PARA Members Help with Communications at Black Moshannon YMCA Mountain Bike Race
For the third consecutive year PARA members, in cooperation with the Nittanty Amateur Radio Club and Centre County ARES / RACES provided communications for the Black Moshannon
Mountain Bike Race. The race is a fund raising event for the Moshannon Valley YMCA and is held on some of the most rugged trails in Black Moshannon State Park, north of Philipsburg.
The communications effort was coordinated by Carmine Prestia K3CWP, the Centre County ARES Emergency Coordinator.
Only one incident was reported during the race. A rider had lost balance and fallen on a trail. He was able to get back on his bike and finish the race, although a few bruises
were received as a result of the fall.
Race organizers were very pleased with the communications efforts. One race official, Dave Dunlap. In an e-mail to K3CWP Dave said, ". . . I want to thank you and all your
volunteers for all the work you put into the race yesterday. You all did a fantastic job and there is no way we could pull this off without your help. Having the radio contact
is indispensable! We really hope you and your crew will be available for next year."