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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Promoting and Preserving Our Youth and Our Trails

 


(Press Release found at http://www.pr.com/press-release/451282)

New Washington Student Mountain Bike League Gives Middle and High School Students a Fun Way to Get Active Outdoors

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is launching the Washington Student League next month to get more middle school and high school aged kids active outdoors and in the woods riding bikes. Kids are welcome to participate even if the have no desire to race. The league includes leadership and stewardship components as well.

Seattle, WA, October 27, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The non-profit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance has recently hired Lisa Miller, former Executive Director of the Washington High School Cycling League, as Executive Director of their new Washington Student Mountain Bike League. Unlike many youth mountain biking leagues, which cater solely to high school aged children, the Evergreen League will also be open to middle school students.

The new league will officially launch its 2013 season with a coaching conference currently scheduled for early December 2012, team practices beginning in January, a student leadership summit in February, and a series of races next March through May. More events for summer and fall 2013 are to be announced. League registration opens December 3rd at www.washingtonleague.org.

While the league will hold races, competitions are just one component, and kids do not have to race to participate in the league and join in on rides. A large part of the focus will be on building leadership skills and helping older participants become mentors to the younger members; as well as empowering the kids to take ownership, and be stewards of, the trails, forests and environment.

In two years, the NICA sponsored Washington High School Cycling League had grown to 22 teams representing 44 different high schools – showing a clear demand for this type of activity in an era when extracurricular programs are regularly being cut from school budgets. “I’m really excited about the opportunity that joining with Evergreen provides to expand the league to middle schools, and get younger kids started riding mountain bikes,” states Miller. “Cycling teaches all of us that goal setting, persistence and tackling one mile at a time can lead to unimaginable achievements – a great lesson to learn at a young age.”

“Evergreen has seen tremendous growth in our kids mountain bike classes, and with the uncertain future of the NICA league in Washington, we saw a need to offer young riders more opportunities to participate in the sport,” states Evergreen’s Executive Director, Glenn Glover. “Additionally, the stewardship component of the new league is a perfect fit with the work we already do; after all, you’re never too young to learn the value of giving back.”

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance currently offers classes for youth and adults, and has been a major participant in the annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event, which saw more than 180 children participate this year. The organization also engages in advocacy work; and in 2011 donated more than 7000 volunteer hours to maintain trails around the state.

For more information about the Evergreen Washington Student League visit www.washingtonleague.org

For more information about Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance visit www.evergreenmtb.org
Contact Information
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Stacy Karacostas
206-524-2900
Contact
evergreenmtb.org
Lisa Miller
206-291-7773
lisa@evergreenmtb.org
www.washingtonleague.org

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Trail Riding Can Commence!


North Kitsap Trails Association

Good News: Port Gamble Trails Reopened!

Pope Resources announced today that after the recent rainfall, Olympic Resource Management (who manages the company's timber-lands) has reopened all of the Hood Canal Tree Farm lands in Kitsap, Jefferson and Mason counties for public use.The trails have been temporarily closed since September 13 due to extreme fire hazard. This is great news for all our local trail users who once again have access to the Port Gamble area trails and other Pope Resources land. More information is available on their website.
Also, Pope Resources recently announced a delay in the scheduled fall logging of 72 acres on the Port Gamble uplands block, through year end 2012. The reason for the delay is to allow time for continued negotiations by Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) to acquire this portion of the Port Gamble uplands block, as part of the Kitsap Forest and Bay land conservation efforts.
Thank you,
North Kitsap Trails Association


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Don't have anything to do this Saturday? Do the Turkey Trot!



Get ready for the family loving beast of a feast and join in the 1st ever Port Townsend Turkey Trot You get to prepare your body for eating copious amounts of food and give back to your community at the same time.


All proceeds get dispersed between Jefferson County Parks & Rec and to various other local organizations.

Kiddy run/walk: Ages 12 & under (adults in strollers are welcome)
5k run/walk: All ages
Please no dogs, thank you!



