Local cyclists gathered to participate in the 12th annual SLUG Cat, an alleycat-style scavenger hunt and bike race. Photo: Ashley Christenson.

The 12th Annual SLUG Cat Presented By Fat Tire


The 12th Annual SLUG Cat Presented By Fat Tire took place on Saturday, May 18, featuring games, a manifest of clues, a swarm of bicyclists and amazing sponsors. Registration began at 4 p.m. at Saturday Cycles next to SLUG HQ, where 110 riders gathered to exchange repair tips and make new friends in the cycling community. At 5 p.m., the race began, with participants dashing to pick up their manifests. Competitors either deciphered clues and planned their routes or sprinted off immediately in various directions, heading to stops like Culture Coffee and HK Brewing Co and Taproom & Bar to complete tasks like hopscotch and trivia to earn points. As the race concluded, riders returned to the SLUG Mag office for the awards ceremony, enjoying music from DJ Nix Beat, fun activities from Unplugged, assistance from Lotus Health with medical cannabis cards and delicious Argentinean meals from Porteña Gourmet Empanadas. This year introduced a Non-Binary Division alongside the Women’s and Men’s Divisions, with grand prizes including a Fat Tire bicycle, a Specialized Mountain Bike and a custom Salsa bike from Saturday Cycles awarded to the first-place winners in each category. After the awards ceremony, participants enjoyed a free product toss and the SLUG Cat after party, marking a perfect end to the event as the sun set and riders cycled away from SLUG Magazine’s office. We hope to see you all ride next year!

Non-Binary Division:
1st Place: Squanchy Papi (Nick Santos)
2nd Place: Katie Doobey
3rd Place: Alea Clymer

Women’s Division:
1st Place: Ili Mocuta
2nd Place: Michelle Guy
3rd Place: Quincey Cummings

Men’s Division:
1st Place: Zoltan Jelovich
2nd Place: Grant Beiting
3rd Place: Nate Brown

DFL or Our Youngest Participant
Jack Whitaker (4)

SLUG would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event possible:
9th and 9th Book and Music GalleryBingham Cyclery,Bouldering ProjectCulture CoffeeHK Brewing Co and Taproom & BarKilby Court (S & S Presents)Level Nine SportsMidway CoffeeNew BelgiumPit Viper SunglassesProper Brewing Co.Saturday Cycles, Smith Optics, Contender State Bicycle Co. and Sun & Ski Sports.

Photos by Ashley Christenson | ashley.day45@gmail.com

Photos by John Barkiple | john@slugmag.com and TaCara DeTevis

See previous years’ SLUG Cat coverage:
The 11th Annual SLUG Cat Presented by New Belgium Fat Tire
10th Annual SLUG Cat Presented by Fat Tire & Mark Miller Subaru