Saturday, May 18th at 9:00am we will be gathering to clean up the Swedetown trails for the upcoming bike season. Specifically, we want to make sure the trails are in top-notch condition for Ride the Keweenaw. More details to come on specific projects but we will be raking, lopping, and performing general clean-up. Training is provided and no special skills are required.
Please come support your local trails. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
You can view your results from this year's Great Deer Chase on our results page! We want to extend a huge thank you to Superior Timing for all the great work they do for us every year.
We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, and sponsored this year's Great Deer Chase. We hope you will help us make it even better next year by taking our survey. It only takes 4 minutes to fill it out. We really do consider the feedback we are given as we plan next year's event.
We've compiled a list of FAQs that will help you navigate where and when to be.
When is registration and bib pick-up?
Registration and bib pick-up will be open at Cross Country Sports from 6:30 to 8:00pm, Friday, August 17th and 8:30 to 10:00am, Saturday, August 18th. Kids race registration is from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Friday, August 17th and to 7:30 to 8:30am, Saturday August 18th.
Where should I park?
Please park your vehicle near the Calumet Colosseum, in the school parking lot behind (North of) the Colosseum, or in one of the two snow dump areas indicated on the map. Do NOT park in the Chalet parking area as we need that for race staff.
Where does the race start?
The 15- and 30-mile races will start at the Swedetown Chalet where the driveway meets Osceola Rd. Download the handout map at the bottom of this page for a detailed picture.
When does the race start?
The 15- and 30-mile races begin at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
Where does the race finish?
All races, including the kid's, will finish at the Swedetown Chalet.
Where can I watch the race?
We have several viewpoints marked on the handout you can download below. Two of the viewpoints will be near Osceola Rd. We ask that you do not park on Osceola Rd for safety purposes. The other viewpoint will be near the water towers which you can access via Bridge Street.
Where can I get a shower?
You can get a shower at the Calumet Colosseum. The Colosseum locker rooms will be open from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm. They are located in the basement. Just follow the signs after entering the front doors. Please clean up after yourselves at the Colosseum which will ensure our having this available for future races.
When and where are the kid's races?
The kids races will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Swedetown Chalet. Their race will begin at the top of the drive way. Please see the attached handout map (located at the bottom of this page) for the marked location. The 40-yard untimed event will start at 9:50 a.m. in the same location as the 2- and 4-mile races.
When are the awards?
The awards for the 15-mile, 30-mile, and kids races will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the corner of 5th and Oak Street downtown Calumet (near Cross Country Sports). See attached handout map for the location marker.
Where is a good place to get a bite to eat?
Downtown Calumet offers many great restaurants including: Michigan House Cafe & Brewpub, Carmelitas Southwestern Grille, Cafe Rosetta, Jim's Pizza, Offshore Fish & Chips, and Calumet Pizza Works. Not to mention, you can get a pasty from one of our local shops (like Connie's Kitchen or Toni's) at Pasty Fest which will be going on downtown.
What can I do while waiting for awards?
There will be lots going on downtown in celebration of Pasty Fest. You can check out the whole itinerary here on their website. There will be a parade, music, pasty judging contest and more. You can also browse the local downtown shops like Copper World, the Calumet Mercantile, Calumet Floral, Cross Country Sports, or grab an excellent cup of coffee at Keweenaw Coffee Works. BHK will also be hosting a Strider Bike Course at the corner of 5th and Portland.
Download this map
Here is the handout map. It has all of the pertinent locations, like start/finish, where to park, showers, etc. marked on it so you can find your way around.
After the race, head downtown for the 15th Annual Pasty Fest from noon-6pm! There will pasties from all the best local places including Connie's Kitchen, Suomi Restaurant, Lindell's, Mohawk Suprette and Pasty Central. There will also be a Pasty Eating Contest, You Be the Judge Bake-Off ($5-$8), and parade at 2pm.
Enjoy live music all day from; Bob Hiltunen, Tom Katalin, Ryan Peterson, The Five, the Copper Country Clown Band, as well as storyteller Bill Jamerson and demos for cardio drumming and disc golf. 5th Street will be full with a Car Show, craft vendors and lots of fun for the kids! Check out http://www.mainstreetcalumet.com/attend.html for full event details and schedule.
Come help us get the Swedetown trails ready for summer use! We will be meeting at the Swedetown Chalet at 1:00pm on Sunday, May 20th. We will work for about 3 hours.
We will have some tools available but if you have a rake or a pair of loppers, please bring them. But most importantly, just bring yourself (and a friend!). The bigger the crew, the lighter the workload.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to us and we can answer any general questions or put you in touch with the summer trails coordinator.
Swedetown is maintained by volunteers. Volunteers we call "trail elves" will adopt a trail or section of trail to take care of for the season. If you are interested in adopting a trail, let us know!
Race to support the trails
As with most mountain bike events, this race is the way funds are raised to build, maintain, sign, and promote the Swedetown Trails. Whether you are looking for your first race or you are a pro, we hope you will support our efforts and accept the challenge of chasing Bambo this year.
Our upcoming projects
The money from your race entry goes right back into the trails. Below are some upcoming trail builds and maintenance that we will accomplish thanks to our supporters.
New trails in 2018: One of our projects planned for this summer is a bermed, flow trail paralleling the Burly Trail. We’re hoping this will be done before the Deer Chase. Whether it will be incorporated in the race is not yet determined.
New trails in the future: Other new trail projects to be done in the seasons to come: a flow trail starting on top of Tower Hill; a flow style trail from McGunn Pond to the M-203 trailhead; singletrack continuing from the new Tower Hill trail to Farmer’s Well on the south portion of the trail system and the addition of a singletrack loop in the Tamarack Location area.
Maintenance projects for 2018: Continued rock armoring of certain spots of the Burly Trail and Farmer’s Well Trail. A grant was received from the Portage Health Foundation, which along with proceeds from the 13 previous Deer Chases, will be used to repair a portion of the main road that bisects the trail system. This repair will allow better access for less aggressive riders or runners to the sustainable two-track ski trails.
Great Deer Chase keeps the trails free
Fees are not charged for summer trail use as we rely solely on donations and support of the race. Our goal is to keep the trails open and accessible to everyone. If you’re able to support the trail system we thank you.