Editor’s Note : One of our long time, amigos, Shawne Camp sent us a story that reminds us that the holidays are about giving and that no child should go unremembered by Santa on Christmas morning. I think we should add a Toy Drive to Global Fat-Bike Day next year and make kids happy around the world! ~gomez~
A few weeks ago while enjoying an IPA at our home in Malta NY which is nestled between NYC and Quebec, my wife, Janay and I tossed around the idea of a cycling event that would collect donations for Toys for Tots. A day later “Singletrack Give Back” was created.
We began inviting cyclists to Luther Forest, which is one of our local trail systems and encouraged folks to bring some home baked goods, wear an ugly sweater and of course bring a toy to donate. Within a few days we began to see the event being shared. We were then surprised with donated toys for the kids along with t-shirts we could use as prizes for riders from “Fat Bike Gurlz” in Colorado. Turtle Fur in Vermont then supplied a generous amount of donated hats we could also use as prizes. We held our event and over thirty riders participated with some riders traveling hours to take part. The temperature never climbed out of the 20s with a windchill of 12-15. The trails were crusty snow and ice, that made for some great riding. As a bonus we had a Pugsley and a Krampus on hand to demo, which many riders enjoyed. Within 2 hours the toy box was filled to the top. Riders ate fresh baked goods, drank hot cider and cold whiskey. Everyone went on group rides, made new friends, competed in a fat tire ring toss and most importantly…came together and gave back to less fortunate kids in the community in the true spirit of the Holiday Season.
Toys for Tots is this season’s recipient of the 68 toys we collected. Singletrack Give Back will continue to move forward bringing cyclists together to support those in need. Thanks to all that made this such a rad event!