Well, this is NOT what we wanted to do, but unfortunately we’ve been forced to cancel this year’s race. Our plan was to design an alternative race that would be both fun and safe, and we really thought that we would be able to pull it off. But now, with the situation in Arizona as it is, we are simply unable to put all the pieces in place for 2020 in Pine.
As many of you are aware, Fire on the Rim is a completely volunteer run event – nobody here gets a paycheck. Every penny earned from this event goes for trails in the Pine Strawberry forest. For instance, over the past 10 years you’ve helped build the Bearfoot Bridge, a 60 ft. pedestrian bridge connecting the Bearfoot to Pine Canyon Trail, you’ve done tons of reroutes on Pine Strawberry Trail and built Mohawk to connect it to town, in addition to maintaining miles of trail and constructing others. We count on your support through Fire on the Rim.
The exciting news is that we finally got the go ahead to start the process to build 12 miles of brand new single track here. This includes a new trail across Strawberry Mountain that will eventually be incorporated into FOTR, eliminating the private ranch on top, that nasty downhill and the streets in Strawberry. It will connect forest road 428 (Hardscrabble Road) to the Pine Strawberry Trail for one really long stretch of sweet singletrack. That’s what 2020 Fire on the Rim was all about, paying for the environmental studies to start the process.
If you’ve already registered for this year’s race and would like a refund just let us know, but we strongly encourage you to leave it with us as a donation for the Strawberry Mountain Trail project (all registered participants have been notified by email about the cancelation).
We are selling the 2020 Quarantine Blues FOTR commemorative shirt, both in men’s t-shirt and ladies v-neck style, each shirt available in the colors shown below. Also available are hats in three different color options. These are all available from the race registration site.
You can also make a donation to Fire On The Rim. We plan on returning in 2021.