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Why We Spiderfest

whyspidersWhy do we Spiderfest?

A celebration of and for those that build and ride, run and hike the Smithville Lake Trails!

A core group of mountain bike enthusiasts came together in friendship and in vision in the summer of 2005. Even before the paved bike trails existed at Smithville Lake, a few veteran visionary mountain bikers had developed a working partnership with Clay County Parks back in 2001. A solid frame work had been put in place to build and maintain a responsible single track trail system.


Thank You!

Thank you for all that came out for Spiderfest 2011. You helped us raise over $2000 for the ERTA trail systems! The event keeps getting bigger every year. We would like some feedback on things that we could improve on to make the event better. I think the one improvement we can all agree on is DRY TRAILS, but we know we can do better in other areas, especially with more families attending. As with the trails this event is 100% volunteer driven and the price of admission - FREE is still a bargain. Tell us how we can make this more fun for 2012.

Be sure to swing by our photo gallery for some pics from this year's SpiderFest!

SpiderFest 2011

DSC_3806Join us for the 4th Annual Spider Fest 2011 Run, Walk, Ride and "Earn your Dirt" Raffle!

Saturday, August 20th at Smithville Lake, Sail Boat Cove Shelter

The ride, walk and run starts at 3:00 p.m. and food will be served up starting at 6:15 pm with the raffle to begin at 7:00 p.m. The festivities will end at 9:00 p.m.

The raffle tickets are priced at $5 each or 5 for $20.  You need not be present to win one ( or more) of the awesome prizes available.  

Spiderfest 2011 T-Shirt pre-orders.  We will have t-shirts available again this year for $15.  All proceeds go back into the trails.  Please order ahead of time since we will have limited numbers available the day of the event.  For $5 more you can have your shirt sent to you if you can't make it the day of the event.

T-Shirt Pre-Order LInk

Tickets will be available for purchase at Earth Riders events, group rides and of course at the Spiderfest right up until the raffle begins at 7 pm. To pre-purchase tickets send a check in the appropriate amount (see previous paragraph) no later than August 10th (to insure delivery of tickets via USPS) to:

ERTA Spiderfest Raffle
ATTN: Matt Woody
528 Camelot Dr
Liberty, MO 64068

Last year we had over $4000 worth of prizes in the raffle including two mountain bike wheel sets, trail running shoes, Kuat bike rack and more. We anticipate 2011 to be even better!

Raffle Sponsors & Items
2 gift baskets - Barista de Casa
29er Gold Recon Rock Shox, set 29er tires, set 26er tires - Biscari Brothers Bicycles
Gift Certificate - Crepes on the Square
Brunch for Two Gift Certificate - Ginger Sue's
2" Alpha Rack - Kuat Racks
Chain Lube - Liquid Wrench
Chamois Buttr' - Paceline Products
CigarsPaci's Cafe
Custom packs - Revelate Designs
Set of Pro2 Hubs - Hope
WTB 29er Wheelset, running shoes & misc. cycling items - Cycle City
Specialized cycling products - Epic Bike & Sport
Trail running shoes - Mizuno
Gift Certificates - Road ID
Membership & Cap - Bike Walk KC



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Shawnee Rotary Club awards grant to ERTA

Shawnee_Rotary_GrantOn April 25th, 2011the Shawnee Rotary Club Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant Earth Riders Trail Association (ERTA), designated for use on the new Free Ride trail area at Shawnee Mission Park!  Present to accept this grant on behalf or ERTA were Ken Miner and Patrick McCue (pictured on the right - click to enlarge)

This grant couldn't have come at a better time for this project. A great thanks goes out to the Shawnee Rotary Club Foundation for providing us with this opportunity to expand this project and boost it into overdrive!

For more information on this project, visit the project blog. For more information on the Shawnee Rotary or to thank them for their support, please contact Joe Vohs, PR chairman, Shawnee Rotary Club, 913-441-8460, or

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