Challenging course offers 15-, 30- and 45-mile races that attract riders from across the country to stunning Mogollon Rim area
Fire on the Rim, a challenging mountain bike race that takes place in the Tonto National Forest and the picturesque town of Pine, Arizona, will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016. The race is the highlight of a three-day, family friendly event with camping, food, music, beer garden, vendors, raffles, silent auction, and Kids’ Kamp, which includes a kids’ bike race. The event, which attracted 277 racers from across the country in 2015, raises funds for wildfire prevention, trail advocacy, and new trail development in Pine-Strawberry. The two small communities are nestled at the base of the Mogollon Rim, one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of the west, which serves as a recreational haven for part-time residents and visitors from around the world. The event is coordinated by the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee.
- Junior Men/Women: ages 13-18
- Open Men/Women: all ages, competing against everyone
- Masters Men/Women: ages 45 and up
- Single Speed (SS) Open Men/Women: all ages, one gear only
- Team Men: 45 mile only; relay style, 1 lap each, total of 3 laps
- Team Women: 45 mile only; relay style, 1 lap each, total of 3 laps
- Team Coed: 45 mile only; at least 1 women and 1 man, relay style, 1 lap each, total of 3 laps
Fire on the Rim is known by riders as a welcoming venue, as well as a top-notch competition. A community dinner kicks off the event on Friday evening, September 16th, with live music and a beer garden sponsored by title sponsor, THAT Brewery. Food trucks, vendors, and raffles are all available.
Kids’ Kamp is a unique addition to the event. Childcare specialists provide hours of activities for children so their parents are free to race and/or explore the area.
While the racers are out, a variety of activities are available for family and friends in the charming mountain towns of Pine, Strawberry, and Payson, including antique shops, museums, and hiking trails.
Registration is now open at www.fireontherim.com. Details of the course and more information are also available on the website.
The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee was formed in 2004 to reduce the risk of wildfire after an assessment gave Pine and Strawberry a 20% survival rate if catastrophic wildfire were to touch the communities. Each year, more than 150 wildfires are reported in the Rim Country from lightning strikes or human carelessness, each one capable of economic devastation and loss of life and property. The all-volunteer nonprofit group has helped the community protect itself through reduction of brush and other fuels, trail-building to provide fire breaks, and outreach to educate property owners and visitors on ways to make the area more survivable in the event of fire.