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 2021 Annual Event!


This event, Saturday August 21st, 2021, marks the 122nd year anniversary of Marshall “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. With options of 5, 26, 30, 44, 50, 64 or 89 miles, the ride had something for everyone.

Choose from ride options of 5, 26, 30, 44, 50, 64, or 89 miles — mix and match your choice of five segments to customize your experience. 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. in the heart of Chicago’s far South Side, at Morgan Park Commons, 115th Street and the Major Taylor Trail. All riders follow the Major Taylor Trail south and take the Little Calumet River Bridge — featuring the largest Major Taylor mural ever created — into Whistler Woods. From Whistler Woods there are two route options, one to Lake Katherine via the scenic Cal-Sag Trail, and another to Lansing Woods. From those destinations there are further options: a loop from Lake Katherine to Sag Quarries, and a loop from Lansing Woods to the Major Taylor gravesite in Glenwood. Combining all the options adds up to 88.6 miles and includes three rest stops, at Whistler Woods, Lake Katherine, and Lansing Woods.

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.

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).