Dirtball is Saturday, April 26th

By ben - April 09, 2014

Join us for a celebration of trails Marquette style.

NEW for 2014: we are moving the event to the Blackrocks Cannery at 950 W. Washington St.

  • Sat 9am – Trail Work Bee
  • Sat 12pm – Casual Mountain Bike Ride (weather dependent)
  • Sat 4 – 8pm – NTN / Blackrocks Dirtball

Tickets are $25

Includes: Custom Pint Glass, Live Music (Frank An Da Beans), Food (Border Grill)

All proceeds go to trail development.

Tickets are available at:

  • At the door (Blackrocks Cannery 4-8pm)
  • All local bike shops
  • NTN Cell (906) 235-6861
  • Facebook – NTN Singletrack Page

Special Raffle: 2013 Salsa Mukluk
Tickets are $10



NTN Strategic Plan Initiatives 2014-2020

By admin - March 17, 2014

Noquemanon Trails Network Strategic Initiatives 2014-2020

Below is a compilation of bullet points that represent the Noquemanon Trails Network’s strategic priorities for the next several years.

To achieve these goals requires collaboration and insight from our partners at local municipalities and development organizations. We hope you will take a few minutes to familiarize yourself and colleagues with the document. It may act as an aide to planning the future of our unique and beautiful region.

Please let us know your ideas for how we can work together. Our contact information is located at the bottom of the letterhead. In addition you may call me at 906-362-1522 or e-mail brickyard430@hotmail.com.

Sincerely,  Laurie Neldberg-Weesen, President, Noquemanon Trails Network


NTN Organization

  • Achieve financial sustainability through aggressive marketing
  • Build a $200,000 sinking fund
  • Conduct a well defined capital campaign by 2016
  • Increase overall membership by 50% to 2000 individuals by 2020
  • Secure permanent easements for all major corridors
  • Enhance leadership role in the silent sport community by  involvement in summits/legislation
  • Develop cooperative strategies with non motorized entities ie. IOHT, NCT, Range MBT
  • Work with municipalities to establish safe road crossings
  • Encourage municipalities to include non-motorized trails in recreation and strategic plans.
  • Ensure succession planning by recruiting energetic-visionary community members to the NTN Board


Ski Operations

  • Enhance “xc ski destination” reputation in major markets such as Twin Cities, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc
  • Partner with Marquette MCCVB to create desirable travel packages (hotel, meals, shuttle, ski pass)
  • Insure consistent high quality grooming every day
  • Plan and Build an FIS certified race venue at Forestville.
  • Develop an improved customer service culture at the Forestville Trailhead
  • Improve Nordic membership services
  • Build on-trail amenities such as warming shelters
  • Improve Forestville trailhead facility to enhance ambience
  • Support Noquemanon Skijor Club
  • Create new relationships with community developers


Single Track

  • Complete trail head funding project: Pavilion, parking lot, bathrooms
  • Obtain IMBA “Ride Center” designation
  • Develop inaugural “Marquette Trails Festival” June 6-8, 2014
  • Enhance Marquette’s reputation as the “Fat Tire/ Snow Bike Capital of the World”
  • Develop marketing strategy in collaboration with MCCVB
  • Construct new trails to achieve “100 miles of ST” by 2020
  • Improve trail mapping in cooperation with YMCA
  • Establish safe crossing north-south connection across US 41 through landowner negotiations
  • Circumnavigate the City of Marquette from the Carp River to the Dead River
  • Encourage a presence at any/all snow bike summits/expos ie. Cable, WI (January 2014)
  • Stage the Noquemanon World Championship Snow Bike Race (January 26, 2014)



Events Division


  • Provide leadership and continuity among events; Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic, Marquette Trail 50 Ultra, XTERRA Triathlon, Marquette Marathon,  Marquette Trails Festival
  • Foster community support of NTN’s mission by creating synergies among our events
  • Increase participation in existing events: 2013 =4950 participants, 2014=6000
  • Improve the quality of the equipment used to manage events to state-of-the-art
  • Obtain long term trail use easements/agreements
  • Develop safer access points in critical areas such as City of Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming
  • Hire full time event management staff
  • Expand the menu of events that are consistent with NTN’s mission


Marquette Marathon


  • Triple participation by 2018  to 3000
  • Attain USA Track and Field certification for the marathon course
  • Secure a title sponsor for the ½ marathon
  • Develop new running events such as Santa 5k, Boston Strong Memorial run, etc
  • Offer cash prizes for full and ½ marathons
  • Hire part time staff and pacers for ½ and full marathon
  • Bid on the Master’s Championships
  • Organize a Marquette Marathon Running Club to provide training runs and promote wellness in the community


Marquette Trail 50 Ultramarathon

  • Double ultrarunning participation by 2020.
  • Bid on USA Track and Field 50K Trail Run National Championship
  • Increase regional and national sponsorships for 50 Mile, 50 Kilometer, Team Relay, and Kids Races
  • Promote local health and wellness through group training trail runs
  • Organize a Marquette Trail Running Club to support trail races and other running events
  • Increase monetary support to the trail networks for building and maintaining trails
  • Organize a Spring Ultramarathon and other trail running events as part of a series
  • Collaborate with other silent sport organizations, including a “Yooper” Tough Trophy Series (Ski, Bike, Run, Other) Championships.



