Washington Area Trail Riders (WATR)


  • 9 May 2024 8:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks everyone that made it to this year’s Spring Trail Ride. It’s all the riders that make the trek and hit the trails that really make these events great.

  • 24 Mar 2024 8:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 12 Mar 2024 10:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Sunday work party at Eagle Bay was small but very effective. The group worked the first 3/4 mile and last mile. Lots of puddles were drained and several water holes were bypassed. Look for pink tape marking the bypasses. Original routes were left open with some repair. The longest bypass was a new trail starting a mile 1 going around many holes.

    [Words mostly by Joe E, Photo by Paul N]

  • 6 Aug 2023 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 9 Jul 2023 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Three Spring Enduro Flyer 

  • 8 Jul 2023 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A blockage on the Short Loop was cleared.

  • 18 Apr 2023 10:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An Eagle Bay workday was held to build a bridge at mile 1.

    Thanks to all those that showed up and helped out!

    (Picture added to "What is WATR" slide show)

  • 11 Nov 2022 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The club has purchased a weather station for Eagle Bay. The data can be viewed through Weather Underground:


  • 7 Nov 2022 9:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Several WATR members did a little ADV ride out to the Shenandoah Valley and delivered WATR shirts to the “lunch ladies” that coordinate the meals for the S500 participants. One club member braved the fog and rain to help out and ended up with a 400+ mile day on his GS.

  • 7 Sep 2020 10:55 PM | Anonymous member

    Washington Area Trail Riders (WATR) is sorry that we had to cancel the Shenandoah 500 (S500) this year. We intend to hold the event in 2021, if conditions allow. We really hope there is a COVID-19 vaccination that will allow the 2021 event to happen.

    All of us have been affected by COVID-19, some of us much more than others. Certainly COVID-19 has not improved things for the Shenandoah community and we need to do what we can to continue our financial assistance to the organizations that benefit from the S500. The organizations that we have routinely donated to are:

    • South Fork Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
    • Riverside United Methodist Church

    If you are in a position to make a donation, we will distribute all donations (minus credit card fees) to the organizations listed above. WATR will be doing a dollar for dollar matching donation up to $2,500. This is a community that supports the S500 and we are happy to support them. It is truly heart-warming to read the thank you cards we receive each year from the individuals who rely on the local food pantries.

    We would like to recognize those who donate at least $25 by upgrading their event t-shirt at the next running (hopefully 2021) of the S500. The upgraded shirt would be long-sleeved instead of short with a special graphic.

    That said, any donation will be appreciated. Please use the following PayPal link to donate. You DO NOT need to create a PayPal account to donate. If you do want the upgraded S500 event shirt please include your name and email address in the comments box when you donate. This will be the only way we can track who gets the upgraded event shirts.


    Donations will be accepted through October 5th.

    If you’d like to stay informed about the S500 please join this Google Group. You can actually read all the messages without joining the group.


    Thanks for your support of the S500 and the Shenandoah community!

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