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Fifth-annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival June 7 at King County’s Duthie Hill Park

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Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at King County’s Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah.

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Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. onDuthie_resized_jump Saturday, June 7 at King County’s Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah.

The event features more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths, bikes available to test ride from all the top brands, fun pump track and baby fatty bike challenges for all skill levels, trials riding and jump jam demonstrations, mini skills clinics, events for kids, food and beverages concessions, raffles and more. Families are encouraged to attend.

This festival is free and open to the public. For $10 (Evergreen members) or $20 (non-members) festival-goers can demo bikes all day, join skills clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in the pump track challenge and baby fatty obstacle race.

In 2013, approximately 1,800 people attended the festival, which celebrates the sport of mountain biking and offers new enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy one of the best mountain biking experiences around. The festival is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to support their work protecting, building and maintaining trails statewide.

“Our partnership with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance has resulted in a wonderful public amenity that draws fans from throughout the region,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

“Duthie Hill Park has become a nationally-known mountain biking destination and a hub for the mountain biking community,” said Evergreen’s Executive Director Glenn Glover. “The festival brings riders of all ages and skill levels to check out the latest bikes and gear, and celebrate all things mountain biking, in a beautiful, wooded setting.”

The park was built through a partnership between the non-profit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and King County Parks. Funding came from a combination of King County Parks grants and community support, including $225,000 of private donations and thousands of hours of volunteer labor. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office recently awarded King County Parks an additional grant for a much-needed parking lot, to be completed this fall.

King County’s 130-acre Duthie Hill Park is located at 27101 SE Duthie Hill Rd., on the Sammamish Plateau, about 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. It includes six miles of cross country bike trail, two miles of free-ride trail with jumps and built features, a central clearing with a shelter, kids’ biking area, opportunities for skill building, and more. Trail users range from children and first-time riders to expert mountain bikers.

Click here for more information about the festival, including directions with a map. Festival parking will be at the adjacent Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And click here for more information about the riding area at Duthie Hill Park.
 

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About Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is Washington State’s largest mountain bike organization, with five regional chapters and more than 12,000 followers, and is dedicated to trail maintenance and building, advocacy and education. Created in 1989 as a nonprofit, grassroots solution to local trail networks closing to riders, Evergreen has since grown to become a partner with public land managers across the state, contributing more than 10,000 hours of volunteer labor in the past year alone.  The organization is internationally known for creating both Colonnade and Duthie Hill mountain bike parks. To learn more about Evergreen visit http://www.evergreenmtb.org.

About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 180 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs. Learn more at https://www.kingcounty.gov/parks/.