Join us to #OptOutside @ BIG MARSH

November 02, 2016
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#OptOutside this Black Friday - November 25 - by joining Friends of Big Marsh and partners for the inaugural race at the newly completed BIG MARSH BIKE PARK! This race is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting Friends of Big Marsh for continued buildout of park features.

Start the day by experiencing a walking tour of the park highlighting its history, ecology, features, bike access, and discussion of future phase buildout. The tour is free and likely to include a walk around the race course.

Then strap on your helmet (required for all riders) and race through the park on a variety of the expert-designed features! There are race categories for all skill levels (including kids and first-timers) with increased racing time and laps of an approximate 1.5 mile course based on skill level. Races are open to all ages and suitable for any type of off-road worthy bike (cyclocross, mountain, fat bike, bmx, dirt jumper, etc).



  • #buildbigmarsh - 10 second race lead for general donation of $100 or more


Other Information:

  • Pre-registration is requested for the walking tour, and preferred for all races. Race day registration will be available.
  • Existing owners of Big Marsh cycling kits may wear them on race day for a 5 second race lead.
  • Previous individual chainring donors will receive a 20 second race lead - and special recognition at the starting line!
  • Bring cash on race day as we will be holding a fundraising raffle of high end sponsor goods, and we're arranging for onsite food vendors (will announce when confirmed).
  • All participants will receive a goody bag from our generous event sponsors. The list of businesses providing prize donations will be posted prior to the race. If you are interested in being a race sponsor, please email Thanks!

So..... will you go out with us????

Register Here

  Don't forget to:

  • Use the hashtag #OptOutsideBigMarsh in your social media

Big Marsh Park is at 11599 S. Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

  • Directions To Big Marsh