Fat-Ish Fat Bike Race returns this weekend

ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Fat-Ish Fat Bike Race returns to the Al Quaal Recreation Area this weekend.

Race Director, Tyler Gauthier is thrilled to bring the second annual race back to the west end this weekend.

"This is incredible. It's such a fun weekend. We're so excited to get people out here. We live in the U.P. It's a place to be outdoors and especially in the wintertime. If you embrace the winter, the winter ain't so bad," Gauthier exclaimed.

Gauthier and Co-Race Director, Matthew Bloch have been grooming the trails at Al Quaal for weeks to ensure the race course is ready.

"We're lucky to be at Al Quaal because of the terrain. It makes for a challenging yet fun race course. There's a lot of ups. There's some downs. We've got wide ski trails, single track fat bike trails," Bloch declared.

Gauthier says the atmosphere is electric.

"There's food vendors. We've have smelted pizza here. We'll have coffee from Velodrome, music in the air. You're just going to feel like you’re part of something and it's really neat," Gauthier asserted.

The race is broken into loops across mixed terrain. You can choose your distance with the novice race running 8 miles. The advanced race will stretch 16 miles over the same course.

With a free tube slide courtesy of Gauthier Insurance, you can bring the entire family to make memories to last a lifetime.

"It is such a hoot. You want to hear your kids laugh. Put them on that tube and send them down. You get a hundred to two hundred riders go down that thing, you'll be heading way out on Teal Lake, It's going to be a blast," Gauthier announced.

New this year is a fun raffle where you pick a grid on the lake. They'll send a tube loaded with a brick down the slide and you pick which grid you think the tube might land on for a chance to win up to $1,000.

All proceeds will be used to raise money for the Go Get Outside program to kick start the Teachers Wharehouse. That program will fund school supplies for teachers and students in need around Marquette County.

Sunday will feature a free, very relaxed group ride starting at 10 AM at the RAMBA trail head.

Registrations starts at 7:30 Saturday. Click here for more information and to register now.