2014 Big Bay Relay

By admin - February 18, 2014

Participate in Marquette’s spring tradition!

The Big Bay Relay sponsored by Johnsons Superior Shoes and Jimmy Johns is set to take off on Saturday, May 17th 2014. In its 38th year the relay has been a tradition and a challenge. This year’s relay race (five person teams) will start at 8 a.m. and run from Marquette to Big Bay. In the past the race has brought in 50+ teams comprised of elite runners to a team of friends that just like to get out and have an adventure together. Divisions include: All female, all male and mixed team divisions, as well as a 7 person junior division.

The Noquemanon Trail Network is hosting this unique road running race and they are looking for volunteers as well as participants. This year the funds raised will go towards Noquemanon Skijor Club and Animoosh Skijor Race promotion.

Johnsons Sports will be donating the top awards to each division winning team members in a form of gift certificates toward a purchase of new running shoes in their sports shop! Jimmy Johns, will be donating silver and bronze awards for each division. Thank you to both sponsors.

So rally your friends, encourage your co-workers and sign up for the Big Bay Relay today! Entry forms are available on the Noquemanon Trail Network’s website, www.noquetrails.org. For questions, please contact: 906.235.6861, noquenetwork@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to stop in to Johnsons Superior Shoes to get your new spring gear for the race!



By admin - February 03, 2014

Funny Honey Bear                         February 15

Marquette Trail Festival                June 6,7,8 ( National Trails Day)

Ore to Shore                                   August 8,9

Marquette Trail 50/Ultra               August 15,16

Marquette Marathon                      August 29,30

XTERRA Triathlon                       September 12,13

“Dogs and Trails” Clinic offered at NTN Forestville Trailhead, Sat. January 18, 2014

By admin - January 15, 2014

“Dogs and Trails” Clinic offered at NTN Forestville Trailhead, Sat. January 18, 2014

MARQUETTE, MI (January 15, 2014)-The Noquemanon Skijor Club is excited to announce the following discussion with Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Dr. Susan Kapla, “Dogs and the Noquemanon Trail Network: Owner Responsibility”.

As advocates for dogs on trails, the Noquemanon Skijor Club seeks to educate fellow trail users about responsible pet ownership when their dogs join them on the trails. A round table discussion with Dr. Susan Kapla will take place at the Forestville Trailhead Barn from 1pm – 3pm on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The discussion will center around dog owner responsibility and how the Noquemanon Skijor Club can promote responsible dog ownership and a short session working with participants dogs.

Directions to the Forestville Trailhead: Follow Wright street north off of US 41 for approximately one mile to Forestville Road. Turn left. Follow Forestville road for 3 miles. Watch for railroad tracks to the right. Turn right and cross tracks. Immediately turn go straight, then follow signs to the trailhead, restroom and parking.

For more information or to RSVP please email Nikki at noquenetwork@gmail.com. Donations accepted.

Snowball Update and Biking Survey in Michigan

By admin - November 07, 2013

Noquemanon Trail Network Plans 9th Annual Snowball Benefit

Join us for a night of winter celebration!  Make your holiday party the NTN Snow-Ball this year, featuring outstanding food from Tu Kaluthia, silent/live auction items, excellent music and community friends.

The Snow Ball will also be presenting the world premiere of Cold Rolled:  A Marquette Snow biking film produced by Salsa Bike and Aaron Peterson Photography on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Peter White Public Library from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.   Imagine at the same time you are seeing this premier video and celebrating the snow with friends, you are contributing to the great trails in our community.

Some examples of silent auction items that will be for bid include lodging packages at private cabins, dining certificates from the great restaurants in our community, and of course great gear from Sports Rack, Down Wind Sports, Lakeshore Bike and Quick Stop Bike Shop.

Tickets are available at the Sports Rack, Downwind Sports, and through NTN Board members, Snowball Committee members, Panache and at the door. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple.  Tickets come with drink coupon and a commemorative glass.

All proceeds go to the Noquemanon Trail Network  a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails.  For more information on the NTN log onto www.noquetrails.org.

Quick Survey on Economic Impacts of Biking in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is conducting a study assessing the economic impacts of transportation choices throughout the state. Along with a study team consisting of BBC Research & Consulting and Rory Neuner Consulting, MDOT is interested in learning more about the transportation choices and related spending habits of Michigan residents. Your input is very valuable to the study.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. The survey should take you approximately 5 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers, your answers are anonymous, and every answer is very important to us. Thank you for your participation!

At the end of the survey, you will have the option of being entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates privately donated by businesses in Michigan.



NTN Recieve Grant to Purchase Trail Easement

By admin - November 06, 2013

Marquette, MI.  – The Noquemanon Trail Network Council (NTN) is entering into an agreement to purchase a 100 foot wide trail easement and approximately 40 acres of land from Plum Creek with local funding received from the Cliffs Natural Resources/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund.

