RobsSugarRiverRambleFINAL2016-BLUE

Save the date: Sunday June 4, 2017

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Event Guide

Connect with the Upper Sugar River Watershed by land and water as you cycle through the beautiful countryside beginning in Mount Horeb, WI, then paddle the sparkling Sugar River until you reach your destination near Paoli, WI.  After the event, get transported back to Mount Horeb with your fellow participants for a locally-sourced feast, beer tasting and entertainment from 11 am-2 pm

All proceeds support the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association, a non-profit organization that provides leadership for continuous resource improvement through strategic partnerships that benefit the watershed’s land, water and people.

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When: 2017 Rob’s Sugar River Ramble date will be announced in Summer 2016

Where: Those using their own canoe/kayak check in at the Valley Road/Sugar River crossing south of Verona, WI (7401 Valley Rd., Verona, WI 53593).  All participants will begin the event at Grundahl Park in Mt. Horeb, WI (400 Blue Mounds St., Mt. Horeb, WI 53572)

Cost: $40 for adults, $10 for children 12 & under. Canoes or kayaks can be rented for an extra $40 (including paddles, life jacket and transportation)

Registration Deadline: TBA

Route: Chose between the Trail Route (14.4 miles) along the Military Ridge Trail, or the Hills Route (19.8 miles) which winds through the watershed along side the West Branch Sugar River.  All participants will paddle a 4.6 mile route that takes 1-2 hours to complete depending on water level and ability.  View the course map here.

Food: Pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, pasta salad, and more from Sugar River Pizza and Miller & Sons Grocery. Dessert and drinks provided by Tuvalu Coffeehouse and Gallery. Beer provided by Wisconsin Brewing Company.

Entertainment: Live music will go from 10:30 am to 2 pm at Grundahl Park in Mt. Horeb during the lunch and beer tasting.

T-Shirt Sales: T-shirts can be purchased additionally for $15.  If you wish to purchase a t-shirt only, please contact usrwa@usrwa.org or call 608-437-7707 for payment information.

Event Day Schedule

Those bringing their own canoe or kayak:

  1. Check in time is from 7:30-8:30am at the Sugar River/Valley Road crossing (7401 Valley Rd., Verona, WI 53593) where you will drop off your kayak or canoe with our volunteers
  2. Drive north with your bicycle to Grundahl Park in Mt. Horeb (400 Blue Mounds St., Mt. Horeb, WI 53572) where your choice of bicycle route begins
  3. Bicycle ride ends at the Sugar River/Valley Road crossing where you drop off your bicycle, and pick-up your kayak or canoe to begin the 4.6 mile trip down the Sugar River
  4. Finish your paddle and get shuttled back to Grundahl Park for lunch, beer tasting and music
  5. Before 2:30 pm, pick up your bicycle at the Sugar River/Valley Road crossing, then pick up your canoe or kayak at the paddling landing (1548 State Highway 69, Verona, WI 53593)

Those renting a canoe or kayak:

  1. Drive with your bicycle directly to Grundahl Park in Mt. Horeb (400 Blue Mounds St., Mt. Horeb, WI 53572) and check in where your choice of bicycle route begins
  2. Bicycle ride ends at the Sugar River/Valley Road crossing where you drop off your bicycle, and pick-up your rented canoe or kayak to begin the 4.6 mile trip down the Sugar River
  3. Finish your paddle and get shuttled back to Grundahl Park for lunch, beer tasting and music
  4. Before 2:30 pm, pick up your bicycle at the Sugar River/Valley Road crossing (7401 Valley Rd., Verona, WI 53593)

Note: All participants are required to bring their own bicycle.

Parking

Street parking is available around Grundahl Park in Mt. Horeb.

For your safety

Helmets are mandatory for all participants and it is suggested to carry a cell phone with you at all times.

Cancellation Policy

As with most fundraiser bicycle rides, this is a “rain or shine” event. If a participant chooses not to participate in the event, they are still welcome to have lunch at Grundahl Park between 11 am – 2 pm if the event goes on.

In the case of lightning or other severe weather (heavy winds, heavy rain, hail, fire or icy conditions) the event will be canceled. Notifications about weather conditions, event postponement, course adjustments and event cancellation will be communicated via the following channels: the official website (usrwa.org/ramble), e-mail notifications, on-course signage and public address announcements.

Event conditions resulting in event cancellation, course alteration or participant withdrawal will not warrant the refunding of race entry fees or granting of future race credits. Regardless of event day conditions, all participants should be discerning of their own fitness level. It is understood that each participant assumes personal responsibility upon entering the event and understands the inherent risk that bicycle riding presents.

Questions?

Contact Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org or call the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association at 608-437-7707.

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About Rob Lucas

Rob Lucas

Rob’s Sugar River Ramble is a memorial event in honor of Rob Lucas. Many people knew Rob Lucas through his work as a Psychologist for the Madison School District and his love for the outdoors and exercise.  Much of his life was spent with his wife, Angie, their 3 children and their dogs, enjoying their mutual love of many outdoor activities like skiing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, camping, hiking, and roaming many different natural areas near and far.  

Rob and his family were surrounded by many cherished friends who share a love for same activities. Every weekend an activity was planned and many of their wonderful trips were made with dear friends and family.

Rob was always up for an adventure big or small. A rich paddling, biking and skiing community is part of what makes it so much fun and so beautiful to live in this part of Wisconsin. Rob was part of the glue that held these communities together – always so friendly and welcoming, quick with a joke, willing to step up to help everyone, or volunteer, and was generous with his talents at teaching.

Rob passed away suddenly in July 2014, but has left a wonderful legacy behind him. The Sugar River was a place that Rob loved. Close to home, easy to get to, it’s a place he enjoyed many times with friends and family. He would be pleased to have an event combining biking and paddling in his honor to benefit the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association.

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