FVTC RESCHEDULES ITS 15TH ANNUAL TRAILS-IN-MOTION EVENTDate: 9/8/2012
Time: 8:00:00 AM
The Farmington Valley Trails Council will hold its 15th annual Trails-in-Motion bicycle tour event on Saturday, September 8th. The event is a rescheduling of the rain-out that occurred on June 2nd. The tour promotes public awareness of the rails-to-trails initiative in the Farmington Valley, attracting new and existing fans of the multi-use trail system. The northern part of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is now paved 36 continuous miles from southern Farmington through Southwick, MA. The Farmington River Trail is complete from southern Farmington to Route 44 in Canton and has over 10 miles of paved trail.
All events will start and finish at the Iron Horse Boulevard and Mall Way parking lot in the center of Simsbury, CT. Once again, the Town of Simsbury, local police, local retailers, and other area organizations will be providing goods, services and prize items. Septemberfest will proceed as planned across Iron Horse Blvd. as participants return. Last year we had almost 400 participants. This family oriented event is designed for trail users of all abilities, and is fully supported. The signature events are the 10-mile tour (10:30 am start), the 30-mile tour (9:30 am start), and the 50 and 62-mile (metric century) bicycle tours (8:00 am start). Please allow at least 30 minutes to sign in and get ready. All tours utilize the trail system and allow participants to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the Farmington Valley, with the longer tours going all the way into Massachusetts. Walkers, runners, and inline skaters are also welcome. Light snacks (energy bars, fruit, and drinks) will be provided at the start. There are several rest stops along the way. A number of door prizes await participants at the finish. All entrance fees go directly to construction, beautification and maintenance of the trails and may be tax deductible. Trails Council President Bruce Donald noted, "It's our major fundraiser each year, but more important than that, it is our chance to showcase one of the finest trail systems in New England and let both veteran users and brand new participants know how much we love it. It is our 20th anniversary this year as an organization and a credit to all of those who have worked tirelessly over the years. We could not be more proud."
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