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Noquemanon Ski Marathon

START Racing Service staff will be on-hand at the expo on Friday evening with the latest details and information. Stop by to pick up your last-minute wax needs.   

Ishpeming to Marquette, MI

50k, 25k, 12k Classic and Skate Races

Preceding Weather. Highs in the upper 20s, lows around 20F, with a less than 3 inches of new snow predicted.

Race Day Weather. Start time temp should be around 20F and topping out around 27F by the afternoon. The current forecast is a for light snow during the race and the humidity will be high (80%+).   

Snow Conditions. Expect highly-transformed granular snow mixed with some newer snow. 

Notes on Recommendations:

We are currently recommending slightly different products for the long race and half (and short) races for 2 reasons. 1) The amount of old snow on the course is likely to be quite abrasive and 2) The half-distance race starts later and the temps will be warmer.  

Glide Wax.

Base Wax. Start BM6 Green, Start LF10 Green or Start SGG Graphite

Race Wax.

50k Skiers. Start FHF6 Blue, HF8 Blue or MF8 Blue

25k Skiers. Start FHF4 Violet, HF6 Violet or MF6 Violet

Fluoro: Start SFR60 purple powder. SFR99 block would be a great economic option.  

Top Coat. Start FHF11 block. SFR300 liquid would be a great economic option.  

Kick Wax

Base Wax. Start Base Wax Extra, thin and ironed. (Start Violet Klister could be the choice if less snow falls than is forecast) 

Main Wax. Start FHF Blue or RF Blue. Try Start FHF Red or RF Red if more kick is needed.  (Start Uni Wide Klister could be the choice if less snow falls than is forecast). Start Synthetic Blue, Synthetic Purple, Terva Blue and Terva Red could all be in the mixed depending on what the weather does in the next 3 days.

Skin Skis

Wipe skin with Fiberlene to clean most of the dirt. Apply Start Skin Grip and wipe clean with Fiberlene. Repeat until Fiberlene shows no more dirt. 

Spray Start Fluoro Skin Grip on the skin.  This should be done on race morning.  

For maximum speed, apply Start SFR300 liquid to skin about 15 minutes before the race start. 


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