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    We the people ... Santa Cruz "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day" Saturday October 7th

    Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) and CA State Parks is hosting "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day" at Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday October 7th from 10 am - 1 pm.

    Grab a kid and a bike and give them a positive experience of mountain biking and enjoying our state parks resources.

    Meet at the Wilder Ranch Parking lot (day use fee applies) at 10am. After the rides, there will be a free lite snack/lunch, a free raffle for all the kids and some Wilder Ranch interpretive events. So come out and make a day of it!

    For more information see:

    http://www.mbosc.org/events.html

    Thanks to the Another Bike Shop (ABS), Family Cycling Center and Santa Cruz Bike 2 Work for providing raffle schwag for the kids.

    Hope to see you there!

    --Mark

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    The following is an itinerary of the day:

    10:00Ė10:30 am
    Registration & bike safety check (for kidís bikes)

    10:30 Group photo

    10:45Ė12:00 pm Group Rides
    Little Kids Ride: Ohlone Bluff Trail to Fern Grotto to play on the
    beach. Less than a 15min ride for adults towing kids, 20-30min ride for
    kids riding solo (each way). Bike seats, trailers and trail-a-bikes welcome!

    Big Kids Ride (7 or 8yrs old and up) ride: out & on the Cowboy Loop
    trail. Itís uphill first (~30 min ride), and down hill on the way back,
    about 15-20 minutes.

    12:00 ish
    Free lite lunch and drinks at the Wilder Ranch picnic area, across from
    the chicken coop.

    12:30 - 1:00 pm
    Free Raffle! All kids will take home prizes, with a few winning Ďbig
    ticketí items.

    1:00 pm -
    Wilder Ranch interpretive events: crafts table, black smith
    demonstration, games.

    For more information: http://www.mbosc.org/events.html

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    Event Report: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day was a huge success!

    Hey Everyone,

    The second annual "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day" at Wilder Ranch State
    Park was a great success. We couldn't have had a better day. The weather
    was perfect. Not too hot, not too cold and no wind.

    Some pictures of the event can be seen here:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/lick.the...ntainBikingDay

    We had 25 kids participate ranging in age from 3 - 13 years old riding
    all types of set ups including Burley trailers, front seats, rear seats,
    training wheels and a wide variety of kids bikes.

    Daryl and Eve led the young kids ride to Fern Grotto beach where Jade
    showed the other kids where to find sea glass. Jade has been very
    interested in collecting sea glass for a couple of month and we had no
    idea it was such a valuable commodity
    (http://www.seaglassassociation.com). All the kids managed to collect a
    lot of nice glass.

    Rich, Sebastien and Geoff led the bigger kids on an out and back ride
    along the Cowboy loop. The Park Rangers escorted both rides and made
    sure that the kids were safe. We had a minor crash near the end of the
    event which required a little medical attention and it only demonstrated
    how valuable and an important a job that the Rangers do for us.

    At around noon, both groups met at the apple orchard for a picnic.
    Everyone enjoyed a post ride picnic of sandwiches, brownies, cantaloupe, dried fruit and brownies.

    All the kids got a ticket for the free raffle. The top prizes were
    helmets and a floor pump. Other prizes included kids gloves, T-shirts,
    hats. Lots of free stickers and water bottles were given away. All the
    kids got something to take home. The kids were free to enjoy the rest of
    the day at Wilder to hang out, play at the climbing tree, watch the
    blacksmith work and enjoy the craft table.

    Thanks to California State Parks including Rangers Joseph Connors and
    Brett Reid for the logistical support and escort. Thanks to interpreter
    Carolyn Schimandle for arranging the activities and blacksmith. Also,
    thanks to to Piet Canin of Bike2Work/SCBIC, Dave Gittelman of Another
    Bike Shop and Berri Michel of the Bicycle Trip for donating raffle items
    and stickers. Thanks to IMBA/Clif Bar for the yummy donation of Z-bars.
    The kids loved them!

    Thanks to volunteers Daryl Breuninger, Eve Davidson, Rich Henthorn,
    Sebastien Praly and Geoff Smith for donating your time. I really
    appreciate all your help on putting on this event.

    Finally, thanks to all the participants and volunteers for giving the
    kids a very positive outdoor experience. We are genuinely feel blessed
    that we live in an area that has an abundance of great parks. With
    childhood obesity on the rise, an event like this can introduce our kids
    to a healthy outdoor activity like mountain biking. Mountain biking is a
    great activity which builds confidence, fitness and an appreciation for
    the wonderful parks that we have in this area.

    Thanks again,

    --Mark

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    Thank You

    Thank you Mark for putting on a great event. I was glad to hear it was a success.

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