Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) invites participation in their first-ever Dig-a-Thon. Currently underway and continuing through September 29, volunteers have the opportunity to build and repair multi-use trails with the chance to win some pretty amazing prizes, among which are:
- Diamondback Sortie 29” mountain bike frame (valued at $2000)
- Kitsbow mountain biking shorts,
- Stevens Pass Bike Park lift tickets,
- Helmets from Giro and Bell
- and more
With the inaugural Dig-a-Thon, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance has introduced a novel incentive for volunteer contributions. In this case, volunteer work hours rather than monetary giving are sought by the organization. Since its establishment as a nonprofit organization, Evergreen has depended upon, thrived from and developed its cadre of volunteers.
Stacy Karacostas, Evergreen’s Communication and Membership Director, explained the challenge of recruiting volunteers with the additional goal of attracting new participants. The conundrum she described was transcending the obstacles of “I don’t have time” or “I have kids.” Adding, Karacostas said she searched for an incentive that was attractive in spite of perceived barriers such as family obligations, trying something new, not knowing anyone, or fear of not knowing what to do. Unlike walk-a-thons or hike-a-thons where individuals donated per mile giving, donating for work hours just didn’t seem to have the attraction needed. When she hit upon a raffle based on work accomplished with additional incentives for being a first-timer or bringing another person to help, she had the “dig-a-thon. In addition to the prizes, those who participate three times during the dig-a-thon will be awarded an EMBA t-shirt.
Evergreen (EMBA) emerged from two Seattle area mountain bike organizations. Forming EMBA was Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) and Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club (BBTC). CORBA originated in response to (disappearing) trail availability for mountain biking. BBTC was working on trail access. The two merged into Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance in June of 1990. Bicycle-Intelligencer editor Paul Andrews explains the change very well in a 1990 blog entry stating, “…the organization has grown beyond being a club to a liaison with user groups, legislation, government officials …”
The volunteer emphasis and efforts continue today, hence, the Dig-a-Thon. Consult Evergreen’s website for work party scheduling. Find a time to contribute for your chance to win a $2000-value mountain bike frame or other exciting prizes while enjoying friends and family as well as being part of a continuing legacy.