1st place in every age bracket wins a Turkey!!
Each 1st place winner has the  option of donating their winning turkey to a local organization in need!
2nd place in every age bracket wins a Pumpkin Pie!!
3rd place in every age bracket wins a Sparkling Cider!!

Age Divisions:
Male/Female (5-10), (11-19), (20-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50+)

Below are the registration forms:
 
        
Otherwise, you can Click Here for a PDF version of the registration form.  


~Pre-registration~
        $10 Kiddy run - $20 Kiddy run w/ t-shirt - $15 5k - $25 5k w/ t-shirt  

 ~Day of Registration starts at 8:00 am~
$15 Kiddy run/walk - $25 5K run/walk
                                  
            Bring 5 cans of food and get $5 off your registration. (Day of registration only!)
Want a T-shirt? They will be available for $10.
They will be limited.
                                            
Please mail all registrations to:
Jefferson County Parks & Recreation
623 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368



 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Get Ready, 'Cause Here It Comes

And by it, we mean the fall and winter weather.  We have a lot of pants, jackets, gloves, fenders and lights to keep you dry, visible and safe all winter long.  Do you have everything you need?


Here's what you NEED:          Helmet - You only get one brain, so keep it safe!
  1. Headlights - 1 is required, 2 is desired. 1 light to “be seen” and one light “to see”.
  2. Tail Lights - 1 is for the bike. Having a second is a good idea and can be run to the back of a helmet.
  3. Layers - Waterproof jackets and pants and insulated layers so that you stay dry and warm.
Here are some extras that are nice to have:
  1. Fenders -These will keep you dry from all of the water coming off your wheels.
  2. Mud Flap - Most fenders come with a mud flap but larger mudflaps are available.
  3. Rain Cover - These are a necessity if you are not using dry bag style panniers
  4. Saddle Cover – If you’re running a Brooks saddle, a must-have item. but great for when your bike is parked in the rain.
  5. Chain Guard - This will keep your long pants out of the chain. You can also use a pant clip or Velcro strap to keep your pants hole free.
  6. Bell – Bells are the most under-rated bike accessory, particularly if you ride multi-use paths like the Larry Scott Memorial Trail.
  7. Water Bottle – Don’t forget to hydrate in the winter too!
  8. Bag – For carrying a spare tube, multi-tool, etc. This could be a handlebar, seat bag, or pannier.
    We also have all of our rental fleet on sale for 20% off! Trek's Allant town bike, 2.1 road bike, and  EX 5 full suspension mountain bike. The sale goes through to the new year. Get them before they're gone!

    And last but certainly not least we would like to remind everyone that even though it's getting dark and wet you should still get out on your bike! The Broken Spoke crew goes on night mountain bike rides every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday is a kinder/gentler ride and Thursday is a faster/more technical ride. We leave the shop at 6pm. Lights and helmets are required! We also do a women only ride every Sunday at 4pm. All rides are no drop rides and are intended to be encouraging and fun.

    Why hibernate when you can be having fun? 

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

    Breast Cancer Awareness Ride!


    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we want to help support the cause!!!!

    Our Ladies rides are scheduled for every Sunday at 4 but this special Sunday we want everyone to be there! Trek wants to raise public awareness in an effort to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. Our ride will be a free and fun ride for all ages and abilities. Here are the details:

    When: Sunday, October 14th, 4:00pm
    Where: The Broken Spoke
    Why: It's a good reason to wear pink, to ride your bike, and it's for a good cause so why not?
    Route: From the Broken Spoke, we will head towards and then up The Larry Scott Trail. The ride from there will depend purely on the participants present.
     HELMETS AND PINK ATTIRE OR ACCESSORIES ARE REQUIRED. 




    Don't have pink to wear? 
    Come on the ride anyway; we've got you covered.

    Can't go for the ride but want to help the cause? Donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation directly here:
    https://donations.bcrfcure.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298

    Ride for a cause