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SW KyMBA and Our Annual Trail Fest Fundraiser

SW KyMBA was founded in 2010 by a group of mountain bikers who were tired of having to drive to far to find quality trail to ride.
Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences in Kentucky.
Link to Join SW KyMBA:
Our Current Trail Products
1) Rudy Mines Trail, Ben Hawes Park, Owensboro, KY
2) Low Hollow Trail, Riverfront Bike Park, Bowling Green, KY
3) Big Hollow Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park
4) Brier Creek Trail System, Nolin Lake State Park
5) Grapevine Trail, Madisonville, KY
6) Twisted Oliver Trail, Port Oliver, Barren River lake
New Projects Underway
1) Highlander Trail, Barren River Lake
2) Cave Creek Trail, Rough River Lake
3) Long Fall Trail, Nolin River Lake
4) Grapevine Trail Expansion in Madisonville
5) Pennyrile State Forrest Project


Our Annual Trail Fest Fundraiser  (2021 Date coming soon – We are Shooting for August)

The 2020 (8th Annual) Trail Fest is rescheduled to Sat October 24th, 2020 and due to C19 changed Venues to the Twisted Oliver Trail at Port Oliver Recreation Area on Port Oliver Boat Ramp Road.

The 2020 Twisted Oliver Trail Fest to support SW KyMBA’s Trail endeavors and we want you to join us for some good times.  Our Title Sponsor again this year is Graves Gilbert Clinic.

With food, friends, trail runs, and mountain bike races, you don’t want to miss out on this year’s event.

Registration is open so please sign up today! (Register online instead of Day of and save $10!):


Confirmed Sponsors for this years Trail Fest so far include these great folks:

  1. Graves Gilbert Clinic – Title Sponsor
  2. SW KyMBA
  3. GGC Sports Medicine
  4. Howard’s
  5. Nats
  6. Compton
  7. Given’s Aviation
  8. Blue Moon
  9. Bowling Green Parks & Rec
  10. Bowling Green Running Club
  11. Fee Family Foundation
  12. Biker’s Choice
  13. Ogden Design
  14. Thomas Carta Music
  15. Catalina Bicycle Repair
  16. Crowell Service Group
  17. Eubanks Karate
  18. Prairie Farms
  19. Big Foot Turkey Coffee

Registration & Check-in booth opens at 7am. We will kick off with the 5k Trail running race at 8:00 am. The first MTB event will begin at 10:00am. This is a fundraising event for the future trail building efforts for SW KyMBA, a 501C3 Non-Profit Org. See the schedule of events below for more details.

You may enter an individual event or save money and register for the King/ Queen of the Trail competition which is the combined fastest time for all 3 main events (5k run, MTB A & MTB TT).

Prizes will be awarded to Age group and overall winners in the 5k and in Overall competitions for the MTB A, B & TT races, respectfully. Event T-Shirts are included in with your registration on a first come first serve basis. Thus the first 225 shirts are provided while supplies last so register early to secure your Trail Fest T-Shirt.

The MTB A race (Cat 1 & 2) will be 5 Laps. The MTB B race (Cat 3 & Beginners ) will be 3 Laps. The Junior category will be be 2 Laps.

Both events are Non sanctioned (no license required) but will follow RRCA & USA Cycling rules respectively.

Event details and schedule For Sat 10/24/20

(Registration & Check-in CLOSES 20 minutes prior to each event)

7:00am – Registration and Check-in open

8:00am- 5K Trail run STARTS

9:00AM- Kids run STARTS

9:30am- Running Awards

10:00pm- MTB “B” race STARTS*

11:30pm- MTB “A” race STARTS*

1:00pm-MTB Jr. race STARTS

2:00pm – MTB Kids race STARTS

2:30pm- Strider Race STARTS

3:00pm- MTB Time Trial Starts (30 seconds apart)

4:00pm- MTB Awards

*Women’s & Jr. waves will start 3 minutes after the men’s wave, respectfully. Depending on rider turnout we may choose to race in waves.


2020 Twisted Oliver Trail Fest Covid19 Safety & Weather Policy

All participants, spectators, volunteers and staff should only attend if they are well and do not have a temperature. Masks must be worn if you can not maintain a 6 foot separation from anyone other than family (Note: Masks are not required for racing if you are a racing participant). Masks must be worn for check in and waiver signing.

For participant safety and the sustainability of the trail the Trail Fest Race Director and staff will closely monitor weather and trail conditions leading up to the race. It is our goal to give the participant as much notice as possible should there be any need for an hourly delay or rescheduling to another day. Please be on the lookout for Trail Fest weather updates emailed to your address on file or from our postings on the Trail Fest & Southwest KyMBA Facebook pages.

An electrical storm within the race course area within 30 mins of the start time should be considered potentially life threatening to runners and cyclists. A determination will be made at the time as to whether the race should be continued as scheduled, delayed until the storm has passed or postponed to a backup date. The Race Director will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race.

Possible changes include: Altering the start time or in the most extreme situations, postponement of the event to a backup date. Send runners/cyclists home if there is not adequate safe shelter for everyone to wait out the storm. Remember, trees are not safe shelter and lightning can strike up to 10 miles away. Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last strike is heard. Additional sightings or rumblings of thunder will continue to delay the race in 30-minute increments. Muddy trail conditions may warrant a postponement. In the event a participant cannot make their race due to a postponement the participant is still fully eligible to receive their race packet and T-Shirt.

Note: Southwest KyMBA Volunteers have over 2500 hours of personal time invested in the Twisted Oliver Trail.

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