Over $16,000 Worth of Prizes to be Won During Trail Karma Month

Jul 1, 2020
by Trailforks  

More so than before, trail associations are spread thin as trail maintenance increases and access to resources decreases. Due to COVID-19, funding is being cut, while more and more people are outside using the trails. There is a large gap between current funding and what is required to build and maintain the trails that bring us so much joy. Which got us thinking...

For the month of July, we’re giving you more reason to give back to the trails you love to enjoy with Trail Karma Month. Trail Karma Month is a campaign to raise awareness and increase funding for trail associations around the world.

We are encouraging everyone around the world to support their favourite trails by donating via Trail Karma in July. Trail Karma provides a direct way for you to put 100% of your donation into trail associations and builders developing trail systems.

Donate to a trail association(s) of your choice between July 1st - 31st. 2020 for a chance to win one of our incredible prizes listed below.

For a chance to win


Prize description:
- 6 night/7 day trip for 2 (winner and a friend)
- 2 nights’ accommodation in each location; North Vancouver (aka North Shore), Squamish, and Whistler
- ½ day local guide in each location to get you orientated with the trails.
- Extra goodies from each location including Capilano Suspension Bridge, Sea to Sky Gondola, local breweries and more
- 7-day bike rental for 2
- Ground transportation between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Whistler (voucher for 7 day rental car will be arranged if winner is aged 25 or older)

Full details about the getaway can be found here.

How It Works
• For every donation between July 1st, 2020 - 12:01am PT and July 31st, you will earn Trail Karma to win one of these awesome prizes provided by our sponsors.
• Minimum donation of $5 is required for entry
• Each Trail Karma point gives you 1 entry. If you donate $5, you get 3 points = 3 entries.
• Winners will be selected through a random selection process.
• The winners will be notified by e-mail and asked a mountain bike related knowledge question.

Where does my money go?
• 100% of your money goes directly to the trail association of your choice when you donate and does not transfer hands.

For more information, head over to Trailforks.

Contest Rules


  • 46 0
 Great idea guys! I set up my account to donate monthly which makes it easy to make sure I'm up on my donations.

When Whistler is charging $80 for one day of riding it's also easy to justify a couple bucks here and there to the local guys.
  • 12 0
 your account was made on the 1st day of the year 2000, that's pretty badass
  • 7 0
 @mikey is an original pb og! ( he is user number 17 )
  • 2 0
 @radek: says the OG?
  • 1 0
 @radek: the opg
  • 24 0
 Just donated a year's worth of tire money to my local trail association, I figure it's the absolute least I can do considering how much of my money goes to other parts of this sport. If you don't dig, you have an obligation to support trail growth and maintenance in whatever way possible.
  • 24 2
 NICE! $16,000 Worth. So one XX1 Eagle Casette for the lucky winner.
  • 14 0
 No, remember its $16,899 for SRAM products.
  • 22 3
 How about some karma points for volunteering shovel days?
  • 8 1
 This is worth 10x the value in my local.
  • 3 1
 100% This
  • 11 0
 This is such a good thing for PB to put on. Yesterday afternoon my trail system had $350ish donated. I just checked what it’s at now and it’s over $5000. This is gonna pay dividends
  • 2 0
 Yes, this is what you do when all the shirt is flying in the world, do something small, albite very very good. Good on ya pb for actually putting "the money where your mouth is" or so to say.
  • 13 4
 No love for those who prefer to donate sweat equity?
  • 6 0
 ¿por qué no los dos?
  • 5 0
 Yeah, I was out on Sunday filling in and fixing the water flow on a notorious muddy spot. Pulled a bunch of flat stones out of the nearby creek to armor the bottom, then packed it down with some good soil. Took me 3 hours to fix 20 feet of trail.
  • 14 0
 Some would say you’ve already won.
  • 6 0
 While more and more people are using the trails, less and less are buying club memberships, donating $$ or volunteering.
  • 1 1
 I would disagree with that statment as the MMBTS for example has seen the biggest increase in membership and largest amount of members ever for 2020.
  • 1 1
 I also disagree with this, my local had it's highest membership ever last year and is running a big $$ surplus according to the numbers presented at the AGM
  • 1 0
 @jerome: If you don't mind me asking how many more members? Love that you guys are pushing the message more to sign up, the amount of people out there now is insane, everyone on $7500 bikes, I'd hope people can find $40 to help you guys out
  • 1 0
 @jerome: Number of extra traffic is greater than number of new members, in my non-scientific qualitative observations.
  • 2 0
 Can't afford it right now, but I always fix up stuff at public trails, and I am building some trail at a park near my house. I bike there, work until I'm too thirsty to stay, and go home. Repeat the next day. I bring a saw and an army shovel, and spend hours cutting stakes, pounding them in, finding rocks, filling up the stake cages with rocks, clearing brush, carrying gravel from the creek, filling and sculpting, cutting berms into the dirt, and pushing off doubt that I won't be able to make the jump on my 1971 Schwinn Sprint road bike. I have a whole system planned, and I am slowly making progress. The planned result? A 5 to 12 minute long edit made just because I want to see bike videos with more variety, and more people pushing the boundaries of what you can do with the wrong tool. Also, a good excuse to use some van halen in a retro mountain bike video. Hopefully pinkbike will put it on the news feed, I don't have a good camera, but I am going to my best and make up for it with good editing and creative features, like using a bathtub someone threw in the river as a half pipe.
  • 2 0
 Last month I was thinking about the Return To Earth challenge from last year and was concerned as the # of riders in my region has doubled, maybe even tripled since the pandemic began, and it's really taken a toll on the trails. I was relieved when PB came up with this Trail Karma Month instead and think it's a fantastic idea!
  • 3 0
 Our local trail association does not use Paypal. How would the credit be given if the donation is made through a different transaction type?
  • 9 0
 What's the name of your local trail association? You can reach out to me at mark.holloway@trailforks.com to discuss further.

