Our Partners

behind the scenes heros

We're in this together!

The Original Growler first began in 2008 as a fundraiser for Gunnison Trails. As Dave Wiens, the founder of Gunnison Trails and master mind behind the Growler, likes to say, “the Growler is the life blood of the organization.” What began as a one day race with just over 100 people back in 2008 has grown into a two day, 700 person event that attracts racers from all over the country. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from the Growler are reinvested into our local trails. Everything from buying trail tools and fuel for the chainsaws, funding our 6-person trail crew, and feeding our hundreds of volunteers are all made possible by revenue from the Growler.

We share the enthusiasm of cycling, bringing communities together, an honest effort and overcoming challenges with the following supporters. They are top podium behind the scenes hero’s who like us, believe in healthy lifestyles via healthy trails.