BSTRA NTD logo greenBSTRA’s National Trails Day Ride and Fundraiser – Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

Location:  Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle, MA

Sponsored by Yered Trailers, Medfield, MA

Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) is planning a 28th Anniversary Celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, Oct. 17th, 2020 at a location that is sure to please:  Great Brook Farm State Park.  We invite you to come out and join us for this opportunity to ride the beautiful trails at Great Brook — and to participate in our other festivities being held at this event.  Originally this event was scheduled for June 7th, but we were forced to reschedule due to Covid-19 restrictions.  This new date is subject to approval by DCR, since Great Brook Farm State Park is under their jurisdiction.

Why such a big celebration? Because if there is just one day of the year that defines what BSTRA is all about, it is National Trails Day!

National Trails Day (NTD) exists to encourage all Americans to get outside, connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate and celebrate trails — the natural places where they can find scenery, peace, happiness and health. Dedicated volunteers, outdoor enthusiasts, trail lovers, and those new to the outdoors are all key ingredients to National Trails Day. It’s a time to give back to trails and introduce new people to the outdoors.
It is in that spirit of National Trails Day that BSTRA holds an annual NTD fundraising event to raise money for Massachusetts trail projects.

  

                                                         Participants at Previous NTD Event

Join the Celebration….Festivities start at 9:30 AM with registration check-in

Who Can Participate and Event Activities

Open to both BSTRA members and the public, the event offers marked trails for horseback riding and hiking– an opportunity to get the whole family out to enjoy our beautiful trails. After enjoying time on the scenic trails at our new location, return to the parking area for lunch, presentation of awards, and raffle of items donated by BSTRA’s many NTD prize sponsors. This year’s NTD event is sponsored by Yered Trailers of Medfield, MA, but there are many other sponsors who have made the prize packages, raffle table and lunch so awesome. Go to our Business Sponsor Directory (Sponsors tab) to view all our business sponsors.

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How to Participate—Registration

There are three ways to participate.

(1) Come to ride, enjoy lunch and the raffle:   Pay the registration fee to participate: $35 for adult members; $40 for adult nonmembers; juniors (age 17 and under) ride free; and $20 for lunch only.

(2) Ride and Collect Sponsors:  Register same as above and download your NTD Sponsor Papers..  Your registration fee can be refunded when you collect $250 or more on your NTD Sponsor Papers. Get your NTD Papers in advance and collect tax-deductible sponsor contributions for Massachusetts trail improvements.  Sponsor checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc. The eight participants and two runners up bringing in the largest dollar amount in sponsor contributions will each be awarded generous prize packages to thank them for their efforts.

(3) Collect Sponsors Only:  Register online and be sure to check off the box that you are collecting sponsors only.  Sponsor checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc. You will still be eligible for the prize packages for the top eight participants and two runners up as long as your NTD Sponsor Papers and collections are submitted to NTD Organizer, c/o 76 NW Main St,, Douglas, MA 01516 and received by Oct. 15th; or come join us for lunch on National Trails Day and submit them in person prior to the 11 am deadline.
Although pre-registration is not necessary to ride, it is recommended in order to receive the Free Gift Bag given to the first 50 registered participants.

What Paid Registration Provides to Participants

Top Prize Winners at one of our NTD Events

♦ Access to beautiful marked trails at this ride location
♦ BSTRA NTD Free Gift Bag to first 50 registered participants–includes a commemorative item, free raffle ticket, and other items
♦ A Delicious Italian Buffet for Lunch–including fruit salad, green salad, eggplant parmesan, meatballs, pasta and desserts
♦ Competition for Awards for 8 Top and 2 Runner Up Sponsorship Collections

♦ Participation in huge Raffle–usually with more than $3,000 in prizes
♦ The knowledge that you gave back to trails AND lots of fun!

 

We encourage participants to go out and collect sponsors on their Sponsor Papers.  You will want to be one of the winners of the ten Award packages being given away on National Trails Day to the Top 8 and 2 Runners Up.  The more you collect, the better the Award!  Award Packages vary by content and have values ranging from $200 up to $500.  Donors of items for the Awards Packages include Cashel Company, Equinety, Forever Fork, The Mane Place and RealSteel, Select the Best and more!

 

Get your Sponsor Papers at (link to print Sponsors Papers is under pictures at bottom of page):   https://bstra.org/national-trails-day/

 

 

 

Trail Projects are Funded by this Event

Every year BSTRA puts money into our MA trail system.  We select trails which are badly in need of maintenance, whether it is brushing back, grading, adding fill, correcting erosion issues, cleaning out or adding drainage ditches, repairing or building bridges, adding trail signage — or some combination of these trail improvements.

BSTRA has several major trail maintenance projects in the pipeline for 2020, including a large $55,000 project in Douglas State Forest, as well as projects in Upton State Forest, and Pell Farm in N Grafton.  These projects include parking lot expansion, bridge improvements as well as trail improvements and will all significantly impact these trails for a variety of user groups.  BSTRA will be applying for a DCR Partnership Grant for the large Douglas State Forest project.  Under terms of the grant, it covers half the expense of this project, and BSTRA funds the remaining 50% match.  It’s going to be a busy year with significant improvements to trails!

BSTRA is always open to considering additional trail improvement projects. If you know of a worthy trail project on public land and would like us to consider it, please contact bstra@charter.net

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2015 SNETT Improvements at Stone Arch Bridge

 

2017 Wallis Pond Cart Path Trail after project completion
2018  Bridge Completed in Douglas State Forest

2017 Improvement to Inman Hill Wildlife Area Access Road, Mendon

Interesting statistics —

In 2018 more than 108,950 individuals participated in 1,203 activities in all 50 states.  Participants among the most popular activities included equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers.

There was a total of 312 trail work projects reported, completing 3,954 total miles of trail improvements.  This was accomplished by 24,192 volunteers, contributing a total of $2,658,100 in volunteer labor value.

National Trails Day was originated by the American Hiking Society in 1993.

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