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Katy Trail 5K Run-Walk-Skate © Friends of the Katy Trail
Organizers expect more than 5,000 participants for the 11th annual 5K Run-Walk-Skate event
on the Katy Trail in Dallas.

Inline skater crossing the finish line © Friends of the Katy Trail
An inline skater crosses the finish line
on the Katy Trail.

Tell Us ...
Do you know of any fun trail events or celebrations coming up this year? Maybe you've signed up for a race or a group ride, or there is an interesting fundraiser on a local rail-trail? If any happenings on the 2009 calendar have particularly caught your eye, share them with Karl at

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Spring into Action:

In March, we asked you to tell us about any fun events or celebrations coming up this year on your local rail-trails. The warming weather seems to have everyone your favorite trail snack recipes. Some readers recommend different granolas to help you get up and go, while others have tried to perfect the right mix of dried fruits and nuts for mid-trail energy. So whether you go nuts for nuts, or you get a hankering for sweeter treats after a satisfying workout, enjoy these secrets to rail-trail sustenance.

Eric Van Steenburg — Dallas, Texas
The Friends of the Katy Trail is having its 11th annual Katy 5K Run-Walk-Skate on Thursday, May 14. It's our largest annual public fundraiser, features about 5,000 participants, and has been voted "Best Post-Race Party" by numerous publications because of the 50+ restaurants that hand out free samples of their signature dishes, and the free beer courtesy of title sponsor Michelob Ultra. It is quite a Dallas scene.

Wally Elton — Albany, N.Y.

Timed to coincide with National Trails Day on or near June 6, the Canalway Trail Celebration is designed to highlight the growth of New York State's Canalway Trail corridor as a world-class tourism destination. Last year more than 40 separate events drew thousands of people to the trail and communities along it. The longest trail in the system, the Erie Canalway Trail, follows the historic Erie Canal between Buffalo and Albany and is now about 75 percent off-road. For more information, visit

Pat Monson — Palos Park, Ill. 
The Village of Palos Park in Illinois is hosting a full week of events during our " Green Earth Week" celebration including a Bike Palos event on Saturday April 18th and a "Green Earth Fair" on April 25th. Our village is working with The" Active Transportation Alliance" (formerly "League of Illinois Bicyclists" to develop new bike paths through our village and connecting to new and existing pathways. So they will be conducting an intro to the potential pathways on the 18th, as well as a family bike ride on existing paths.

Mike Kruimer — Edison, N.J.
We have a special event coming up this May 9th. Hands Along The D&R Canal will take place at 10 a.m. from the Brearley House in Lawrenceville to Johnson Park in Piscataway. We want to connect people for 30 miles to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the D&R Canal and to showcase the first segment of the East Coast Greenway.
For more information, go to the greenway Web site at and link onto the info and registration form for the event.

Tony Bys — Brimfield, Mass.
5K Trail run and 1 mile fun walk
Saturday, April  25, 2009 at 9 a.m.
Brimfield MA
You can find more information at

Other suggested events:

June 13-27
April 17

Walkway over the Hudson is having its opening ceremony and illumination, scheduled to take place on October 2,3 and 4 of 2009. It is a 19th century railroad bridge  crossing the Hudson River, cdonverted into a walking, bicycling and whatever  other purpose connecting trails on the east side to the west with trails. It is to open in conjuntion with the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration.  They state it is the longest and higthest pedestrian walkway in the world.

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