(Almost) Always the 2nd Saturday of the New Year
January 7th, 2017
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood, Michigan Presented by Aspirus
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2016 Events Schedule, On-Site Registration and Bib Pick-up

On-Site Registration and Bib Pick-up

All Times are CENTRAL TIME (CST)

ON SITE - Registration, check-in and Bib pickup will again be held at the Historic Ironwood Memorial Building (213 S. Marquette St.) this year (see Maps for location) SISU Ski Fest's official race headquarters. Identification must be brought to registration.

  • Download your 2016 RACER Info Packet. Includes wave start times.
  • 2016 Registration and Bib Pick-up


    NOTE - All SISU Combined registration closes at 10 pm the Friday before.

    Event Schedule

    See event for additional details

    Ski Expo

    Ski Expo will be held at the Ironwood Memorial Building during the SISU Ski Fest on Friday from 4 - 10 pm and Saturday from 8:00am - 4pm. Pasties and Mojakka for all racers will be served there also on Saturday. Expo Space is filled!

    This years list of Vendors attending EXPO:

  • Aspirus
  • Ottawa National Forest Service
  • Nanette's Knits & Gifts
  • Little Finland
  • Kikkebusch Glass works
  • Copper Peak
  • Roller Ski Shop
  • Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon
  • Hidden Bay Sports
  • Northwind Food Co-Op
  • Wolverine Ski Club
  • Air Choice One
  • 906 Boom
  • Tortoise & Hare Footwear
  • Lungplus - Warmskin
  • U.S. Ski Pole Company
  • Advocare World Class Nutrition
  • and of course the SISU Store

    Post - Race Food

    Food will be available for the racers at the Memorial Building following Saturday events. Come and enjoy some hot Mojakka (Finnish stew), pasties, cookies, beverages and camaraderie with friends after the race. We encourage your family and friends to dine at our local restaurants.

    Parking

    Parking is available throughout the downtown Ironwood area and parking lots will be marked “SISU PARKING”(view Maps). If you park downtown before the race, you will need to take the shuttle buses provided by Gogebic County Transit to the start at ABR trails or City garage. Limited parking is available at ABR. It is strongly recommended that you park downtown and use the shuttle.

    Transportation

    Four shuttle buses will run from 7:15am until 4:00pm between the Gogebic County Transit bus station at 235 E. Mcleod, kitty corner to the Ironwood Memorial building (see Maps) to the various start areas. These buses will shuttle skiers back and forth every 15 minutes. After 12:00pm and until 4pm, there will be bus service back and forth but on a more limited basis between ABR and the bus station. All participants must carry their skis vertically while boarding, riding and de-boarding in a safe and controlled fashion.

    Please give yourself plenty of time to get to the start line.

    21K &42K Races
    Four shuttle buses will run from 7:15am to 12noon between the bus station (235 E. Mcleod, kitty corner to the Ironwood Memorial building) and ABR trails. These buses will shuttle skiers back and forth every 15 minutes. After 12:00pm and until 4pm, there will be bus service back and forth but on a more limited basis between ABR and the bus station. The bus will drop off skiers at the ABR ticket booth.

    Taste N Tour
    The starting point will be City Garage, located on Penokee Rd. (see Maps). the driving route there will have signs to that effect. There is parking in the City Garage lot. Transportation to the starting area will be provided. We suggest parking in Downtown area and using the shuttle because transportation back to your car after the Tour will not be provided. Tentative start time is 2:00 pm. Participants will be bused to City garage from the bus station (235 E. Mcleod, kitty corner to the Ironwood Memorial building) between 1:15 and 2:15 pm. Taste N Tour skiers must be downtown before dark.

    Snowshoe Events
    There is no transportation on Sunday!

    Awards and Awards Ceremony

    Top three overall winners (Classic and Freestyle) of the 42K SISU Marathon & 21K Heikki Lunta Half Marathon in each category will be presented at the "Finnish line". Presentation at NOON for the 42K winners and 2 PM for the 21K winners. Other age group awards will be presented at the Memorial Building as soon as results are finaled.

    Entertainment

    Entertainment will once again be hosted at the Beautifully Restored Ironwood Theatre after the race. Doors open at 6:00pm with the FREE entertainment from 7:00 - 9:30pm. From 6-7p and during intermission slide show of the race and great door prizes will be provided. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Door Prize drawing will be at 6:30 and during intermission, must be present to win!

    Race and Tour start times

    For start times please see the individual race/tour links top left

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