#MIKidsCan Spotlight: Slush Cup Champion {and a chance to win!}

The annual Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge pits mountain bikers against snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures.

For younger riders, the Meijer Slush Cup provides an opportunity to get in on the action with an eight-mile out-and-back ride.

Amelia Werner took part in her first Slush Cup last year, pushing hard to take first place in her age category. The 10-year-old had only taken up the sport of mountain biking the summer before the race.

Riding with the support and guidance of her family and Norte!, a Traverse City youth cycling organization, Amelia practiced through the fall and triumphed. The 10-year-old said the win surprised her, considering she’d just wanted to finish.

She’s gearing up for the race again this year, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 7. She’ll be in a more competitive age bracket, but is confident she can do well in the race.

“I can go faster,” she said.

Dad Tim Werner said biking has been a great activity for the entire family. They’ve taken trips to Mackinac Island with their bikes in tow and weekend camping trips always include a few bike rides.

“We love biking and it’s something that we can all do together,” Tim Werner said.

Amelia Werner has ridden her bike to school seven blocks every day for the past two years through rain, snow, and more pleasant weather. She said she likes the feeling of independence she has on her bike.

Editor’s Note: At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, we believe kids can do anything they set their minds to. Our #MIKidsCan initiative is inspiring Michigan’s youth to get on the path to a healthy lifestyle and we’re a proud sponsor of this year’s Iceman Cometh Challenge.

Does your son or daughter think they can be the next Iceman Slush Cup champion? We’re giving away 10 free registrations so they can prove it! Head over to the Healthier Michigan Facebook page by Sept. 29 at 11:59pm EST to enter. Click here for official rules.

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