It's an unfortunate time for all kids that were signed up to take part in this year's Kids in Mud training program. Due to COVID-19, it has been suspended indefinitely.
Chris Wolfenden is one a Co-Chair of Dauphin Kids in Mud and he knows it was a tough decision, but one that was necessary.
"Of course it was a tough call. It was the right one; however, the health and safety of everyone is the most important thing," said Wolfenden. "It's not like biking is going away. A lot of the parents and kids are still going to get an opportunity to use the Northgate Trail Network at their own leisure this summer."
Kids in Mud is a youth mountain biking skills program that was going to operate out of Vermillion Park and the Northgate Trails. It's for kids aged 6-16 and the main focus is learning mountain biking skills alongside road skills and various other skills needed to operate a mountain bike at a high level.
Chris says moving forward they're leaving it up to parents to decide when the program will get back up and running. It was originally set to begin later this month and end in the third week of June. However, with the postponement, the next available spot will likely be in the fall.
"We'll have to consider other sports and other conflicts. One parent expressed that it may be tough during that time because of preseason hockey," continued Wolfenden. "We'll probably really nail it down within the next week as to what we're going to do."
The program runs two practices a week and it also features two internal races.
"We could likely get this done in the fall, but we'll have to see what happens," concluded Wolfenden.