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Southwest KyMBA and Our Annual Trail Fest Fundraiser

SW KyMBA began in 2010 by 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 and a Chapter of IMBA whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences in our region of Kentucky.
Link to Join SW KyMBA:
Our Current Area Trails 
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 System, Madisonville, KY
6) Twisted Oliver Trail, Port Oliver, Barren River lake
7) Cave Creek Trail, Rough River Lake
8) Pennyrile MTB Trails, Pennyrile Forest State Park
9) Mammoth Cave Gravel Grinder, Mammoth Cave National Park
New Projects Underway
1) Highlander Trail, Barren River Lake
2) Long Fall Trail, Nolin River Lake


Our Annual Trail Fest Fundraiser  (2021 Date is Saturday August 14th)

The 2021 (9th Annual) Trail Fest is Sat 8/14 and due to C19 in 2020 we changed Venues to the Twisted Oliver Trail at Port Oliver Recreation Area on Port Oliver Boat Ramp Road and will remain there by popular demand.

The 2021 Twisted Oliver Trail Fest to support SW KyMBA’s Trail endeavors wants 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.  Brian Macy Sports Medicine
  4. Howard’s
  5. Nats
  6. Bowling Green Running Club
  7. Eubanks Karate
  8. Big Foot Turkey Coffee
  9. Compton Orthodontics
  10. Blue Moon Port-a-Pot
  11. Prairie Farms
  12. Fee Family Foundation
  13. Stephen Lee Ogden Design
  14. Thomas Montgomery Music
  15. Crowell Service Group

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. 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 8/14/21

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

7:00am – Registration and Check-In Opens

 8:00am – 5K Trail Run STARTS

 9:00am – Kids Fun Run STARTS

 9:30am – Running Awards

10:00am – MTB Kids Race STARTS

10:30am – Kids Strider Race STARTS

10:45am – MTB “A” Race STARTS (2 hr time limit)

 1:00pm – MTB “B” Race & MTB Jr STARTS (1.5 hr time limit)

 2:45pm – MTB Time Trial Starts (10 seconds apart; A riders > B riders > Jr riders)

 4:00pm – MTB Awards


Note: Women’s & Jr waves will start 2 minutes after the men’s wave, respectfully. 5K Run – 1 Lap; MTB A – 5 Laps; MTB B – 3 Laps; MTB Jr – 2 Laps, Time Trial – 1 Lap Opposite Direction of MTB B Course. The same 2020 Courses (Course Maps) will be the same for 2021



2021 Twisted Oliver Trail Fest Covid19, Safety and Weather Plan

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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