If you donate via Trailforks Trail Karma, I personally work with the associations to make sure they get their donation.
  • 4 0
 @markholloway: You rock Mark!
  • 2 0
 @markholloway: Thanks for the update Mark! It was for Trail PGH. I was able to submit to the local parks and recreation that are affiliated with the association in the app. I appreciate the help and will be sure to reach out for further donations! Have a great one!
  • 2 0
 stoked on this initiative, didn't know this was a feature so i'm happy to give some lunch money to my favorite places to ride.
  • 1 0
 Just wondering if the points are by total each individual donates, or if it is by total of each donation?

Donate $5 to 3 different trails, receive 9 points
Donate $15 to 1 trail get 10 points

  • 1 0
 You are correct.

$5 to $14.99 gets you 3 Karma Points
$15 to $24.99 gets you 10 Karma Points etc etc.
  • 1 0
 @markholloway: I guess what I am trying to ask is, do I get equal amount of points by either spreading out my money to different trails or less by spreading it out? Is it better to put more money at once to a single donation? In the above scenario, I get more points giving money to one trail, which is too bad because I would love to spread out my donations to the different trail associations that I am a part of. Sorry if this is complicated.
  • 2 0
 Thanks Trailforks! It's amazing how people can support trail associations directly from your app.
  • 3 0
 Lol getting out the popcorn for the GX Eagle comments
  • 1 0
 Not working properly for me....
  • 1 0
 PayPal is sending back an error
  • 1 0

What association or region are you trying to donate to?
  • 1 0
 @markholloway: Friends of the Hurtwood. Dorking, Surrey, UK.
  • 1 0
 @JonnyTheWeasel: There's a place called Hurtwood? And Dorking? Did John Cleese name these places?
  • 1 0
 @JonnyTheWeasel: I have been exchanging emails with Friend of the Hurtwood regarding this issue. You should be able to donate now and I will personally make sure they get their donations.
  • 1 0
 @markholloway: Just tried again but am getting the same message. "There is a problem with the PayPal email address supplied by the seller..."
  • 1 0
 @markholloway: Working now! Donation made!
  • 1 0
 We’ve been having trouble with our paypal as well. Any work-around?
  • 1 0
 What's the association? I will look into it for you.
  • 1 0
 @markholloway: Trail Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (TRAKS) Much appreciated!
  • 1 0
 @Traks-Malaysia: Can you email me at mark.holloway@trailforks.com. We need to get you setup to receive Karma.
  • 1 0
 This is rad, support your trail builders and LBS!
  • 1 0
 So who one any of this cool stuff?
  • 1 0
 Such a rad idea
  • 1 0
 Yes! That is all.
  • 2 4

What year is this..
  • 10 0
 A year full of scammers trying to take your money.

PayPal is one of, if not the safest way to send money.

Would you prefer cash in an envelope?
  • 4 0
PayPal is the easiest way for use to administer the Trail Karma Program. Once we link the associations PayPal information in Trailforks it's is basically hands off for us. Plus 99% of associations use PayPal to receive donations.

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