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TRAIL REMINDER

With the humidity staying high, and another burst of rain on Thursday night, please remember that regardless of what the website and Facebook pages say, use common sense before heading for the trails. If it is wet, and you would be leaving ruts, or tearing up the top soil, refrain from walking, running, or riding on the trails. This certainly goes for during or even after a heavy storm – give the trails time to drain and dry.

When it comes to posting on the sites, we are all volunteers with other full-time jobs, so we may not be able to get out to the trails to do a thorough observation of conditions and then post/update as quickly as we’d like or you’d like. So, thanks for your understanding and patience.

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Trails Open

We are opening the trails.  They have dried out nicely and are ridable this afternoon.  Look out for any fallen trees, we did have some pretty nice wind gusts yesterday afternoon.

 

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Fat and Skinny Tire Fest 13 This Weekend!

This weekend Warsaw and Winona Lake will be hosting the 13th annual Fat and Skinny Tire Fest.

First, the Winona Lake Trails will be closed for the DINO Series mountain bike race on Saturday May, 21st until 4pm.  This exciting event brings in the state’s best competition to our home trails.  If you feel like you are up to the challenge there are all kinds of levels for you to participate in. Registration can be found here.  If you want to pre-ride the course on Friday please do not tear down any tape or markers.  The front side will run its normal direction and the back side will run backwards.

We are bringing back the popular Mountain Bike 4X race at Hire Park this year.  Compete against your “frenemies” on the fun BMX track.  Details can be found here.

For more information please visit our websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds and don’t forget to use the hashtag #FSTF13

If you missed the action from 2015 check out our video.  Mason Geiger will unveil this years video at our kick-off party May 20th in downtown Warsaw.

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Trails Closed

Due to the wet conditions the trails will be closed until further notice. In preparation for next weekend’s Fat & Skinny Tire Fest we may keep them closed longer to fully dry out and get some work done. Thanks for your patience and help in spreading the word!

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TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN

Thanks to limited traffic, some sunshine, and a nice breeze on Thursday, the trails dried out well, and thus we’re opening them up. So get out and enjoy them. IMG_6730

The greenery is really coming in, so remember that hikers/walkers/runners travel in opposite direction of mountain bikers (whom follow the green and black arrows). Always use proper trail etiquette, be courteous and announce yourself, so the other trail users know you are there – especially in blind corners.

Please note that with the ever changing spring weather and conditions, remember that the off-road trails are closed no matter what the website posts and signs say when it is raining. If a storm rolls in while you are on the trails, please exit the trails as soon as possible, to prevent any dangerous situations for the trail user, and any damage to the trails.

Also note that in two weeks we will be hosting the Fat & Skinny Tire Fest and the DINO Series Mountain Bike Race. The off-road trails will begin to get marked on Friday, May 20 and will be closed to all users, except for those that have registered for the DINO Series races on Saturday until 4pm. The trails will then be open to the public.

If you would like to try your hand at mountain bike racing, there has never been a better time…This year, DINO has made mountain bike racing more accessible to the first-timer and occasional racer. There is NO racing license or one day permit required. Racers who don’t have a USA Cycling license will save $5 at every DINO race compared to prior years. Registration and check in are also going to be simpler for everyone. If you’ve never raced, or only race on occasion, now is the time to jump into a DINO Mountain Bike Series race. First-time racers can race free, in DINO’s “Intro” division – designed specifically for rookie racers!

Either way, we hope to see all of you out and about enjoying one of the funnest and most beneficial, family-friendly events in our community – Fat & Skinny Tire Fest 13 – May 20-22, 2016.

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Trail Clean-up and Work Day this Saturday

Saturday, April 16, 10am

With the spring weather finally arriving, let’s get outside to breathe some fresh air, scout upcoming repair projects, and clean up the trails in preparation for more spring use and of course, Fat & Skinny Tire Fest in 1 month.

We will hit the trails to open drainage, fix some ruts, clear out limbs and down trees, and clean up trash.

No experience necessary – just a volunteering heart, and a desire to keep our trails in great shape for our community and visitors. Please bring gloves, rakes, shovels and buckets. We could also use some chainsaws as well. We will split into groups and walk the entire trail fixing ruts, low corners and drainage, as well as picking up trash. Then, we’ll get out to some spots where down trees and limbs are preventing vegetation to grow. If we have time, we’ll also scout out spots to plant trees and bushes along the new greenway to prevent erosion and shortcuts.

Meet at the brown maintenance barn, along the greenway, near the end of Boy’s City Drive at 10:00am. Spread the word!

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TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: CLOSED

Due to extremely wet conditions, and continuing rain and/or rain/sleet/snow mix we are closing the trails for the next few days until we dry out. Please be patient, and help us keep the trails in good shape as we get ready for the busier spring season.

If mother nature cooperates, we will be hosting another public trail work day on Saturday, April 16 at 9am. Stay tuned for more details.

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TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN

The clear weather and sunshine today has allowed the trails to dry out enough to open them up. There are a few slick spots still out there, so please go through them, not around them – it’s worse to widen the trail. Also, please note that there may be more trees/limbs down out on the trail. Help us out by taking a photo and posting on Facebook or through the site where the trees/limbs are down so we can get out and clear them.

Also, know that the trails will probably be closed again tomorrow with cooler temperatures continuing and incoming rain. Keep in mind that if the trail entrances are not taped, that doesn’t mean they are open. Please always refer to the website and Facebook for the latest trail status.

Enjoy them, while you can. Thanks for your patience!

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