The volunteers at the Rotary Club of Dolores founded the Dolores Bike race in 1998 as a fundraiser. The trails at Boggy Draw were ideally suited for a mountain bike race and the Rotary Club recognized the increasing popularity of mountain biking in the area. The trail system singletrack is very fast and flows well with plenty of passing opportunities. The race has always been a grass-roots event that was held during the popular small town Escalante Days event that celebrates their 42nd anniversary in 2018. In 2016, a 50-mile endurance category was added to accommodate racers looking for a bigger challenge, and for 2017 onwards, the McPhee Overlook Trail will be a part of the race course.
The Boggy Draw trail system, located on the San Juan National Forest, was built and is maintained by the local mountain bikers. It has undergone a variety of improvements and expansions so the routes have been modified throughout the years to take advantage of these. In 2016, construction of the McPhee Overlook Trail was completed and opened to the public in May 2017. The 50-mile Endurance riders and the 33-mile Expert riders will be able to race on this new and exciting trail, hugging high above the cliffs of McPhee Reservoir.
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Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities' toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization's mission and values in their elected roles.
Responsible leadership means more than just doing good work— with all the Dolores members as volunteers, it means making the most out of every donation we receive.
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We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns. Through our network of resources and partners, we help clubs focus their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
The Dolores Rotary volunteers also help distribute monthly food commodities, we hold monthly bingo events benefiting local organizations, we organize dictionary giveaways to local third graders, we string up and maintain holiday lights in the town of Dolores, we support our public school system in a myriad of ways with scholarships, volunteers, letters of support, grants, and donations, and our primary focus is on youth leadership and development. We invite local businesses and charities to our weekly meetings to educate us and to identify ways in which the club can help. Every year we strive to make the Escalante Days Mountain Bike race even better, helping to bring in tourism and highlighting our amazing trail systems. Our Rotary meetings are held on Tuesdays at 6:30am at the Ponderosa Restaurant. You are welcome to attend a meeting and to see if Rotary is something you'd like to do to give back to the community. We are leaders, we are neighbors, we are retirees, we are educators, we are young and old, new and experienced. We relish fresh perspectives and novel ways at solving problems.
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