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Bicycle Race Through Mud And More Saturday To Support East Side’s Big Marsh Bike Park

The all-day Half Acre CX Eliminator — where cyclists ride through extreme conditions — is Saturday. It will support the East Side park and natural area.

Avi, 9, races his bike along the Big Marsh Park pump track Sept. 18.
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EAST SIDE — Big Marsh Bike Park is inviting cyclists out for a messy all-day race over Labor Day weekend. 

The Half Acre CX Eliminator race is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Big Marsh Bike Park, 11599 S. Stony Island Ave. A portion of the race’s proceeds will go to the development of the Southeast Side’s Big Marsh, a nearly 300-acre natural area and bike park operated by the Park District.

The CX Eliminator is a unique kind of race that marries a “cyclocross” — where road bicycles are ridden through grass, gravel, dirt, mud and on pavement to destroy the bikes as quickly as possible — and an “Eliminator,” a hot-laps tournament where groups of five to eight racers compete one lap at a time, according to the Half Acre website

There will be features to challenge racers, including a technical flow section, short hill climbs, a singletrack and straightaways. Barriers and other physical hazards will be placed throughout the race, according to the race’s online registration page.

The racing groups — for men, women, a family fun ride and more — will have different start times throughout the day.

Racers are encouraged to bring water and food from home and to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled race start time to check in or register.

There will be prizes for the racers who do the best, provided by sponsors of Big Marsh and Half Acre Cycling.

People interested in participating can register online or in person at the race beginning at 8:15 a.m. if spots remain when online registration closes on Friday. Same-day registration is $25.

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