15th Annual Founders Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic Takes Place

Rain or shine, the race will continue.

The 15th annual Founders Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic took place on Saturday in Thompsonville.

Bikers of all ages cycled around Crystal Mountain, climbing steep hills and taking sharp turns in and out of the Betsie Valley Trail.

Returning after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, Race Director Tad Peacock is just happy to offer runners this opportunity again.

“The energy is so much fun here, and you know we don’t have as many people as we used to, but I think the momentum is going to pick up,” Peacock said.

Jim Keyes, 46, finished first overall in the beginners category with a time of fifty-six minutes and fifty seconds.

This is the first time he has participated in this event.

“I’m a mountain bike trainer for MiSCA, so my kids run and we ride three days a week,” Keyes said. “The mountain biking community is just a big community and so much fun.”

Another debutante, Anabel Miller, 16, placed first in the Women’s Sport division 15-29, with a time of one hour, fifty-six minutes and thirty-four seconds.

“I’m pretty excited – I was excited to run because I’ve never done this before and I was here with my team so it’s just fun to try a new race that I’ve heard a ton good things.” Miller said.

Her teammate Madine Whitmer finished just behind her in second place with a time of one hour, fifty-seven minutes and eighteen seconds.

“It was a great race, I love this race so much,” said Whitmer. “I felt really, really good and it was definitely easier to run with friends too.”

Miller was also second overall in the women’s sports division, while Whitmer was third.

All proceeds from the founder’s Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic will be donated to Ms. Mullen’s non-profit practice, the Benzie Central High School Robotics Club and the Crystal Nordic Ski Club.

You can view the full list of race results at https://www.athlinks.com/event/43222/results/Event/978461/Results.

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