Dead River Derby came together in the spring and summer of 2012. A group of people who didn’t really know each other got together with the idea of starting a roller derby league in Marquette. After a lot of planning and prepping, the league was formed and Fresh Meat 1.0 kicked off July 1, 2012.

We skated hard and worked on our skills until our first bout in March 2013. Filled with both excitement and terror, we headed downstate to face Mid Michigan. We didn’t win – in fact some might say we got slaughtered – but it was a thrilling and amazing night. We worked even harder and gained a little more experience before our first home bout at Lakeview Arena in Marquette on May 18, 2013. Over 1000 people came to watch roller derby make its debut in Marquette, and the excitement in the air was undeniable. DRD went on to have an undefeated first home season. After a short off season, we regrouped and started training hard for our second season.

We are always striving to learn new skills and improve our game. We hope that when you come to see our bouts, you catch the excitement we feel every time we lace up our skates. See you there!!