TRS Donates to San Manuel

Copper Town Association Inc.
-Pictures and text by Richard

The Mammoth-San Manuel Community Schools was presented with a donation of $3,000 today from Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS). TRS annually holds their San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race in San Manuel each March and uses it as a fundraiser.

Various student activities will benefit from TRS’s generous gift that include sports clinics or food for sports clinics and field trips. It will also help students without financial means to participate.

L to R: Chuck Ivy of TRS, Lisa Armenta (Schools Director) & George Wysopal of TRS.

The San Manuel Fire Department received a donation check for $700 from Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) that hosts the annual San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race each March.

The donation will help the fire department with things like training, equipment and supplies.

L to R: Louis Madrid (firefighter), Gabe Velasquez (firefighter), Chuck Ivy of TRS, Ernest Ivy (assistant fire chief) and George Wysopal of TRS.

There Will Be Dust Report, Final

On Saturday, November 21st in Amado, Arizona, the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) hosted their annual event, There Will Be Dust Dual Sport Ride and Fundraiser.

Because of the rider’s, volunteer’s and guest’s support and contributions, TRS was able to host another quality event for the dirt bike community and raise funds for the Amado Food Bank. The final contribution amount of $2,300 exceeded our $1,500 goal. A donation check was presented to Vicki Turner, Community Programs Coordinator on Monday December 14th. (See the photo below)

The rider participation numbers turned out to be very strong considering the current concerns over the virus. The Longhorn Grill & Saloon supported the riders with meals and a staging area in ways better than we could have hoped. Their accommodations and food were top shelf. After the ride all the riders said they enjoyed the event and were glad they participated.

My helmet is off to all the TRS volunteers, family and friends, Rio Rico Scout Troop #508 and the Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District for making this event possible. Our goal was to provide a quality event and I believe that goal was achieved. If you were not able to attend this year, please plan to do so next year.

Finally a special thanks to the local bike shops and bike industry sponsors who pitched in merchandise for the raffle party: Tucker Powersports, On Any Moto, AZKKT, Cycle Skis & ATV, Serrano’s Motorsports & Service, Musselman’s Honda, Rocky Mountain MC/ATV, Giant Loop & RideNow.

Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!


George Wysopal

Copper Classic Donation

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) presents a donation of $2,500 to the Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District’s Community Schools. Shown is Lisa Armenta receiving the check from Chuck Ivy of the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona dirt bike club. The proceeds help fund a three-week sports camp in the summer for kids 1st to 8th grades as well as various field trips.

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona is a non-profit club that hosts the San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race each year in San Manuel, Arizona and makes it a fundraiser. The race is part of the Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) race series. The last event was held March 9th, 2019. In addition, school kids run a food stand at the race to also raise money.

Patagonia Likes TWBD!

Steve Brown and George Wysopal were in Patagonia last night to attend the bi-monthly Town Council meeting. While at the meeting they presented an appreciation plaque to the Town Council for their support of TRS’ motorcycle event and fundraiser, There Will Be Dust VI. Thank you letters were also issued to the Gathering Grounds and Stage Stop Inn. Both of these businesses provided TWBD participants and guests outstanding service and meals.

After Steve handed off the plaque and thank you letters, all in the audience and Council members applauded our expressions of thanks. Their reaction certainly surprised both of us. Several of the Council made it known they were extremely pleased with the success of our event and the respectful behavior all participants demonstrated while visiting Patagonia. The Council also made special note and high praise for the $1,500 donation to the local food bank. Further discussions with the Council confirmed TRS is welcome to come back in November of this year for the next running of There Will Be Dust!

Food Bank Cutting Board

Those at the club meeting last night had a chance to check out the wonderful cutting board given to us by the East Santa Cruz Community Food Bank. We received this gift from them as a token of appreciation for our $1,500 donation.

We discussed how to best utilize this gift. There were a few suggestions presented last night.

1. Raffle it off at our next meeting
2. Keep it in the TRS trailer for use at club events
3. Laser etch the TRS logo onto the board and hang it on a wall inside of East Coast Supersubs
4. Others?


TWBD Donation to the Food Bank

Perhaps the best part of There Will Be Dust VI was meeting the fine folks, Clark and Judith of the East Santa Cruz County Community Food Bank located in Patagonia. Today I presented to them a check in the amount of $1,500 to support the Food Bank they represent. All the riders who attended this year’s event made this donation possible. TRS thanks you very much.

This donation is what makes TRS special. Each year at this time we strive to make a donation to a local cause that will improve the holiday season for those less fortunate.

Clark & Judith surprised me with a gift for TRS as their way of saying thanks. (See the photo) The handmade cutting board comes right from their own shop. The photo does not do it justice. I will bring it to next week’s club meeting.

Please read the both letters they gave me. One is a thank you letter from the Food Bank and the other provides some interesting information about the cutting board.