DuPont mountain bike rides and trail runs to help the trails

out dupontA Save the Trails ride and run through DuPont State Forest will be held Aug. 23 to help Pisgah Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association raise money to maintain trails that mountain bikers use. The event will feature four long-distance fun races — no timekeeping involved — with volunteers also needed to make everything go off smoothly. 

• The Epic mountain bike route will traverse 40-45 miles of single track and access roads, covering all sections of the forest. 

• The Advanced mountain bike route will traverse 25-30 miles of single track, with some access roads included as well as lots of ups and downs. 

• The Ultramarathon will traverse 65 kilometers of single track covering all sections of the forest, as well as some access roads. Lots of climbing, stream crossings and waterfalls are included. 

• The Marathon will cover 26.2 miles of single track and some access roads. 

Registration for the rides and runs range from $50 to $70 before Aug. 21, with an extra $10 for day-of registration. Children 13 and under ride free. Space on all runs is limited, so registration can close at any time. Rain date is Aug. 24. 

www.pisgahareasorba.org/2014/02/save-the-trails-challenge-august-23rd-2014-mtb-or-ultra-run

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