What a weekend we've had.
The Ragnar Trail Vermont, our largest event of the summer, took place Friday & Saturday and many of us are reflecting on the wide array of variables that play into an event's perceived success.
The weather forecast called for rain, and we got it. Combined with a large field of trail runners, the overnight and early morning laps became intensely challenging to participants, organizers, and the trails themselves. Many questioned the decision to continue the event for fear of runner safety and irreparable trail damage. Now that the skies have cleared and the soil has begun to drain out, we're able to assess the impacts to the network and determine where we need to focus rehabilitation efforts.
There is plenty of work to be done, and we're incredibly grateful for all the support that has been offered from friends near and far. The trails took a beating, but already we see signs of rebound as the waters drain from the soil.
As an organization, Ragnar has stood by us in support of the trails. They have vowed from early on that their intention is to leave the trails better than they found them, and despite the above normal challenges of this weekend, they are making every effort to keep their word.
We're thrilled to have hosted Vermont's first Ragnar Trail event, and hope that everyone involved can look at the challenges faced as ways to make better events in the future. Knowing that new venues are a challenge even under the best of conditions, our post-event briefings have focused not on things that went wrong, but on how much went well, and how well it can be done down the road.
This coming week, we welcome anyone with experience in building mountain bike trails, and able to work independently on specific treatment areas, to contact us if they are interested in helping to get the trails ready for this weekend's Point to Point, to benefit Vermont Foodbank. Some of the trails used in the Point to Point overlap the Ragnar loops and are our top priority to rehabilitate or repair.
Saturday Aug 18th and 25th we will be hosting trail work days, all are welcome. There will be plenty of work to do and we would love to see you there!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested, so we have an idea who's coming, and we'll send you details as well as post info through our regular channels.
Huge thanks to Ragnar, to all the volunteers, to the participants, to our neighbors, the Town of West Windsor, and especially our landowners, for coming together with such positive attitudes and supporting this weekend's Ragnar Trail Vermont!