Norte Kicks Off Day 3 of National Cherry Festival With Bike Ride & Cherry Pie

There are fun events for kids all week long, but Monday morning Norte combined two of Northern Michigan’s favorite things: getting outside and cherry pie.

“We just rode four very slow, very fun miles through Traverse City on our neighborhood streets and trails and it was fantastic, Ty Schmidt, Norte executive director said.

It was a beautiful start to the third day of the National Cherry Festival as hundreds of bikes lined up at F&M Park, before making their way down to the Open Space.

“It’s heartwarming. We got 3-year-olds, we got 93-year-olds and everybody in between and we’re just celebrating being healthy, being active as part of ordinary life,” Schmidt said.

“You do feel like part of a community and something that’s hopefully a great family activity. Get the kids out away from some screens and doing something healthy and active,” Beth Kirkman, Traverse City resident said.

Local kids participated.

“Biking down the big hill, no biking up the big hill,” Rebekah Miller said.

As well as some all the way from Texas.

“It was really fun. I like to see all of the views from Traverse City that I haven’t seen before. I think it’s really cool just to get bike awareness and have the roads more friendly for bikes,” Elisabeth Stevens said.

And no matter what age or where they’re from, everyone enjoyed a sweet treat at the end.

“I’m looking forward to the cherry pie for sure,” Elisabeth said.

“I think I just gave away 300 plus gift certificates for slices of pie. Bike rides are great they’re even better with Grand Traverse Pie,” Schmidt said.

Norte has another way to stay active and to make your trip down here to the Open Space a little easier.


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