IMBA is asking all Arizona mountain bikers to support the Arizona Trail in its pursuit of a $50,000 grant to build five miles of singletrack in and near Saguaro National Park. Winner takes all — five finalists from across the U.S., including the Arizona Trail, are vying for top honors in the Redwood Creek Greater Outdoors Project. The one organization that receives the greatest number of votes from among the proposals wins the $50,000 award.
THE PROJECT: Saguaro National Park Connector Trail
This grant would build five difficult miles of the Arizona Trail into Saguaro National Park east of Tucson. Due to the remote location in a rugged wilderness area, these miles must be constructed by hand. Not only will this project help complete the trail, it allows access into backcountry and protects a sensitive riparian area as well.
HOW TO VOTE: Votes are being accepted online and via text message through May 31, 2009. Each day, you can submit one online vote and one text message vote
Vote online at www.blazethetrail.com/greatoutdoors/vote/
The first time only, you will be required to register on “Blaze the Trail”, Redwood Creek’s community site, in order to make your vote count. After you fill in all of the required fields, make sure you click on the AZT choice before you submit your registration (the box will turn green and the “vote” button will change). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Redwood Creek confirming your registration and vote.
For future voting you can simply login on the voting screen (the link above) using the username and password you selected. You will see a line that says: Already have an account? Click here. This will bring up the login fields. After entering your name and password, select the ATA box and then click on the “vote” button.
Both the first time and all subsequent times you vote, you should see a confirmation screen appear that lets you know your vote was counted