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Headwaters 100 bikers enjoy scenic day

Cyclists enjoy good company and conversation as they begin the annual Headwaters 100 Saturday. Routes took participants throughout the county, including near Itasca State Park, to enjoy the fall landscape. (Anna Erickson/Enterprise)1 / 2
Cyclists could ride either 100, 75 or 45 miles for the Headwaters 100. Plenty of food stops were set up along the way. The sun came out during the ride, making it a perfect day for cycling. (Anna Erickson/Enterprise)2 / 2

Cyclists saw a colorful landscape throughout Hubbard County during the annual Headwaters 100.

The 29th annual event started off with cool weather but it turned into a beautiful autumn day.

Participants could ride either 100, 75 or 45 miles with plenty of food stops along the way.

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

This year's event had 655 people registered and 638 participating, said Neil King, president of Itascatur Ski-Bike-Run Club, the group that sponsored the event.

"It was a great day, the sun came out and people had a good time," King said.

This year's event didn't include a race, which it had in the past. King said it takes a lot of work to put the race together and there are only so many volunteers.

"We decided to focus on the other rides," he said.

Some cyclists who had participated in the race in the past came for the 100-mile ride instead and still had a great time, King said.

Cyclists come to the Park Rapids area from Minnesota and outside the state. Money earned from the event goes toward maintaining cross-country ski trails.