3rd Annual BATS Trail Mix
On Saturday, May 5, from 12 to 6 p.m., Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host the 3rd Annual BATS Trail Mix event. SVC students in the Introduction to Sports Management course will once again put on the event in a partnership with the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) to promote awareness, access, and stewardship of our area’s trails.
The annual Trail Mix has seen tremendous success and growth since its inception in 2016. The inaugural event saw 75 community and campus members come together for trail building and maintenance, and the 2017 event drew a crowd of nearly 200 participants. This year’s event looks to continue the success of previous years and offer an experience unique to Bennington’s trails while promoting outdoor recreation and cultivating community involvement.
This year’s event will be a special one, as it will host a 5k preview race for a potential 2019 USA Track & Field 10k or 15k Trail Running National Championship. In addition to the 5k preview race sponsored by SVMC, this year’s event will have something for people of all ages. Outdoor adventurers can enjoy Scott demo bikes and guided trail runs and bike rides, while the younger crowd can participate in a family-friendly orienteering scavenger hunt experience sponsored by Orvis Adventures. Off the trails, guests can enjoy music, a backyard barbeque-style cookout, and a raffle with great prizes such as a choice between a mountain, gravel, or fat bike and lift tickets for the 2018-2019 ski season at Stratton Mountain Resort. General admission will be free, but some components will be fee-based. Food, beverage, merchandise, and raffle ticket sales will all benefit Bennington Area Trail System.
David Evans, President of SVC, is excited for the third annual Trail Mix event to once again be held on the grounds of the College. “I am especially happy that the annual Trail Mix program provides both an occasion to share our campus with the running, hiking, and mountain-biking communities and also an opportunity for our students to get serious, hands-on experience in planning and executing a complex event.” Brad DeBoer, President of the BATS organization, shared similar sentiments about the relationship between BATS and the College. “SVC and BATS enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship, with BATS being granted access to construct and maintain trails on the SVC campus, while SVC students work with BATS on projects such as the Trail Mix season kick-off event, website design, and bylaws development. This partnership allows BATS to extend our reach beyond what we would be capable of on our own while enabling students to work on real-world projects that benefit their community.”
This year’s sponsors include Orvis Adventures, Southern Vermont Medical Center, Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont Mountain Bike Association, Battenkill Valley Runners, Paca Performance Gear, Highlander Bicycle, Hannaford, and more.