In conjunction with its mission of “Making
Communities Healthier,” UP Health System donated $10,000 to the Noquemanon
Trail Network to support the maintenance of the central UP’s non-motorized
trails, which are home to numerous outdoor activities, including hiking, trail
running, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and walking.
Janell Larson, Director of Marketing &
Communications at UPHS, presented a check to Jason Rolling, Director of the
Noquemanon Ski Marathon, and Nikki Dewald Swenson on Monday at UPHS.
“Our mission of health fits well with UPHS, in
supporting active and healthy lifestyles,” Rolling said. “The sponsorship
allows us to put the right face on the race. UPHS is a great organization doing
healthy things for our community.”
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon is set to take
place from Jan. 24-26 and can draw as many as 15,000 people to the area. The
event offers participants one of the premier point-to-point cross country ski
epics in the United States. In addition to supporting the event, the
contribution from UPHS will assist in the grooming efforts of the trail
maintenance, such as funding the staff of professional groomers, insurance and
“We got a nasty ice and snow storm and still
had 26 miles of trail that needed to be fixed just to put the race on,” Rolling
said. “We’re grateful to be able to rely on a strong partner to fund the
maintenance efforts of the Noquemenon Trails, which assists in the support of
the active lifestyles in our community. Without UPHS, it wouldn’t be possible.
“We’re very thankful that we have an
organization like UP Health System in Marquette that’s willing to be partnered
with an organization like ours that’s a nonprofit. They understand the mission
of what we do and support it in a way that the community can benefit from it.”
For more information about the Noquemenon Ski
Marathon, click here.