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Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League

Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League

CYMBL is a youth mountain biking league formed by Falling Creek’s Marisa Pharr and Ben Williams, along with Todd Branham and Heather Wright of Blue Ridge Adventures, one of mountain biking’s top event organizers. With 2 more races remaining this fall, come join us.

Race #4 of the series will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 on the beautiful grounds of Christ School For Boys in Arden, NC. The school is perfectly located just south of Asheville, NC. The race schedule calls for registration opening at 8am with the first race to begin at 9am.

Falling Creek Camp's Annie PharrFalling Creek Camp's Annie Pharr

This course will be mostly exciting and quick moving sigle track. Pre-race course riding is open during registration. Race day registration is allowed. This is an excellent way for both first time riders and veteran racers to enjoy a professionally managed mountain biking event.

Race #5 will be held on the beautiful trails of Falling Creek Camp on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011. For those that rode mountain bikes this past summer, please take a look at the routes of the two courses used during the first race at FCC this past April 17, 2011. Some photos and videos are located on facebook.

Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League Youth Race

The 3rd Carolina Youth Mountain Bike Race race was held on August 28th at Camp Carolina in Brevard, NC. There were close to 100 participants in the various races and the weather was beautiful.

Falling Creek Camper Ben Warren leading the packFalling Creek Camper Ben Warren leading the pack

Age brackets consist of 6 and under, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, and 17/18 year olds. Each age bracket had separate races to allow them to enjoy the course. The younger crowd rode on a shorter and very friendly course.

Please enjoy the Photos from the Race.

For more information, please check out the CYMBL web site and Facebook page. Please come out and join us!

Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League Series Poster
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FCC Alumni at the ACA

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Many Falling Creek Camp Alumni have gone on to many and wonderful organizations, companies and career paths. Recently, Trey Knight has joined Chris Stec and Wade Blackwood (all former Falling Creek Camp paddle staff) at the ACA. Trey is now serving as the Education & Outreach Coordinator in the Safety, Education & Instruction Department for the American Canoe Association.

At his new position with the ACA, Trey will be working to expand the outreach of the ACA, working with its Competition Program, and assisting in the administration of the National Paddlesports Program.

Trey Knight - Education & Outreach CoordinatorTrey Knight - Education & Outreach Coordinator

Before joining the ACA, Trey was a key leader in the Falling Creek Camp Tripping Program serving as Assistant Outdoor Adventure Director, and was also on the paddle staff for 5 years. Trey also was a trip leader for the HUCK Paddling Expedition. While working for FCC, Trey earned his M.S. in Sport Administration from Georgia State University, and was Program Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech.

Chris, now Chief Operating Officer for the ACA, joined the ACA staff on a full time basis in Safety, Education & Instruction Department in 2007. Before this, his role with the ACA included serving as a Division Youth Development Chair, member of the ACA’s Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC), Division Chair, Board of Directors, including one year on the Executive Committee.

Chris Stec (Chief Operating Officer) and familyChris Stec (Chief Operating Officer) and family

Chris was a leader at Falling Creek Camp for 13 years. He initially served as a cabin counselor and head of the paddling staff before becoming the Program Director.

Wade Blackwood is the fifth Executive Director of the ACA. He originally joined the ACA as the Chief Financial Officer and then became the Executive Director in November of 2009.

Blackwood is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and earned an MBA from William and Mary’s Mason School of Business.

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