Trail design, development, and maintenance are key components of great mountain biking. Michigan’s trails have earned the reputation of a mountain biking destination, especially with two IMBA Epic Trail designations. Of course, this would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers that work so hard to build sustainable trails throughout Michigan.
Tracking Volunteer Hours
Every year, MMBA volunteers maintain existing trails by performing simple tasks such as trimming tree branches, raking trails, and removing debris and fallen trees. They also work together to build some of the best trails in the country.
The MMBA tallies the hours of trail volunteers at the end of the year. The number of volunteer hours is important when communicating with land managers about mountain bike trails. The hours are evidence that mountain bikers not only ride responsibly, but are stewards of the trails and other natural resources.
Ed Berta First Across the Finish Line and Volunteer of the Year Awards
The MMBA awards volunteers who contribute 10 hours of trail work for the year. These volunteers receive the Ed Berta First Across the Finish Line (FAFL) award.
Each MMBA Chapter selects a Volunteer of the Year based on exemplary performance. Likewise, the MMBA Board of Directors chooses a statewide Volunteer of the Year. All of these awards are presented at the MMBA Annual Meeting, early each year.
“In the past, trail volunteers have so often gone unrecognized and unrewarded for their efforts to make mountain biking possible for all of us recreational riders and racers alike. No more. Volunteers who go above and beyond the call of trail responsibility will now be recognized in a very, very special way at the MMBA Annual Meetings in the years to come.” — a 1997 Bent Rim Bugle newsletter article