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Packet Pickup

Race Packet Pickup will take place at Whiteside Park (721 E. Sheridan)

Friday, September 22, 2023

12:00-10:00 PM

All packets not picked up on Friday will be available at the Bus Pickup area on Saturday morning.  Do not get on the bus without your bib!

The Northern Lights 5k Glow Run will begin at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 22. The start and finish will be at Whiteside Park.

Friday Schedule of Events

12-10:00 Packet pickup at Whiteside Park

4-9:00 Food Trucks at Whiteside Park

4-9:00 Dorothy Molter Beer Tent at Whiteside Park

7:00 Start of 5k Glow Run

Saturday Schedule of Events

5:30 Buses begin pickup at Whiteside Park/Ely High School

7:30 Start of Ely Marathon

8:00 Start of Boundary Waters Bank Half Marathon

8:45 Start of Dorothy Molter Root Beer Run

8-3:00 Food Trucks at Whiteside Park

8-3:00 Bounce House Extravaganza at Whiteside Park

9-3:00 Beer and Dorothy Root Beer Tent at Whiteside Park

10-2:00 Rhino Rocks Whiteside Park

2:00 Awards Ceremony at Whiteside Park

Spectators Guide 

Absolutely no cars should be parked along the racecourse.  Cars parked on the racecourse will be towed at the owner's expense.

Sheridan and Chapman Streets will be cleared of all traffic from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM.

The following road closures will take place on Saturday, September 23:

St. Louis County, MNDOT, the Cities of Ely and Winton, Townships of Fall and Morse and the Ely Marathon team have put together a plan that is safest for all participants and community members.  The following road closures will take place on September 23:

(Echo Trail) North Arm Road to Grant McMahan 7:30AM-10:00AM

(Grant McMahan) Echo Trail to HWY169 8:00AM-12:00PM

(Old Winton Road) Grant McMahan to W 6th Ave 8:00AM-12:00PM

(Cedar Lk RD/Cloquet Line) Old Winton Road to Beel Road 8:00AM-12:00PM

(Pioneer Road) Grant McMahan to Miners Dr. 8:30AM-1:00PM

(Miners Drive) Pioneer to 17th Avenue 8:30AM-1:30PM

(17th Avenue) Miners to Camp St. 9:00AM-2:00PM

(Camp) 17th to 15th 9:00AM-2:00PM

(Sheridan) 15th to 1st Ave 8:15AM-2:00PM

(1st Ave) Sheridan to Harvey 8:15AM-2:00PM

(Chapman) 1st Ave to 7th Ave 8:15AM-2:00PM

(Harvey) 1st Ave to 17th Ave 8:15AM-2:00PM


All emergency vehicles will be allowed on the racecourse at any time.  There will be pilot cars positioned in the case that other vehicles need to get through during emergency situations.

The estimated time of the first half marathon finisher is approximately 9:10 AM.  The first full marathon finisher will be around approximately 9:30 AM.

Observation Points:

Intersection of Echo to Grant McMahan Blvd: Miles 11-12 of Ely Marathon/ Miles 2-3 of Half Marathon

Cars will have to take 169 West out of Ely and take a right onto Grant McMahan Blvd- no traffic will be allowed on racecourse.

Winton Main Street: Mile 18 of Ely Marathon/ Mile 5 of Half Marathon

Traffic will be allowed on 169 East of Ely

Miners Drive: Miles 23-24 of Ely Marathon/ Miles 10-11 of Half Marathon

Parking available at VCC and side streets

Whiteside Park/Finish Line:

Parking available at Ely Memorial High School and side streets

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