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Focus Term: Healthy Aging

Trail Moments | Running for Good Health and a Good Cause
July 05, 2023
Unfortunately, runners can get injured for a variety of reasons—as I have learned from experience. To reduce this from happening for others, I wanted to share what I’ve learned from my education and from my own running journey.
Trail run along West Virginia's Mon River Trail | Photo by Guy Monteleone
Trail Moments | Enjoying the Trike Life
November 28, 2022
I used to ride a regular two-wheeled bike; however, one morning in the summer of 2020, as I was riding, I got caught up in a tight turn and fell, breaking my elbow and pelvis. After recovering from the accident, I decided to switch to a three-wheeler, so I tried a few options and bought a recumbent electric Catrike.
Golf cart trail in Arizona's Oro Valley | Photo courtesy Lew Roscoe
Trail Moments | Older, Wiser and Faster: A Friendly Competition Among Family
June 30, 2021
We became a daily fixture on the sidewalks of our neighborhood. Soon, we became known as “the riding couple” on the weekends.
Photo courtesy Thresa Giles and Albert Grant, graphic by RTC
What’s It Like to Ride the Great American Rail-Trail? Just Ask These Trail Trekkers.
May 07, 2021
RTC talked to several long-distance bicyclists who have taken on the Great American Rail trail alread.
Washington's Olympic Discovery Trail | Photo by John Gussman
Trail Moments | Morgantown Man Gets a Running Start to a Healthier Life on Trails
October 23, 2020
Overweight and living a sedentary lifestyle, Viars’ gnawing fear of dying grew as he approached middle age, so he decided to make a change with a health journey that began one literal step at a time.
Vincent Viars and his running partners on the Mon River Trail | Courtesy Vincent Viars
North Carolina’s Thermal Belt Rail Trail
February 11, 2020
Today, the 13.58-mile Thermal Belt Rail Trail lies where the old Southern Railroad, and later the Thermal Belt Railway, once ran. The trail has been a boon for Rutherford County on a number of levels.
Thermal Belt Rail Trail bridge over Highway 74 | Photo by Dana Bradley
Five Great Trail Activities and Their Health Benefits
January 27, 2020
Meeting these targets can help improve your health and your quality of life; reduce health-care costs and the risk of chronic disease; and simply make you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
A Closer Look: Connecting the Lower Rio Grande Valley by Trail
August 12, 2019
Caracara is the name of the trail system developing throughout Cameron County, Texas, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley—a project that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is honored to count among its TrailNation™ portfolio.
Bikers on tour of Caracara Trails | Photo by John Faulk, Frontera Media
Four Long-Distance Rides Along the Great American Rail-Trail
August 09, 2019
Here are four sections of the Great American that span 100 miles or more with minimal on-street connections—perfect for multiday adventuring.
Ohio's Great Miami River Trail | Photo by Tom Bilcze
E-Bikes Got This Baby Boomer Back on the Trail After Asthma
May 22, 2019
A one-day rental there led to a weeklong adventure in Hawaii, followed by my first of two e-bike purchases three years ago. Since then, I’ve logged more than 1,000 road and trail miles, and for me, it’s been a win-win.
Libby Rose on e-bike | Photo courtesy Wandering Rose Travels