Issaquah, WA, June 01, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The fourth annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival, one of 136 National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) event locations, takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The all-day event features demo bikes from 12+ brands, more than 30 vendor and sponsor booths, live music from Yogoman Burning Band, racing and jumping competitions, poker ride, skills clinics, guided rides, events for kids, food concessions and more.
The festival is free to attend and open to the public, with something for everyone – from those just interested in what mountain biking is all about, to pro racers. Families are encouraged to attend.
A Festival Clearing Pass ($10 for Evergreen members; $20 for non-members; free for kids age 14 and under) lets riders demo bikes all day, go on guided rides, take skills classes and enjoy the evening bratwurst bbq. Fees for competitions vary. All monies raised go to support the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s trail work efforts.
King County’s 130 acre Duthie Hill Park is located at 27101 SE Duthie Hill Rd., on the Sammamish Plateau, 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. Parking for the event will be at the adjacent Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Directions and a map can be found at http://tinyurl.com/duthiehill.
In addition to the 6th annual Get Outdoors Day, the festival celebrates both mountain biking, and King County’s Duthie Hill mountain bike park. Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park officially opened for mountain biking in 2010, following completion of the first phase of construction. Since then, it has seen more than 75,000 rider visits per year. Construction was completed in 2012 after more than three years and 12,000 hours of volunteer labor. And more than 1200 people attended the festival last year.
The park was built through a partnership between the non-profit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and King County Parks. Riders of all ages and skill levels can find the perfect trail for them at Duthie Hill. It includes six miles of cross country bike trail, two miles of free-ride trail with jumps and built features, a central clearing with a shelter, kids’ biking area, opportunities for skill building, and more. The trails regularly see riders ranging from tots on Strider bikes to expert mountain bikers and everyone in between.
“We are thrilled with how popular the park has become,” said Evergreen’s Executive Director Glenn Glover. “It is now a nationally-known mountain biking destination that serves as a model for communities across the country. Equally important for area riders, Duthie serves as a hub for the entire mountain biking community and is a wonderful place for families to introduce kids to biking, and to ride together in a beautiful, wooded setting.”
GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are offering opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities across the country. Learn more about GO Day here: http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.
For more information about the festival and a complete schedule of activities visit: www.evergreenmtbfestival.com; for more information about the riding area at Duthie Hill Park visit http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Duthie.
Members of the press are invited to attend.
About Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is Washington State’s largest mountain bike organization, with more than 9,000 followers, and is dedicated to trail maintenance and building, advocacy and education. Created in 1989 as a nonprofit, grassroots solution to local trail networks closing to riders, Evergreen has since grown to become a partner with public land managers across the state, contributing more than 10,000 hours of volunteer labor in the past year alone. The organization is internationally known for creating both Colonnade and Duthie Hill mountain bike parks. To learn more about Evergreen visit http://www.evergreenmtb.org.