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Dear Trail User,
Despite the fact that many people have started to call 2014 the ‘year without a summer’ it has been a great year so far for those of us here in Marquette that love to use trails.
The NTN has completed some great new trails highlighted by the Carp-EH-diem trail along the Carp River in the South Trail system and the Collinsville extension on the north side. We also opened a dual slalom course, a new beginner to intermediate dirt jump trail and have continued to make upgrades to several of the free ride trails on the Benson Grade. Just as exciting, at long last we have broken ground on the South Trailhead pavilion and should have the facility completed by the end of September. The icing on the cake, of course, is the recognition of Marquette as an IMBA Ride Center. The NTN partnered with the Range Area Mountain Bike Assoc. to create the ‘Marquette County Ride Center’ which is currently designated at the Bronze level. This recognition ‘certifies’ Marquette as a legitimate mountain bike destination with trails for all rider types.
The only real downside of all this progress is that it comes with a price tag. Along with our core volunteers, we’ve kept 3 paid workers in the woods the whole summer. This expense, along with fuel and maintenance on our machines, and the materials used to build all the needed bridges and boardwalks have really added up and our trail fund is nearly depleted. We also plan to groom singletrack for snow biking again this winter and will need funding to deliver the type of product that people have come to expect. We’ve held events to raise money and written grant requests; we’ve solicited sponsorships from lots of local businesses and we’ve worked to build partnerships that help bring in additional funds. At this point our last significant untapped source of revenue is the trail users themselves. The NTN is a membership organization and membership fees go directly into our trail projects. We are asking anyone that uses the singletrack trails in our system on a regular basis to support our ongoing work with a membership. If you are already a member THANK YOU, and please tell a friend and encourage them to join you. Membership can be done online at http://www.noquetrails.org/membership?type=singletrack.
Downloadable forms are also available on the website and at all the local bike shops.
With the full support of the community, we will be able to continue building trail through the fall until the snow flies and then transition into winter grooming operations to give people year round access to the recreation they love. We work hard to be responsible with your hard earned dollars and hope that you consider support of the NTN an investment that will pay dividends for years to come.
Thanks for your consideration,
The NTN Singletrack committee
On Sat, September 20th, 906 Adventure Team, NTN Singletrack and RAMBA will host young riders, ages 6 to 16, for a youth mountain biking event. The ride is part of a nationwide celebration known as Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
906 Adventure Team welcomes all local riders who want to have a fun day on their bikes. Here’s everything you need to know:
- All Youth Riders MUST be accompanied by an adult.
- All riders, Youth and Adults, must wear cycling appropriate helmets.
- The event will be held at the NTN South Trail Trailhead off of 553.
- Registration start time is 1:00 pm, all participants must sign a participation waiver.
- Volunteer help is welcomed!
This event will feature fun skill building obstacles, games, group rides and a Downhill demonstration by local riders. There will also be some cool swag give-ways to all participating kids.
IMBA’s International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age to the time when he passed away in 2002. Event funding is provided by the Jack Doub Memorial Endowment. Additional support comes from CLIF Kids, the National Park Service and Smartwool.
Contact Todd Poquette
906 Adventure Team/Ride Leader
The Noquemanon Trail Network accepted as an IMBA Ride Center
As of August 2014, the International Mountain Bike Association has granted the NTN as a Bronze Level Ride Center!
What this means for the NTN
The designation of an IMBA Ride center is only given to large-scale mountain bike facilities which can offer something for every rider. It will allow the Upper Peninsula to be recognized as “destination-worthy” thus putting a spotlight on our trails and drawing in tourism. There are 16 other only Bronze Level destinations,
The Noquemanon Trail Network accepted as an IMBA Ride Center
As of August 2014, the International Mountain Bike Association has accepted the NTN as a Bronze Level Ride Center!
What this means for the NTN
The designation of an IMBA Ride center is only given to large-scale mountain bike facilities which can offer something for every rider. It will allow the Upper Peninsula to be recognized as “destination-worthy” thus putting a spotlight on our trails and drawing in tourism. There are 16 other only Bronze Level destinations, and we are pleased to announce that the NTN is the second IMBA Ride Center in the state of Michigan.
We are confident that this new partnership will help to boost our local economy with an influx of tourism and attention. Thank you for your support.
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 visit www.noquetrails.org.
