Trail Events

Each year enjoy three bike rides on the Lake Wobegon Trails sponsored by the Lake Wobegon Trails Association.  

The rides are family oriented rides, tours really, not intended to be a race but a chance to get out and enjoy a wonderful day in Central Minnesota on one of the best trails in the state. 

Happy Trails! 

 

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Caramel Roll Ride


2nd Saturday in June

2014 Caramel Roll Ride
Saturday June 14th 2014

Check-in and Registration will be at the Albany Lake Wobegon Trailhead at
400 Railroad Ave, Albany MN 56307

Click Here to Register Online

 

Enjoy a Sweet Roll on a Sweet Trail!

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Lady Slipper Nature Ride


3rd Saturday in June

2014 Caramel Roll Ride
Saturday June 21st 2014

Check-in and Registration will be at the Albany Lake Wobegon Trailhead at
108 2nd St NE, Avon MN 56310

Click Here to Register Online  

An Orchid Like No Other in Lake Wobegon

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Caramel Apple Ride 

1st Saturday after labor Day In September 

 2014 Caramel Apple Ride
Saturday September 6th 2014

Check in and registration will be at the Sauk Centre Trailhead at 
100 Park Road Sauk Centre MN 56378


 

Harvest Time Apple Bike Ride!

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Caramel Apple Ride

2014 Online Registrations

for the Caramel Apple Ride

are closed!

 

You can register at the event

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What: 3rd Annual 2014 Caramel Apple Ride
When: 1st Saturday after Labor Day in September --- Saturday September 6th, 2014 --- 8am to about 1pm
Where: Sauk Centre Trailhead at Sinclair Lewis Park at 1000 Park Drive, Sauk Centre MN

Costs:

Early Registration through Sun Aug 31st 2014
*** $15 Age 16 and above *** $10 Age 7 through 15 *** Free Age 6 and under
registration after Sun Aug 31st 2014
*** $20 Age 16 and above *** $10 Age 7 through 15 *** Free Age 6 and under

    Registration begins July 1st, 2014

Details: This will be the third year for this ride that we hope will become an annual “must do” event. All of the rest stops will have apple based foods for our riders to enjoy including caramel apples! We will have a tour and wine tasting at Whispering Oaks Winery south of Melrose and the option to see the animals at the Hemker Zoo just north of Freeport.  Both of these special events will have a small charge per person at door.  

This ride starts in Sauk Centre at the Sinclair Lewis Park and riders can ride to Melrose and Freeport to enjoy an early fall ride on the Lake Wobegon Trail.

In addition to the ride there is a Grillin & Chillin Event sponsored by the Main Street Coffee Company happening on the same day as the ride at the same place as the start of the ride ... Sinclair Lewis Park from 10 am to 4pm. The event features a "Best BBQ Contest" along with plenty of food, beverages and live music so plan on spending the day in Lake Wobegon Trails Country! 

 

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2012 Caramel Roll Ride Summary

2012 was another successful year for the Caramel Roll Ride!  Unfortunately we did have about 60 less riders... this year.   The weather was really not a factor but I think had some issues with our change in registration systems and that may have confused and frustrated some people who tried to register.  The change was very beneficial administratively but we will continue to monitor the process and make changes as needed. If you know of a great registration system that is economical and efficient please let me know what it is and we will check it out. 

 

The ride itself was great we had a total of 331 riders this year.

 

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2011 Caramel Roll Ride Summary

The 2011 Caramel Roll Ride was a huge success!  We had the largest number of riders ever at 374 riders.  We had 232 who pre-registered and 142 riders who registered at the event.   People came from 122 different  communities inlcuding 25 people from 15 communities in 6 states other than Minnesota.  15% of our riders came from our trail communities, 36% came from central Minnesota communities not on the trails, another 20% came for the twin cities metro and 27% came from the rest of Greater Minnesota along with the 4% from out of state.  Not bad for our little Carmel Roll Ride!

Thank you to everyone who pre-registered... we really appreciate these pre-registration which help us make sure we have enough funds to support the event and our Lake Wobegon Trail Association activities especially in the event of bad weather. Thanks also to those who chose to show up on the day of the ride ... you provide the "extra" revenue that allows us to take on additional projects.

We were able to generate over $10,000 in revenue and with expenses of just under $4,000 we were able to genrate over $6,000 for the Lake Wobegon Trail Association projects this year.   No one gets paid to put the ride together and we have many many volunteers who help make the ride a success... thank you to everyone who helped again this year! 

We added another $1,000 to our endowment fund ( current balance $4000) which we hope to grow and be able to use only the income generated from investing the funds for projects benefiting the trail.  We willl accept any donations to help grow this fund so if you are willing to help with this effort please contact us at Cliff@lwtrails.com.

The balance of the money is used to help pay for the cost of printing maps, advertising the trail in MN Trails magazine, website hosting and maintenance of the www.lakewobegontrail.com website.  We used some money this year for a "Thank You" dinner for our volunteers to show our appreciation for their help with the ride. 

This year we also used the profits to fund the development of the mobile website at www.lwtrails.com which can be accessed using a smart phone to scan the QR codes that will be posted at each trailhead along with a code to check in your location on facebook.  

We also created virtual tours of the trail on our website.  The St Joseph to Osakis tour (http://www.lwtrails.com/tour/) and the Albany to Hyway 10 tour (http://www.lwtrails.com/holdingford/) which includes the Lake Wobegon Trail to Holdingford and our partner trail, the Soo Line Trail as well. 

We created a "Coffee Table" picture book that we will use to help promote the trail and show our stakeholders at various events what the trail has to offer.  We will be selling copies of the book as well as soon as we find a publisher and can establish a price for the book.  Check it out at http://www.lwtrails.com/media/wobegonflipbook.pdf and if you would like to be added to the list to receive a copy send us an email at Cliff@lwtrails.com.

We are continuing to work on creating an e-commerce store on the website to be able provide products trail users  and supporters might be interested in purchasing.  The items will include t-shirts, caps, coffe mugs, and other items as we grow this aspect of our web presence. We are open to any suggestions you might have for products or store ideas.  Send your ideas to Cliff@lwtrails.com.

Again I want to thank all the riders, volunteers, non-profit organizations and trail community businesses who helped make the 2011 Lake Wobegon Trail Caramel Roll Ride possible! 

Happy Trails!

Cliff Borgerding
President
Lake Wobegon Trail Association
33504 Shorewood Dr
Avon MN 56310
320-293-9364
Cliff@lwtrails.com

 

 

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