For people who live in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail is a part of everyday life.
A commuter trail and popular place for recreation, this 45-mile rail-trail runs through densely populated urban and suburban communities as well as through rural areas, serving the populations of Purcellville, Leesburg, Ashburn, Herndon, Reston, Vienna, Falls Church, Shirlington and Arlington.
And the people of these communities are always keen to show they appreciate this valuable public resource. Later this year, the W&OD will be the guest of honor at the second annual Dominion Trail Mix, a great community party hosted by the good folks at the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
To be held Saturday, October 20, the centerpiece of Dominion Trail Mix is "Hail the Trail," one of the largest volunteer clean-up events in the region.
For those looking to raise a sweat, The Great Skedaddle, a non-competitive event that combines biking, running and walking along the W&OD Trail, begins at 10:30 a.m. It is a 5K race for runners, joggers and walkers, or a 5/10 mile race for bikers.
New this year, the Living Well Expo will feature numerous exhibitors and activities encouraging people to lead healthy and active lifestyles. The day concludes with Trailfest, a family themed festival with food, fun and music from national performing artists.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Foundation and the Nature Nuts Program, which aims to give thousands of children a meaningful outdoor experience. The 2011 event successfully raised $20,000 for the Nature Nuts Program.
For more information about the event, or to register for The Great Skedaddle, visit www.dominiontrailmix.com.