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The Baker

September 9, 2023

A biking event to promote bike riding safety inspired by and in memory of our good friend David Baker who was
tragically killed in 2019 when a vehicle struck him while he was riding his bike. David was an avid biker who
participated in many endurance events such as the Zoo-de-Mac, ODRAM (One day ride across Michigan), DALMAC and
the National 24 Hour Challenge. Proceeds from this event will be split and donated to both the Pere Marquette Rail
and the Tri-County Bicycle Association/DALMAC FUND Inc.

If you have never experienced a ride on the Pere-Marquette this is a must event and worth the trip to mid-Michigan.  The rail trail is wide, fully paved and beautiful.  For those of you who have experienced the thrill of the Pere-Marquette, here is your chance to return and enjoy a well staged ride.

Not interested in riding but would still like to support David's memory, the Friends of the Pere-Marquette and the Tri-County Bicycle Association?  No worries.  Please use the donation button on the registration page.  Your support is much appreciated and will help to maintain the Pere-Marquette while aiding the Tri-County Bicycle Association in promoting safe cycling.

The event will take place September 9th, 2023, along the Pere-Marquette Rail Trail starting in either Clare or Mildland Michigan. Riders will leave from the Doherty Hotel parking lot in Clare or the trail head parking lot just north of The Tridge in Midland.

From there it is up to each individual to choose their preferred distance as they set out along the Pere-Marquette.  The rail trail has been chosen for
maximizing safety and flexibility. Some riders may choose only a few miles while others may enjoy the challenge of a 60 mile round trip. 

Maury Irwin of State Farm insurance will be providing refreshments at rest stops in Coleman and Sanford, roughly 10 and 20 miles out from either starting point.  Cops & Doughnuts will also have a bonus doughnut stop in Loomis, 5 miles west of Clare.

You must register by August 24th to receive swag.
Swag bags (shirt and water bottle, etc.) will be available for pick up the morning of the ride from 8am – 11am at each starting location. In the interest of flexibility, all riders are free to set out and return on their own schedule. Event
donation is $35 
(non-refundable). Family members under 18 are free but must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Swag bags will only be available for adult pre-registered riders or minors willing to pay the donation amount. 


Date: September 9th

Location: Pere Marquette Trail

Start: Doherty Hotel 604 N McEwan St, Clare, MI 48617
Midland City Trail Head

Multiple distance: Rider chooses out and back distance

Aid stations: 10 and 20 miles out from the start and open 1:00pm.  Water and snacks will be available.

Online Registration:
Registration opens June 1st, 2023


We would like to thank our sponsors and supporting organizations.

Stone Gallery of the Lakes

Redi Care Okemos

Doherty Hotel

Realty North, Greg Robinson

Maury Irwin

Cops & Doughnuts