24 Hours for Our Favorite Place
Moving Norte from the Schmidt Family Garage to the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in 2017 wasn’t my idea. However, looking back, it’s proved to be one of Norte‘s best and wisest decisions—thank you for the nudge, Ashlea.
Right in the hub of Northern Michigan, this active and thriving park has provided nothing but good fortune to Team Orange. In return, I firmly believe our presence has brought renewed energy, interest, and activity to the Civic Center. There’s a vibrancy nowadays at both the south and north end, home to the Norte Clubhouse and the very orange Wheelhouse, respectively.
From these doors, we continue to roll out transformative programs for hundreds of young riders and families. We provide community services like the Community Bike Shop and sling bikes through the Kids’ Bike Library. We plan to keep this up for years to come; we also plan to invest in this home. As we’ve highlighted before, we will soon build a world-class pump track, and we’re working towards a new Education Center. To do so within the boundaries of this fabulous park would be a dream come true.
That’s where 24 Hours at the Civic Center comes in. The event began as a mash-up of Eastern Elementary’s Jog-a-thon and the American Cancer Association, Relay For Life. Norte‘s 24 Hours at the Civic Center celebrates one of my favorite features here—the loop—while helping folks meet their movement goals and raise funds for both Norte and the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
The idea is simple. Pledge a 30-minute time slot over 24 hours to walk, roll, skip, or generally move around the one-mile track. Enlist friends and family not only to consider joining you but to support your effort financially. The money raised will be invested back into Norte and improvements at the Civic Center.
We have big plans at Norte. Join us beginning at noon on Saturday, May 15 to noon on Sunday, May 16, to celebrate this bright future at the Civic Center. Visit 24 Hours at the Civic Center for the details and to register.
Ty Schmidt, Executive Director