Jay Burke

Marketing Professional, Event Owner, Ski Guide

Hometown

Wendell, Idaho

Current

Park City, Utah

Jay has been working as a marketing professional for 30 years, the Point 2 Point mountain bike race is the ultimate side-gig and gives him the opportunity to use his diverse skill-set directing the event. He also guides the Ski Utah Interconnect tour in the winter. He has lived in Park City for over 20 years and loves the summer with it’s unlimited access to miles and miles of trails but has recently started spending time in the Teton Valley of Idaho. In his spare time, you’ll find him riding/racing bikes, skiing, fishing or traveling.

Spirit Animal: Bald Eagle

Pump Up Song: The Moose Song - Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Where did inspiration for the Park City Point to Point race come from?

I had been putting on a smaller mid-week MTB race here in the Wasatch for a few years, and felt I wanted to take it to next level. Couple that desire with a burgeoning demand for “epic” distance MTB races and over 300 miles of single track right out the backdoor here at my Park City home and you get the Point 2 Point endurance MTB race. 12 years into it and we now get riders from all over North America, which is really rewarding.  

When did you first discover mountain biking, and why do you love it?

I purchased my first mountain bike in 1986 at The Spoke and Wheel in Twin Falls, ID. MTB was really starting to take hold up in Sun Valley and it caught my attention, as I had grown up riding motorcycles and I liked the idea of human power exploring. I did my first race in 1989 at Sierra Summit Ski Resort in California. I’ve been riding and racing ever since. I really enjoy the speed and precision of MTB, especially on spicy backcountry style trails (old school stuff) - I think that is what keeps me coming back for more! 

What does "Let The Outside In" mean to you?

I believe individuals embracing being outside, no matter the toy (ski/bike/climb/boat) of choice, usually are always very grounded, happy, humans. So to me, being outside with others, by yourself, on a bike, in a river, or simply sitting on a hillside, fills me up... so I choose to #LetTheOutsideIn.