Firecracker Pre-Party
in the Oxbow Hotel Courtyard

Friday, June 23 - 6pm-10pm • FREE




Caley Conway

Caley Conway
from Milwaukee

Boy Howdy

Boy Howdy
from Appleton

Plus, opening for Irie Sol outside on the main stage, and doing late sets inside on the Lakely stage (until 11pm):

This year we’re bringing the party to downtown Eau Claire with music, food, drinks, and more while you pick up your race packet. Plus each registered participant gets one free tap beer at the tent! Part of the proceeds raised through drinks and food go to support CORBA and their work building trails across the Chippewa Valley.

The firepits will be blazing and camaraderie flowing as the biking and trail running communities unite for a celebratory night packed with good vibes.

Erupting out of the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, WI with a musical blend that reflects the diversity of its band members—who hail from Kingston, Jamaica; Providence, RI; Chicago, IL; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; and Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI — Irie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican chat/DJing and soaring, soulful melodies backed by blazing bebop horns, wailing guitar, and tight drum and bass. The band has shared bills with The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, The Meditations, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, John Munson of Semisonic, and more.

Some of what you can expect as the community comes together:

  • Full Lakely menu + outdoor burgers, brats, and more
  • Beer & Cocktail Bars
  • One Free Tap Beer for Registered Racers
  • Race Packet Pick Up for Saturday Events
  • Vendor & Sponsor Tents
  • Micro Bike Races (all welcome to try it!)
  • Bike Spin Art w/ Shift Cyclery & Coffee Bar
  • Two cozy firepits
  • Firecracker, CORBA, and sponsor merch deals


Downtown Group Run — Join the Herd from Blue Ox Running for this 3-mile group fun run, leaving from the Oxbow Hotel Courtyard at 5:30, taking to the city trails and streets, and returning for the party. Free to join, all abilities welcome!

Urban Group Road & Trail Ride — Join the gang from Shift Cyclery & Coffee Bar on this roughly 7-mile group fun ride! It will leave from the Oxbow Hotel Courtyard at 5:45, taking to the city streets and trails then returning for the party. Free to join, all abilities welcome!