On October 26th, SORBA Woodstock and Mountain Goat Adventures hosted an off-road duathlon and 5k trail run at Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, GA to help raise funds for SORBA Woodstock to be put towards future trail development at the park. The 2013 event was the largest yet, with the addition of a 5k trail run – giving non-bikers a chance to participate in the event. The duathlon, which consisted of a six-mile bike, three-mile run and six-mile bike segments, drew 165 solo and team competitors and another 70 runners participated in the trail run. All sections of the course were on the Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails at Rope Mill Park. Narrow and twisty, with roots, rocks, and plenty of elevation gain mixed in, the course challenged both novice participants, as well as some local pro racers who came out to represent their sponsors and wow the crowd.
Thanks to the ongoing trail maintenance efforts of SORBA Woodstock volunteers, the trails were in great shape for the late October race. The leaves were at their peak, and the park was full of vibrant yellow, orange, and red hues along Little River. Twenty SORBA Woodstock Volunteers and Bike Patrollers came out and assisted at the race, which ensured that all aspects of the event ran smoothly and that participants had a lot of support while out on the course.
This year’s event was Title Sponsored by OutSpokin’ Bicycles of Woodstock, GA, who generously donated $2500 to the Woodstock Chapter in conjunction with the event. Thanks to the generosity of OutSpokin’ and many other event sponsors, the prize table was overflowing, and every participant who stayed for the awards ceremony went home with some goodies. A raffle was held for volunteers, and many went home with a little something extra in what was a great season finale for SORBA Woodstock and Mountain Goat Adventures.
Over the course of 2013, nearly $18,000 has been raised for the Woodstock SORBA Chapter through four annual race events. These funds cover over half of the Chapter’s operating expenses for the year, and make it possible for the Chapter to construct and maintain trails at the very popular Blankets Creek Trails and Rope Mill Park. Local businesses interested in event sponsorship opportunities for 2014 should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.