Finish Line & Venue: Timber Ridge Resort
Timber Ridge: The Finish Venue
Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort has earned its reputation as Traverse City’s premiere outdoor recreation destination; whether it’s the mid-winter relay triathlon Ice3, a cross-country skiing endurance event such as the VASA, a spring trail run through the woods like Run the Ridge, or the incomparable Iceman Cometh Challenge, which has proven through the years to incorporate elements of all Northern Michigan’s four seasons.
It’s not only Timber Ridge Resort’s location that has made it the unequivocal favorite for events, but the myriad amenities the resort provides year round have made it a beloved destination for vacationers; with cabins, cottages, park homes, and the welcome construction of three new Yurts this year, for a total of nine, for guests to enjoy in addition to our newly upgraded RV campsites. Our own mountain biking, hiking, groomed and lit Nordic and snowshoe trails abutting the Pere Marquette State Forest and the VASA trail, combined with our convenient position on the East side of town, means you are never more than minutes from the adventure of your choice.
Why limit yourself to a smattering of weekends away when you can join our family of seasonal guests with a place to call home all summer long? Bring your RV and choose from our selection of full hook-up sites, or consider the ultimate in vacation living in your own Up North cottage vacation home; a Park Model.
Park Model Homes are fully customizable to suit your needs up to 400 square feet, with gourmet kitchens, cathedral ceilings and bay windows, full baths, front porches, and oftentimes a loft for extra storage. Completely affordable starting around $70,000 furnished, they are 100 percent property tax free and include the park amenities and our planned summer children’s activities. Make an appointment to begin designing your dream getaway cottage today!
• The North’s most charming banquet facility for weddings,
family reunions, graduations, corporate retreats and more!• Nordic ski shop with snowshoe and ski rentals, fat bike rentals, lit and groomed trails
• A fun and challenging bike terrain park, jump pad, heated pool and more amenities added every year.
• Pull-through RV sites, full hook-up available – bring a group and camp together!
Bell’s Beer at Timber Ridge Resort
Timber Ridge Foundation’s special event liquor license does not allow for alcoholic beverages to pass in or out of the secured area that defines the Celebration Zone. (The fencing around the northern part of Timber Ridge’s campground delineates the perimeter of the Celebration Zone). That means that alcoholic beverages of any kind are not permitted to be brought into the Celebration Zone.
Don’t worry there will be plenty of Bell’s libations available for purchase within the Celebration Zone! Proceeds of the beer sales benefit the Timber Ridge Foundation which supports AC Paws, Tart Trails, Inc. and numerous local athletic teams and charities.
It also means that open cups of draft Bell’s Beer may not be taken outside of the gated area. Security personnel will be present at all three entrances of the Celebration Zone to enforce these rules.
For this year’s event, we have adjusted the entrance/ exit spots to enhance the foot traffic flow. Please respect the perimeter fencing’s function and do not cut-through, climb-over, tip-over or rearrange the fencing.
Registered guests of Timber Ridge Resort are allowed to have open containers at their designated campsites. Thank you in advance for your compliance with these simple rules.
Rules and Regs for the BISSELL Celebration Zone
Our number one priority for Iceman participants and spectators is safety. We’ve got a team of true professionals operating behind the scenes in our Search & Rescue Team as well as our Medical Team to ensure that all riders are accounted for and anyone needing assistance receives it quickly and efficiently.
The Iceman is unique in that the entire BISSELL Celebration Zone venue also functions as a small festival. Thus, in order to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment of all the activities, we ask your assistance in respecting our rules for items allowed and not allowed within the BISSELL Celebration Zone.
• Weapons - Anything else that may be deemed a weapon by Iceman security personnel
• Alcohol – Bell’s Beer and Tandem Cider are available for purchase inside the Celebration Zone
• Cigarettes, E- Cigarettes & Cigars – We are nonsmoking venue
• Illegal substances
• Any item deemed unsafe by Iceman security personnel
Food In The BISSELL Celebration Zone
The BISSELL Celebration Zone has something for everyone, and that includes your gourmand toddler. Everyone has a favorite recovery snack, and we’re cranking that into a full meal! From Spark’s BBQ to The Daily Blend, coffee, cookies, we’ve got you covered. Expect to see a few additions before race day, and make sure you take a look at all your options!
Chilled? Take A Shower!!
That’s right, we are making a guarantee on the weather for the day of the event. Showers.
No more, “it’s supposed to be sunny and 55 degrees or hopefully we’ll have snow, it could rain, maybe a little light freezing drizzle”....but showers are a certainty again this year.
For all Meijer Sno-Cone, Meijer Slush Cup and Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge riders who would like to warm up and put some dry clothes on before enjoying the rest of the afternoon’s festivities, we have a solution! Hot steaming showers!! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being hot, dusty, sweaty or of being soaked and chilled to the bone, yet knowing that a hot shower is right around the corner.
Two semi-tractor trailers containing 16 private shower stalls each will be located right inside the Celebration Zone. We’ll have 32 showers for men. The ladies will be commandeering the entire North bath house facilities for their showers and changing area.
If you want to use Timber Ridge Resort’s South bath house showers (and maybe avoid the lines) just be sure to bring some quarters as the showers require about $2.00 for an eight minute good hot steaming. Towels are also highly recommended if you’re planning on using either shower facility.
Holly Behrens and Joe Bottenhorn have their fingers on the pulse of the BISSELL Celebration Zone and can help direct you to wherever you want to go! Holly & Joe have been manning the Information Tent for the last years so they know all “the ins and outs” of the finish line operations. “Iceman changes things up on us but ultimately we figure out the madness to his method. We help set-up each year and that really helps us get a feel for the flow of the place before the crowds arrive” says Joe.
In addition to fielding location questions, Holly and Joe keep busy charging phones throughout the day, and helping lost parents reconnect with their children. Have a question? See Holly & Joe in the bright red Info Tent.