Countdown To Fire On The Rim

A rider competing in the 2012 Fire on the Rim.

A rider competing in the 2012 Fire on the Rim. Photo by Alexis Bechman. |

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In eight days more than 300 daring and skillful mountain bike riders will gather at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena on Bradshaw Drive in Pine for the 2013 Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

The annual event brings racers and their families, friends, sponsors and spectators to our neck of the woods to enjoy a fun-filled weekend of free camping, food and drink, live music, bike raffles and of course, extreme racing.

District One Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin will open the first race at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 with a tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The 2013 Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race is respectfully dedicated to the heroic firefighters who gave their lives protecting the homes and forest that we hold dear.

It is the love of our forest and dedication to protecting it that led to the creation of the annual bike race. The idea of a mountain bike race fund-raiser in P/S utilizing the fuel break and trails was conceived by the same group who maintains them to protect our area, P/S Fuel Reduction, Inc. (PSFR).

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Raleigh Bicycles donated an awesome mountain bike worth $1,100to be raffled at the race. After learning the reason behind the fund-raising effort, Raleigh donated a second bike for raffle.

The completely volunteer non-profit group gained national recognition in 2005 with their fund drive for maintenance of the fuel break (a cleared area of forest) on Forest Service land surrounding the community of P/S. This project was imperative due to forest fires burning nearby, but the federal government did not have available funds. The project was funded entirely by the private sector.

Not only did the project provide the community with the wildfire protection that it desperately needed, but brought national recognition to PSFR for achieving unprecedented agency/community cooperation for the endeavor.

PSFR has worked with groups including the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and hundreds of volunteers to build trails allowing better access to the fuel break and serving as a wildlife corridor and a fire line. As grants ran out for the work, the group brainstormed and the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race was established to raise funds for fire prevention efforts.

Two-thirds of the registration fee for the race goes toward wildfire prevention projects and the other third to trail advocacy.

The local community, mountain biking community, hikers and trail advocates, firefighters, Forest Service and others have joined together in amazing support for the race. In 2012 participation in the second annual race doubled and this year it will triple!

Anticipation for the upcoming race is also rising this year with the addition of hay rides for transport from the parking area to the arena, a Kids’ Kamp, and an Italian feast prepared by possibly Arizona’s greatest Italian chef, Gerardo Moceri, who apprenticed and cooked throughout Italy.

Many sponsors have also stepped up to support the event. Raleigh Bicycles donated an awesome mountain bike for raffle worth $1,100. After learning the reason behind the fund-raising effort, they donated a second bike for raffle. Tickets for the bike raffle and the Italian feast can be purchased locally at the Ponderosa Market in Pine on weekends until the event. You can also get them at the race venue. The drawing for the mountain bikes will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday after the awards ceremony.

Can’t use a mountain bike yourself? Feel free to buy tickets and give it to PSFR to donate to a needy child. Your dollars will be used to protect the beauty around us.

See you at the races.

Thank you

The P/S Arts and Crafts Guild, P/S Firefighters Association, Mountain Village Foundation and the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) thank everyone who came out to support the Labor Day Weekend Festival and all this year’s Guild festivals, pancake breakfasts and Navajo taco fund-raisers.

The funds from the pancake breakfast (a joint fund-raiser with the Firefighters Association and Mountain Village Foundation — formerly Strawberry’s Elite) allow our firefighters to purchase needed equipment and supplies. The Mountain Village Foundation raises funds all year to help families in need in our communities, especially children.

SCAF uses proceeds from the Navajo taco fund-raisers to provide services to area senior citizens.

Your support of all of these P/S organizations is greatly appreciated.

Sock Drive

The P/S School Builders Club is holding a Sock Drive at the school now through Sept. 27. They are collecting new socks to be given to an organization called “One Small Step” that provides socks to those in need such as those in homeless shelters, emergency shelters and nursing homes.

Please support our local students and let them know that our community is behind their efforts to make a difference in the world.

Please drop off your sock donations at the P/S school office.

Ride for Rescue

I was advised of a great event that I want to let you know about.

The Red Rose Inspiration for Animals of Sedona is presenting the Ride to Pine for Pie to benefit animals.

On Sunday, Sept. 8 bikers are once again riding for a great cause. The proceeds from the registration fee will go to their emergency medical fund and free spay/neuter fund for felines and canines.

Riders will meet at the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill in Sedona at 9 a.m. The event includes free buffet breakfast, coupon for pie and ice cream in Pine and an event T-shirt and pin.

For more information, visit www.redroseinspira­tion.org.

Upcoming events

Mark your calendars for two upcoming events.

The Church on Randall Place will host its annual Block Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at the P/S Community Center. The community is invited.

The Ranch at Fossil Creek Creamery in Strawberry is having its Farm Dinner at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. For tickets call (928) 476-5178. Proceeds benefit Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction.

Stay tuned for all the details!

Send events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

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