Earlier this year Mount Hermon Adventures launched the “Mount Hermon Adventures Race Team” with the purpose of telling the story of Mount Hermon in the greater Bay Area race community and promoting healthy active lifestyles among our staff and guests. So far it’s been a roaring success! Over the past three months we’ve participated in the Tahoe Trail 100 Bike Race and the Race Through the Redwoods, a local 10k.
We had three racers in the Tahoe Trail 100: Doug Cline, Nate Pfefferkorn and John Ricketts. They were joined by several alumni and friends of Mount Hermon as well. The race is a grueling 100K mountain bike race in and around Northstar resort in Tahoe. We are proud to report that all three racers completed the event and qualified for the Leadville Traill 100 in Leadville Colorado for 2014! The Leadville race in Colorado is the big daddy of endurance mountain bike races and will require lots of hard work, training and dedication to finish. It has the distinction of being the highest bike race in the world, with most of the course over 12,000ft. Stay tuned for training updates and stories!
In the town of Felton, Mount Hermon’s backyard, we helped sponsor the 45th annual Race Through the Redwoods. We had several racers in the event: Mark Bradshaw, Steve Brown, Dan Dawson, Allison Pfefferkorn, and Josie Shafer. It is a tough trail course through the redwoods at Henry Cowell state park. All our racers were successful and many set PR’s during the day. We were also able to connect with many local families and friends through our race event booth and share stories about the Redwood Canopy Tour and upcoming Mount Hermon programs.
Check out the team’s webpage and calendar to see what upcoming events we will be attending and competing in. You can also join us at an event and race for Mount Hermon! Use the “Join the Team” link or contact Allison Pfefferkorn, race team manager, for more information. We look forward to seeing you out there!
A few weeks ago Mount Hermon Adventures and the Adventures Race Team took part in the Sea Otter Classic and the Grand Fondo event kicking off the summer riding season. The Sea Otter Classic is the largest bike festival and race series in North America with hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators. Mount Hermon was in the thick of it hosting a booth and spreading the good news of adventure, sharing the story of Mount Hermon.
One of the biggest points of interest at the booth was the plans for the bike park features on our new property. Word is spreading quickly among both industry folks and the public: and everyone is excited. We were able to have meetings and connect with Alpine Bike Parks, the International Mountain Bike Association, and others building bike facilities in California.
Along with Mount Hermon sponsored athletes participating in several races, we had three riders in the 50 mile Grand Fondo-
At 6:30am there was still a chill in the air, but a warm breeze soon pushed over the hills and across the valley. As the sun crested the hill and glinted off the helmets of 2000 cyclists the announcer signaled the start of the Grand Fondo at the Sea Otter Classic. Riders rolled forward in a symphony of clicking and smiles carving through the turns of Laguna Seca Race Track before climbing out of the basin and embarking on either a 50 or 100 mile ride.
It’s the second year we’ve participated in this event that traces the beautiful Monterey coastline down to Carmel and back. There is, of course, a long brutal climb at the finish, but it’s still a ride not to be missed.
Mount Hermon Adventures kicked off its new race team this weekend at the she.is.beautiful 5k and 10k events in Santa Cruz. It was a glorious morning for a race with over 3500 women in attendance. Known as the “pinkest” race in America, there was indeed a sea of pink flecked with green for St. Patricks day.
Mount Hermon Adventures has just launched it’s new marketing and staff development campaign aimed at reaching active people in the bay area and promoting healthy lifestyles among our staff. We will have staff athletes in many races around the state this year as we spread the story of Mount Hermon and share about our portfolio of programs. Mount Hermon will also have a vendor booth at most of the race events so we can interact with both the athletes and the friends and family that support them.
We are also in the process of creating team uniforms to support our athletes and to make available to all friends and supporters of Mount Hermon. Last year we offered an amazing cycling kit that quickly sold out of most sizes. This year we will have a new cycling kit as well as running jerseys and socks. Check back at our online store soon for details.
Stop by and see us at one of our upcoming events. Next on the calendar is the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, April 13 & 14, 2013 in Aptos. We may have one or two athletes in the short track event, and will have our booth set up for the festivities.
The following weekend we will be at arguably the biggest cycling event in the country: The Sea Otter Classic, April 19-21, 2013 at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. We will have sponsored athletes in the womens criterium and mens cyclocross events as well as our super fun booth.
See you outside soon!
Mount Hermon recently was able to acquire a nearly 15 acre parcel of land near redwood camp, just off conference drive and bordered by the Felton Faire shopping center. We announced this to our alumni first in an earlier letter.
We have been working away on developing our plans for how to best utilize this property and are now at the point where we can share our plans publicly. We have been guided by a few key principles as work has progressed on the planning phase.
- We want to keep the property mostly open space and green. The “green” aesthetic will also extend to how we design and build any structures or facilities on the property.
- Enrich the lives of children and families – in a beautiful natural environment
- Mainly for recreation – for both overnight campers and day-use guests
- Bless the local community and extend our local impact
There will be three main “zones” to the property with distinct facilities, user groups, and activities.
Zone One will be closest to Redwood Camp. We are proposing the following in Zone One:
- A pedestrian overpass bridge to connect the new property to our existing Redwood Camp
- A 100×200 recreation field for games and activities
- A large bouldering wall alongside the field
- Space for target sports
- Various trails and nature spaces
Zone Two will be in the “middle” of the property and will have access to the facilities of both Zone One and Zone Three. Zone Two will be for a new community day camp. We are proposing the following for Zone Two:
- A new building in program, office and recreation space to support a robust summer day camp program and school year after school programs
- Outdoor recreation and activity spaces with a playground
- Access to all the amenities of zone 1 and zone 3
Zone Three will be closest to the shopping center and much of the hillside. Zone Three will be for both overnight and day use guests and will have the following:
- A community garden with 50+ garden plots
- A world-class bike park with downhill “flow” trails, pump tracks, and skills parks
- A 50-70 element aerial adventure park
- A splash zone water feature
- A dedicated building to support the above activities and provide retail and concession space
- Parking to support the facility
As you can see, this is a significant opportunity for Mount Hermon and will add to our already amazing programs and facilities. At this point we are involved in the county permitting process which will likely take 6-9 months. Please join us in prayer as we work through this process, and also for all the staff, families, and children that will be impacted through this amazing new facility.