|Sent on:||Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:16 PM|
Hello Carolina Trail Run & Mountain Bike Group members,
We need your help!
The trails have been getting pounded by rain lately and we need your help in respecting trail closings.
With the sunshine coming and going, you may be wondering of the trails have dried out enough to run or ride. Adding to the confusion is who dictates if the trails are open or not.
Well, here are a few tips.
Respect Trail Closings
First, it's up to the land owner/manager to dictate if the trails are open. A good place to check is the Tarheel Trailblazers website at http://www.TarheelTrailblazers.com. The main page has trail conditions listed on the right hand side of the page. Although this is not an all-inclusive list, you can get an idea from looking at it as to how the trails are holding up. If you're not familiar with the Tarheel Trailblazers, it is a community of mountain bike volunteers and a non-profit organization that does the bulk of trail maintenance in the Charlotte area.
Some trails drain better than others, get more sunshine, air flow or have different types of surfaces. These and many other conditions will cause some to be closed while others are open.
If you are organizing a meetup, or just heading out to the trails alone, please, PLEASE be respectful of these closings. We want to keep the trails in top shape.
One exception to the closings rule is organized events by the land owner/manager. For example, the Whitewater Center will sometimes hold events on the trail system there, even though the trails are listed as closed. This is because the trail maintenance is handled by their organization and they already have post-event maintenance as part of their event planning.
Regularly Recurring Events
I understand that we have events that are already scheduled as recurring, meaning it's already on the calendar for every Wednesday night (for example). If this is the case, we should still make every effort to honor trail closings. If you're an organizer, cancel the meetup if the trail are closed. If your an attendee that's RSVP'd for the meetup, check with the organizer or the trail conditions yourself and make a judgment call.
Put in some elbow grease
The Tarheel Trailblazers organize trail maintenance activities across the area. If you'd like to help out (yes, non-mountain bikers can help too), just visit the Tarheel Trailblazers forum. There's a section dedicated to trail work days.
In closing, if you are organizing or attending a meetup at the Carolina Trail Run & Mountain Bike meetup group, check trail conditions before running the meetup. Again, please be respectful of trail closings.
I'd be more than happy to entertain any questions or comments. This email will be posted in the message board for discussion.