4th Annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk April 8th, 2017

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The 4th annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, will be held on Saturday, April 8.

Online registration is through UltraSignup until 5:00 pm on Friday, April 7th. Event-day registration Saturday morning will be at Pearl’s (walk) or Angel Park in downtown Sewanee (run) between 9 and 9:30 am. Online entrants will need to check in at the start.

The 5-mile run will begin at 10 am in downtown Sewanee; a 2-mile walk will begin at 10:00 at Pearl’s Foggy Mountain Cafe. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. Prizes will be awarded for fastest men’s and women’s times, as well as for best runner’s costume.

Registration is $20 for students; adult registration is $30 until April 1 and $35 on the day of the race. Registration includes Technical T and food at the finish at Mountain Outfitters, provided by Shenanigans.

Prize drawings and presentation of winners are planned after the run.

All proceeds benefit the Mountain Goat Trail.

Mountain Goat Trail receives $1000 from the New York Life Foundation

 

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MGTA Executive Director Patrick Dean receives $1000 award from Lynn Cimino-Hurt on behalf of the New York Life Foundation

SEWANEE TN, November 18, 2015 — The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance announced today that it has been awarded a New York Life Foundation’s Volunteers for Good – Individual Grant in the amount of $1000 to recognize the volunteer service of Lynn Cimino-Hurt. She has been a longtime supporter of the MGTA. This grant program encourages and supports the volunteer involvement of New York Life employees, agents and retirees with community-based nonprofit organizations.

“Lynn Cimino-Hurt has been instrumental in assisting our organization,” said Nate Wilson, board president of MGTA. “We are very grateful to the New York Life Foundation for this grant to support our work in the community.”

“I am pleased to be able to help the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance in its fundraising efforts,” said Lynn, a volunteer from New York Life’s Cimino Hurt Financial Group LLC office. “This organization is making a difference and I’m pleased that the company supports my volunteer service.”

New York Life develops and promotes volunteer opportunities for their agents, employees and retirees though Volunteers for Good so they may contribute their time and expertise to help meet community needs. Volunteers for Good grants recognize and encourage their ongoing involvement with nonprofit organizations.

About The New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $200 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

2nd Annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk April 4th

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The second annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, will be held on April 4.

“Mountain Outfitters has been a supporter of the Mountain Goat Trail since the beginning. We’re excited about the new Monteagle-Sewanee section, and proud to sponsor this race for the second straight year, to raise money and awareness for the trail,” said David Burnett, owner of Mountain Outfitters.

The 5-mile run will begin at 10 am in downtown Sewanee; a 2-mile walk will begin at 10:00 at Pearl’s Foggy Mountan Cafe. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle.

Registration is $15 for students; fee for all others is $25 for early registration and $30 the day of the race. Registration forms are available at Mountain Outfitters and online at mountaingoattrail.org.

Food and drink vendors will be available at the finish at Mountain Outfitters. Live music and drawings are planned for after the run & walk…

For more information, call Mountain Outfitters at 931-924-4100 or email outfitters@gmail.com or info@mountaingoattrail.org.

Mountain Outfitters sponsors 1st Rails-to-Trails Run & Walk to benefit MGTA

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The inaugural Rails-to-Traiils Fun Run & Walk, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, will be held on April 5.

“Mountain Outfitters has been a supporter of the Mountain Goat Trail since the beginning. We’re proud to sponsor this race to raise money and awareness for the trail,” said David Burnett, owner of Mountain Outfitters.

The 5-mile run will begin at 10:30 am in downtown Sewanee; a 2.5-mile walk will begin at 10:30 at St. James Church in Midway. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. There will be live music and drawings for merchandise from Mountain Outfitters and from sponsors including Patagonia, The North Face, Salewa, CamelBak, Swiftwick Socks, and Kavu.

Registration is $15 for students; fee for all others is $25 for early registration and $35 the day of the race. Each entrant will receive a technical T and goody bag. Registration forms will be available at Mountain Outfitters and Woody’s Bicycles, and online here.

Food and drink vendors at the finish will include Phat Boy BBQ, Mountain Goat Market, and Jackalope Brewery.

To enter, go here.

MGTA receives $200,000 grant for trail in Grundy County

The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance has received a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant of $200,000 from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The grant funding will be used to further the mission of the Alliance: creating a multipurpose, multimodal trail along the railbed of the historic Mountain Goat Railroad. The grant will allow approximately two miles of trail to be built in Grundy County.

“We are very pleased and gratified that TDEC has seen fit to recognize the worth of our mission in this way,” said Janice Thomas, board president of the Alliance. “This grant funding is a crucial piece of our efforts to provide the Cumberland Plateau with the economic and health benefits of a biking and walking trail while joining the communities along the former route of the Mountain Goat Railroad.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the grant on Friday, August 16th as part of over $1.6 million in RTP grants across the state. “These grants assist local governments and organizations in improving community amenities such as trails, greenways and recreational facilities, making the outdoors more accessible to Tennesseans,” Haslam said. “The health and wellness of our residents is a top priority and these amenities provide another step to make our state healthier.”

Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation administers this grant program for the state. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, with RTP grant recipients providing a 20 percent match.

Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.

Bike with Woody on Earth Day and help the Mountain Goat Trail

Sewanee Cruise

The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance is offering  a bicycle tour of Sewanee on Earth Day, led by Woody Deutsch of Woody’s Bicycles.

For a $100 donation to the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, you can join Woody for an easy and fun two-hour spin around the sights of Sewanee on Wednesday, April 24th, concluding with a delicious lunch at Crossroads Cafe. Woody will even provide a bike if you need one.

The tour is limited to nine riders, so sign up today. Just go to mountaingoattrail.org/donate, and enter “Woody” in the Paypal comments section! If you have any questions, email us at info@mountaingoattrail.org and we’ll get back to you.

All donations to the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance are tax-deductible.

See you on Earth Day!

Local youth ask for Mountain Goat donations instead of birthday presents

Above: Libby and Porter present $400 in donations to Barry Rollins, MGTA board member and officer of Community State Bank.

When Porter and Libby celebrated their birthdays earlier this month, they decided to raise money for the Mountain Goat Trail instead of receiving presents. As their mom said, “I think the thought of getting so much at Christmas time bothered some part inside of them. This way they were able to celebrate with lots of friends and feel like they were doing something important. The MGT was a natural fit because we use it so much and so many of their friends do, too. It’s ‘real’ to them.”

We at the Alliance were thrilled by their actions. Janice Thomas, board president, said, “We were all so impressed by Porter and Libby’s maturity, to think outside themselves and help a cause they support.”

Altogether the two raised $400, which they presented to the MGTA at Community State Bank.