Every precious step we take on any trail that leads us on our fantastic journeys through the mountains, canyons, forests, ridge lines and beyond, is made possible through the work of those who build and maintain that network of trails. These trails provide us the opportunity to pursue our passion for trail running. Think just how much your life would change without these magical ribbons coursing through the great outdoors. Countless hours of adventures with sights, smells and sounds that only those willing to put in the hard work to get there will truly understand. We are a very small part of the population and we must carry the load ourselves, to provide these trails the attention they need or we will ultimately suffer the consequences.
Our very own DPMR member, Elke Reimer, just happens to be the Western States Endurance Run’s Trail Boss. Her job of maintaining over 100 miles of the WS trail is very demanding. Erosion, downed trees, and habitat protection are always needing attention. You may sign up to work on the WS trail at WStrail.org. There are 10 work days planned starting March 12th through June 18th. Another DPMR benefit: if one of the dates you want to work is full on WStrail.org, contact Elke Reimer (or myself) and she will gladly use another hand! These are not easy days, you will work hard for most of the day, so consider it cross training and ample time on your feet, while supporting our beloved trails.
Many of us need to complete 8 hours of work to fulfill our requirements and hopefully that will be done on the trails. I challenge everyone to work an extra day (or more) this year. It feels so much more rewarding to give back because you wanted to, not because you had to. OK, enough of the sermon, now let’s get out on the trails with gloves, picks and shovels, and give a little to get a lot!