Opening Day for Trails 2015: A Success!

Posted 03/31/15 by Katie Harris in Trail Use, America's Trails

Hike 18 Bridges Opening Day for Trails 2015 event in Spokane, Wash. | Photo by Rich Landers

Walkers, runners, birdwatchers, bicyclists, horseback riders, nature lovers, history buffs…more than 17,000 people turned out across America this Saturday for Opening Day for Trails! Wow!

Do you want to know the reason why this year’s Opening Day went so well? First, our partners across the country hosted fantastic events that engaged their communities and introduced local residents to their trails. Secondly, we worked with remarkable sponsors, including REI, Fuji Bikes, Yakima Racks, Camelbak and Clif Bar, who supported us at every step in the road.

Layla Stark of Alexandria, Va., at Cameron Station Linear Park on Opening Day 2015 | Photo by Laura Stark

But what was the most integral element to the success of Opening Day? YOU, of course.

You fixed your bike up weeks in advance, packed up your kids, braved the elements and joined the celebration. And we can’t thank you enough! You showed how much Americans value their trails and how vital trails are to communities from coast to coast.

So, with the power vested in me, I officially deem this year’s Opening Day for Trails a gigantic success.

By the way, it’s not too late to share your Opening Day photos!

Be sure to post them to Instagram using the hashtag #RTCOpeningDay.

And while you’re at it, be sure to check out all the fun people had this year in Storify, below.

See you on the trail!

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