Instead of raising money for their own endeavors, The Mount Shasta Mountain Bike Association used their July 29 concert to raise more than $11,500 for Carr Fire victims.

Bike Shasta’s Summer Concert Series was started in 2014 as a way to give the community a fun and free event as well as spread their vision of creating “100 Miles of Trail campaign.”

The Concert series is completely free and offers an amazing outdoor concert for six consecutive Sundays at Shastice park, usually starting the first Sunday after fourth of July.

During the concerts, Bike Shasta has a tent to sell donated beer and wine as well as raffle tickets to win a bike donated by The Fifth Season.

The organization uses the funds raised at the concerts to support the existing trail systems and to build “Gateway Phase Two.”

Despite the smoke, last Sunday the organization decided to shift their fundraising efforts and raise money for the Tri Counties Bank Carr Fire fund, and were able to raise $11,659.75, said MSMBA President Jason Allen. “We were very happy with the way the community really rallied to support our friends in Redding! The band Secret Society Handshake even donated their earnings from the concert. PBL designs and Owens healthcare also made large donations to help the effort.”

Bike Shasta was founded in 2012 and is responsible for the Gateway Trail System. In a partnership with the Mt.Shasta Trail Association and the Forest Service, the organization built nine miles of new multi-use trail and legalized and made more sustainable another five to six miles of existing non-system (illegal) trails for a total of 14 to 15 total miles with a trailhead near the bottom Everitt Memorial Highway, Allen said.

“We have a vision of building “100 Miles of Trail campaign” in the greater Mt. Shasta area. Thanks to a generous grant from the McConnell Foundation we have recently started on Gateway Phase Two which will add 39 to 45 miles of new multi-use trail to the Mt. Shasta area.

“This brings not only expanded recreational opportunity to our already awesome area but has the opportunity to bring in a large economic impact to Mt. Shasta as the new phase of Gateway will have world class trails with expanded mountain biking options and will become a destination trail that mountain bikers will come to Mt. Shasta to ride.”

The annual impact of having these types of trails in a community can be anywhere from two million annually to even 20 million dollars annually in some communities, Allen said.

For more detailed information, the entire Gateway Phase Two presentation can be viewed on Bike Shasta’s website www.bikeshasta.org

If you would like to donate to Carr Fire victims, you may do so at the following Tri Counties Bank Carr Fire Fund link: www.gofundme.com/tcb-2018-carr-fire-fund