N E W S R E L E A S E -
August is just around the corner, which means last minute logistics are underway for the Marquette General 2014 Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic to be held on Saturday, August 9. Last year’s race was a huge success, thanks in part to all of the volunteers who so generously gave their time and talents to a wonderful community event. If there is any way you could help us get some last minute volunteers we would be so grateful! Below are some examples of what we need volunteers for.
Help us to continue this tradition of outstanding community involvement. Volunteers are needed for every aspect of the race, from registration the night before to the awards ceremony immediately following.
- Thursday Bag Stuffing at Lakeview at 6pm
- Friday Night Registration from 6-9:30 pm at Lakeview Arena
- Saturday Road Crossing, various positions 9-12 and 12-3
- Saturday Race Start Aids
- Saturday Bag Pick Up
- Saturday Youth Race 3pm-6pm
- Saturday Race Clean-Up 4pm-6pm
- Saturday Information Booth 9am-4pm
- Saturday Bike Corral 9am-4pm
- Saturday Awards 6pm-10pm
- Saturday Race Receipts 11am-6pm
- Saturday Registration 7am-9am
If you are able to volunteer, please contact the Ore to Shore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-370-7223 to express your interest. Someone from the race committee will be in touch to assign and confirm volunteer responsibilities.
Two hours or more of volunteering and you will receive a great Ore to Shore t-shirt. Encourage friends, family and neighbors to volunteer and make this year’s Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic a total community experience!
Volunteers are needed for Harbor Fest Fun! 4th of July, is coming soon.
The NTN is looking for volunteers for two hour shifts, scooping Jilbert’s Ice Cream at Harbor Fest. Tons of summer fun down at Lower Harbor!
Thank you volunteering for the 2013; the donation of your time and customer service talent helped the NTN raise over $6,000.
Would you be interested in volunteering again this year? The busiest shifts where we need the most volunteers are on:
Thursday from 4-8pm. Friday after the parade at 2pm and before the fireworks at 10pm and Saturday evening from 4-8pm. Day hours are needed as well. Keep in mind the shifts are only two hours and your volunteer time extends to the grooming of the ski trails into the winter months and maintenance of singletrack now.
The Ice Cream booth generates a considerable amount of funds for the mission of the NTN. Please email Nikki the time slots you would like to volunteer. email@example.com
Have a wonderful weekend. The NTN
August 30, 2014 – Labor Day Weekend
The Marquette Marathon is looking for 250 community members to volunteer for the 5th annual Boston Qualifier marathon. Help us support our runners and ensure a safe and spectacular race day! We are looking for individuals or groups interested in gaining service hours, advertising businesses/organizations or anyone interested in being a part of a weekend filled with fun and inspiration.
We need volunteers for 3 days: Thursday, August 28th, Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30th. *Volunteers get a FREE Marquette Marathon volunteer t-shirt
Aid stations Expo
Crossing Guards Registration
Starting Line Finish Line
Bag stuffing Bag-Check Tent
Packet Pick –Up Sweep & Clean Up
Medical Tent Food Distribution
Sign up now to volunteer: www.marquettemarathon.com
Friday, August 29, 2014
6:00 – 9:00pm Expo & Packet Pick up – Marquette Commons
7:00pm Kids’ Race – Marquette Commons
7:30pm Blackrocks 5K – Marquette Commons
Location: Marquette Commons -112 S. Third Street Marquette
Saturday, August 30, 2014
7:30am Full Marathon & Relay – Starts in Ishpeming, Lake Bancroft
9:00am Half Marathon – Starts in Negaunee, MI Iron Industry Museum
1:00 Awards Ceremony – Third Street.
The full and half marathon FINISH in downtown Marquette on Third Street.
May 30, 2014
As part of its mission, the Noquemanon Trails Network (NTN) advocates for improved non-motorized options for residents of the area and visitors from across the State of Michigan and beyond. It is the NTN’s position that the Michigan DNR, as a fellow ‘trail provider’ best serves the non-motorized trail community by developing a plan that includes sustainable funding sources for its trail offerings. This is especially true for high cost trails such as Nordic skiing sites, which have ongoing grooming expenses.
