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Trail building day a success
by Charley Dalebout, Reporter
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Volunteers gather near Cedar City June 13 after taking part in a volunteer day to construct several mountain biking trails. | Photo by AJ Sahagun
Volunteers gather near Cedar City June 13 after taking part in a volunteer day to construct several mountain biking trails. | Photo by AJ Sahagun
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CEDAR CITY – The first volunteer mountain bike trail building day, hosted by DMBTA C-Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and the BLM, took place June 13 and between 60 and 70 volunteers gathered to work on several new mountain bicycling trails in Cedar City.

The group began the work on the trail at 8 a.m. and worked nonstop until 1 p.m., working to make the first 5-foot-tall platform or switchback of the trail, as well as continuing work on other parts of the trail.

“It was really upbeat, and it went really well,” said AJ Sahagun, a member of the C-Chapter. “All these people showing up was great.”

Sahagun said the highlight of the day was when 50 volunteers from the Upward Bound Program arrived with the group’s assistant director Spencer Kohler.

“Kohler saw the preview article and brought the kids. They made the day,” Sahagun said.

“These kids kept up the whole time. I invited them back for the next volunteer day,” he added.

The volunteers were broken up into four groups, and each group worked on something different in the trail building. The workers extended over three-quarters of a mile as they worked on cleaning up the trail as well as forging their way onto the new trail.

“We had such a good time. We had kids asking to stay and help past 1 p.m.,” Sahagun said.

Fastenal, one of the C-Chapter’s sponsors was also present at the event and Mechanix supported the group’s efforts by donating gloves to the IIC crew from SUU. Representatives from the BLM office, as well as Mac Urie, of Urieco Construction, also came to the event.

The group was able to get a lot done with the number of volunteers who attended.

“We got so much done, and the crews were amazing. I think we’ll work with the youth crews in town again,” Sahagun said.

The next volunteer day is set for July 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in mountain biking or trail building is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Sahagun at cchapterdmbta@gmail.com.

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