Clinton River Trail Fall classic returns in Sept.

The ninth annual Clinton River Trail Fall Classic event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. The purpose of this family-friendly fundraiser is to introduce participants to the exceptional natural beauty and amenities found along the Clinton River Trail. The trail passes through five cities in the middle of Oakland County including Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Pontiac and Sylvan Lake.

Picture 9Registration fee is $20 for individuals, $50 for families (maximum of four participants per household, intended for parents and children). In order to obtain an event T-shirt, registration must be received no later than Sept. 9, whether online or by mail. Day of event registration will be available; however, no event T-shirt will be included.

On-site registration and starting point for the event is Riverside Park at the corner of Auburn Road and Squirrel Road in downtown Auburn Hills. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with complimentary bagels and coffee.

Parking is available at the park or at several locations in the immediate area.

There are several route options for riders from five to 40 miles. For walkers there are also options including a 5k route. Routes will be provided at registration.  Both easterly and westerly routes are planned.  The longer routes include connection to the Macomb Orchard Trail on the east end of the CRT. Rest stops will be available near end points of the CRT. Lunch is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Riverside Park for all participants.

Exhibits will be displayed by many Fall Classic sponsors. Event sponsors for the Fall Classic include Volkswagen Group of America, Motor City Brew Tours, ITC, Meijer, 7 South Consulting Inc., Lear Corporation and Advanced Disposal.  Presenting sponsors are A. Raymond Tinnerman, Inc., American Cycle & Fitness, Boccia Family Foundation, DTE Energy, Genisys Credit Union, Hi-Tech Mold & Eng. Inc., Letica Corporation, Main Street Bicycles East Inc., Outdoor Action Company, Performance Bicycle, Republic Services/Allied Waste, Rochester Bike Shop, Sam’s Club, 7:39ers Bicyclist Group, Slow Spokes Bicycle Club and Walmart. Additional sponsors are identified in the event brochure as well as the Friends of the Clinton River Trail web site. Their support is greatly appreciated as is the assistance of all the cities through which the trail passes.

The Clinton River Trail Fall Classic is one of the many Pure Michigan events, celebrating Michigan’s vast & varied network of trails during Michigan Trails Week, September 21-28.

This event is coordinated by Friends of the Clinton River Trail, a volunteer organization working to develop and improve the trail for all users. Go to to register on-line and to obtain additional information about the event.

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