Local mountain biking advocacy group Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP), was one of 19 nonprofits across the globe to receive a $20,000 grant from Fox Factory’s Trail Trust program. Read on for details.
If you haven’t heard of Fox Factory’s Trail Trust program, let me catch you up. Fox Factory Holding Corp. is an American company best known for their Fox Racing Shox brand of off-road racing suspension components. The company created the Trail Trust program to provide grants to organizations in order to help preserve the places we love to play, like biking trails and more. According to globenewswire.com, since Trail Trust launched in November 2021, it has contributed more than $600,000 to over 40 nonprofits.
With a goal of bringing together diverse communities to build, maintain and expand access to trails, Trail Trust has contributed over $150,000 to 19 nonprofits across the world during the first quarter of 2022 to help expand education and experiential opportunities outdoors. Who was one of the lucky 19? One of The Magic City’s very own nonprofits—Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers!
“I am thrilled to learn that Trail Trust has chosen to support Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) with this latest round of grants. I know this will have a huge impact on mountain biking in Alabama by enabling us to continue to develop and improve the amazing trail system at Oak Mountain State Park. I’m truly thankful to work for a company like Fox that gives back so much to our local communities.”Scott Vickery, Regional Director of Fox Factory Performance Vehicle Development Group + member of BUMP
BUMP is a nonprofit that aims to Build, Preserve, Maintain and Ride trails in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Made up of over 250 members (of all ages!), the group has:
- Gained + maintained access to Oak Mountain State Park, Tannehill State Park + the Trussville Sports Complex
- Built miles of new trails
- Maintain the relationships with land managers and state + local governments necessary to maintain trail access.
For over 25 years, BUMP has hosted a world-class annual race and fundraiser called the BUMP N Grind. The event brings people from across the country, and the world, together to experience Oak Mountain’s nationally-recognized trail system.
The next BUMP N Grind Race is June 3-7 at Oak Mountain State Park. Learn more and get your tickets.
To learn more about BUMP and the cool things they’re up to, visit their website and get involved.
Discover more about mountain biking in Birmingham and trails nearby:
- 6 mountain biking trails to check out in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park
- Mountain biking in Birmingham went from being a novelty to world class. How did it happen?
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