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Tour de PATH set for Oct. 12; registration now available

Oct. 07, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

HUNTINGTON — Registra­tion is now open for the annual Tour de PATH that takes place at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at Heri­tage Station.

All guided bicycle rides leave the Station at 1 p.m.

Folks can register for a variety of guided family-friendly bicycle rides on the PATH.

Those rides include a four-mile downtown riverfront route.

There’s a seven-mile tour that takes folks to the West Hunting­ton portion of the PATH as well as the new Harveytown connector that connects Harveytown Park with the west end of Ritter Park.

A 10-mile loop ride takes folks east to the PATH portions in Highlawn neighborhood as well as Guyandotte.

And a full Tour de Path 20­mile ride takes folks on a circular ride of all the new portions of the PATH, both designated trails (such as the Guyandotte to Altizer trail and the Harveytown con­nector) in addition to new Share The Road PATH routes such as the 4th Avenue strip that takes folks behind the new neighbor­hood playground and Marshall University soccer stadium.

Advance registration for all of
those rides is $10 for individuals and $25 for families. (Includes two adults, two children. Please contact organizers about add­ing $5 for up to four additional children or about group rates for Scouts, Civic or church youth groups or seniors. Group rate not available for online registration. Contact path@njrati.org.) That Saturday, registration will be $15 and $30. All proceeds go toward public awareness of the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH), through map creation, development and distribution.

Bicycle maintenance workshop begins after the ride. Folks who register will also receive a gift bag that includes the October issue of Bicycle Times magazine, a down­town shopping coupon booklet and info on local bike efforts including the Marshall University Eco-Cycle Program, the Rotary Park Bike Bash, Critical Mass and other bicycling groups.

Before the event, the Hunting­ton Police Department bicycle police will offer a “Rules of the Road” presentation, teaching safe cycling practices to participants.

St. Mary’s Transportation Inju­ry Prevention and Safety (TIPS) program will offer free children’s bicycle helmets and safety informa­tion. The Ice Cream Trike will sell ice cream and other frozen treats,
and the city of Huntington will be selling bike license plates, so par­ticipants can register their bikes.

Folks wanting to register online can do so at https://www.bikereg. com/Net/21329 or you can also register in person at Jeff’s Bike Shop, 740 6th Ave. Jeff’s is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

You can also print and mail a form from www.paulambrose­trail.org.

The Paul Ambrose Trail for Health is a growing bicycle and pedestrian trail system provid­ing free, healthy recreational opportunities. Through grants, fundraising, sponsorships and individual contributions, more than $2.5 million has been raised to support the construction and maintenance of the PATH.

PATH is named after Dr. Paul Ambrose, who was a promising young physician whose life end­ed Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. Dr. Ambrose focused his medical career on family health and using preven­tative medicine to fight obesity, and the trail system is a way to continue his medical legacy and impact the health of Huntington.

Find out more info at www. paulambrosetrail.org.

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