First and foremost, my biggest accomplishment is being a dad.
I am also proud of the community outreach that Trail Hero supports. It's what the event is all about. In five years we have raised over $400,000 in charitable contributions that stay in southern Utah. The purpose of Trail Hero is to change the narrative on the perception of off-roading. We do that at Trail Hero by providing motorized access to user groups like people with special needs, who can't hike, or bike, or ride horses. Their vehicle is an extension of their body -- it's their legs. Without motorized access, they would not be able to experience the outdoors. Trail Hero also supports our Veterans who sacrificed for this land and everyone's right to access it.
2021 is Trail Hero's sixth year. The event is held every October at Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, Utah. It has grown to a six-day event. This year we have over 4,100 registered participants. Trail Hero week has a $6.4 million economic impact on the local economy, more than the rest of the year combined. (Editor's note: Rich was honored as the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year in 2017.)
Off-roading has given me opportunities to experience things that I never could have without it. It has taken me to 13 different countries, and I have competed in some of the most epic races, like King of the Hammers, W.E. Rock Nationals, and the Baja 1000.
For me, it boils down to being with like-minded individuals who really care about each other and the experience of being off-road. Life is about the people you meet, and the off-road industry has the most colorful and unique personalities, bar none, that I have ever met in my life.