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Seeking nominations for Jim Mudgett Award

Sun, Aug  22, 2004

TRAVERSE CITY - To recognize the extraordinary efforts of local folks involved in trail advocacy, Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails is creating a hall of fame for trail advocates.  We have named the award after Jim Mudgett, who passed away in January 2004.

Jim was a founding member of the TART Trails Board of Directors, was a trail chief on the Leelanau Trail, and a long time supporter of the Vasa Pathway. He used the TART and Leelanau trails regularly to commute to work, and was an ever present ambassador of the trails to people he met. Jim was an advocate of not only ensuring that our community had plenty of great places to play, but also a life-long promoter of healthy living. As a physician, he encouraged patients as well as friends to exercise, be active and make the most out of each day.

“There are many heros in our community who have showed remarkable leadership.  At TART Trails, we decided that we would like to begin recognizing those heros in the trail advocacy arena who have gone that extra mile,” comments TART’s executive director Bob Otwell.  “It seemed natural to name the award after Jim because he was a person who embodied a passion for our local trails,” continues Otwell.

TART Trails is seeking nominations for the inaugural Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award. Nominations are open for anyone who has advocated for building, maintaining and using trails in the Traverse area.  Anyone may make a nomination. 

All nominations must be submitted in writing to TART Trails, P.O. Box 252, Traverse City, MI 49685. State the reasons you believe the person should receive this award, and provide as much information as possible to substantiate your reasons. In addition, biographical information is helpful.

The inaugural Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award will be presented at the TART Trail’s Octoberfest Dinner on October 28, 2004. Deadline for nominations is October 1, 2004. Please call the TART Trails office at (231)941-4300 if you have any questions.

TART Trails, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.  The TART Trails are a network of four trail systems located in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties utilized by thousands of people who walk, bike, run, in-line skate, cross-country ski and commute. TART Trails connects us to people, to communities, and to our past. The four trails include the Boardman Lake Trail, Leelanau Trail, TART Trail, and Vasa Pathway. The TART trails combine to form 50 miles of recreation and transportation pathways spanning from Suttons Bay to Acme Township. It is estimated that the trails serve over 200,000 users annually while preserving valuable community greenspace.

Missy Luyk
Trail Program Specialist
TART Trails, Inc.
P. O. Box 252
Traverse City, MI 49685
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