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Annual Bridge Walk September 1, 2014

The annual the Portage Health Labor Day Bridge Walk will take place September 1, 2014. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Kestner Waterfront Park (Chutes and Ladders) in Houghton, with the five-mile walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. Continue reading →

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Youth Mountain Biking Program Begins July 16

The Western U.P. Health Department will coordinate this year’s youth mountain biking program. Similar to other years, there will be evening group rides, with groups divided based on speed, skill and fitness, led by adult volunteers. Ages 10-17, no charge. Wednesdays beginning July 16, 6-7 p.m. See the poster, or contact Arnie Kinnunen at 482-7382, ext 189, with questions.

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Run the Keweenaw July 12-13

Salomon Running is proud to present Run the Keweenaw – A festival of trails July 12-13, 2014. Three trail running events in two days on the world class singletrack in Copper Harbor and breathtaking views in Eagle Harbor. The Nature Conservancy presents the Mt. Baldy Hillclimb Saturday AM July 13th in Eagle Harbor, followed by The Copper Harbor Trails Club 12k Challenge Saturday PM and completing the weekend is the 25k Carl Olson Memorial Adventure Run Sunday AM. For more information, see runthekeweenaw.org

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Mountain Bike Trail Updates – May 21

Here are reports on the mountain bike trails, as of May 21. Michigan Tech is dry and rideable. Swedetown asks riders to stay off – things are wet and a portion of singletrack still has snow. Crews are out at Copper Harbor to move debris and prep the trails and many will be rideable this weekend, although you should be prepared to change your route (Stairway to Heaven, for instance, is not rideable at this point).  Bottom line — Ride the Keweenaw will happen this weekend and there will be trails to ride!

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Ride the Keweenaw May 23-25

The trails are shaping up and mountain bikers will be ready to roll for the annual trail celebration that is Ride the Keweenaw.  The weekend will start out in Greenland on Friday evening with a ride through the Adventure Mine, then continue on Saturday with guided group rides at Michigan Tech, Churning Rapids and Swedetown Trails.  On Sunday, guided rides will continue in Copper Harbor, with a new Enduro Race and Downhill Race (as part of the Lake Superior Gravity Series) added to the schedule of events.  Continue reading →

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Keweenaw Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 15

Bike commuters, from first-timers to experts, will be taking to the streets Thursday, May 15 for the sixth annual Keweenaw Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day, celebrated every May, encourages people to use bicycles as transportation to work, school and errands, while reminding motorists to watch for cyclists and share the roads.

Organized by a new regional bike advocacy group called Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE), the event features seven refueling stations where cyclists can say hello to volunteers and share hot and cold beverages and light snacks from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. The stations will be located on the Houghton Waterfront Trail near the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, on the Michigan Tech campus, in McGann’s parking lot on Hancock Street in Hancock, on Campus Drive near Portage Health, in Calumet on Highway 41 by the CLK Schools, on M-26 at Lake Linden Village Park, and on M-26 in South Range.

Participants who register on-line at the survey link atwww.kb2wd.org, or at the snack stops, will be entered in a drawing for raffle prizes donated by area bike shops.

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Tech Ends Grooming – 2014 Season Comes to an End

Given the weather forecast for above-freezing temperatures and rain, Michigan Tech has ended grooming for the 2013-14 season, bringing the ski season to an end.

Tech logged the first and last grooming of the season, kicking off on November 24 and ending on April 28. That’s a 155-day season, or a little over five months. Another way to look at it, we had groomed trails for skiing during 42 percent of the year.

Hats off to all of the groomers, from Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor on the north, to the guys at Swedetown and Maasto Hiitho, to Michigan Tech and Chassell. It’s been a great run. Time to tune up the bikes and plan for the 2015 U.S. Nordic skiing championships in January!

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