Inaugural U.P Iron Belle Trail Ride Rolls Out Of Ironwood This Week

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With historic Ironwood, Michigan as the starting point, a group of Michigan cycling and trail enthusiasts -- led by Bob Jacquart, CEO of iconic Ironwood brand Stormy Kromer – will head out for a three-day ride Thursday on the first UP Iron Belle Trail Ride. Planning to arrive in St. Ignace on Saturday, the riders will cross the Upper Peninsula on the UP portion of the Iron Belle Trail, a trail designated to cross the entire state of Michigan uninterrupted, from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood on the Michigan-Wisconsin border.

It begins at 8 a.m. CDT Thursday at Mile 0 of the Iron Belle Trail, just west of downtown Ironwood over the Montreal River.

The Iron Belle Trail is the centerpiece of Michigan’s Comprehensive Trails Plan, encompassing two routes from Ironwood in the Western UP to Belle Isle in Detroit, the biking route utilizes many of the state’s existing bike paths, bike lanes, and signed, designated biking routes as it travels up the east side of the state, while the hiking route utilizes sidewalks, trails, and the 1,000 mile+ North Country National Scenic Trail traveling up the west side of the lower peninsula.

“Ironwood is the western gateway to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” said Stormy  Kromer CEO Bob Jacquart. “We want to thank Governor Snyder, along with all  our state and foundation partners, for their support of Ironwood’s important role as  the starting point of the Iron Belle Trail.”

“The Michigan Fitness Foundation is proud to support the Inaugural UP Ride as part of our work to ensure completion of the Iron Belle Trail,” said James J. Tighe, CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation. “We are grateful for the ongoing support of all our Iron Belle Trail partners, from Ironwood to Detroit.”

 

Supporting organizations include:

City of Ironwood, Michigan

Stormy Kromer

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Department of Transportation

Michigan State Police

Michigan Fitness Foundation

Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance

Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports


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