Keen On The Go: Farmland 5km and Free-For-All Bike Race 2019

It isn’t always easy to get the family outside and moving this time of year. With the snow coming and going, a mix of warm and cold temps, and often a lack of sun, sometimes you need a good excuse to get going. 

That’s what Farmland is for. We’re proud to be back as the title sponsors of the Farmland 5km and Free-For-All Bike race here in Traverse City, Michigan. For yet another year, we’re inviting runners and bikers to join us for a run, a bike race, and a whole lot of fun on Saturday, December 7. 

Runners get their first crack at the action with a country-inspired five-kilometer race at Rasho Farm. The course is famous for its rolling hills, two copses of trees, and a ton of support at the finish line. Once you’re done, you’re straight into the little village of vendors, soup, Short’s Brewing Co beer, and even some Starcut Ciders before awards. 

As the fleet-of-foot relax, the bikes take the start line for a 12-mile drag race that sees mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, and fat bikes battle it out. The conditions are half the fun and a huge part of selecting what bike to pick. Over the years, we’ve seen snow, sun, rain, and a mix of everything on race day! With all those runners sticking around, each lap is punctuated by thunderous cheers as riders fly through the race village. 

A run and a bike race…why not both? One of the coolest features of Farmland 5km is the chance to win ultimate bragging rights with the overall title. We take your combined time from the run and the bike for the best total time. It’s a unique chance to see how you do in a new discipline and certainly earn your beer or cider. 

The event raises money for the Traverse City Track Club, a non-profit organization that has donated tens of thousands of dollars to local charities. For a lot of our cycling pals, it’s the first time we all get back together since the Iceman Cometh Challenge in November, and a chance to get ready for a full winter of fun. 

Keen always shows up strong, entering riders, runners, and a few dual threats with fast legs and darn good attitudes. Wanna join us? You can get signed up for the Farmland 5km presented by Keen Technical Solutions right here