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Northwoods wheelin': Perfect autumn weather for Headwaters 100

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A bicycle built for two is ideal for long rides, like the Headwaters 100. This pair is in the home stretch, crossing the red bridge in Park Rapids.

Roughly 350 bicyclists cruised 45, 75 or 100 miles for the Headwaters 100.

Scenic beauty rewarded those who ventured over hill and vale Saturday. Hosted by the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club, the ride features well-marked routes through northern woods in their full autumn glory.

“The day's weather proved excellent, despite a frosty and foggy start,” said Maurice Spangler, an Itascatur club founder.

He noted that about 10 people who had ridden at least 30 years signed a banner and added comments.

Spangler thanked all the volunteers and Itascatur members who helped the ride logistics. The 39th annual ride began and ended at Century School.

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“We want to thank the Lions, CHI St. Joseph’s Health and the Nevis track team for manning the rest stops as well as Itasca State Park, the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club and the City of Nevis for providing space for the stops,” he said. “Thanks to the school district for letting us use the excellent Century School facilities for registration and headquarters, showers and custodial support.”

Food was provided by Hugo's, Main Street Meats and the Secret Garden, “plus Eric Haugland's fine, and much commented on, baked potatoes,” Spangler said.

There were two accidents with injuries. One occured in Itasca State Park when a rider reportedly fell off his bike. He was transported by ambulance to CHI St. Joseph’s Health.

According to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, a report of a bicycle/car crash with injuries at the intersection of County Road 4 and 40 in Lake Emma Township was reported at 12:19 p.m. Deputies and medical responders arrived on scene to find 57-year-old Sharon Snyder of Aberdeen, S.D. suffering from head and back injuries.

Snyder was a participant in the Headwaters 100, where she was travelling eastbound on County 40 on her bicycle. The sheriff’s news release states Snyder failed to stop for the stop sign at County 4 and was struck by a northbound vehicle, driven by Mary Nelson of Park Rapids.

Snyder was airlifted from the scene by a North Memorial helicopter and flown to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

The incident is being investigated by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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