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MORC in the New Year

Minnesota Spring
January 2018 News

New Year, New Initiatives

We’re excited to welcome 5 new Directors to the MORC organization this year! Alongside our Committee volunteers, MORC Directors remain focused on the many essential functions necessary to operate a non-profit business, granting our awesome network of trail volunteers the freedom to focus on providing quality trail experiences for all users.

For 2018 we’ll continue to hone our membership program, and will additionally be introducing new trail builder & trail user education services. If you’ve interest in serving any of MORC’s standing committees, simply reply to this email for more details!

 

Battle Creek Master Plan

Have you heard the news? Ramsey County, in partnership with MORC, is proposing an addition of 21+ miles of new singletrack! Public comment period is open now through February 3rd- review the plan, conceptual design maps, and add your voice by visiting the below website:
Battle Creek Master Plan

 

 

Events

  • Carver Lake Cold Catfish Cup- Sunday January 21st
  • Get Phat w/ Pat- Saturday January 20th & January 27th
 

Trails Update

Trail use during the sensitive Freeze/Thaw period caused excessive damages to multiple area trail systems. MORC members and volunteers are our best trail advocates and ambassadors, please continue to educate newer riders in a friendly and positive way!

2017 Q4 Accomplishments

MORC volunteers are constantly working on a variety of initiatives and projects to improve and expand our organization’s reach. Throughout the year our Board of Directors will release a quarterly summary of organizational accomplishments, so you’ll have a better idea of what we’re working on, and why being a member and supporter is so important.

Click here for a .pdf download of our Q4 Accomplishments!

EOY Giving

     
Winter is (Finally) Here-
And what an incredible year it’s been!

  • Over 1,000 Members! We exited the now discontinued IMBA Chapter Program, allowing us to keep 100% of member dues local, and facilitating membership growth.
  • Over 5,000 Volunteer hours! We saw outstanding work accomplished by our network of 100+ volunteers; over 10% of our membership are active volunteers.
  • Over $700,000 has been contributed to MORC trails since 2016.

Looking to the future, many opportunities exist for MORC to expand our reach and provide greater trail access to underserved communities throughout the metro. In the past year alone, MORC has been involved with supporting the establishment of, or improvement to, 9 new trail systems not currently within the MORC ‘Family of Trails’.

Unlike a traditional business however, we do not sell our services in order to fuel our growth. We instead rely on the financial support of our community in order to both maintain what we already have, and to meet current demands for expansion. If you ride the trails, and you’d like to see more riding opportunities developed throughout the Twin Cities metro, we need your support!

We are truly fortunate to have such incredible access to trails, and it is thanks to our community of supporting members, contributing partners, and dedicated volunteers. Without you, this simply would not be possible.

Wishing you a happy new year, with gratitude,
-Matt Andrews
MORC Executive Director

     

MORC News: End-of-Year

2017 in Review

Now that we’re fully in the midst of Minnesota’s annual freeze/thaw, the time is perfect to reflect upon the past riding season, the successes of our trails, and the organization as a whole.

Each and every MORC volunteer should be deeply proud of what has been accomplished through their dedication, persistence, and direct action. This was a year for us to celebrate surpassing 100 miles of singletrack under the MORC umbrella- but a time for celebration does not mean we can rest on our laurels and stop to smell the roses. With great trails, comes great responsibility! The trails, from Battle Creek to Bertram Chain of Lakes, and everything in between saw first-rate support with professional grade maintainance. Many crews also implemented impressive improvements to existing trail: armoring, re-routing, and awesome-fying the ride experience!

With the support of our outstanding partners, MORC hosted several successful and exciting community events. Happy Hour events with our friends at Sociable Cider Werks, Surly Brewing Company, Angry Catfish Bicycle & Coffee Bar (at their new Northern Coffee Works location), and UnMapped Brewing were a great opportunity to connect with our community, while raising some funds for MORC.

Our ‘Ride em All’ Challenge, and the accompanying TrailsFest event saw fantastic engagement and participation- reaching 1,000’s of riders.

In October we proudly welcomed Rebecca Rusch to Minnesota, and helped to host the screening of Red Bull Media film Blood Road- raising money in support of the Mine Advisory Group (MAG) working in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, to decomission unexploded ordinances leftover from the war which ravaged those countries and continue to be a danger to the local communities.

The 4th annual MORC Gala once again proved our single highest fundraising event of the season, drawing outstanding support from contributors, donors, and attendees alike.

Combined, our events were truly a model of success. The outpouring of support from our community surpassed our expectations and continues to inspire and guide our commitment as we head into our annual recruitment and planning phase.

Director Recruitment

Now through the end of November, MORC is accepting applications from those interested in supporting our Committees, and/or joining the Board of Directors.
To apply, please visit: https://www.morcmtb.org/apply/
Questions? contact us via email at: President@morcmtb.org

2017 Q3 Accomplishments

MORC volunteers are constantly working on a variety of initiatives and projects to improve and expand our organization’s reach. Throughout the year our Board of Directors will release a quarterly summary of organizational accomplishments, so you’ll have a better idea of what we’re working on, and why being a member and supporter is so important.

Click here for a .pdf download of our Q3 Accomplishments!

MORC Gala- Ticket Price Increase Oct 1st

 

Save money for the auctions!
Ticket Prices increase from $60 to $75
Effective October 1st 

Expect delicious offerings from Surly Brewing’s kitchen, gallons of beer, and live music from the aptly named Blazing Saddles!

Join the off-road cycling community and those that share the same passion for outdoor recreation in the Twin Cities. A celebration of our past, present, and future trail systems, the 2017 Gala will commemorate the achievement of MORC volunteers maintaining over 100 miles of singletrack throughout the Twin Cities metro.

The all-inclusive MORC Masquerade Ball is the mountain biking social event of the season!

Special Thanks to our 2017 Gala Supporting Partners!

                         

MORC News- September

 
MORC News- September
New Partners ensure great Gala offerings!
MORC has received a lot of love ❤️ from the community this year- from members (1,000 strong), donors, volunteers, land managing and corporate partners, none of this would be possible without your support!

We are very excited to celebrate the year’s accomplishments together at our 4th annual MORC Masquerade Gala event (Saturday, October 28th @Surly Brewing); and we’ll have some excellent product up for auction courtesy of our friends at: Gateway Cycle, Angry Catfish, 1up USA, Northstar MTB Guides, Rebecca Rusch, Wolf Tooth Components, Surly Brewing, and Welch Village.

*Gala ticket prices increase by 20% October 1st- Get your tickets today and save some cash for the auction!
   Blood Road
MORC is proud to present the Minneapolis screening of Blood Road, starring our friend and supporter, Rebecca Rusch.The film follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier. During this poignant voyage of self-discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ they’re pedaling and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.

Join us at the Lagoon Theater, Thursday, October 19th.
Click here for Tickets and additional information

100 Miles of Trails, maintained by 100 Volunteers, supported by 1,000 Members!
Leave your legacy, and join the movement at www.morcmtb.org/join

 

Upcoming Events

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