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Aliferis Memorial Race Maps are up

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Aliferis Memorial Race – September 3, 2016

The 15th Annual Aliferis Memorial Race is open to runners, walkers, and bikers of all ages and ab11822673_10153144187189389_6359843295473297701_nility levels. Registration fees range from $20 – $70 based on event and date of registration. Discounts available for early registration.

Events include Duathlon,5K Run, Bike Race (26 miles), Bike Tour (6 miles), and 1-mile Run/Walk

Register online for the 2016 Aliferis Memorial Race.

We again are offering a Family Rate (immediate family only). To take advantage of this discounted rate, register for one person, selecting “Family Rate” under Events. We will contact you regarding specific events and the names and ages of additional family members.
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We have an event next week showcasing our trails system in Alpena and the recent wind storm has left Chippewa Hills Pathway in shambles. We need to clean it up ASAP! Monday evening at 6:30pm we are calling for all hands on deck to help remove all the blow downs on the mountain bike single track at Chippewa.

Bring your leaf blowers, bring your chain saws, bring your biceps, bring your bug repellent!
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Tour Alpena County’s MTB Trails Fund Raiser

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Saturday July 23rd 2016 at 8am Ride all the single track in Alpena County starting at Rockport ~ Norway Ridge Pathway ~ Chippewa Hills Pathway

The day would begin at 8am at Rockport State Rec Area doing one 7 mile loop around the quarry, then jumping in your vehicle and driving to Norway Ridge Pathway where you would do an lap approx. 7 miles then back into your vehicle on to Chippewa Hills Pathway for a lap of 7 to 10 miles.
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The Great Donut Roll Ride Fundraiser for TBTA

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Do you like cycling? Do you like doughnuts? Do you like hitting the trails of Northeast Michigan? Than my friends this is the event for you! Join us for the Great Donut Roll a fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Trails association! Come along as we tour the majestic, rolling country side of Northeast Michigan in the full splendor of fall colors. Our 50 mile ride will take us to Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm near Rogers City where you can feast on fresh made cider mill doughnuts, fresh apples and a number of other treats. Plus by participating in this beautiful fall ride you get to help the Thunder Bay Trails Association! Trust me when I say donuts you rode 50 miles for taste much better plus the ride helps easy the guilt of eating a half dozen by yourself.
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X-Terra Rockport Rugged Triathlon

XTERRA Rockport Rugged Triathlon
New Off-Road Triathlon Premiers in Alpena, Michigan

XTerra Rockport Rugged Promises to Challenge Athletes

Register for Rockport Rugged >> HERE

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Alpena, MI – It’s a triathlon that defines the word rugged. Join other rugged athletes for the inaugural off-road triathlon racing over roots, rocks and the mighty Lake Huron. Xterra Rockport Rugged, the adventure triathlon, will take place on August 20, 2016 at Rockport State Recreation Area in Alpena, Michigan.
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Northeast Michigan was blessed with ample snowfall this past winter which led to some good cross country skiing condition.  It also brought into focus the need for a new snowmobile to pull the grooming equipment.   The old machine,(2008), is starting to costs us money in repairs.  TBTA Board of Directors authorized the purchase of a new machine.  Research was done on the different work machines on the market.  Three quotes were obtained from different dealers.  TBTA opted to go with the Ski-Doo from Bader Bros. Inc. located on M-32 east of Hillman.  The new machine comes with a three warranty.  In order to get the best price we had to put five hundred dollars down on the machine.  The balance is do when we pick up the machine.  The machine will be available for pick up this coming November.
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May Meeting Board of Directors

TBTA Board of Directors will meet on Thursday May 5th 6:00 PM.  Due to graduation ceremonies the meeting place is changed to VanLare Hall RM 127.

The meeting is open to any interested party.

The Department of Natural Resources will be in attendance with an update on a trail proposal for the Chippewa Hills Pathway.  This trail proposal was submitted by TBTA in July of 2015.  The trail proposal was asking for the following:  recognition of existing mountain bike single track and expansion of the mountain bike single track, widening of loops A & B of the existing pathway to allow for a skate skiing lane along with the classic ski lane.
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Chippewa Hills Compartment Revisions

Attached is an email and compartmental revision maps for the proposed timber treatment at the Chippewa Hills Pathway.  Review the information.  If you would like to comment to the DNR, email your thoughts to


Randy Fairbanks, President TBTA


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Thunder Bay Trails has been notified that the Department of Natural Resources will fund some needed repairs at the Norway Ridge Pathway. Blake Gingrich, Unit Supervisor Parks & Recreation Division, stated that monies have been committed for replacement of the bridge/boardwalk identified as site 6. This is the bridge that TBTA has repaired on a yearly basis after the spring snowmelt. Gingrich stated that the replacement is scheduled for late summer/early fall of this year. It is expected that TBTA volunteers will help with the project.

Chippewa Hills Update

This past Thursday a meeting was held in Gaylord.  The meeting was very positive.  The following is an e-mail that Mary Beth Stutzman had sent out to the Chippewa Hills User Constituent Group.
Her email captures the tone of the meeting.  Hopefully TBTA will be able to move forward with the the cut and work with the DNR in the area of compromise that will lead to Chippewa Hills becoming a destination point for all non-motorized users.
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