Headwaters 100 features 646 cycists on a brisk fall day
Six hundred forty-six athletes, some as young as grade-schoolers, braved chilly, windy conditions Saturday as the 32nd annual Headwaters 100 bike ride swept through the region.
With temperatures hovering at the freezing mark, waves of bicyclists took off from Century School in Park Rapids Saturday morning, noses red and cheeks flushed from the brisk air.
The Itascatur Ski, Bike and Run Club, which sponsors the event, pronounced it a success.
"It's all been going well," said Irene Weis, who ran the comfort station at Mantrap Valley Conservation Club north of Park Rapids.
Famished bikers filled up on hot soups Weiss spent Friday preparing, wild rice and vegetable barley. Cyclists paused just to breathe in the fragrant air emanating from the clubhouse.
Outside the clubhouse, live musicians entertained riders. Some riders with leg energy to spare danced to the folk duo. Others performed bicycle repairs in the yard.
Cyclists from as far away as Manitoba, Hawaii and Korea participated, the club indicated. Three rides are offered, including the 100-mile. 75-mile and 42-mile events.
The vast majority of riders, 347, cycled the 100-mile run; 142 participated in the 75-mile run and 157 did the 42-mile event.
Above right, cyclists perform repairs at the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club to live musicians performing in the yard and hot soup served inside.