Event Spotlight – St Fattys Day 3 – Mackinac Island



April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014 marks the 3rd St Fattys Day. One of the very first Fatbike Events in the midwest, St Fattys Day has always been a participant-first and fun-focused event. This year, They’re switching it up a little bit.  It’s a ride, a party, its free, its on an island, and we hope the boats are running.

The course will accommodate all levels of enthusiasts including those who just wish to spectate, or pedal around at their leisure.


Before: Race around a golf course

Now: Ride around an island in the top of Lake Huron.

Before: Gaylord, Michigan

Now: Mackinac Island, Michigan

Before: $3o-ish dollars

Now: Free (Please consider a donation to http://fundraise.worldbicyclerelief.org/stfattysday)

Before: Racers mostly of Fat-Bikes

Now: Riders of Fat-Bikes and any bikes and people that want to hang out an party on an island in Lake Huron in late March, because its something you have never done before. Bring your fat-bike or mountain bike or no bike and interact with others.

Before: Great

Now: Also great, but different

In 1898 Mackinac Island banned automobiles and has never elected to lift the ban!

The Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island

On Saturday, April 12th Mackinac Island State Park will host the third annual St Fatty’s Day. The event is a celebration of winter cycling, usually with extra-wide tire “Fat Bikes” that have gained popularity in recent years.

Previous years included a race and expo, this year year is highlighted by a group ride around the island followed by a social hour at a local island establishment.

The event is free to attend. There is no registration or pre-registration. Participants need to simply show up at the start area at 2 pm which is downtown in the city of Mackinac Island.

People do not need to bring a bike to participate. Spectators are encouraged to come and enjoy the fun. Also, mountain bikers with traditional-width tires are also encouraged to attend.


Participants and supporters are asked to consider making a donation to the charitable organization, World Bicycle Relief.

World Bicycle Relief was founded in 2005 by F.K. Day and Leah Missbach Day in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami. By partnering with aid organizations in Sri Lanka, World Bicycle Relief distributed over 24,000 bicycles, empowering survivors. The group has continued to distribute bicycles in developing nations to aid in access to health care, education, and economic opportunity.

Donations can be made online at www.fundraise.worldbicyclerelief.org/stfattysday

Further information about the event can be found at www.facebook.com/stfattysday


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