Friday, January 23, 2009

2009 Rattling Marathon

Mike Kuhn, Race Promoter Extraordinaire is contemplating the Rattling 50 again this year in Weiser State Forest on the beloved Rattling Creek trails. The Marathon was put on in 2007 after much controversy between pro and anti-race club members. When it was all said and done, the club was divided at 50/50 but the Club officially took an “opposed" position out of respect for the original trailbuilders who were opposed to the race. But the race went on because it IS public lands afterall. When it was all said and done, we had a dozen or so club members who helped out (thank you once again) and the only noticeable effect the Marathon had on the trails was on Doc Smith which was ridden both directions. And that wear was minimal – mostly on a fast, banked turn or two. Sooo…. please be sure to check yeh or nay to the 2009 Marathon on the latest survey. And if you can help? Email me and I’ll share the volunteer list with Mr. Kuhn. As an FYI, the trails will need some work this year – nearly all of them will need cut back because the blueberry crops are prolific and want to cover the trails! And to be honest, Rick and I will be kayaking most of the summer (again) so who wants instruction on operating the bush hog??? Thx, Jill


Doxrides said...

How many people do you think it would take to cut back all the trails in a day? One idea I had is to put out an post and email to surrounding clubs like SAMBA, VMB, and the NEPA to all bring a crew and meet one day this spring and do the work. We'd need to coordinate a strategy to hit different trails that you identify need help. We could follow the workday up with a picnic or something.

Chili said...

Hey, there's a thought - BYOBH (Bring Your Own Bush Hog). The club only has one brush cutter, so it would be impossible to do it in a day... even with a big crew. Thanks for the thought though!