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- Grooming Report, November 26, 2013
- Snowball Update and Biking Survey in Michigan
- NTN Recieve Grant to Purchase Trail Easement
- 2013-2014 Membership Year
- Marquette Mountain Bike Enduro is this Sunday, 9/2..
- Take-a-Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, Oct 5t..
Noquemanon Trail Network Plans 9th Annual Snowball Benefit
Join us for a night of winter celebration! Make your holiday party the NTN Snow-Ball this year, featuring outstanding food from Tu Kaluthia, silent/live auction items, excellent music and community friends.
The Snow Ball will also be presenting the world premiere of Cold Rolled: A Marquette Snow biking film produced by Salsa Bike and Aaron Peterson Photography on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Peter White Public Library from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Imagine at the same time you are seeing this premier video and celebrating the snow with friends, you are contributing to the great trails in our community.
Some examples of silent auction items that will be for bid include lodging packages at private cabins, dining certificates from the great restaurants in our community, and of course great gear from Sports Rack, Down Wind Sports, Lakeshore Bike and Quick Stop Bike Shop.
Tickets are available at the Sports Rack, Downwind Sports, and through NTN Board members, Snowball Committee members, Panache and at the door. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Tickets come with drink coupon and a commemorative glass.
All proceeds go to the Noquemanon Trail Network a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails. For more information on the NTN log onto www.noquetrails.org.
Quick Survey on Economic Impacts of Biking in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is conducting a study assessing the economic impacts of transportation choices throughout the state. Along with a study team consisting of BBC Research & Consulting and Rory Neuner Consulting, MDOT is interested in learning more about the transportation choices and related spending habits of Michigan residents. Your input is very valuable to the study.
Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. The survey should take you approximately 5 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers, your answers are anonymous, and every answer is very important to us. Thank you for your participation!
At the end of the survey, you will have the option of being entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates privately donated by businesses in Michigan.
Marquette, MI. – The Noquemanon Trail Network Council (NTN) is entering into an agreement to purchase a 100 foot wide trail easement and approximately 40 acres of land from Plum Creek with local funding received from the Cliffs Natural Resources/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund.
In summary, this easement covers the entire length of the MGHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon and MGHS Ore To Shore race routes, as they sit on Plum Creek land. In addition, the 40 acre lot is on County Road 510, the western existing trail head for the Noquemanon Trail Network which doubles as the staging area for the start of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon Half Marathon.
MGHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon Race Director, Jon Mommaerts comments, “The reason we are attempting to purchase this easement and land is to protect this trail system from being closed off by private landowners. There are several 40 acre parcels for sale adjacent to our trail system. It is highly likely that we could lose permanent access to our event trails if we do not secure these easements soon.”
The objective is to secure access of this major trail corridor utilized by thousands of non-motorized sport enthusiasts. The NTN has over 1,000 members and nearly 5,000 annual event participants that benefit from this trail. The trail system has become a major driver of economic impact to the area. It is the base of silent sports tourism and a tool to create population growth as more and more people choose to live in an area that has many high quality silent sport opportunities. The NTN’s goal is to continue to increase membership and usage of this trail corridor for as many users and user groups as possible.
The NTN will be developing several signs stating that the land acquisition was made possible through the Cliffs Natural Resources/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund.
The Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Our mission is to develop and maintain an interconnected, year round, non-motorized land and water trail network in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan to enhance the quality of life through healthy lifestyles, youth recreational opportunities, and economic development. For more information on the NTN visit www.noquetrails.org.
Dear NTN Family and Friends,
We have had a fantastic year of growth and opportunity because of loyal supporters like you. Here are some of the highlights:
- Membership simplification
- New events division acting as an umbrella for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Marquette Marathon, XTERRA Triathlon, Marquette Ultra Trail 50, Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic and the Enduro.
- Miles and miles of new Single Track both North and South Trails
- Recipient of $20,000 USDA grant & $150,000 Cliffs- Eagle Fund
- New vault toilets going in at Forestville
We groom 50+ kilometers of ski trails at 5 locations including Forestville, Tourist Park, Saux Head, Big Bay and the Fit Strip. In addition, we maintain 50+ miles of single track including the new Collinsville Cut, Oxbow and EZPZ trails at the Board of Light and Power Trailhead. The South Trail System added 4 miles of new trails this season and is actively fundraising for the Trailhead Pavilion.
Our membership structure has been called confusing, and we agree, so we have set out to simplify overall membership to NTN. That means that your membership dollars help to sustain the organization year round so we can forward our mission to build, maintain and acquire property preserving the silent sports we love.
Before you purchase your winter or summer time activity pass, you’ll need to become an NTN member. We are encouraging the use of our on-line marketplace at noquetrails.org. However, if you still like paper, that’s ok. You can download and print one from our website. What is really important is your financial support and the enjoyment and good health you gain from using the trails.
Any membership paid in full by November 30th receives a 10% discount. I encourage you to consider an all-inclusive (formerly gold pass) membership which entitles you to ski, bike and enjoy the feeling of being part of the great organization NTN has become.
Remember, NTN is 99% volunteer driven. Would you like to help?
The first Marquette Mountain Bike Enduro is this Sunday, 9/29 at 10am. The race will utilize some of the best trails in the South Trail system and will be headquartered at the Heartwood Trailhead on Hwy 553.
The Noquemanon Trail Network in conjunction with the International Mountain Biking Association will be hosting Take-a-Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, Oct 5th at the South Trailhead on M553. Rain date set for October 6, 2013, same times, same place.
Starting at 1:00 there will be games, contests, and prizes. Group rides for varying abilities will begin at 2:30 pm. Parent permission and helmets are required.
