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2018 Events You'll Find TNL at either riding, running, or promoting our organization. 

Mountain Bike Events

  • 2.10 - USA Cycling Fat Bike Nationals
  • 4.23 - Yankee Springs MTB TT
  • 5.7 - USA Cycling Marathon Nationals MTB Race
  • 6.16 - LumberJack 100
  • 7.10 - "Hot Laps"  Short Track MTB Series Opener
  • 7..17 - "Hot Laps" Short Track MTB Series
  • 7.24 - "Hot Laps" Short Track MTB Series
  • 7.31 - "Hot Laps" Short Track MTB Series
  • 8.7 - "Hot Laps" Short Track MTB Series
  • 8.14 - "Hot Laps" Short Track MTB Series Finale

Triathlons

  • Details Coming Soon 

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"Hot Laps"  Short Track MTB Series

  • 7.10 - 9.14 @ Franke Park MTB Trails

Night Moves Running Series

  • 6.8 - YMCA Central Branch
  • 6.22 - GE Campus Relay
  • 7.13 - One Lucky Guitar
  • 8.4 - Junk Ditch Brewing Company Relay (Yes, the date is correct. Saturday is best for our friends at Junk Ditch)

TNL Spring Road Training Camp

  • End of March 2018
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NIGHT MOVES - NIGHT RUNNING SERIES

 Event Overview

The Team NeighborLink "Night Moves" Running Series is a unique running series that focuses on creating community while running on non-traditional routes through Fort Wayne neighborhoods and prominent areas of town.

We recently made the descion to change the format slightly for the entire series by making the series FREE. In an effort to boost authenticity and enhance the experience of what is "Night Moves," we want to focus on creating a fund environment without the barrier of cost. This will start this week and go throughout the whole series. Here’s the deal though, we ask that you pay what you want in the form of a donation if you had a great experience or find value in the work we’re doing at NeighborLink. 

Think about joining 75-80 other runners for a late night (9 & 10pm start time) run in the downtown area of Fort Wayne. Each run/race is a 3-4 miles route or a mini-marathon relay. We have bike lead-outs and volunteers at every turn to show you the course at each race. It's an unsanctioned, un-official run/race with limited participants with the focus on running for the pure joy of it. Each route is unique and incorporates the roads, alleys, and back ways that are rarely taken.

At Team NeighborLink, we like to do events that no one else is doing for the sake of connecting to the athletic community in a unique way while drawing some attention to the non-traditional work we do at NeighborLink Fort Wayne. If you end up joining Team NeighborLink by the end of an event or series, even better.

Have a search through our Blog page to see pictures and read race recaps from 2015-2017.    

2018 Race Details

Dates & Locations

  • 6.8 - YMCA Central Branch - 9pm start
  • 7.13 - One Lucky Guitar - 10pm Start 
  • 8.4 - Junk Ditch - Mini-Marathon Relay - 9pm start (Yes, the date is correct. Saturday is best for our friends at Junk Ditch)
  • 9.7 - Electric Works Campus (GE) - Mini Marathon Relay - 9pm Start

2018 Race Details 

  • All Races are free w/encouraged $10 Donation per person
  • Each Race is Exclusive to First 75 Runners or in a relay 20 teams. 
  • Runner Check-In - 45min before race start time. 
  • Races are Rain or Shine Unless Lightening is Present - We will communicate the best we can. 
  • 100% of proceeds go to funding NLFW.org Projects for neighbors in need. 
  • Race course remains secret until just before race. 
  • TNL Volunteers lead the run via bicycle for lead runners and are stationed with flashlights at each main turn.
  • Come ready to hang out post-race. Each race is at a location that encourages hanging out. 
  • Returning this year will be 2 relay events after the success we had last year with the Junk Ditch Brewing Company Relay.

Mini Marathon Format Details

  • Teams can be 2-4 runners 
  • Each teammate must run 2 of the 12-13 laps 
  • Teammates must alternate each lap 
  • Course is an out and back format, which makes it fun to see where competition is and easy to manage and keep safe. 
  • Races start at 9p which makes the first half at dusk and the second half at night 

Register For June 22 Here - Limited to 20 Teams. 

