News August 24, 2016

ADT Marathon, Half marathon and team relay–volunteers needed!
Update:trail closures in Bear Creek Watershed.
Bike Jam Sept 1.
Waldo Waldo registration now open!
“Missing Link” trail.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
NEWS AUGUST 24, 2016

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Sign up now for the ADT Races–Relay, Marathon, and Half!

The 2016 American Discovery Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and new 10K are coming up Labor Day: Monday, September 5! Have you signed up yet?
Did you know that by racing, you help protect the trails we all use and love? The ADT races support the Trails and Open Space Coalition and Pikes Peak Road Runners. All proceeds directly benefit local trails and local non-profits dedicated to trail stewardship and community running events in Colorado Springs.
With new courses for 2016, the scenic route along paved and dirt trails is about as fast and flat as you can find, with the outstanding volunteers and course support you’ve come to expect from Pikes Peak Road Runners. Register online and early for the best deal.

Volunteers needed–can you help with the ADT Races?
We need volunteer help handing out water to runners on Monday, September 5th. Email if you have a few early morning hours to spare, and thanks!

Update: Trail Closures in Bear Creek Watershed.

The Pikes Peak Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest will temporarily close several trails in the Bear Creek Watershed over the next few weeks to ensure public safety. 
Contractors for the US Forest Service are working into the county lands southeast of Jones Park and will be closing some portions of the trails that are below the new construction due to the likelihood of large rocks and other materials rolling down onto the trails. There will be intermittent trail closures starting FST 720 and continuing over the next week on other portions of trail including the following:
  • NFST 720 from its junction with NFST 668 to its junction with 720.A
  • NFST 668 from its junction with NFST 622 to its junction with NFST 720
  • NFST 622.A in its entirety
On the map above, the green oval represents where  they are working this week and red lines indicate trails with temporary closures while construction is occurring through September.

Join us for Bike Jam at UCCS Sept 1

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:30 am to 1:00 pm
El Pomar Plaza, UCCS,1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Come out September 1 as we celebrate bikes with UCCS and the community! Put on by the Sustainability Department at UCCS, Bike Jam is an annual event for all of Colorado Springs that encourages bicycling for the purpose of living healthier and more sustainable lives!
Join one of 10 community rides starting at points throughout the city, and ending at UCCS. TOSC will be leading the ride from Goose Gossage Park, starting at 7:20 am! It’s a 2.6-mile ride on trails and low-volume streets.

Enjoy breakfast, two campus rides, stunt shows, and short talks on the Mountain Metro bus, learn to put your bike on the bus bike rack, or how to fix a flat tire. It’s all FREE! You must RSVP.
More information and RSVP.

“Santa Fe Trail Working Group” explores the future of the AFA trail connection.

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments just finished a joint land-use survey about community-military partnerships, andnearly 700 people responded. Many identified the New Santa Fe Trail closure through the Air Force Academy as a problem that needs to be addressed. TOSC has been invited to be part of a “Santa Fe Trail Working Group” and we will do our best to represent your concerns and issues.
As the Working Group moves forward, we will let you know about progress and opportunities for public involvement. Stay tuned!

Register now for the Waldo Waldo 5K!

Join thousands of Waldos and Wendas in downtown Colorado Springs this October 22 for the Waldo Waldo 5K, a family-friendly walk and fun run fundraiser. Registration comes with a “Where’s Waldo” costume kit and the money raised supports the Trails and Open Space Coalition and RMFI.
Register at this link.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:
Wednesday, August 24
Palmer Park
Saturday August 27
Crags Trail
Lowell Gulch
Cheyenne Cañon
Palmer Park

Friends and Partner News.

Help fund the “Missing Link” Trail
Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates is raising funds to build a new 4-mile multi-use trail on the west face of Pikes Peak. The “Missing Link Trail” would provide a much-needed connection between the Barr Trail and Jones Park.
Hikers, mountain bike riders and equestrians will have access to an epic 17-mile loop or a route from tundra (at over 12,000 ft) to town (Colorado Springs at 6,000 ft).

Blue Moon Trail Run Series
August 26, 6 pm
Race starts and ends in Pinon Valley Park and goes through Ute Valley Park.
Choose long or short series.
More info and registration.
Cheyenne Mountain Run 9 M & 5K
Sat, Oct 22, 10 am
Run on the challenging and beautiful Dixon Trail, still in progress to the top of Cheyenne Mountain, and closed to the public. The 2016 race distance will be at least 9 miles and will increase each year as the trail is completed.

Take the Bike Master Plan Survey!
The update to the Bike Master Plan will outline a plan for bicycle infrastructure to support the growing needs of our bicycle friendly community.
We want your input – please take the survey!
Mountains Matter to Millennials
Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave
Thurs, Sept 8, 4:30 pm

This session will focus on millennials’ engagement with the outdoors and celebrate the role “mountains” play at personal, group, and regional levels.
Keynote speaker: Luis Benitez, Dir. of CO Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry.

Coffee & Civics,

Weekly onTuesdays
Sept 6- Nov 15,

CONO Office, 309 S. Cascade
Joint City/ County Presentations. Learn how the community works together and learn more about how YOU, as a citizen, are at the core of local government.

More info.

Be Prepared… Don’t Be A Zombie 2016 Zombie 3K Run
Saturday, Sept. 24, Bear Creek Park
Sign up to be a runner or a Zombie. First run begins at 10 a.m. At the end of this adventure is the “I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse Party” including emergency preparedness booths, music and food. This is a fun event aimed at creating awareness for community and individual emergency preparedness.

Wilderness First Aid Course, Sept 23 & 24.

Choose from:

  • Wilderness First Aid Only.
  • Wilderness First Aid w Adult CPR and AED.
  • Adult CPR and AED only.
Wilderness First Aid Course,
Fri, Sept 23, 6-10 pm 
 Sat, Sept 24, 8am-7pm
Manitou Springs Middle School
415 El Monte Place
This hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care.

“Table to Trails” with Salsa Brava, Over Easy, Sonterra Grill

Now through May 2017, join Salsa Brava, Over Easy and Sonterra Grill in the Table to Trails fundraiser, and $1 from every lunch special sold will go to support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
These restaurants are locally owned, and use local ingredients when possible. Now they’re taking their local commitment one step further to support our local trails and open spaces.
Enjoy time out with lunch at Salsa Brava, and support TOSC!

Love the trails? Want to see more connections, more bike routes, more care for our parks? Support parks, trails and open spaces!
Enjoy special members-only invitations, hikes, rides and parties!
Give to the Trails and Open Space Coalition’s Annual fund campaign. Your membership supports our important work of preservation and conservation.
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