Fire On The Rim This Weekend

The Second Annual Fire on the Rim kicks off Sept. 14 and runs through the 16th.

The Second Annual Fire on the Rim kicks off Sept. 14 and runs through the 16th. Photo by Dennis Fendler. |

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Information from www.fireontherim.com

After a successful kickoff event last summer, Fire on the Rim organizers have expanded the mountain bike race from one day to three.

The Second Annual Fire on the Rim kicks off Sept. 14 and runs through the 16th.

The event includes vendors, races, music, a spaghetti dinner and a beer garden sponsored by New Belgium Brewing.

All proceeds from the race go toward the Pine-Strawberry Fuels Reduction committee, which work to clear and maintain fire break lines around the community.

Last year, the event attracted 88 riders and brought in $35,000. This year, at least 120 riders are expected.

Entrants can choose from three race lengths — 15, 30 and 45 miles. The race begins Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 7:30 a.m. for the 45-mile race, 7:45 a.m. for the 30-mile, and 8 a.m. for the 15-miler.

CAMPING

Camping is available at the event venue right across the road from the new start/finish at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena, 6000 Bradshaw Drive in Pine. There is no cost for camping on the private land donated for use in this event, so we ask you to be especially considerate in appreciation of this donation by cleaning up after yourself.

Campgrounds open at noon, Friday, Sept. 14, and you will be directed where to park. Tent and car camping is directly across from the venue with RV parking behind that. No hookups or dumping is available. Restrooms are on site for your use, free showers are a short bike ride away and 24-hour security is provided.

There is also free camping available in the Tonto National Forest within a short bike ride of the venue area. Again, it’s very important to clean up after yourself.

Plan to camp at the venue for the weekend and enjoy all the pre- and post-race activities without the hassle of having to drive. Pine is a gateway community to the Arizona Trail, just a short distance from your campground, and many restaurants, facilities and shops are all within walking distance. Park your car and spend your down time enjoying the cool mountain air and exploring what the small town has to offer.

FOOD & DRINK

Carb up Friday evening with a delicious home-cooked spaghetti dinner starting at 5 p.m. at the venue. Cost is $5 a plate and all the proceeds go to wildfire prevention and trail development in the Pine Strawberry fuel break. Bright and early the next morning, grab a hearty breakfast from one of the vendors on site.

We are very excited to have our very own local favorite food trucks, CAFÉ de LIGHT, specializing in healthy fare including sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and frappes, and the awesome Gone Dog Wild serving you this year.

A beer garden sponsored by New Belgium Brewing will be open at the venue Friday and Saturday for your enjoyment. Just a short walk away you will find Pine’s new brewpub, THAT Brewery.

MUSIC

Kick back on Friday evening and enjoy the music of one of the Rim Country’s most popular bands, Junction 87, just back from touring in Japan.

Saturday evening brings our very popular local John Scott Band playing the blues like nobody else can!

EVEN MORE

Hike, Bike and Run, our local Payson bike shop, is under new ownership now that Mick Wolfe and his family are off biking through the U.S. Come out and meet new owner Phil Ryder, who will have his tent set up at the venue and will be offering basic bike repairs.

We are pleased to have High Altitude Sports Massage with us this year — and you will be too after the race! The Flagstaff Sports Massage Team is geared up and ready to help out! They will be doing massage pre- and post-event this year, so be sure to stop in beforehand if you want the advantage!

Two awesome bikes are being raffled and the drawing for the winners will take place right after the awards ceremony on Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information on these bikes, check them out on the our home page.

A silent auction of many wonderful items donated by local businesses will start at noon on Saturday and end after the raffle drawing. Be sure to take a look at these great offerings from our community and get your bid in!

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, join AZ Devo for a free bike clinic. This awesome group is well on their way to becoming the premier junior development cycling program in Arizona and the country, and we are stoked to have them at this event.

Be sure to stick around on Sunday for the Kids Race at 10 a.m. We’ll have a special course set up at Pine Elementary School, complete with medals and an awards ceremony. Let’s support our little ones as they work to develop their competition skills.

The perfect way to end your weekend in Pine Strawberry is to get in one last ride in the cool forests of the Rim Country before heading home. And the perfect ride is the Cabin Loop Trail. If you’re not familiar with this trail, are you in for a treat! We’ll leave from Forest Road 300, off Highway 87 north of Strawberry, at 10 a.m. and shuttle to the loop.

KIDS KAMP

Kids Kamp will be open this year during the race on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Kids Kamp your kids are entertained and provided for while you race worry-free. Certified child care specialists will make sure your kids have a great time with tons of fun activities and snacks. Cost is (per child) $5 for the 15-mile race, $7.50 for the 30-mile race and $10 for the 45-mile race.

Even if you’re not racing, you can sign your kids up for Kids Kamp and take advantage of some down time for yourself.

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