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Headwaters 100

Register online for the Headwaters 100 Bike Ride

The Headwaters 100 ride will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017.



PLEASE NOTE: Our route is changing this year due to recently announced road construction on US Hwy 71. Click here for a map of the Headwaters 100 route for 2017.

Due to recently announced road construction on Highway 71, Itascatur felt it necessary to use an alternate route for the 2017 Headwaters 100.


Join us for this one-time alternate route!

We’re excited to be celebrating our local trails, including Minnesota’s oldest Rails to Trail route, the Heartland Trail! You’ll follow the Heartland Trail to its end in Cass Lake, and then loop around the beautiful Mi-Gi -Zi Trail loop in Chippewa National Park.

On your tour you will experience:

We’ll also be commemorating this year with a special t-shirt design, so you’ll want to be sure you’re registered by September 17 to get this one-of-kind memento!

The 45, 75, and 100 mile rides will all be out-and-back, starting at the Century School in Park Rapids.

45 mile tour: to Cass County Line (junction with Paul Bunyan Trail) and back

75 mile tour: to Anderson’s Cove on Steamboat Bay and back

108 mile tour: up to and around the Mi-Gi-Zi trail and back. You’ll take the Mi-Gi-Zi trail clockwise, from the north.

The routes will be signed throughout their entire distance, and we’ll have color maps for you on ride day.

Two food stops will be located at:

Akeley City Park (approx. 18 miles, from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Anderson’s Cove on Steamboat Bay (approx. 38 miles, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Restrooms will be set up at Nevis, Akeley, Anderson’s Cove and at the Mi-Gi-Zi Trail.

SAG will be stationary this year. Riders will be given wrist bands with two phone numbers you can call if you need help. We ask you to be mindful of the mile markers on the trail so we can dispatch the nearest SAG support to you.

Registration is $40 through September 17, and includes a t-shirt. Registration September 18 - September 23 is $50, with no t-shirt. We love early registrations!

As always, you'll find friendly volunteers from beginning to end. We look forward to seeing you!

Refreshments are included in registration. Food and Beverage stops will be located along the course. Facilities will be located at start, food stops, and finish line.


  • Register on or before 08/31/2017 : $40.00 (includes t-shirt)
  • Register 09/01/2017 through 09/17/2017 : $40.00 (includes t-shirt)
  • Register 09/18/2017 - 9/23/2017 : $50.00 (does not include t-shirt)
  • Children 17 and under : $15.00 (includes t-shirt through 9/17/2017)

Route map

Click here to download a PDF of the 2017 Headwaters 100 route!

Rules of the Road

Itascatur asks that you follow the rules of the road when cycling. Minnesota law gives bicyclists the same rights and privileges as drivers of other vehicles. Cyclists must be familiar with and obey all traffic laws applying to using the road.
Highlights of the law:

  • Ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when passing, preparing for a left turn or avoiding objects, other vehicles or pedestrians.
  • Travel in the same direction as other traffic on the roadway.
  • When riding on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and call out to them when preparing to pass.
  • Ride no more than two abreast and do not impede traffic.

For the full text of Minnesota Bicycle Traffic laws, please visit - 2015 Bicycle Statutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ image linkWe've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions here: Headwaters 100 FAQ.

2017 registration through

Registration button for Itascatur's Headwaters 100 bike ride event

Itascatur is thinking green: We will no longer send brochures with registration forms through the mail; instead you can find register online at

ZapEvent is an established online registration tool that you may already be familiar with; if not we encourage you to check it out! If you prefer to send your registration through the mail, you can still do so.

Click here find out how to pay by check.

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Headwaters 100 bike ride Park Rapids, MN
Headwaters 100 bike ride in Park Rapids, MN

Click here to view the Headwaters 100 slideshow! The slideshow features music from one of our past food-stop entertainers, dancing Light. We're very excited to share everything we love about the Headwaters 100 with you!

'New' graphic Itascatur's favorite rides!

Check out Itascatur's favorite rides- a list of our favorite getaways around our neck of the woods- and lakes! Itascatur has mapped some of their most-traveled routes at Map My Ride and we would like to share them with you. Map My Ride gives details of the ride as well- difficulty, elevation, distance, etc. You can also download an app to your iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone so you can take advantage of Map My Ride on the go. Click here to see Itascatur's favorite rides!

Thank you!

Itascatur wants to thank you, our riders, for making 2016 another great year for the Headwaters 100 ride! We had some fantastic weather for riding.

  • 234 rode the 100 mile route
  • 86 rode the 75 mile route
  • 124 rode the 45 mile route

We had 444 riders altogether; hailing from AZ, CA, CO, ND, SD, MI, MN, TX, SC, IL, IA, WI, and Manitoba. Our youngest riders were 13; our oldest rider was 79. It was another great year for the ride! The volunteers look forward to seeing you next year!

'New' graphic Headwaters 100 Training Guide

Written by Neil King of Up North Athletics. Click on the links to download a printable .pdf file to assist in your training.

Riding plan (.pdf, 20kb)

Ride details (.pdf, 20kb)

Training tips (.pdf, 20kb)