MTC Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner

MTC Annual Member Meeting & Dinner

In spite of the barriers thrown in our way ─ from the continuing COVID pandemic to flooding to delayed construction plans ─ the Montour Trail Council will celebrate its 2021 successes during the annual meeting and dinner on Sunday, November 7, at the Airport Marriott in Coraopolis. We’ll start at 5 p.m. with a social hour featuring a cash bar. A plated dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the business meeting following at 7 p.m.

Fred Zelt, a Bethel Park native, retired geologist and cyclist living in Pittsburgh, is our keynote speaker. He’ll address “The Best of 5 Million Pedal Pushes.” Fred’s insights are based on cycling thousands of miles while reflecting about the special nature of the Montour Trail as a shared connection, a part of a network, and a path to well-being. He will share stories from cross-country bike trips, lessons learned about successful fundraising for charity bike rides, and wisdom gleaned from watching over a global online community that has shared 80,000 cycling photos in 18 months.

Fred has cycled in most U.S. states, Norway, the Netherlands, and Brazil including riding 4,295 miles from Maine to Seattle with a group raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.  During the pandemic, Fred created the Social Distance Cycling Club Facebook group, an online community with 7,600 members in 69 countries.

To mitigate the impact of COVID, all participants must demonstrate a completed COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event.

Make your reservation soon; requests must be received by Saturday, October 30. Download the reservation form here, then fill it out and mail it to:

David Oyler
3321 Brownsville Ext.
South Park, PA 15129

Don’t Forget to Vote!

The Montour Trail Council Board of Directors has nominated six members for election to the Board of Directors for the 2022 – 2024 term. Each Montour Trail Council member is entitled to vote for the nominees. Results will be tabulated and announced at the annual meeting on Sunday, November 7 at the Airport Marriott.

Click here to access the ballot, then fill it out. You can put it in the mail or turn it in at the dinner.

Dave Borrebach was MTC Vice President in 2019, has been Chair of the Nominating Committee since 2016, and is a member of the Membership & Community Outreach, Finance, and Operations Committees. A retired human resource consultant, Dave lives in Ohio Township with his wife Margaret.

Mark Imgrund is a retired software executive and is currently working with a Pittsburgh tech start-up company in an operations role. He began volunteering with MTC in 1997, has served on the board for six three-year terms, and was the MTC president in 2007-2009. He’s the founder and current vice president of the Peters Friends’ group, is Co-Chair of the MTC Operations Committee, and a member of the IT, Real Estate, and FGEEC committees. Mark lives in Peters with wife Tina, and enjoys biking, hiking, hunting, and good craft beer (though not necessarily, he says, in that order).

Peter Kohnke is a founding member of the Montour Trail Council and served as MTC President from 2001-2003. Peter is currently active on the Engineering & Construction and Real Estate Committees. He has been President of the Friends of the Montour Trail in Bethel Park since its founding in 1997 and is currently working on acquiring right-of-way to enable the Bethel Branch to extend into other parts of Bethel Park. Peter lives in Bethel Park within sight of the trail.

Phillip Torrez is the current MTC Vice President. He and his family have been members of the Montour Trail Council since 2014. Phillip is a longtime cyclist and has been active as a volunteer with bicycling organizations since 1985. He is a member of the trail’s Westland branch friends and has worked with the Tour the Montour committee for the past three years. Phillip worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a dozen years and later as publications manager for the University of California president’s office.  He serves on the boards of two other local nonprofit organizations.

Shirley Ulaky has been using the trail regularly for both biking and hiking for over 15 years. Newly retired as Accounting Manager for R.G. Brewton, she is looking forward to volunteering her time and skills as MTC Treasurer and in support of the Westland Branch.  She lives in Strabane with her family and is particularly thankful for the opportunities the trail has provided to get outdoors and relax in the difficult year of the pandemic.

Ned Williams served as MTC President for six years and is active in just about every area of the MTC’s activities. Ned is a member of the Executive, Engineering and Construction, Finance, Membership & Community Outreach, Operations, and Real Estate Committees. Ned is the Director of IT, Quality Assurance and Safety at Washington Tool and Machine Co. He and wife Mary live in Washington, Pa.

Montour Trail Food Drive – South Park Township, Piney Fork Road

Montour Trail Council is staging a food drive this spring to help those who are still struggling to feed their families during this very long pandemic. We have teamed with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank and Washington County Food Bank to collect nonperishable foods. There are a total of four separate collection sites/dates.

