Our friends at Traverse Area Recreational Trails have named Tom White the 2017 recipient of their Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award. The honor is given to those who have shown leadership and passion in building and maintaining trails. Since 2004, the award has gone to trail stewards and advocates such as George Lombard, Ted Okerstrom, and a number of other worthy winners. In naming Tom their 2017 winner, TART has shown a new recognition for the year-round efforts of mountain and fat bike enthusiasts, in addition to its rich history of honoring skiers, walkers, and other non-motorized trail users.
Tom has spent over three decades building and maintaining trails, and his expertise has reinvigorated Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, as well as the countless volunteers that lend their time and effort to building a better recreational experience for others.
Congratulations, Tom, and thank you for all that you've done to build our area into a trail mecca!