Iron Range Roll helps to raise money for local youth programs

Published: Jun. 1, 2019 at 9:14 PM EDT
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Weather was nearly perfect for Connect Marquette’s 6th annual Iron Range Roll Saturday.

220 riders started the 16-mile timed race at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in Ishpeming.

With the most competitive riders leading the way, racers pedaled their way to the Marquette Commons along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.

A nearly 1400 foot drop in elevation from start to finish allowed riders of all ages and abilities to participate.

Antonio Adan, Volunteer Chair with Connect Marquette says it's a great way to stay in shape and celebrate the connection of the each of the communities along the trail.

"I think people enjoy the appreciation of nature. I think riding along and seeing the different points and actually stopping and enjoying it, I think that's part of who we are here in the community," Adan asserted.

The race remained rain-free from start to finish and nearly everyone agreed temperatures could have been worse.

"I talked to a lot of racers today and they feel this is the perfect day, 60° in the U.P. It doesn't get much better than this around this time of year,” Adan declared.

Proceeds from the ride benefit the YMCA of Marquette County's Youth programs.

The top three racers in each category were announced at the after party at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

Alex Stanley took first place overall. Pat Callahan placed second. Scott Hebert placed third.