The June 5 location is in South Park Township, at the Piney Fork Road West trailhead near the wastewater treatment plant. Please chip in if you are able!

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Rain Date: Sunday, June 6, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Montour Trail Food Drive – Hendersonville

Montour Trail Council is staging a food drive this spring to help those who are still struggling to feed their families during this very long pandemic. We have teamed with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank and Washington County Food Bank to collect nonperishable foods. There are a total of four separate collection sites/dates.

The May 22 location is in Hendersonville, near Tandem Connection. Please chip in if you are able!

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Rain Date: Sunday, May 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Montour Trail Food Drive – Bethel Park, Washington Elementary School

Montour Trail Council is staging a food drive this spring to help those who are still struggling to feed their families during this very long pandemic. We have teamed with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank and Washington County Food Bank to collect nonperishable foods. There are a total of four separate collection sites/dates.

The June 19 location is in Bethel Park at Washinton Elementary School alongside the Trail. Please chip in if you are able!

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Rain Date: Sunday, June 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2021 Tour the Montour

2021 Tour the Montour Bike Ride Fundraiser

Tour the Montour provides rest stops along the route with snacks, on-Trail support, hot lunch close to the finish, basket chance items and super raffle prizes.

Ride Details

This annual tour of the Montour Trail is an out-and-back bike ride. You can pedal one of the recommended mileages on the Trail, ranging from a short family fun ride to a metric century, or custom-design your own route.

62 miles
44 miles
24 miles
12 miles
6 miles

We ask you to pick a ride distance for food- and rest-stop-planning purposes only. You are not obligated to ride the distance you select.

Entry form

Century and 44-mile riders should maintain 8-mph pace to finish the course while rest stops and lunch are still open.

For safety reasons, no headphones allowed, and helmets are mandatory.

Registration

Register online, which closes on Thursday, September 23 at 5:00 PM.

Alternatively, you can register by mail using the entry form & waiver that is part of the official Tour the Montour promotional flyer.

Packet Pickup

You can pick up your registration packet on Thursday, September 23, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Trek of Pittsburgh Store, Route 60, Robinson Township. Packets also are available at registration on the morning of the event.

Event Schedule Saturday, September 25, 2021

Check-in opens at 7:15 AM.

7:15 AM check in and registration

8:15 AM 62-mile ride departs

8:30 AM 44-mile ride departs

8:45 AM all other rides depart

10:30 AM – 2 PM lunch at Forest Grove Sportsmen’s Club ~ MM 1.5

Sponsors

Title sponsor

 

Presenting sponsors

Corporate sponsors

Supporting sponsors


Fees

The deadline for discounted fees is Tuesday, August 31 at 11:59 PM.

June 1 – August 31

Adult: $45, includes T-shirt, rest stops and lunch

Child through age 11: $10, includes rest stops and lunch, NO T-shirt. You can purchase an adult-size shirt for an additional $10.

September 1 – 23

Adult: $60, includes rest stops and lunch; T-shirt NOT guaranteed

Child through age 11: $15, includes rest stops and lunch; NO T-shirt

Prizes

Four valued sponsors have offered these raffle prizes:

  • Seven Springs: 2-night getaway for 2 people, breakfast each morning, use of swimming pool and exercise room (valid through Oct 31, 2022; black-out dates include Christmas week through New Year’s Day , MLK weekend and Presidents’ weekend)
  • Aero Tech Designs cycle wear: cycling clothing kit
  • Pro Bike + Run: $500 gift certificate
  • U-Haul North Hills: INNO INH 120 hitch-mounted tray bike rack

Raffle tickets are $5 each or $10 for 3 tickets. They are available at select trailside locations this summer as well as at the event. Winners will be selected at the close of the bike ride. Proceeds benefit Montour Trail Council, the non-profit, all-volunteer group that builds, maintains and repairs the Trail.

2020 Annual Membership Meeting

The 2020 Annual Meeting, for Montour Trail Council members, will announce Board members for the coming 2021-2023 term.

The keynote speaker is current Board President Ned Williams, who will summarize all the great work that has been done this year developing, grooming, beautifying, and supporting the Trail.

To participate, register in advance for the online Annual Meeting. You will receive a confirmation email containing the URL, so you can open it at the time of the meeting.

If you haven’t voted, send your ballot to the MTC office.  You can find the ballot on page 4 of the current newsletter; it must be mailed by October 24.