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There is no getting around what we already know, 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. The Iceman Crew spent tireless hours making plans to reconfigure courses, arrange the start line so racers could social distance, develop a contactless packet pick up system and more to give you a safe race experience. Unfortunately, and understandably, we could not secure the needed permitting for the 31st edition of the Iceman Cometh Challenge. Therefore, in this unfortunate situation, and with the health and safety of the riders in mind, we must cancel the 2020 Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge presented by Trek.
In 2019, Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge was transferred to a charitable organization, The Festival Foundation. The Festival Foundation is preserving your traditions by hosting four major events in the Traverse City Area including summer family fun, riding through the woods in the fall, a St. Paddy’s run and a New Year’s Eve celebration. The Festival Foundation cancelled all of its events for 2020, due to COVID-19, leaving the organization with little to no income to support its day to day operating cost or secure the funds needed to plan for 2021.
Over the last five years Iceman Cometh Challenge has given to many area organizations and funded many projects such as:
· $22,000 to the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy in support of the Sands Lake Quiet Area Trail System
· $8,335 to Norte, $8,835 to Dirt Dawgs, $2,350 MiSCA and $17,500 Michigan Youth Cycling Scholarships
· $33,310 to TART Trails plus $75,000 donation to TART in conjunction with Bell’s Beer and the Timber Ridge Foundation
· $4,750 to Northern Michigan Mountain Bikers Association, $1,700 to Michigan Mountain Bikers Association and $11,200 to the League of Michigan Bicyclists
· $127,500 to local volunteer groups
With this in mind, we are asking you to defer registration to 2021 or donate the fee to the Iceman Cometh Challenge so we can continue to not only host events, but also give back to the community in which we operate. Any donated registration fee will be 100% tax deductible, we will hold your spot for 2021 (you’d still have to pay the fee) AND you will be entered in to a drawing for some cool swag.
For those of you that have generously given over $16,000 to the Michigan Mountain Biker’s Association during the registration process, please know that those funds will still be passed on to MMBA.
If you find yourself in a position where you need a partial refund of your fee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and best phone number and a member of our crew will call you.
Please take a moment to read our Race Director’s, Cody Sovis, post on making the tough call. You can find it here.
Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding. Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge 2020 Merchandise will still be shipped or available for curbside pick-up and can still be ordered here.
The Bell's Iceman Cometh series of events will be held on the first Saturday in November. Additionally, the SRAM Ice Cycle EXPO, will is held on the prior Friday before the races at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI. Over 5,400 men and women as well as 300 children in 77 age divisions will take part in the Bell's Iceman Cometh events. The main event, the Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge presented by Trek, is around 30-mile point-to-point cross-country mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City, Michigan. Additionally, the Meijer Slush Cup and Sno-Cone events add an 8-mile course for beginning riders as well as a race for children 10 & under. An estimated 12,000 spectators line the courses to catch the excitement of all the Bell's Iceman Cometh events.
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