The HAMR is a competitive running event consisting of a 5k and 10k course put on by Michigan Tech’s Department of Military Science .

This traverses Mont Ripley, in Hancock, Michigan, the beautiful heart of the Copper Country. The course is challenging, the competition is fierce, yet the environment remains fun and friendly.

This experience is truly unforgettable, as you enjoy the panoramic views of the famous UP fall colors, surrounded by friends, family, and competitors. Come out this year and take on the mountain together!

50% of all our proceeds will be donated to Mont Ripley in Hancock, MI and the 31 Backpacks program (split evenly).  The ski hill is the location of our race, as well as a frequently used recreation area by MTU students and the community.  31 Backpacks is a program that aims for “no child to go to bed hungry”. They’ve helped 2100 kids this summer alone. The remaining proceeds will be used to support the development and training of future Army Officers.

Race Information

The HAMR is located on Michigan Tech’s own Mont Ripley. This is a rigorous, uneven course that traverses the steep slopes of the surrounding area’s most beloved mountain.

*UPDATED* 2020 5K 1-lap and 10K 2-lap Course
  Date: October 31, 2020


0630 Packet Pick-up Begins

0700 First 10k Heat Begins

0730 First 5k Heat Begins – Each Consecutive 5k Heat Begins on 15 Minute Intervals

0830 Last 5k Heat Begins

0915 Auction Begins

0945 Awards Presented

Location: Mont Ripley Chalet

Parking: Mont Ripley Parking Lot

The HAMR course is carefully chosen to keep participants safe on the slopes, yet challenged. The course is clearly marked with tape and friendly workers. Water will be provided in your race bag, so there will not be water stations along the course in an effort to minimize person-to-person contact.   

** Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, face coverings are encouraged (either from the race bag or your own) while in the staging areas, as well as maintaining 6 feet of spacing between people.



What do you get for registering?

We pride ourselves on providing a one of a kind challenge race experience, including:

  • A commemorative HAMR T-Shirt and “Buff” style neck gaiter!
  • Quality photos taken of you, from the very start of the race to the finish line.
  • A safe and clean environment

Current registration price: Free!

*Due to the difficulty of the current times for many families, our registration fee will be waived for all participants.  Donations are still welcome and will continue to help the MTU Department of Military Science.

Link to MTU AROTC Flickr

Race Results

2019 5K/10K Results:


2018 5K Results:


The donations from the run will go directly to benefit the Michigan Tech Department of Military Science Program to help fund the continuous training of our future leaders. Some projects that could be funded include but are not limited to . . .

  • The construction of a rappel tower
  • The maintenance of a 1947 Howitzer Cannon
  • Staff rides
  • Competitions
  • New training equipment

15% of all our proceeds will be donated to Mont Ripley in Hancock, MI.  The ski hill is the location of our race, as well as a frequently used recreation area by MTU students and the community.  Our donation will go towards improving the infrastructure at Mont Ripley and maintaining the facilities for student and community use.


Donor Acknowledgment
  Base Camp $100+ Acknowledgement on Facebook and Instagram
One (1) 12×18 sign placed along the course with custom message
  Slope $250+ Acknowledgement on Facebook and Instagram
Name listed on website

Invited to set up company booth
One (1) 12×24 sponsor sign placed at mile marker(s)
  Ledge $500+ All Slope Level Acknowledgements 
Name listed on event t-shirt
Name and logo listed on event banner (if paid for by Sep. 14th)
  Plateau $1,000+ All Slope Level Acknowledgements
Name and Logo on event t-shirt
A provided company banner hung at event (if paid for by Sep. 14th)
  Summit $5,000+ All Plateau Level Acknowledgements
“The HAMR Sponsored By (Your Company)” (intent declared by Aug. 1st)


Veterans Group Logos with UAW-01 Logo


Dailey Data Processing


Green Barn
Research Associates

J.E. Hendrickson Excavating