Originally Published: August 8, 2012 9:55 p.m.
PRESCOTT - The organizer of the Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race set a goal to draw even more participants - and more media coverage - when the race marks its 10th year next April 26-28.
Todd Sadow of Epic Rides in Tucson told the Prescott City Council Tuesday about plans to draw 2,000 racers in 2013, up from 1,750 racers who took part this year.
He discussed other goals as well, including increasing international attendance, drawing more women bicyclists and obtaining network television coverage.
Sadow drew a favorable response from the council.
"I am looking forward to seeing you guys next year," Councilman Charlie Arnold said.
Sadow said, "I want a sense that 2,000 (participants) will be in our ballpark."
Sadow said 4,000 to 6,000 people came to Prescott for the mountain bike race, while overall attendance amounted to 15,000 people. This year's event included an outdoor concert by Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.
"Everybody in the community welcomed it," Sadow said. He added that police and other city agencies contributed to its safety by blocking off city streets.
"They kept everyone safe," he told the council.
Sadow appeared at a workshop meeting of the council in which the seven-member body took no action.
The council also listened to a presentation from Ed Boks, executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. Boks sought council support for $10,000 to help pay for a 1,450-square-foot building at the YHS grounds on Sundog Ranch Road off Prescott Lakes Parkway. Boks also received a commitment of $20,000 from the Yavapai County Supervisors Monday, and plans to seek $10,000 from the Prescott Valley Town Council at its meeting this evening.
Boks said the Yavapai Humane Society, which marked its 40th anniversary this year, has received an "outpouring of support" from a volunteer base that grew from 100 to 400.
The Humane Society has received $437,566 in contributions from the community, Boks said. The Humane Society received $59,334 from the city for its animal control contract, plus $13,407 in revenues for adoptions and $11,848 from municipal fees.
Boks told the council he expects construction on the new building to begin in September.
Councilman Steve Blair suggested a more vigorous effort to make sure dog owners license their pets.
Boks responded, "Most of the dogs that come into our facility are not licensed."
Mayor Marlin Kuykendall said the council will accept the annual report from YHS, adding, "I think there is a consensus here that you bring the proposal forward."
Kuykendall and his council peers also listened to a presentation from Prescott Valley Councilwoman Mary Mallory on her plans for a Healing Field of Northern Arizona in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Mallory said she plans to bring more than 1,000 flags to the grounds of the Prescott Valley Civic Center from Sept. 8 to 15. Each flag will include names of the Sept. 11 victims.
She showed a video that chronicles Healing Field events in Tempe and elsewhere in the country. For more information, log onto www.healingfield.org/prescottvalley.