, 2014


 Marquette Marathon

August 30, 2014  – Labor Day Weekend


The Marquette Marathon is looking for 250 community members to volunteer for the 5th annual Boston Qualifier marathon. Help us support our runners and ensure a safe and spectacular race day! We are looking for individuals or groups interested in gaining service hours, advertising businesses/organizations or anyone interested in being a part of a weekend filled with fun and inspiration.

We need volunteers for 3 days: Thursday, August 28th, Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30th. *Volunteers get a FREE Marquette Marathon volunteer t-shirt

Aid stations                 Expo

Crossing Guards        Registration

Starting Line                Finish Line

Bag stuffing                 Bag-Check Tent

Packet Pick –Up         Sweep & Clean Up

Medical Tent               Food Distribution

           Sign up now to volunteer:

 Event Details

Friday, August 29, 2014

6:00 – 9:00pm           Expo & Packet Pick up – Marquette Commons

7:00pm                        Kids’ Race – Marquette Commons

7:30pm                        Blackrocks 5K – Marquette Commons

Location: Marquette Commons -112 S. Third Street Marquette

 Saturday, August 30, 2014

7:30am                         Full Marathon & Relay – Starts in Ishpeming, Lake Bancroft

9:00am                         Half Marathon – Starts in Negaunee, MI Iron Industry Museum

1:00                               Awards Ceremony – Third Street.

The full and half marathon FINISH in downtown Marquette on Third Street.


Noquemanon Trails Network (NTN) advocates for improved non-motorized options

By admin - May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

As part of its mission, the Noquemanon Trails Network (NTN) advocates for improved non-motorized options for residents of the area and visitors from across the State of Michigan and beyond. It is the NTN’s position that the Michigan DNR, as a fellow ‘trail provider’ best serves the non-motorized trail community by developing a plan that includes sustainable funding sources for its trail offerings. This is especially true for high cost trails such as Nordic skiing sites, which have ongoing grooming expenses.

When asked by DNR representatives for input regarding a plan for sustainable funding for non-motorized trails, NTN recommended  that an appropriate dedicated trail pass fee, similar to the State of Michigan’s snowmobile trail pass, would secure the necessary funds to re-establish grooming services at many State operated sites where grooming has been discontinued due to funding cuts.  It is our understanding that the current source of funding from the Recreation Passport fee is a periodic distribution from a large non-dedicated pool of funds subject to discretionary cuts. Currently, this fund provides grooming to only 2 sites statewide leaving the vast majority of ski areas not groomed.

The birth of NTN in 2001 arose in large part from several years of inadequate State funding for grooming their Nordic trails. Since its inception, NTN members have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in developing trails and equipment to groom them. It is our hope that the DNR and NTN can work together to ensure the trails and related investments of both organizations are strengthened for the good of all non-motorized trail users.


This statement has been approved by the NTN Board of Directors.

Marquette Trailsfest Seeks Volunteers

By admin - May 20, 2014

Marquette Trailsfest Seeks Volunteers

A great new event brought to you by the Noquemanon Trails Network.  The 2014 Marquette Trails Festival is scheduled for June 6th, 7th, & 8th. The events and races take place throughout the entire weekend, commencing at 5:30p.m. on Friday and coming to a close in the early afternoon in Sunday. The Trails Festival Race Committee is looking for anyone who is interested in helping up bring this amazing trails event to the Marquette community. Below there is a list of days, times and events where the Festival still needs volunteer support:

Friday – June 6th
6:30 -MTB Dual Slalom – Adult’s Race
2 Registration & 2 Timer Volunteers
Saturday – June7th
9:00 -MTB Cross Country Race – Long & Short Race
8 Aid Station Volunteers
10 Course Volunteers
1:00 -MTB Trail Tour
6 Ride Guides
5:00 -MTB Downhill
4 Timing Volunteers
7:00 -Party at Marquette Mountain
3 Volunteers
Sunday – June 8th
8:00 -Twin Peaks Half Marathon4 Aid Station Volunteers
12:00 -MTB Enduro4 Registration Volunteers


The 2014 Trails Festival is a combination of the XC Mountain Bike race, the downhill, the Dual Slalom race, the Enduro, several youth races, trail runs and trail tours. We have volunteer positions that involve riding the trails, going on hikes and tour rides with participants, timing for the races, help cleaning up and at the registration tables.

As always, we love to show our appreciation for our volunteer’s dedication and will be providing a classic Trails Festival pint glass and stickers for each volunteer. Volunteers slots are for two hour increments.

The Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails.  For more information visit, or contact Nicole Dewald at 906.235.6861.






By admin - May 19, 2014

The Noquemanon Trail Network will host their Annual Meeting at Lakeview Arena Citizen’s Forum Room on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 6:30pm.

The (NTN) Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of non-motorized trails. The primary users of the trails include: cross country skiers, mountain bikers, runners, hikers, equestrians and paddlers.  The member supported network receives no governmental support and relies on memberships and charitable donations to do it work.

A brief overview of the state of the organization will be followed by a regular board meeting. Refreshments will be served.  The meeting is open to the public.

For more information on the NTN visit


Trail Fest Seeks Volunteers

By admin - May 16, 2014

Marquette Trailsfest June 6,7 & 8, 2014

The Trail Fest race committee is actively seeking anyone who is interested in helping at any one of the races, parties, aid stations or information booths to help us throw this amazing, community inspired event. The 2014 Trails Festival is a combination of the XC Mountain Bike race, the downhill, the Dual Slalom race, the Enduro, several youth races, trail runs and trail tours. We have volunteer positions that involve riding the trails, going on hikes and tour rides with participants, timing for the races, help cleaning up and at the registration tables.

Friday – June 6th

  • 5:30pm
MTB Dual Slalom – Kid’s Race
  • 6:30pm
MTB Dual Slalom – Adult’s Race
  • 6:30pm
Family Hike
  • 8:30pm
Bonfire and Band at Marquette Mountain

Saturday – June 7th

  • 9:00am
MTB Cross Country Race – Long Race
  • 9:30am
MTB Cross Country Race – Short Race
  • 12:30pm
Youth Mountain Bike Race
  • 1:00pm
MTB Trail Tour
  • 1:00pm
NCT Trail Hikes – Tourist Park Trailhead
  • 5pm
MTB Downhill
  • 7pm
Party & BBQ at Marquette Mountain

Sunday – June 8th

  • 8:00am
Twin Peaks Half Marathon
  • 8:15am
5k Trail Run
  • 9:00am
1.5 Mile Kids Run
  • 12:00pm
MTB Enduro

As always, we love to show our appreciation for our volunteers and their dedication and will be providing a classic Trails Festival pint glass and stickers for each volunteer. If you, your organization or group of friends are interested in volunteering or if you have any further questions about race times or volunteer areas please contact Kevin at or by calling 248.910.3786

Looking forward to summer:)

Kevin Bauer

Race Coordinator

Big Bay Relay, this Saturday, May 17th.

By admin - May 15, 2014


Attention Big Bay Relay Teams

 You may pick up your teams t-shirts, Friday evening, May 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Johnson’s Superior Shoes on N. Third Street in Marquette or the morning of the event at the Kaufman Sports Complex.

 Saturday morning, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your start time to check in with the starter, pick up your t-shirts, have your whole team sign the waiver and receive any last minute instructions. The starting line is on Hawley Street, in Marquette by the Kaufman Sports Complex entrance. New this year we are sending teams out in 1 minute intervals.

 IMPORTANT: Due to road construction mile markers have been repainted.  The course is 25 miles with mile markers 1-24.  Please be extra cautious approaching and at mile markers 4, 5 & 12.

 A reminder: 

1.  ONLY ONE VEHICLE IS ALLOWED PER TEAM (Bikes are encouraged!)

2.  Exchange of runners MUST be at mile markers only!

3.  Runners MUST run on the LEFT shoulder of the road, facing traffic at all times.

4. Reflector straps must be worn.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nikki at 906.235.6861.  Also, please let us know if any of the following occurs:

  1. Your team is unable to compete and you will not be starting.
  2. Your team division has changed/team members have changed

 The Noquemanon Trail Network is excited to host the event again this year!  We want to thank our sponsor Johnson’s Superior Shoes and Jimmy Johns for the great awards for the overall winners!  We would also like to thank the volunteers for helping to make this happen!

 Thank you for supporting our organizations and have a great time!

 Keep it safe & fun!


Detailed start list and team list located at

Kiwanis Club of Marquette, Chicken BBQ on Sunday, June 8.