In summary, this easement covers the entire length of the MGHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon and MGHS Ore To Shore race routes, as they sit on Plum Creek land.  In addition, the 40 acre lot is on County Road 510, the western existing trail head for the Noquemanon Trail Network which doubles as the staging area for the start of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon Half Marathon.

MGHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon Race Director, Jon Mommaerts comments, “The reason we are attempting to purchase this easement and land is to protect this trail system from being closed off by private landowners.  There are several 40 acre parcels for sale adjacent to our trail system.  It is highly likely that we could lose permanent access to our event trails if we do not secure these easements soon.”

The objective is to secure access of this major trail corridor utilized by thousands of non-motorized sport enthusiasts.  The NTN has over 1,000 members and nearly 5,000 annual event participants that benefit from this trail.  The trail system has become a major driver of economic impact to the area.  It is the base of silent sports tourism and a tool to create population growth as more and more people choose to live in an area that has many high quality silent sport opportunities.  The NTN’s goal is to continue to increase membership and usage of this trail corridor for as many users and user groups as possible.

The NTN will be developing several signs stating that the land acquisition was made possible through the Cliffs Natural Resources/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund.

The Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.  Our mission is to develop and maintain an interconnected, year round, non-motorized land and water trail network in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan to enhance the quality of life through healthy lifestyles, youth recreational opportunities, and economic development.  For more information on the NTN visit www.noquetrails.org.


2013-2014 Membership Year

By admin -

Dear NTN Family and Friends,

We have had a fantastic year of growth and opportunity because of loyal supporters like you. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Membership simplification
  • New events division acting as an umbrella for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Marquette Marathon, XTERRA Triathlon, Marquette Ultra Trail 50, Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic and the Enduro.
  • Miles and miles of new Single Track both North and South Trails
  • Recipient of $20,000 USDA grant & $150,000 Cliffs- Eagle  Fund
  • New vault toilets going in at Forestville

We groom 50+ kilometers of ski trails at 5 locations including Forestville, Tourist Park, Saux Head, Big Bay and the Fit Strip. In addition, we maintain 50+ miles of single track including the new Collinsville Cut, Oxbow and EZPZ trails at the Board of Light and Power Trailhead. The South Trail System added 4 miles of new trails this season and is actively fundraising for the Trailhead Pavilion.

Our membership structure has been called confusing, and we agree, so we have set out to simplify overall membership to NTN. That means that your membership dollars help to sustain the organization year round so we can forward our mission to build, maintain and acquire property preserving the silent sports we love.

Before you purchase your winter or summer time activity pass, you’ll need to become an NTN member. We are encouraging the use of our on-line marketplace at noquetrails.org. However, if you still like paper, that’s ok. You can download and print one from our website.    What is really important is your financial support and the enjoyment and good health you gain from using the trails.

Any membership paid in full by November 30th receives a 10% discount. I encourage you to consider an all-inclusive (formerly gold pass) membership which entitles you to ski, bike and enjoy the feeling of being part of the great organization NTN has become.

Remember, NTN is 99% volunteer driven. Would you like to help?

Warm Regards,

Laurie Neldberg-Weesen
President, NTN

Marquette Mountain Bike Enduro is this Sunday, 9/29 at 10am.

By admin - September 25, 2013

The first Marquette Mountain Bike Enduro is this Sunday, 9/29 at 10am.   The race will utilize some of the best trails in the South Trail system and will be headquartered at the Heartwood Trailhead on Hwy 553.

Enduro Mountain Bike Racing is a new format that appeals to cross country riders, downhill racers and trail riders equally.  In this format racers ride the course at their own pace, with only a few segments timed.  The best part– the timed segments are usually primarily descents and the most fun parts of the ride and the uphill grinds can be done at leisure while off the clock.
The Marquette Mountain Bike Enduro will feature 3 timed segments varying in length from 1 to 2.5 miles.  Racers will have 3 hours to complete all 3 segments.  Online registration is at Active.com thru Saturday night for $35.  Race day registration at the trailhead will be open from 8:30-9:30 for $40.
More information available at http://marquetteenduro.com or   at    Facebook:  Marquette Mountain Bike Enduro

Take-a-Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, Oct 5th

By admin -

The Noquemanon Trail Network in conjunction with the International Mountain Biking Association will be hosting Take-a-Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, Oct 5th at the South Trailhead on M553.  Rain date set for October 6, 2013, same times, same place.

Starting at 1:00 there will be games, contests, and prizes. Group rides for varying abilities will begin at 2:30 pm. Parent permission and helmets are required.

  • 1:00- 1:30 Register and free ride time
  • 1:30 -2:30 Games and contest at the trailhead
  • 2:30 -3:30 Group rides on the South Trails (all abilities)
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Snacks and Prizes
  • 4:00 Free riding demo (optional)
  • Free!!!!

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 on the NTN, contact Nicole Dewald at  906.235.6861

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