HOUGHTON – The Portage Health Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival
is set for June 16, with early registration due by May 31.
The 16-and 32-mile bike races go from downtown Houghton to Portage Health’s main campus in Hancock, starting at 10 a.m., with the Junior Chain Drive
set for 3:30 at Portage Health.
Registration for the 16- and 32-mile races is open at ChainDrive.org
. Registering for the Chain Drive by May 31 includes a $15 discount and the guarantee of a bamboo t-shirt.
“We appreciate early registrations as it helps us determine how many volunteers we’ll need and how much food to have at the finish line,” Race Director Lori Hauswirth said.
This year’s event follows a slightly new course, including a brand new section.
“We worked with the owners of the Churning Rapids Trails
and adjacent property to identify an area, then hired the crew from the Copper Harbor Trails Club
to build about a mile of new flow trail,” said Hauswirth. “These types of trails turn a relatively uninteresting section of land into rolling hills that make things exciting for all bikers, from beginners to experts.”
The new trail will be included in the long and short races, and should create a more exciting atmosphere for all participants. The race also crosses the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, covers land on the Maasto Hiihto Trails
and includes areas that private-land owners graciously allow racers to use.
“Between the exciting new course layout and a strong organizing team, our race should continue to be a high-quality event that racers from across the Midwest come to enjoy,” said Hauswirth.
Find out more information about the race, including how to register online and additional information about the Junior Chain Drive, by visiting ChainDrive.org