Dozens lend some Sisu to ensure local trails are race-ready

ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - Dozens of volunteers rallied together today to give part of the Range Area Mountain Bike Association trail system some much-needed maintenance after this week's ice storm.

RAMBA President, Danny Hill says much of the 35-mile trail system was rendered virtually impassable after Monday’s historic ice storm brought down numerous trees and branches.

But with the help of nearly 50 volunteers that showed up today, the trails are that much closer to being race-ready for next Saturday’s Polar Roll Winter Adventure Race.

Men, women, children and even a dog or two arrived in full force early this Saturday morning at the Hill Street SBT trailhead in Ishpeming with hatchets in hand to help clear the trails of the debris.

Hill says he's grateful for all the help and the racing staff couldn't have overcome such a daunting task without the help of these rugged volunteers.

“We wouldn't be able to hold a race next weekend if it was just the handful of people that area putting the race on. We just couldn't do it. So yeah, we've got to say kudos to everybody that came out to help today. Mother Nature has putting a whoopin' on us this year but we're definitely trying to get the upper hand right now which sometimes is a losing battle with her.

Click here for registration and other information on the Polar Roll.

The deadline to register for next week's bike and snowshoe race is Sunday, February 10th.