Up North Bike Fest to Take Place at Crystal Mountain Tomorrow

Hundreds of people will be riding their bikes around Crystal Mountain this weekend for a great cause.

The Benzie Sunrise Rotary Up North Bike Fest is a tradition more then a decade in the making.

“This is the largest fundraiser that rotary does,” said Bill Kennis, Event Director for Benzie Sunrise Rotary. “It’s a whole community, lifting up these  students to do something good for the community and have fun some fun.”

This year, riders will be rolling through Crystal Mountain.

“We are super excited to be the hosts for the 13th year here at Crystal Mountain,” said Public Release Manager for Crystal Mountain, Brittney Buti. “It’s the perfect location to get hundreds of cyclists out here. They can spread out, be safe.”

Crystal Mountain said it’s a party with a purpose.

“All of the money goes to the students in Benzie Schools,” said Kennis. We take field trips, we rent luxury motor coaches and take them to Michigan State and Grand Valley. Often that’s their first exposure to a major college. So it inspires them.”

With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, Crystal Mountain said they will be following CDC recommendations, which says in this case, people who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in crowded indoor and outdoor spaces.

Up North Bike Fest will also feature fun, little quirks for racers along the way.

“We have homemade baked goods, we have cherry pies… and then at the finish line, we have LIVE music and Five Shores craft beer,” Kennis said. “It’s just a great cycling even for the whole family.”

“Everyone is thrilled to be able to come back and to party and celebrate cycling bike fest,” said Buti.

Racers are able to register until the day of the event.

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