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Stay Tuned for more information on if we'll be able to hold the 2021 Copper Harbor Trails Fest!


Well folks, the rumors are true: the 27th Annual Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Trails Fest is canceled for 2020. It was a tough decision and we waited as long as we could before making the call.  However, due to continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not justify hosting our favorite event of the year in the middle of such turbulent times.  Putting our staff and volunteers into potentially risky situations was a non-starter, as was actively inviting hundreds of people to congregate on race courses, at the party in the park, and in trailside revelry.  The health and well-being of our community is number one, and we did not want to put fun ahead of responsibility.

We’d like to thank Bell’s Beer for being flexible with us as our plans changed and changed again in the run up to our decision, and to all of our partners who stood by us as we formulated our plans behind the scenes.  A very special thanks goes out to our Events Committee volunteers for knocking their brains together thinking of ways that we could socially distance ourselves from others during each race.  Their plans will not have been made in vain as many excellent solutions for alleviating crowding during our races have been archived for future years.

Rest assured that we’ll be back at it next year with a bash to remember.  We plan to have a small merch and ArtBike booth in Copper Harbor during Labor Day weekend this year as a way of reaching out to those who still want to make the journey north to celebrate summer on our trails.  Who knows, there may even be some special swag on offer… Stay tuned for more information on dates and times when we'll be available.

Congratulations to longtime Trails Fest racer Brian Monton for being the unofficial ‘winner’ of this year’s XC and Enduro events.  Brian managed to be the only person to sign up during a brief period when our registration page was not in draft mode way back in May.  For everyone else who missed out, we are contemplating a virtual race and will keep everyone updated as we figure out more.

We appreciate everyone’s interest in Trails Fest and are disappointed we won’t be able to see you all later this summer.  Copper Harbor remains open for business (as long as you’re wearing a mask) and our trails are as great as they’ve ever been, so plan a time mid-week when the crowds are light and make a trip north.  We invite you to grab a beer from Brickside, BBQ from The Fitz, a pastry from Jamsen’s, a cabin at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, and find a secluded spot to watch the sunset from.  There are still plenty of memories to be made out there and we encourage you to discover what makes this place so special.  We look forward to celebrating with you again soon.  For now though, pour one out for Trails Fest 2020 and start planning your trip for 2021.

Outdated information: The Bell's Beer Copper Harbor Trails Fest takes place September 4 - September 6, 2020 in Copper Harbor, MI. The annual Labor Day Weekend event features Enduro races, short (~15 miles) and long (~30 miles) XC courses, Downhill Race, a Junior MTB race (for kids 13 & under), and a 10K Trail Run. Enjoy music, beer, and good times on Saturday and Sunday! The open/expert Enduro is part of the Lake Superior Gravity Series.  

KING & QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN:  Do you have what it takes to be named the champion of Copper Harbor? Compete in the long XC, Donwhill, and Expert Enduro races for a chance to become the King or Queen of the Mountain! The fastest male and female racers across all three events will take home the top prize.  But why stop there?  If you add in the 10k Trail Run, you'll also become eligible for the Beast Mode award.  Test your mettle and make a run for the top!

Town fills up quickly for Labor Day Weekend but if you still need a place to pitch your tent, we have limited spots available in the group campsite at Fort Wilkins!  Visit the group campsite signup page for more information - sites are only $5/person and are the cheapest place to stay in town.

Trails Fest Refund Policy: We will allow transfer of entries. Sorry, no refunds for any reason. 

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