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Mountain Bike Trails Update – June 19

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The flash flood disaster that hit the Houghton/Hancock area has had substantial impact on the mountain bike trails. The short story – plan to ride at Swedetown or Copper Harbor. Most trails at Michigan Tech are closed, and most trails at Churning Rapids have some sort of damage.

Here is a summary as of Tuesday, June 19.

Michigan Tech – Trails east of Core Loop remain closed. Everything east of Core Loop has significant erosion, missing bridges, downed trees, and flooding. The trails west of Core Loop are rideable.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All bridges spanning Swedetown Creek have been damaged or washed away. Further assessment has revealed damage to many trails in Churning Rapids, including bridges displaced or destroyed along Spring Creek (affecting the Spring Creek, Maki, and Villie Maki trails). There is some damage to the long bridge on the Ruby Marsh trail. There are also washouts and damage on the Brooks Gorge trail. Given the many short boardwalks and bridges at Churning Rapids, riding is not recommended.

Swedetown – Swedetown Trails emerged relatively unscathed. Riders report trails are wet, but undamaged.

Copper Harbor – Copper Harbor trails are in good shape and rideable.

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Status of Mountain Bike Trails

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The flash flood disaster that hit the Houghton/Hancock area has had substantial impact on the mountain bike trails. Here is a summary as of Monday, June 18:

Michigan Tech – Trails west of Core Loop (from the wax building west to Houghton High) are relatively clear. However, everything east of Core Loop is closed. Significant erosion, missing bridges, downed trees, and flooding make things very dangerous.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All bridges spanning Swedetown Creek have been damaged or washed away. There is no access to Churning Rapids from the trailheads in Hancock. A complete assessment has not been completed, but it is likely that the many short boardwalks and bridges on the mountain bike trails are damaged or missing. Riding is not advised until more information is available.

Swedetown – A complete assessment has not been completed, but the Swedetown trails appear to have weathered the storm well. If you are riding, be very careful around blind corners, as there may be downed trees.

Copper Harbor – Copper Harbor trails are in good shape and rideable.

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Canal Run Coming in July – Register or Volunteer!

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The annual Canal Run will take place on July 21 – and there are ways for you to participate as a runner, walker, or volunteer.

Volunteers are needed to help with areas of the event on July 21 (water stations, road crossing patrol, finish line set-up, back-up timers, result printers and much more) and in preparation on July 19 (packet stuffing) and the 20 (registration/bib pick-up). Please check out https://www.canal.run/volunteer/ for a full list of volunteer positions and their descriptions and also to volunteer.

The Canal Run is also a great family friendly event to take part in. Consider registering for one of the many races – 5 mile walk, 5 mile run, 10 mile walk, 10 mile run, half marathon and new this year – 2 mile fun run/walk. Race details and registration can be found at https://www.canal.run/registration/

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UP Health System Portage Health and Safety Fair June 2.

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The Annual Health & Safety Fair is set for June 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UP Health System Portage in Hancock. There will be some great additions this year, plus many of the favorites from past years. In addition to the car seat clinic, there will be a mobile blood drive, plant a seed station, and tours of an operating room.

Also featured are free screenings (cholesterol, blood glucose, vision, oximetry, blood pressure and more), kids activities (Strider bike course, face painting, Teddy Bear boo boo clinic, bike helmet giveaway and fitting among other activities), massages and healthy food.

No need to register, just come anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday June 2. More details can be found at http://portagehealth.org/classes-events/healthy-living/events/health-and-safety-fair

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