Colton gearing up for annual ‘Higley 100’ bike ride

BIKERS READY - The 10th annual Higley 100 metric-century and half-century bike ride will take place the morning of Sept. 13. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Higley Flow State Park with support from the Canton Bicycle Club. (Submitted Photo)

COLTON - The 10th annual Higley 100 metric century and metric half-century bike ride takes place later this month and should draw another good turnout according to event coordinators.

The longer ride, which stretches 100 kilometers, begins at 8:30 a.m. and the shorter, 50 kilometer route starts at 10 a.m., both the morning of Sept. 13.

The event will begin and end at the Higley Flow State Park beach foothills.

“Typically we don’t have a lot of mountain bikers but we do sometimes have some that ride. It’s not a race. It’s basically a tour of the northern Adirondack edge,” Judy Fuhr, who coordinates the food and refreshments, t-shirt sales, waivers and registrations, said.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Higley Flow State Park with support from the Canton Bicycle Club.

There is a $30 entrance fee for the ride, $40 if you purchase a t-shirt.

“That covers the cost of the insurance, the entry, the sheets and then all of the turns are marked as well,” Mrs. Fuhr said. “Typically we have fewer pre-entries and more day-of-the-event entries. It varies between 40 and 60 riders. I think the youngest that we’ve had were some high school students and we’ve had people up into their 70s do the ride. ... We’re getting an increasing number from the Syracuse and Rochester area lately.”

Proceeds from the event support the efforts of the Friends of Higley Flow State Park to enhance park facilities and services.

A buffet barbecue will be served at the park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The 100 kilometer loop includes a climb to the town of Parishville and over White Hill, while the shorter course features a portion going over Windmill Hill in Colton.

“It originally started as the first event that the Friends of Higley Flow State Park created. They were looking for funding and were looking for an event that the participants would get a good return for their pay,” Mrs. Fuhr said.

Event organizer David Trithart said that last year’s event garnered between 60 and 80 athletes and was evenly split between the two rides.

“We like to get pre-registrations, and we have a nice meal for everybody afterwards, but we do take registrations that morning as well,” Mr. Trithart said. “We’re going to try and pull it off the same as usual. It’s really almost a service to the bikers in the area as well as a fundraiser for the Higley Flow State Park. Making it a really big thing has never really been our goal. It’s just a nice end of the summer event and a nice leisurely ride for the bikers.”

Sign up for the 'Higley Hundred' bike ride set for Sept. 13 in Colton
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:37 pm

COLTON -- Friends of the Higley Flow State Park are hosting the "Higley Hundred" bike ride on Sept. 13.

There are two routes, the fall foliage century, which is 62 miles and the half-century, which is 31 miles.

Rider will leave from the Highley Flow State Park at 8:30 a.m. for the century and 10 a.m. for the half-century.

Route maps will be available marking the loop which will lead riders back to the park for a picnic.

Map and cue sheet pick up starts at the park at 8 a.m.

Barbeque buffet will be offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Sag wagon will be provided.

Pre-register by Aug. 30 to get a shirt.

Forms are available from The Treadmill or Wear On Earth in Potsdam. They can also be downloaded from or .

Info: or 262-2362.

Metric Century Ride Scheduled for September 13, 2014

The 10th. "Higley Hundred Bicycle Ride" will begin and end at the Park, following a route of 100 kilometers (62 miles) with the option of 50km (31 miles).  For details of the ride, check out page 2 of the Summer Higley Happenings.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 the Friends of Higley Flow State Park, with the support of Graymont Materials, Inc. and many volunteers, will be hosting the 10th Higley Hundred bicycle ride.  Starting and ending at the park, riders follow a route of 100 kilometers (62 miles), or 50 km (31 miles).  The 100 km loop includes a climb to the town of Parishville and over White Hill, but will be run the opposite direction from last year. The shorter ride features a section going over Windmill Hill in Colton.  The routes are mainly along secondary roads, but include brief sections on Rt. 56 and/or Rt.72. 

Participation has been growing each year in this event that offers a year-end challenge for North Country cyclists.  Each rider will be provided with a course map and cue sheet noting all turns.  This is not a race, and riders usually find a group  to share the ride with  – which enhances the pleasures of the ride.

Riders will pass through several towns where refreshments may be obtained. A support vehicle will be available for riders with technical problems.

