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Turkey Trot on the Cardinal Greenway in Indiana © Susan Cartwright
Participants enjoy the annual Turkey Trot
on the Cardinal Greenway.

Turkey Trot © Susan Cartwright
Getting in the holiday spirt at the Cardinal Greenway Turkey Trot.

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Holiday Rail-Trail Traditions

In November, we asked you to tell us about your favorite holiday rail-trail traditions:

Angie Pool — Muncie, Ind.
Each Thanksgiving morning we host our Turkey Trot on the Cardinal Greenway, a rail-trail based in Muncie, Ind. Last year we had 225 participants on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning. We mark our trail three miles both north and south of our Depot Headquarters. Participants can run or walk, and it is non-competitive. We have families plan each year to come to the event and walk or run as a group. It is great fun. We also collect canned goods for local pantries.

Amanda Varner — Colliers, W.Va. 
My husband and I are fortunate enough to have a trail that borders our backyard. A quick walk to the edge of our property and we are on the Panhandle Trail. Every New Year's Eve we wait until the clock strikes midnight, then we bundle up, grab a thermos of hot chocolate and take our first walk of the New Year, just me and my husband. It's so crisp and the stars are so clear.  After a short or sometimes longer walk, we head back to our nice warm home, and we don't even have to get in the car!!
We take advantage of the trail often, but our midnight stroll on New Year's is one of the most special. What's even more special to me is that we live a block from where my grandparents lived, so I remember hearing the train whistles in the middle of the night when I was a little girl having a sleepover at my grandparents! Now I'm walking that same "track" as an adult.

Joe M. — Coventry, R.I.
On Christmas Eve I usually ride the
Washington Secondary Trail from Coventry to Cranston, R.I., and back. The tradition started back in 2002, when I was in 8th grade, with a girlfriend riding alongside. She was not allowed beyond the Warwick city line, but we went into Cranston anyway. Trouble was, there was a patch of broken glass on the bike path and caused a flat. Luckily we were near a bike shop. We didn't have any money, but they had a phone, and my friend's mom had a van. As the years passed we parted ways, but I still try and stick to riding on Christmas Eve.

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