The tentative course for the 2014 Run or Dye 5K run has been announced.
The course, starts at Mattson Lower Harbor park and takes the bike path through Eastern MQT. Traveling past the Coast Guard base and Maritime Museum, the course follows the path past McCarthy's Cove, through Shiras Park near Picnic Rocks towards the intersection of Pine Street and Lakeshore. The course then returns on the same route to the Lower Harbor, but finishers will finish on the concrete walkway near the water.
Runners will find the course somewhat familiar. The course is similar to the 2009 Run for Veterans, using the same stretch of bike path. However, instead of starting and ending at the YMCA on Fair Street, the turnaround is further up the bike path.
There is one place where runners cross a street: the intersection of Fair and Lakeshore. This is also a street crossing in the Marquette Marathon route. It is a flat course, with the greatest elevation change near Lower Harbor.
The run is a fun run, which means that there will be no times or prizes given to competitors. The race will be on June 28, 2014, the first of its kind in the Upper Peninsula.
Brice Burge is the Managing Editor of MQTSocialScene.com. He can be reached at briceMQT@gmail.com.