Enjoy great beer, great music, and great company this Friday, May 20, at Helena’s first ALES to TRAILS fundraiser. This fundraiser, to benefit Helena’s Centennial Trail project, will be held at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds, 5–9 p.m., and features music by the Growlers and the Watercarvers Guild. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and can be purchased at Tread Lightly, Great Divide Cyclery, Fuel Fitness, and the Landmark Company.
Food will be available to purchase at the event – slices of pizza, popcorn and peanuts. Set off great beer with great American-style tapas!
Sunday, May 20, 2011, 10 a.m., leaving from Joslyn and the BNSF railroad tracks.
Bring your bike and get a free two-hour tour of Helena’s Centennial Trail, a non-motorized hiker- cyclist-friendly trail and route linking (on the west) Helena’s Spring Meadow Lake State Park with, on the east, the non-motorized trail on the north side of Highway 12, connecting East Helena with the Walmart area.
Leading the tour are Paul Montgomery, of Anderson and Montgomery Engineering, project engineer for the Trail, and Bruce Newell, with the City of Helena’s Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council.
This guided tour will be about a 10 mile round-trip, for cyclists only. (Centennial Trail is for pedestrians as well, but to tour the entire path in a reasonable amount of time, this tour is limited to cyclists.) Since much of the trip is on a gravel path, we recommend a bicycle with a minimum of 32mm wide tires. We will leave promptly at 10:00 a.m., and do our best to be back to where we started by noon or 12:30.
Volunteers wore name tags and welcomed sellers and helped them set-up and unload their bikes and other equipment. Sellers continued to show up throughout the event. The Helena Police Department registered 20+ bikes with the help of Deputy Lavinder.
An estimated 100+ people came to look at bikes and quite a few bikes were sold. The reservation fee was returned or waived so that the SRTS Committee didn’t have to deal with cash or checks.
Event coordinator received many appreciative verbal thanks from sellers and buyers. Many commented that this is a great opportunity to encourage biking. The bikes were mostly of good quality and most sold. The weather cooperated.
Download the full report with pictures of the Recycle Your Cycle Event.
Join us on May 14th, 2011 for the Eleventh Anniversary of Helena’s favorite trail run! This event boasts a 30K, 12K, 5K and 5K Dog Walk. All events start and end in downtown Helena, but thanks to our trail system being so nearby, all courses are mostly on trails. In addition to being a great event, Don’t Fence Me In is a big fundraiser for Prickly Pear Land Trust.
You may register for all events online until Wednesday, May 11th. There is a race day registration for all events EXCEPT the 30K.
Interested runners can view more race information.