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Annual Headwaters 100 bicycle ride draws riders from nine states

Cyclists enjoy a brisk ride Saturday morning on Highway 71, headed north toward Itasca State Park. The Headwaters 100 had its 30th annual ride. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

After a wet start, cyclists saw some sunshine during the Headwaters 100 bicycle ride Saturday.

The 30th annual Headwaters 100 once again drew hundreds of riders to the area, although rainy weather likely resulted in reduced participation, organizers said.

Registrations for 2010 were 548, with 478 riders checking in Saturday morning. This compares to 655 registrations and 534 riders in 2009.

Participants rode 100, 75 or 45 miles throughout Hubbard County. Rest stops with food were located along each of the routes.

The 45-mile race had stops near Emmaville and Nevis. The 75- and 100-mile rides led cyclists through more of the area, including Itasca State Park and the Headwaters of the Mississippi.

The majority of riders - 299 - registered for the 100-mile route, followed by 131 for the 75-mile route and 118 for the 45-mile route.

The oldest rider was Stanley Folkstad, 83, from Montevideo. The youngest rider was Sydney Quibell, from Fargo, who participated with her parents and three siblings.

Cyclists come to the Park Rapids area from Minnesota and outside the state. Participants came from nine states and Canada, with the majority of riders from Minnesota. Others came from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado and Massachusetts.

The metro area had the most riders, followed by 47 riders from Fargo, 27 riders from Bemidji, 20 from Grand Forks and 14 from Alexandria. Park Rapids was represented by 23 riders.

Trees were at near-peak color for a beautiful ride. Itascatur Ski-Bike-Run club members volunteered to make the event a success.

Money earned from the event goes toward maintaining cross-country ski trails in the county.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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