At the end, all participants join in a barbecue at the beach in Higley Flow State Park.  Registration forms are available at local bike shops, and online at the website of the Friends of Higley Flow State Park ( Pre-registrations must be received by Sept. 12. A commemorative t-shirt will be included for registrations received by Sept 6.

For more information or if you want to help the volunteers running the event, contact Judy Fuhr at 262-2362 or David Trithart at 265-8117. 

Here's a PDF of the description and registration form.
Of course, most may choose to register again at:

Thanks to all the wonderful folks who participated in this year's I Love My Parks Day at Higley Flow on May 2nd. !

Your efforts will help hikers and campers enjoy the summer at Higley Flow.  It was hard work, but it's greatly appreciated.
Ed & Judy Fuhr were kind enough to snap some shots of the event, which we've posted here:

A Big "Thank You" Is Due
4/3/14 - 
Hi everyone -

We are winding down on another ski season, and a long one at that, with skiing starting early.  All the grooming that Ed and Judy Fuhr, and Bob Washo from SLU do make the skiing more enjoyable for all of us.  If you haven't already thanked these folks for their many hours of service, I hope you will consider doing so.

Best wishes,

Doug Welch

Colton Winterfest ski races go on thanks to efforts of volunteers

Adam R. Terko, Canton, assistant coach for the St. Lawrence University Nordic Ski Team, competes in the Higley Hustle Ski Races Sunday at Higley Flow State Park as part of the Colton Winterfest. Mr. Terko finished the 10K race in first place.

By KATIE ANDERSON, Reprinted from Daily Courier-Observer

SOUTH COLTON — Athletes braved the cold Sunday during Higley Hustle Ski Races, part of Winterfest’s final day of activities.

The 10k and 5k classic races were held in the morning and the 5k and 2.5k skate races started after 1 p.m.

Adam R. Terko, assistant ski coach for St. Lawrence University who said he’s been skiing for nearly 20 years, took home first place in the 10k classic.

“The trail was great. The new snow helped,” he said. “The really nice tracks and cold weather are nice to see.”

Even though Sunday’s skiers enjoyed the trails, overall participation in the races was down compared to recent years. Races organizer Judy A. Fuhr said December’s ice storm could be to blame.

“We expected the numbers to be down,” Mrs. Fuhr said. “People haven’t had the opportunities to train like they normally would because the park was closed.”

Mrs. Fuhr said the extreme cold hasn’t helped with the number of skiers, either.

Ronald R. Gotham, South Colton, assistant timer for the morning races, said 11 racers took part in the 10k and two in the 5k. Normally there are 40 skiers in total.

“They have the races every year, and I try to volunteer in one way or another,” Mr. Gotham said. “They weren’t sure if we were going to be able to reopen, so it wasn’t publicized. This was just in the last week that things really came together with the snow and the state crews being able to clear trails.”

Mrs. Fuhr said about half of the trail network is open for skiing.

“The other half is still pretty buried,” she said. “The fact that we had 60 volunteers picking up branches last week helped considerably.”

Ellie B. Menz, Colton, said she’s one of those volunteers who also enjoys skiing the trails.

“This is a tremendous resource that’s used by a lot of people, but is basically maintained by Judy and her husband Ed and other people who help,” she said. “So it’s all volunteer.”

Ms. Menz said although it would have been nice to have the Higley Trails Lodge open at the start of a great season, she’s been noticing new families coming out to ski and enjoy the new building.

“They’re going out to ski, leaving their things here, coming in to have their lunch and going back out to ski some more,” she said. “It’s just what we always wanted it to be and what we envisioned.”

Mrs. Fuhr said this was really the first weekend that the lodge has been open.

It was built over the summer, but the ice storm prevented them from opening it on schedule.

“It’s definitely helping to bring families out because they can come in and let their kids warm up,” she said.

Overall, Mrs. Fuhr said the rest of the Winterfest weekend was steady with over 200 at the craft fair and multiple vendors for the quilt show.

Sunday’s activities also included recreational snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Catamount Lodge.

“The concert last night was way up from previous attendance and it was just an excellent concert,” she said.


Scott A. Bollt, Potsdam, 15, competes in the Higley Hustle Ski Races Sunday at Higley Flow State Park as part of the Colton Winterfest.


Ethan Townsend, head coach for the St. Lawrence University Nordic Ski Team, competes in the Higley Hustle Ski Races Sunday at Higley Flow State Park as part of the Colton Winterfest.

May 4, 2013 - Some of the volunteers for I Love My Parks workday stand in front of the newly-completed Trails Lodge.