1/27/20

RACER UPDATE

19 Days until we Polar Roll

(Or will we Polar Stroll?)

Polar Roll 2020 is right around the corner – and we want every year to be better (or at least more memorable) than the last. So use this in your last-minute planning and panicking for our winter adventure together.

We’re covering everything from the weekend schedule and multiple start line locations, to the after-party and awards. So read it and send it to your friend that is always confused (every group has at least one of them).

Special thanks to our title sponsors Salsa Cycles & 45NRTH

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH

5:00-8:00PM Packet pickup at Westwood Mall

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

6:30-7:30AM Last-chance packet pick-up
8:00AM Races roll out
30-Mile Bike: Downtown Marquette
15-Mile Bike: Ishpeming High School
Snowshoe (both the 15 and 30 miles): Ishpeming High School

Important note: The long snowshoe event will do two laps of the short route. You’ll begin and end at Ishpeming High School. You’ll go through the finish line after your first lap and do it again.

7:00PM To maintain safety, we will pull racers from the course at 7:00pm
7:00PM After party opens/complimentary pizza from Domino’s
7:30PM Awards ceremony
8:00PM Double Trouble DJ’s entertainment begins

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

10:00AM Group Rides

*** ALL TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Packet Pickup

There will be no early packet pickup.
Zip. Zilch. Zero.

Also the transfer deadline has passed. We will not do transfers or category changes at packet pickup. Don’t even ask.

Friday 5:00 – 8:00PM
Westwood Mall
3020 US 41 W
Marquette, MI 49855

Use the door on the northeast side (see map)

Saturday 6:30-7:30AM
Last-chance packet pick-up at your event start area (important – there are two start lines: Marquette & Ishpeming)

Ishpeming

Short bike race and both snowshoe races start at:

Ishpeming High School
319 E Division St
Ishpeming, MI 49849

We’ll have a race HQ inside the high school with a place to warm up and lick your wounds.

Marquette

Long bike race starts in downtown Marquette and winds its way through the South Trails, a little bit of snowmobile trail, then hits the RAMBA-Land of the West End for a final kick in the pants.

Meet us by the Delft Theater marquee after you’ve fueled up with a hearty breakfast at:

Donker’s (will be open at 6:00AM selling coffee and breakfast)
139 W Washington St
Marquette, MI 49855

Drop bags that are left at the designated area will be transported to the finish line and left inside the Ishpeming High School.

Hugs & Bacon

The infamous Hugs & Bacon aid station is back for another year of encouragement and spicy beverages. This crew puts a ton of work into making your Polar Roll experience as memorable as possible, so give ’em a pat on the back when ya come through.

After Party

This year’s party is going to be one for the record books. We’re thrilled to announce that our host and Polar Roll sponsor Barrel + Beam will be the site of our after party. If you’ve ever had one of their farmhouse ales, or ridden with one of the crew on the trails, you know we’re in for a good time. Details to come.

Barrel + Beam
260 Northwoods Road
Marquette, MI 49855

7:00PM After party opens/complimentary pizza from Domino’s
7:30PM Awards ceremony
8:00PM Double Trouble DJs’ entertainment begins

30-MILE BIKE PRIZES
BELT BUCKLES: They’re not easy to get. Ride fast. Guaranteed buckle for Top 3 Overall Men and Women. Hand-forged by Gordon Gearheart.
CASH PRIZES: 
Top 3 Overall Men/Women
1ST: $200 / 2ND: $150 / 3RD: $50

15-MILE BIKE PRIZES
Bear Medallions: Top 3 Overall Men and Women. Hand-forged by Gordon Gearheart.
NO CASH PRIZES

SNOWSHOE PRIZES
BELT BUCKLES: Overall Male and Female winners. Hand-forged by Gordon Gearheart.
Bear Medallions: Male and Female 2nd and 3rd place. Hand-forged by Gordon Gearheart.

Sunday Adventure Rides

We want to promote the awesome trail groups and rides around Marquette County – so we invite you to pick a ride from the options below and hop on it.

Church Ride

10:00AM RAMBA Church Ride
Ishpeming, Michigan. Groups are generally available for riders of all abilities. Meet at Cognition Brewery. See their Facebook page for more information and updates.

North Trails

10:00AM NTN North Trails
The NTN ride starts at the Forestville polebarn.

Sponsor Deals

Some of our sponsors have cooked up special deals exclusive to Polar Roll event participants. We believe in these companies – so should you.

25% Off Carborocket
25% Off ERG Bars
15% Off BikeJackets

Local Intel

  • February in Marquette County is unpredictable – be prepared. 
  • This is an adventure. Rules of the road apply. Traffic will not stop for you. 
  • Air pressure. We can’t stress this enough. It can literally make or break your race and the race of everyone behind you. Air down to maximize traction, minimize damage, and preserve the trail. 
  • Snow depth off the groomed in surface is 3’ plus. Enjoy the swim!
  • If you get a mechanical, bonk or are crying? Text #IQUIT to the number on your race plate. 

Snowmobile Trails & Etiquette

  •  We work closely with the DNR and local MUPSA board to secure access to the snowmobile trail. They’ve been supporting our event since 2015. 
  •  Stay to the right.
  •  Respect other users – this includes fat bikers and snowmobilers. 
  •  We highly recommend flashing red lights on the front and back of your bike when riding the snowmobile trail.

The Courses

Long Course

Download the 30-mile GPX file
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Short Course

Download the 15-mile GPX file
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It’s all about community.

While a lot of races out there are run by for-profit companies, that’s not the case for Marji GesickPolar Roll and The Crusher. All of our events are productions of the 906 Adventure Team, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to empower people to become the best version of themselves through outdoor adventure. We don’t have a large staff of people (two, to be exact) or significant overhead, and that enables us to donate a significant portion of race revenues in two ways:

  1. Since 2015, we’ve given back more than $110,000 to the trail-builders of RAMBA, NTN, Sisu Dirt Crews, WinMan and the DCNT.
  2. We also support youth adventure programs in three communities, investing over $35,000 this year alone in equipment, training, and gear to remove barriers for all kids. Our summer and after-school programs now have over 350 participants, and spots fill up as quickly as Marji Gesick. There is a need we’re trying to fill: to connect kids with their communities and get them off devices.