Please take time to register by clicking one of the images below that match your date and checkout as normal. Just showing up is free and if you'd like to make a donation, you can do that as well. Either way secures your spot Friday night. We cap each relay at 20 teams and if you're not on the list at check in, you may not be able to race if the cap has been hit. This secures your teams spot. 

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HOT LAPS - Short Track MTB Series

Event Overview

Mark your summer Tuesdays down and get ready to experience the thrill of short track mountain biking. We are excited to host the first ever "Hot Laps" Short Track MTB Series at Franke Park.

Short Track racing, which has also been called “dirt criterium,” has riders race at a high intensity pace on a 1- to 2-mile closed course for 20 to 30 minutes. The first to finish the predetermined number of laps, wins. The course will weave up and around the Derby Hill area at Franke Park. We plan on having 2-3 different courses over the 6 weeks.

We have a variety of categories, two race waves, and even an old school cross country running events for 2 times during the 6-week series as well for those wanting to run the course! JUNIORS (14 & under) race FREE. So, get your kids out and come race. The Junior categories are designed for kids that have a bike with gears, can ride a mile on uneven terrain and are comfortable in a race format. We'll have a seperate kids riding area for the younger kids. 

We have pre-registration gift card raffles to incentivize you to help us with planning and organization. There will be a dedicated little kids course, grilled out food, and late enough start times for our surrounding area friends to make it a couple times! (Warsaw, Indy, Goshen, Everyone!) 

We promise it will be worth $10 a race and the drive. TNL works hard to make sure to create experiences worth showing up for.

 
 

Race Waves

Wave 1 - 6:30 - 25min

  • Beginner - Men & Women

  • Women - Sport

  • Juniors - Men & Wome

Wave 2 - 7:15 - 35min

  • Men Sport

  • Women Expert

  • Men Expert

Wave 3 - 8:00 - 3 Laps (July 24 & Aug 14th)

  • Men & Women Cross Country Run

  • 3-4 Lap Race (3-4mi)

RACE DETAILS

  • All Races $10/per person
  • Juniors 14 & under race for free - Sign up accordingly
  • Gift Card RAFFLE for pre-registered riders
  • On-site registration available at 6p. Close 10min before race.
  • Prizes/Shwag at random!
  • Racing subject to trail conditions. (Heavy Rain/Lightening) We will communicate and give as much notice as possible.
  • Points Series for all categories.
  • B Wave - beginner, juniors, & sport level men & women - 25 minutes
  • A Wave - Sport Men, Elite Men & Women - 35 minutes
  • Fun challenging course for all types of riders. Expect an A and B line on each lap. 
  • Just MTB's, sorry cyclocross friends, gotta throw on the big tires for this one!
  • Great family event, easy to watch from anywhere on course.
  • Hangouts before, during, and after the event.

JUNIOR Sign Up Instructions - We've done our best to make it easy with our website. When you get to the Hot Laps checkout page, you'll select "Juniors - date xx" in the dropdown. This add its to your cart for $0. 

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We have around 8 volunteer opportunities each race that include course monitoring for safety, registration and check-in, and timing/scoring. Plus, if you love to grill food, we could use a grill master!

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The 2017 Event Will Not Be Happening 

 

At Least Not Like It Has the Past 4 Year

We always hoped that the Great 80 would be one of the best days you could have on your bike all year, and for most of those that joined us one of, or for all four years, it was that day. It was eighty back road miles in Northeast Indiana with your four closest riding friends. Some raced, some just rode, but one thing was for sure, everyone was challenged by the event. The event required team work, the ability to climb as many hills as we could find, a little bit of gravel, and additional surprises along the way. The event closed with a post race event hosted by the wonderful Joseph Decuis staff followed the last three years. I'm not sure there is a better event venue in the area to host an event like this one. Overall, we believe it has been a fantastic event each year. Truly. 