When asked by DNR representatives for input regarding a plan for sustainable funding for non-motorized trails, NTN recommended that an appropriate dedicated trail pass fee, similar to the State of Michigan’s snowmobile trail pass, would secure the necessary funds to re-establish grooming services at many State operated sites where grooming has been discontinued due to funding cuts. It is our understanding that the current source of funding from the Recreation Passport fee is a periodic distribution from a large non-dedicated pool of funds subject to discretionary cuts. Currently, this fund provides grooming to only 2 sites statewide leaving the vast majority of ski areas not groomed.
The birth of NTN in 2001 arose in large part from several years of inadequate State funding for grooming their Nordic trails. Since its inception, NTN members have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in developing trails and equipment to groom them. It is our hope that the DNR and NTN can work together to ensure the trails and related investments of both organizations are strengthened for the good of all non-motorized trail users.
This statement has been approved by the NTN Board of Directors.
Marquette Trailsfest Seeks Volunteers
A great new event brought to you by the Noquemanon Trails Network. The 2014 Marquette Trails Festival is scheduled for June 6th, 7th, & 8th. The events and races take place throughout the entire weekend, commencing at 5:30p.m. on Friday and coming to a close in the early afternoon in Sunday. The Trails Festival Race Committee is looking for anyone who is interested in helping up bring this amazing trails event to the Marquette community. Below there is a list of days, times and events where the Festival still needs volunteer support:
|Friday – June 6th|
|6:30||-MTB Dual Slalom – Adult’s Race|
|2 Registration & 2 Timer Volunteers|
|Saturday – June7th|
|9:00||-MTB Cross Country Race – Long & Short Race|
|8 Aid Station Volunteers|
|10 Course Volunteers|
|1:00||-MTB Trail Tour|
|6 Ride Guides|
|4 Timing Volunteers|
|7:00||-Party at Marquette Mountain|
|Sunday – June 8th|
|8:00||-Twin Peaks Half Marathon4 Aid Station Volunteers|
|12:00||-MTB Enduro4 Registration Volunteers|
The 2014 Trails Festival is a combination of the XC Mountain Bike race, the downhill, the Dual Slalom race, the Enduro, several youth races, trail runs and trail tours. We have volunteer positions that involve riding the trails, going on hikes and tour rides with participants, timing for the races, help cleaning up and at the registration tables.
As always, we love to show our appreciation for our volunteer’s dedication and will be providing a classic Trails Festival pint glass and stickers for each volunteer. Volunteers slots are for two hour increments.
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 visit, www.noquetrails.org or contact Nicole Dewald at 906.235.6861.
The Noquemanon Trail Network will host their Annual Meeting at Lakeview Arena Citizen’s Forum Room on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 6:30pm.
The (NTN) Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of non-motorized trails. The primary users of the trails include: cross country skiers, mountain bikers, runners, hikers, equestrians and paddlers. The member supported network receives no governmental support and relies on memberships and charitable donations to do it work.
A brief overview of the state of the organization will be followed by a regular board meeting. Refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public.
For more information on the NTN visit www.noquetrails.org.
Marquette Trailsfest June 6,7 & 8, 2014
The Trail Fest race committee is actively seeking anyone who is interested in helping at any one of the races, parties, aid stations or information booths to help us throw this amazing, community inspired event. The 2014 Trails Festival is a combination of the XC Mountain Bike race, the downhill, the Dual Slalom race, the Enduro, several youth races, trail runs and trail tours. We have volunteer positions that involve riding the trails, going on hikes and tour rides with participants, timing for the races, help cleaning up and at the registration tables.
Friday – June 6th
||MTB Dual Slalom – Kid’s Race|
||MTB Dual Slalom – Adult’s Race|
||Bonfire and Band at Marquette Mountain|
Saturday – June 7th
||MTB Cross Country Race – Long Race|
||MTB Cross Country Race – Short Race|
||Youth Mountain Bike Race|
||MTB Trail Tour|
||NCT Trail Hikes – Tourist Park Trailhead|
||Party & BBQ at Marquette Mountain|
Sunday – June 8th
||Twin Peaks Half Marathon|
||5k Trail Run|
||1.5 Mile Kids Run|
As always, we love to show our appreciation for our volunteers and their dedication and will be providing a classic Trails Festival pint glass and stickers for each volunteer. If you, your organization or group of friends are interested in volunteering or if you have any further questions about race times or volunteer areas please contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 248.910.3786
Looking forward to summer:)
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