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Monika Derrien & Anica Wong Wednesday, 28 December 2011 07:35 TWEET COMMENTS 3

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Go when ... By the end of August, temperatures drop from summer highs in the 80s to the low 60s, and the bugs have disappeared. Lake Superior is at its warmest in the fall, providing the opportunity for a perfect post-race dip. Just make sure you wear orange when hunting season rolls around in November. Despite receiving regular snowfalls, Marquette's trails are usually runable even during the deep winter, making Marquette a four-season running destination.

Best eats ... Sweet Water Cafe (marquettedining.addr.com/Sweet_Water.html) serves up healthy, organic dishes, from a hot winter grain cereal to Lake Superior smoked whitefish. The best muffins in town are at Babycakes (babycakesmuffincompany.com); try the almond poppyseed muffin glazed with apricot brandy.

Pitstop ... Downwind Sports (downwindsports.com) in downtown Marquette will outfit your every trail-running whim.

Sleep ... Spend the night up the coast in Big Bay at a century-old functioning lighthouse, the Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast (bigbaylighthouse.com), which grants you access to the top of the lighthouse for views high above Superior's waters. While there, watch the 1959 film, The Anatomy of Murder, which was inspired by events at the lighthouse and filmed on location. Rooms start at $125 a night, including a full breakfast and afternoon cookies.

Resources ... Work out trip details at the Marquette Visitor's Bureau (marquettecountry.org). Study maps at the Noquemanon Trail Network website (noquetrails.org). Mary Connor ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) of the Sports Rack Ltd, can give you the lowdown on local trail-running groups.



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