Tuesday 15 September 2020

W: Virginia City 100 Cancelled

September 15 2020

It is with a very heavy heart that I am sending this notification. Cancelling a ride which has run for the past 52 continuous years is not a decision to be made lightly. Unfortunately, the continued air quality in Virginia City and the surrounding areas has been averaging over 150+ AQI (unhealthy) for the past 5 days straight and the forecast is not showing any significant improvement for the coming weekend. I am just not willing to host a ride in potentially unsafe conditions. None of us want to ask that of our equine partners, and I also don't want all of our riders and volunteers having to be outside for long extended periods of time either.

This was a difficult decision to make as there is always a chance things could change and clear up unexpectedly. We had two riders (Lou Smith-Egstrom and Pat Chappell) who were riding for their 20th buckle this year. We had riders coming from smoke-free areas who did not have the long-term exposure concerns. If NASTR had been able to host the ride, it would have made Virginia City 100 the longest continually running 100-mile event, but unfortunately the same fire gremlin which made Tevis cancel on THEIR 53rd year in 2008 is also attacking our ride. 🙁

But for every wonderful and good reason we wanted to continue to put on the ride (numbers were never a concern thanks to some generous sponsors), the decision to DO RIGHT has remained clear even if it does not make it any easier. I was hopeful the air quality might improve and have pretty much given myself an ulcer checking and rechecking and looking at all the different forecasts and websites, but I'm just not seeing the numbers that I want to see to feel comfortable moving forward.

For all of our riders - we are offering you the opportunity to receive a full refund. Please contact me ASAP if you would like to donate a portion of your entry to help offset some of the expenses incurred. It is not required, but is appreciated. I expect to have processed all refunds by end of day Friday, Sept 18th.

We appreciate your continued support and patience. Our riders and volunteers really are the BEST! We hope each and every one of you will be able to join us NEXT year for Take-2 of the 53rd Annual Ride. We'll see you September 18, 2021!

With regrets,

Crysta Turnage
VC100, Ride Manager

NW: Lava Cast Cancelled

September 14 2020

Hello Riders!! With a heavy heart, I need to let you all know that the Ride on September 26 has been CANCELED Due to the smokey conditions. I can not put the horses or riders in jeopardy. I will be refunding those who have paid on Pay Pal and if you have sent a check i will shred them unless you want them back. Please let me know if you want something different, this process will start this evening.

On a good note we have started the sanctioning for next year!! Holly and Les Rouska will be joining the RIde Manager Team. Thank you Paula for all your help and support the last 2 years! We will be offering a 2 day ride with a 75/80 on saturday!!!

Even better news!!! We are offering a Virtual Ride that will be starting on Sept 26th!!! I had planned a 50 mile challenge, but wanted your input if you would like it to be 100 miles with a longer completion time?? More details coming soon!! It will be fun to see all the fun trails you do! But make sure your horse is ready to be ridden after all this smoke.

Sooooo we will see you at Autumn Sun and or The Prineville Ride!!!! Be safe out there!!!

Suzy Zurcher RM

Sunday 13 September 2020

W: Virginia City 100 - The Ride is a GO!


The Nevada All-State Trail Riders are eagerly anticipating hosting the dedicated group of riders and volunteers for this years 53rd Annual Virginia City 100-Mile Ride on Saturday, September 19th. Due to COVID restrictions, the ride is limited to 60 riders and ALL VOLUNTEERS must be on a pre-approved list so we can manage our overall group size at the various ride checkpoints.

NASTR is working hard to make this event as special as ever and to retain that same "fun-loving" supportive casual vibe that our rides are famous for. If you want to just come watch and cheer on the riders, we can offer Virginia City tourism information as well as directions to several different locations along the trail which offer good access and viewing of the riders and horses.

The smoke - this is a bit of the elephant in the room but as of this time we DO NOT plan to cancel the ride for any reason. The smoke has typically not been as bad in Virginia City and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, we cannot predict what the winds may do and conditions may change, including during the ride itself. But if the riders are willing to go - so are we - so let's have a RIDE.

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