By admin - May 05, 2014
Kiwanis Club of Marquette, Chicken BBQ on Sunday, June 8.
Looking for volunteers to help as NTN is a grant recipient.  Thank you to Kiwanis of Marquette and Dr. Don:)
The time would be from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM with shifts from 11:00-12:30, 12:30 -2:00, and 1:30-3:00 PM at Lakeview Arena.  People can work the whole time or take a shift or if they need to overlap into another shift time, that is okay too (for example 12-1).   There will be work indoors and outdoors.  It does require standing the entire shift –helping in our food lines, walking around cleaning tables, being outside helping with traffic.     The last shift (1:30-3:00) will be clean up and that will entail taking down tables and chairs. 
Our Chicken BBQ is our main fundraiser to be able to continue to give grants in the community.  To make the event a success we need many helping hands.
Please email me the volunteer names, phone number, email address and what time they will be working.  I will contact them as it gets closer to remind them.   I will also be their contact for when they arrive at Lakeview. (I am the one running around with a clipboard).
Thank you very much for your help.  I look forward to hearing from you and your organization.  If you have any specific questions, you can email me at this address or call me at 360-2992 or email


Thank you!

Invasive Feces Cleanup Moved to May 3rd, 9:00 am.

By admin - April 25, 2014

We have evaluated the trails and are sad to say that it is just too wet to scoop and dispose of invasive feces properly tomorrow. We will cancel tomorrows plans and reschedule for next Saturday, May 3rd at 9 am. Will will be following the original plans. See ya at Dirtball at the Dog booth.

The DIRTBALL Trail ride has also been cancelled as snow is still on the trails.

More info below.

Invasive feces

Volunteers to get errant dog poop in group along Noque trail

April 18, 2014

CHRISTIE BLECK – Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE – The Noquemanon Trail Network, which winds through some of the most picturesque spots in the area, attracts many hikers, cross-country skiers and other outdoors enthusiasts.  It also attracts a most unwanted visitor: Dog feces.  “It’s because the trails are very popular,” said Nicole Dewald, NTN director of operations.

Article Photos

Lindsay Wagner, a member of the Noquemanon Trail Network, said she believes in proper trail etiquette when it comes to dogs. Dogs are welcome on Noquemanon trails, but trail guidelines should be followed, according to trail advocates. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Wagner) The greater the traffic – especially involving users with dogs – the greater the chance of a fecal aftermath. Of course, this wouldn’t be a problem if everyone picked up after their canines, or if canines didn’t defecate. Unfortunately, dogs leave calling cards, and their owners don’t always pick them up. Dewald said this goes against good trail stewardship. “Anywhere you go, you try to have a ‘leave no trace’ policy,” she said. Ignoring this policy in this manner can leave a bad first impression. Dewald pointed out most dog feces are found within 100 yards of people getting out of their vehicles to enter the trail. “Who wants to walk through a pile of dog poop?” asked Lindsay Wagner, an NTN member. The NTN is trying to be proactive in dealing with the problem. Planned is an “Invasive Feces” clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon April 26, starting at the South Trails parking lot off M-553. The public is invited to help remove feces from the trails. A trail hike will follow at noon.Wagner had an idea why some people don’t clean up after their dogs. “They’re in the woods,” she said. ” ‘Why should I pick up my poop in the woods?’ ” Signage and a “massive” education campaign, Wagner said, are ways the message can get across to the public. “It’s going to be a continuing issue,” NTN member Adam Robarge said. “Dogs will still be pooping.” Dewald said there were 63 dog passes issued at $15 each for the 2013-14 season. (Various membership levels are listed online at

The NTN has a list of on-trail guidelines for users with dogs. They include:

- The obvious: Remove dogs’ feces, and even those of other dogs.

- When passing from behind, call “trail” and “on your right (or left).” If being passed, move to one side behind the dog and shorten the line or leash.

- Do not use trails with more dogs than can be controlled.

- Discourage dogs from approaching other trail users without dogs.

As far as pre-trail guidelines go, users are asked to abide by municipal animal control ordinances and city, state and federal park regulations. Dogs are to be kept current on vaccinations for rabies and other contagious diseases.  Also, aggressive dogs are not allowed. Problems can be reported to the city of Marquette animal control at 228-8908 or at Protocol for dogs that bite is an “animal bite report form” and 10 days quarantine.  Dogs are not allowed in trailhead buildings, with users asked to restrain dogs before and after hitting the trail by attaching the animals to a hitching post, for example.  “If we can at least encourage the use of leashes, it’s going to curb a lot of problems beyond the poop issue,” Wagner said.

The NTN also seeks public donations for pet-waste stations, trash removal and maintenance. (Dewald noted each station costs $330.) Donations can be sent to the NTN at P.O. Box 746, Marquette MI 49855.

Dewald said the NTN has three stations, with a goal of adding eight more.  For more information on the April 26 clean-up, call the NTN at 235-6861.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.

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