Mountain bike teams can race at 360 Park, aid trail development

Staff writerOctober 20, 2013 

Key Peninsula Parks is hosting a mountain bike relay race to raise funds for a new trail at 360 Park.

“Shake & Bake: Four Hours at 360 Trails” will help the park agency and its partners build a new trail that will be used for future mountain bike and trail running events, as well as everyday human-powered use.

Teams can be made of two or four people, or individuals can ride on their own. All riders must be ages 11 and older.

The event is a short version of a 24-hour race, where teams of four go out two riders at a time, do a lap and pass the baton to their teammates, said Courtland Capwell, race organizer. There are time parameters on the laps.

“It is a double-edged sword as it is incredibly fun and fast with big berms and jumps, but incredibly challenging on the fitness level, no free ride here,” Capwell said.

“The fundraiser is for the park, period, for more trails. We have a specific trail in mind we want to build,” Capwell said. “(Funds) would go to a new connector trail between Gateway Park and 360 Park that would help bring more events to the parks.”

Capwell, who is assisting Key Pen Parks with the trail development, said the new trail would be for human-powered use. Not that they are excluding horse riders, he said, but it is a matter of safety. He said park plans include horse-only trails.

The race starts at 10 a.m., and it will be a staggered start so riders are spaced evenly on the course.

Registration is required and is $30 per person. The event is limited to the first 150 riders who sign up by Oct. 28.

To register, go to keypenparks.com. Registration questions can be directed to Jessica Smeall at 253-884-9240, Ext. 22, or jessica@keypenparks.com. For event questions, you also can call Capwell at 253-985-1827.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@ thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/outdoors

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