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Major Taylor Trail Keepers

Our mission is to make the Southside of Chicago a place that is a fun, healthy,
and safe place to live, work, and play.

Click the link below to register now for the Major Taylor Trail Keepers 2022 Annual Event!

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This event, Saturday August 20th 2022, marks the 123rd year anniversary of Marshallh “Major “Taylor winning the world 1-mile championship in Montreal. Taylor won the one-mile sprint, to become the first African American to win a world championship in cycling and was our nation’s first African American sports hero.

The Major Taylor Trail Keepers bicycle ride in Chicago and its southern suburbs featured a revitalized stretch of the Major Taylor Trail and serves as a fundraiser for the trail’s upkeep.

There will be four different routes:

Route 1 Major Taylor Trail  Route– From Whistler Woods ride north on the Major Taylor Trail to the Dan Ryan Woods and back (15 miles).   

Route 2 Major Taylor Victory Route – From  Whistler Woods ride south to the gravesite of Major Taylor and back. (21.5 miles) 

Route 3  Cal Sag Trail Route – From Whistler Woods rides west on the Cal Sag Trail and back. (18.1 Miles) 

Route 4 MTC3 Whistler Woods 50 Mile Flash Route – From Whistler Woods rides south to the Monee Reservoir (This is a 50 mile route from Whistler Woods to the Monee Reservoir and back.

Registration and check in is from 7-7:30. A tribute to Major Taylor and special presentation is from 7:30-7:55am. All rides start at 8:00 a.m. at the end of the Major Taylor Trail located at Whistler Woods Forest Preserve 678 W. 134th St Riverdale, IL 60827.

Proceeds from this event will go towards the Major Taylor Trail Keepers Chicago for the upkeep/improvement of the Major Taylor Trail located in Chicago, Il. If the pandemic or weather prevents the event from occurring in person all registrations will be converted to a virtual event registration.

This event is organized by the Major Taylor Trail Keepers Chicago, Friends of the Major Taylor Trail, and Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago. More information on the bike routes for the event can be found here.

Major Taylor Trail Clean Up Days
Major Taylor Trail Keepers Chicago (MTTKC) host cleanup days for the trail throughout the season. MTTKC host these clean up days each year in partnership with the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago (MTC3) and the Friends of the Major Taylor Trail (FotMTT) each year. Our clean up days are socially distanced workdays to trim trees, clear weeds, and pick up trash on the Major Taylor Trail. Please dress for yard work. If you have work gloves you like, please bring them. Check her regularly to see when the next clean up day is scheduled.
April 24, 2021 4 Locations click here to register Location 1: 9400 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60620-5121 (Jewel/Osco parking lot) Location 2: 1050 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60643-4635 (Major Taylor Mural) Location 3: 600 W 124th St, Chicago, IL 60628-7423 Location 4: 12800 S Eggleston Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
August 14, 2021 3 locations click here to register Location 1: Morgan Park Commons, 800 W 115th Street Chicago, IL  60643(Aldi Parking Lot) Location 2: 600 W 124th St, Chicago, IL 60628-7423 Location 3: 12800 S Eggleston Ave, Chicago, IL 60628

MajorTaylor Trail Keepers Chicago
Development Fund

The Major Taylor Trail is the first cycling trail named after the world’s first African American Cycling World Champion.  Chicago has a special affinity to Major Taylor because he spent his last days here.  The Major Taylor Trail Keepers Chicago is committed to sustaining and improving the condition and impact of the Major Taylor Trail.  We collaborate with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Department of Transportation and Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois.  Donated funds will be used to maintain permits, purchase preservation materials for artworks, commission new artworks, and promote trail use.  This support allows us to present the Major Taylor Trail in a fashion consistent with the values of its namesake and provides leverage in seeking additional funding partners.  Parts of the Major Taylor Trail go through historically disadvantaged communities.  The potential of the trail to improve the lives of the residents has no limit.  Donors should feel as if they are helping to ‘Make the Major Proud.’  Donations will be thankfully accepted in any amount.  Donors contributing over $35 will receive a special Major Taylor Trail Keepers  Chicago neck gaiter (face covering shown in the photo with all three Chicago Major Taylor organizations logo with the Chicago blue background and red stars).