The GRIT team had a busy week, but all the effort and hard work was rewarded by some great activities. The snow in Russian Jack Park finally cleared up and the girls rode the amazing trail network in Anchorage to connect multiple neighborhoods between midtown and Muldoon! The trails really allow for easy riding where we can all relax and visit with one another. We were met by scores of other Anchorage locals out enjoying spring, and so the girls had plenty of opportunity to practice trail etiquette– something we’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks.
We hosted two really great workshops at the BP Energy Center this week. Taylor Keegan, a landscape architect who works for Anchorage Parks & Recreation taught an interactive class on maps and orienteering. The girls learned about different mapping techniques and even created their own maps! Wednesday’s workshop was led by Holly Brooks, a former Olympian and current sports counselor. Holly facilitated an amazing discussion on developing goals and persevering through personal challenges to achieve those goals. At the end of the session, the GRIT girls each received a copy of “The Gutsy Girl: Escapades from your Life of Epic Adventure”, a gift from Cascadia GRIT ally, Jolene Carpenter. Thanks, Jolene! We were really lucky to have such a great set of volunteer workshop leaders who created fun activities for us. A big thank you to Taylor and Holly!
The mentors were all impressed by the GRIT girls enthusiasm this week! The girls have been consistently riding 35-60 miles a week and their skills on the bike are noticeably improving. Even when students are feeling tired or low energy, they all bring great attitudes to the saddle. What’s maybe even more exciting is that the group dynamic is really evolving into a cohesive team. We fill the trails with laughter and excitement every time we meet, and we are only half way through the program!
On Thursday night, Anchorage GRIT hosted a fundraiser with help from Lululemon, Double Shovel Cider Co. and The Bicycle Shop. A rad group of cyclists left The Bicycle Shop on Northern lights and streamed down C Street until it meets Taku Lake. From there, the group cruised along the Campbell Creek Trail, exiting at Dowling and riding the short distance on city streets to Double Shovel. We were met by the enthusiastic Lululemon team who handed out some great gifts and drink tickets. Delicious cider was paired with food truck fare, and despite a light drizzle, everyone had a great time. Thank you to all the riders that came out to support Anchorage GRIT! If you missed the ride but would still like to support our efforts, we have a donate button at the bottom of our home page.
Stay tuned for more updates! Ride on!