- 1:00- 1:30 Register and free ride time
- 1:30 -2:30 Games and contest at the trailhead
- 2:30 -3:30 Group rides on the South Trails (all abilities)
- 3:30 – 4:00 Snacks and Prizes
- 4:00 Free riding demo (optional)
The Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails. For more information on the NTN, contact Nicole Dewald at 906.235.6861
Hello fellow skiers: We will be working with the Cooking Carberrys at the pizza oven for a fundraiser. We have been given the following dates to fill with volunteer help: August 15th, 20th and 27th. We need help starting at 4:00 pm at Bay Shore Park setting up, rolling out dough, making pizzas, selling pizzas and cleaning up. These are great nights to work the oven during Farmers Market and Music in the Park. The funds that we receive will go towards infrastructure needs (garage for our grooming equipment) at Valley Spur.
This is your opportunity to help us out at Valley Spur. You will be asked to put in a two hour shift and you would be most welcome to stay the whole evening. Please let me know when you can help by emailing me, John Swanberg at Jswanberg0130@gmail.com. It is really a fun time and we really need your help on this project.
Thank you so much… John (Swanny)
Fun Upcoming Events and Updates for NTN SingleTrack
1) Singletrack Work Bee scheduled for THIS Saturday, 7/27. 9:30am. Meeting at the NTN Tourist Park parking lot 550 and working on the BLP/North Trail System.
A picnic lunch will follow the work session at 12:30.
2) NTN Singletrack is working with the YMCA and KMK Cycling Club to try and come up with youth biking programs. We have a survey that we’d like people to visit to let us know what kind of programming they are interested in. The on-line survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WX88Q5R
3) NTN Singletrack partners with the Ore to Shore to run the Shore Rock race, we are looking for volunteers for race morning. 1-2 hour time commitments are all that are needed. See our Facebook page for more details.
4) NTN Singletrack is launching a new race this fall– the Marquette MountainBike Enduro. It’s a multi stage race that will be fast and fun. Race is scheduled for Sunday 9/29. More information available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarquetteMountainBikeEnduro. Registration is open on active.com
Last but not least! RAFFLE TIME!
NTN Singletrack will be selling raffle tickets for a Salsa Mukluk snow bike from the Sports Rack. This 3rd annual raffle will support singletrack trails. Winner chooses frame size and color. Estimated value of the bike is $2500. Tickets will be on sale at the Friday night expo and the awards ceremony, with the drawing at the awards.
Greetings NTN Members,
An Ice Cream Thank you!
What an exceptional 4th of July Weekend! The weekend was long, the weather was great and ice creams sales were up from last year.
The funds raised with volunteer scooping skills has topped out at over $7,000. The Exchange Club receives 20% for their organization and Jilberts Dairy has been paid for the goods, so all in all, the 2013 Food Fest was a great success.
We had over 50 volunteers, without the people named below we could not have delivered to the long lines of people. Thank you to all and more.
|Craig Close||Paul Wright||Kim Doppelt|
|Alli Kadler||Kathy Wright||Noble Family|
|Nikki Dewald||Lindsay Demers||John Sonderegger|
|Jon Swenson||Charlie Wagner||John Frye|
|Cary Gottlieb||Lyle VanderSchaaf||Wendy Frye|
|Carol Gamber||Derek Anderson||Mike Sauer|
|Laurie Weesen||Zac Cooley||Craig Stien|
|Dave Buhl||Dr Don||Mike Springer|
|Jo Ann Buhl||Jill Storm||Michelle Moran|
|Keith Kepler||Richard Storm||Peter Zenti|
|Larry Lawless||Derek Anderson||John Close|
|Jean Lawless||Barb List|
|Kim Doppelt||Jack L’Hillier|
|Jon Mommaerts||Peter Zenti|
|Andrew Fredrezzi||Kate Borzick|
|Tony Fredrezzi||Greg Borzick|
|Erica London Family||Kim Parleto|
Many suggestions were made to streamline the volunteer opportunity and increase our customer service and all attempts will be made to improve for next year.
Again thank you so much for you time and talent down in Lower Harbor, or if you bought ice cream, we appreciate it greatly. Hats off to you and thank you.
Last year’s race was a huge success, record numbers, thanks in part to all of the volunteers who so generously gave their time and talents to a wonderful community event.
Help us to continue this tradition of outstanding community involvement. We have over 1400 racers registered as of today.
Volunteer Positions Needed: (Two hour volunteer blocks are preferred)
( ) Thurs Bag Stuffing 6pm ( ) Fri Registration 6 pm -9pm
( ) Sat Race Receipts 11-6pm
( ) Sat Race Start Aids ( ) Sat Information Booth 9pm-4pm
( ) Sat Registration 7am-9am
( ) Sat Bag Pick –up ( ) Sat Bike Corral 9am -4 pm
( ) Sat Youth Race 3pm-6pm ( ) Sat Awards 6pm-10pm
( ) Race Clean-Up 4pm-6pm ( ) Road Crossings
If you are able to volunteer please contact the Ore to Shore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 906.235.6861.
Encourage friends, family and neighbors to volunteer and make this year’s Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic a total community experience! Volunteer shirts will be provided for your time.
Thank you. The Ore to Shore Race Committee
Happy 4th of July Week!
I hear Food Fest is gearing up and it is bigger and better than last year.
The NTN still has volunteer positions to serve Ice Cream as a fundraiser for our wonderful trails.
Key shifts to be filled are for Friday, July 5th
Two people from 4-6 pm
Five people from 6-8 pm
Four people from 8-10:30 pm
Sign up as a group of friends or a family and support trails in our community.
Have a safe and happy holiday.
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