Ride to Remember Oso and Celebration of Strong Communities
Ride to Remember Oso
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
Celebration of Strong Communities
The Story Behind the Ride to Remember Oso
Saturday March 22, 2014 is a day etched into the memory of everyone in the Stillaguamish Valley. A mile-long, mile-wide landslide brought an estimated 10 million cubic yards of mud crashing through a neighborhood, killing 43 people, blocking the Stillaguamish River and burying State Route 530, the vital connection between Darrington, Oso and Arlington. The landslide was the worst disaster in Washington state since the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
As families and friends grieved over their losses, the father of one young victim visited Arlington Velo Sport with the wish to create a custom bike to remember the young son he had lost, Jovan ‘JoJo’ Mangual. In that work and subsequent conversations, the idea of a remembrance ride was born.
In the aftermath of that devastating day, strong bonds emerged that unite the communities of the Stilly Valley. Together, we created a plan for revitalization captured in our work as America’s Best Communities finalists. The premise for this national awards program is “Community is powerful. When neighbors and businesses come together around a common goal, they can be unstoppable.” As the third anniversary of the slide approaches, we want to honor and remember family, friends, and community members whose lives were lost, and the people that came together committed to preserving our valley’s future.
The Ride to Remember on Sunday, March 19, 2017 makes real the idea discussed in our local bike shop. We will remember those that were lost and impacted by the slide by bringing our communities together to ride the road that connects us; and we will celebrate our communities' accomplishments as we conclude the America’s Best Communities competition.
Two rides are planned: one 28-mile ride for serious road bike enthusiasts from Arlington to Darrington on SR 530, and another 6-mile, family oriented trail ride on Whitehorse Trail from Fortson Mill to the Darrington Community Center. At the end of both rides, we will celebrate our resilience as we look toward the future and our shared goals for economic development, revitalization and preservation of our quality of life in our valley.
3 Ways to Participate in the Event
28 Mile Bike Ride
The one-way, 28-mile ride starts in downtown Arlington at Legion Park and follows
State Route 530 to Oso Loop Road and continues east on SR 530 to the celebration in Darrington.
A $30 registration fee includes:
- Return transportation is provided.
- Rest stop at the Oso Store .
- Long sleeve event shirt.
- Bike mechanics / support vehicles on site.
- Finish line event (food for-purchase, beverages, family activities)
This ride is not recommended for children.
The JoJo Trail Ride is a family friendly, free ride on the Whitehorse Trail, from Fortson Mill Trailhead to Darrington.
The ride is 6 miles to Darrington, or 12 miles round trip. Return transportation can be arranged when you RSVP.
Riders will get a preview of a section of the Whitehorse Trail, an unpaved trail that connects Arlington and Darrington. Includes:
- Family Friendly Ride
- Return transportation
- Short sleeve t-shirt (limited number)
- Bike mechanic on site
- Finish line event (food, beverages, family activities)
This ride is family friendly and recommended for riders of all abilities.
Celebration of Strong Communities Event
In Darrington, we will celebrate our resilience as we look toward the future and our shared goals for economic development, revitalization and preservation of our quality of life in our valley.
Riders and their family / friends are invited to please join us after at the Community Center.
- Food for purchase
- Family Activities
- Reflection, and a celebration of the accomplishments we have made together through the America's Best Communities Program.