The Boogaloo to Boreale Fun Race has established itself as one of the most popular events on the Contagious Mountain Bike Club calendar.
The fourth annual race saw a record 101 riders out, up from 75 last year. And that’s not including the other 100 or so folks who just came out to the festivities, such as live music and a beer garden at the end of the race on Saturday.
“We had a great turnout; I think we had about 200 people who came out during the day,” said organizer Marsha Cameron of Boreale Mountain Biking. “It was a really good community event. There were a lot of families there. There was a record turnout for families and kids – it was great to see so many young people mountain biking and mountain biking really well.”
This year’s event featured a couple new additions.
Helping boost numbers was an inaugural “run bike” race for kids ages two to four. The race, in which kids run their bikes instead of peddle, was 122-metre long with an ice-cream aid station. A total of 25 kids took part.
“It was the cutest and shortest mountain bike race in the history of the world,” said Cameron. “It was so cute. It was awesome.”
The layout of the race was also new. This year the races – both the 10-kilometre and 21-kilometre – began and ended at the Boreale Mountain Biking’s Yurtville, north of Riverdale.
“It was just easier for logistics,” said Cameron. “Before it used to start at Grey Mountain and finish at Boreale and we had to do transfers and everything. This year it just started there, did all the Boogaloo (trails) and came back.”
So who won the kids’ race?
“They were too fast to record,” said Cameron. “They were smokin’ fast. Once you throw ice-cream in there, there’s no stopping those kids.”
(Results and times of the adult races were not recorded.)
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