6:00 - Bike Tour with AOA (.2 CEUs)
The adventure begins with a tour overview provided by Arizona Outback Adventures
' mountain bike guide staff. Upon arrival at the trailhead, riders will find a well-organized cache of high performance bikes suited to a variety of abilities, all necessary support and safety equipment, bottled water and snacks for the duration of the excursion, and an expert team of professional guides to provide instruction, supervision, and leadership for the day.
Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, the 21,099-acre McDowell Mountain Park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. With over 50 miles of mountain bike trails, and spectacular views, the park is famous for the quality of mountain bike terrain. This diversity allows us to customize each ride to fit the ability and interests of each group – providing the optimal experience for beginners and experts alike. Additional routes include Usery Mountain Park, White Tank Regional Park and Cave Creek Regional Park.
6:00 AM: Depart Scottsdale Princess Resort on bus
6:30 AM: Arrive at Tombs Thumb Trailhead in McDowell Sonoran Preserve / Safety talk / Get fit with mountain bike
7:00 AM: Depart on mountain bike ride
9:00 AM: Arrive at McDowell Mountain Regional Park / Debrief
9:30 AM: Depart to Scottsdale Princess Resort
10:00 AM: Arrive at resort to attend general session
10:30 - 12:30 - General Session
Keynote - Chris Kennedy - Vice President of Revenue Management at GoDaddy.com
Chris Kennedy is Vice President of Revenue Management at GoDaddy.com, the world's largest provider of domain names and web hosting. Chris has been with GoDaddy.com since 2004, and has held leadership positions in marketing, business intelligence, and product management. At GoDaddy, Chris manages the company's overall sales performance through pricing and promotion optimization, customer behavior analysis, and demand forecasting. Prior to GoDaddy.com, Chris worked in international risk management at American Express.
Chris holds a BA in Finance from the University of Arizona, and an MBA in Technology Management from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
12:30 - 2:00 - Lunch & Exhibit Hall
2:00 - 3:15 - Trail Tech Talk (.1 CEUs)
Explore QR codes, podcasts and other technology on the trail, in addition to Google 3D trail mapping.
3:30 - 4:45 Multiuse, Multiproblems (.1 CEUs)
A panel of professionals from a variety of natural resource backgrounds, representing municipal, county, state, and federal organizations, will address the following topics. Identify safety issues and concerns in parks and on trails.
- Learn how to manage different user groups.
- Determine impacts to natural resources and the sustainability of trails.
Join the Natural Resources Branch for their meeting on Tuesday, August 27 from 4:00pm-4:45pm. After that, join APRA for happy hour, opening of the exhibit hall and a poker tournament or bingo hosted by APRF.