4th Annual Karl's Kaleidoscope Mountain Bike Race
May 16, 2015

On May 16, 2015, in celebration of the life of Karl Kalber, the 4th Annual 'Karl's Kaleidoscope Mountain Bike Race', and new this year will be the 11th Annual Rudy Martin 5K run / walk on May 17, 2015 , so make plans to stay over after Karl's Kaleidoscope for the 5K the next day. All will be held at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia.

Last year's annual race was a tremendous success and rated at the top of the scale with seasoned racers on venue, courses and trophies. All proceeds go to the Mel Leaman Free Clinic . Last year's donation was $3,336.00.

There will be $2,500.00 dollar in prizes money ,one of a kind hand made Kaleidoscope Trophies and more great prizes. Two new trails , less asphalt and a new mascot Iron Techtron

Expert, Sport and Karl’s Fun Ride

Karl's Kaleidoscope Mountain Bike Race Expert

Our EXPERT ride is a 52.7 miler challenging you at every turn. Start with the same route as the Sport course. After racing through the farms and hitting pavement again turn left onto Bear Creek Rd. for 1.5 miles then turn right onto Crawfish Rd. starting your off road challenge through the Crawfish Trails of Walker Mountain.. the fun begins . You will cross the Appalachian Trail at two points , several creek crossing..flats and down hills to try to make up some time because in the middle of all this there is a monster 4 mile climb reaching more than 4000’ at the top of Walker Mountain . Now test your biking skills on the 2.25 mile downhill…see if you can make it without dismounting. Go back through Crawfish on Davis Path leading you again to Bear Creek Rd. tracing your way back to Hungry Mother State Park where you will enjoy all the Trails that Hungry Mother State Park has to offer and onto the finish line.

Karl's Kaleidoscope Mountain Bike Race Sport

A 27 mile SPORT COURSE is a challenge with an elevation change of over 1100 feet and extremely diverse terrain. Travel to the back side of the Lake Trail and at the boat docks take a right out of the park and onto Mitchell Valley Rd. (Don't miss the alpacas.) A couple of miles on pavement and you will take a sharp left onto a gravel road leading you to possibly your first adventure through rolling Southwest Virginia cow pastures. (Thanks to the Conners and Pratts for allowing us the 1.8 mile short cut through their farms.) When you reach Bear Creek Rd. turn left for 1.5 miles then turn right onto Crawfish Rd starting your off road challenge through the Crawfish Trail , at Davis Path turn left & race your way back to Hungry Mother State Park for the finish .

Karl's Kaleidoscope Mtn Bike Race Karl's Fun Ride

The FUN RIDE loop is an 8.9 mile trek around Hungry Mother Lake Trail that will allow you to see (at your chosen pace) the beautiful Lake from all angles. Be on the look out for wildlife including deer, bear and maybe even a 'wood booger' or two.


Date: MAY 17, 2014 (Rain or Shine)

Time: Registration packet pickup begins at 6am. Ride meeting at 7:45am. Ride starts at 8:00am.

Registration Fee: $60 Expert, $50 SPORT
Closing Date Saturday, MAY 17, 2014
Online Registration

2014 Race Awards

Expert Overall Winners
MALE 1st $500.00, 2nd $300.00, 3rd $200.00, 4th $100.00, 5th $60.00
FEMALE 1st $500.00, 2nd $300.00, 3rd $200.00, 4th $100.00, 5th $60.00

Sport Overall Winners Men/Women will receive a Kaleidoscope trophy. Second and Third places: Beautiful etched glass vase.

Amenities: Beautiful Trails, Well Marked Route, Excellent T-Shirt and so much more.

Rest Stops: Provided by local businesses and volunteers.

Sponsors: The Lifetime Wellness Center , Marion Mold and Tool ,Arnold’s Exxon , Atkins Tank , and Marion Life Saving Crew.

Finish Party: Hungry Mother State Park

T Shirts: To be created and shown soon!!

Injuries: Have no illusions that you can escape some type of injury on 57 miles of rough terrain. Whether it be an abrasion or a mental breakdown, everyone suffers in one-way or another. Marion Life Saving Crew will be the rescue for the finish line to handle any injuries that may happen.

Directions: From Marion, VA take Park Blvd/HWY 16 North to Hungry Mother State Park. Turn into the State Park. http://mapq.st/xLwekG