CORBA is a volunteer based organization dedicated to building, improving, and maintaining multi-use trails and promoting activities and events on the trails in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley, including mountain biking, trail running, snowshoeing and hiking, and more.
CORBA currently works with public and private landowners in Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, and Barron Counties in its ongoing trail development mission. The organization relies entirely on volunteer efforts and partner donations, and all membership dollars are returned to local trail improvements.
Formed in 2005 to work with Eau Claire County on trail development at Lowes Creek County Park in Eau Claire, CORBA and its volunteers put in over 400 man-hours that year to build six miles of singletrack. Also in 2005, CORBA helped host the first Chippewa Valley Firecracker mountain bike race, as part of the Wisconsin Off-Road Series. In 2006, CORBA applied for and received non-profit status and is recognized as a 501(c)3 organization.
Since its inception, CORBA has played a hand in developing and maintaining shared-use trails at Lowes Creek County Park and Northwest Community Park in Eau Claire, Hickory Ridge in Chippewa County and Otter Creek in Altoona. CORBA has since grown to include trail systems in Dunn County and Barron County as well.
The Chippewa Valley Firecracker has grown to include a trail run and has become one of the largest and most popular races in the WORS series. In 2011, the Chippewa Valley Powder Keg snowshoe and fat-bike race was added to CORBA’s event lineup. The Fall Back Blast ultra trail run was added in 2014. In 2015, CORBA hosted the US National Snowshoe Championships.
BOARD of DIRECTORS
President — Steve Wood
Vice President — Laura Plummer
Secretary — Jennifer Pederson
Treasurer — Chris McDonald
Trails Director — Jay Plummer
Barron County Member at Large — Ryan Urban
Chippewa County Member at Large — Bill Zimmerman
Dunn County Member at Large — Jerry Porter
Eau Claire County Member at Large — Bayli Cristorf
Lowes Creek Trail Liaisons — Dustin Marsh & Danny Deetz
Northwest Park Trail Liaisons — Jon Strosahl
Otter Creek Trail Liaisons — Dave Olson & Dean Roth
Hickory Ridge Trail Liaisons — Noah Michaelson & Brian Kelley
Area 178 Trail Liaisons — Pat Rasmus
Pipestone Quarry Trail Liaisons — James Kiffmeyer & Ahmyn Masci
Hiawatha Trail Liaison — Ron Kay
Silver Creek Trail Liaison — Tony Kofakis
Menomin Trail Liaison — Kim Wentworth & Tod Griffith
Chippewa Off Road Bicycle Association (CORBA) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, board officer and member selection, selection of volunteers and vendors, membership and community engagement, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.