Ask anyone connected to the event that has followed up with us the past two years wondering whether there is going to be a next year, and you'll know that great energy has been spent evaluating whether the event was successful in the right ways. We've added cyclists to our team, met really great people that donate or volunteer with us now, and have had fun each year. The event did make money for NeighborLink projects, but not enough that it would keep us from wondering if organizing the event is worth the effort versus another type of cycling event. The Great 80 took a lot of work to pull off even though we kept it as simple and grassroots as possible. And, after four years of trying the best we could, we thought we should have more than 70 riders. 

We realized that the Great 80 sits between two styles of cycling events. It's not a true touring event where there are multiple distances, a mass start, well-stocked SAG stops, course marshalls, or a sweep vehicle to pick up struggling riders. It's also not a race with points, cash prizes, nor the structure to run such event the way it would need to be. It had elements to attract both the touring rider wanting a challenging ride, and the competition and course features to attract the racer. However, the things that attract one group pushes the other away and vice versa, which we believe prevents the momentum required to get the "social influence" push that we see in other more successful events. 

We considered event format changes that would work to boost our numbers like creating a 40-mile route, but we realized that we just don't have the capacity at this time to increase the amount of time invested in ensuring the event can support the changes needed. Team NeighborLink is still a small part of our day-to-day work, and we have to watch how much time we spend making the event happen. We've tried to get a committee to help us run the event, but weren't successful in getting folks to help in that way either. 

With a bit of deflation, the Great 80 ends, but ends on an extremely happy note because the Great 80 was successful on far more levels than it wasn't. TNL invested the time, energy, and resources into doing what at the time few were doing. Creating meaningful and innovative events for the local cycling community with the focus on creating community and supporting a great cause rather than just riding our bikes or making money. We've seen new events pop up in the past couple of years and we hope that the Great 80 was inspiration for those. The reality is, we need even MORE events being organized to help build the culture of using cycling to connect folks and raise dollars for some worthy causes.  

Thank you to Joe Bartels who has been the event's number 1 fan outside of TNL since day one, and Human Motor Works who have been champions of the event the past two years by encouraging folks to come out. Thank you to the NL staff, volunteers, and interns that invested lots of hours making each event happen. Joseph Decuis provides a brilliant location and were extremely generous to NL every year. We just want to come hang out on the farm! Thank you to all the riders that have ridden, learned more about NL, and even chose to buy a cycling kit or volunteer on a project. TNL has grown significantly because of your support. 

We're Not Done Doing Cycling Events

Just because the Great 80 ends, doesn't mean we don't have a new event in mind and are planning in the late summer/early fall of 2017. In the spirit of why we created the Great 80 in the first place, expect a long distance event that will have many of you say, "yeah, right." We're working on the details of the event now, but hope to launch the event specifics by April. Until then, keep your early September weekends open for a little while longer and start logging some long miles. 

 

2016 Great 80 Recap & Images

 

The 2016 event was the best yet. 70 cyclists joined us for a brilliant 82-mile route through 4 NE Indiana counties, and the post-ride celebration at Joseph Decuis. Thank you to all the participants, volunteers, guests, and sponsors who made this event succeed. Full race recap can be found here

Full photo galleries can be found here, here, and here

 
 

Thank you to everyone that came OUT TO 2016 BATTLE ON THE BANKS TO RACE AND WATCH. WE THINK THE EVENT WAS A SUCCESS AND WAS A GREAT FOUNDATION TO BUILD THIS RACE WEEKEND OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.

We're working on the 2017 details this spring and plan on racing the same weekend of August. 

 

WE HAVE 2016 PHOTOS UP ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE  - Click Here

Mark your calendars for August 27th & 28th for a 2-day cyclocross race held at our title sponsor, Fort Wayne Outfitters. Saturday night races begin with juniors at 5:45pm, include an exhibition cross-country style running event at 7:15pm, and cyclocross races into the night with the masters and mens 1/2/3 racers under the lights. Races will begin again around 10am on Sunday and continue through the afternoon.