News Release 118

Applications for annual Katy Trail Ride now available; sign up to ride or volunteer

Volume 38-118 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751-6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 15, 2010 -- Applications are now available for bicyclists who would like to participate in Katy Trail Ride 2010, a ride on the nation's longest developed rail trail. This year's ride will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Katy Trail and the 10th anniversary of the weeklong bicycle ride, which will take place June 21-25 on Katy Trail State Park across Missouri.  

This scenic bicycle ride will go 225 miles from St. Charles to Clinton. Katy Trail Ride 2010 will allow bicyclists to experience the entire Katy Trail State Park, which takes travelers through many of Missouri's rural communities, along open fields and between the Missouri River and its bordering bluffs. Daily mileage ranges from 38 to 54 miles. Stops will include Marthasville, Mokane, Rocheport and Sedalia.

The ride is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri State Parks Foundation. Edward Jones is the title sponsor of the Katy Trail State Park 20th anniversary events, including Katy Trail Ride 2010.

Participation is limited to 300 people and the deadline for registration is May 15. The registration fee includes breakfast and dinner daily, outdoor camping spaces each night, portable hot showers, gear shuttle, support stops, and a Katy Trail Ride t-shirt and water bottle. Evening activities and daily trivia questions will highlight this five-day ride.

Transportation between Clinton and St. Charles on June 20 or June 25 will be available along with roundtrip transportation from Columbia to St. Charles on June 20 and Clinton to Columbia on June 25 for an additional fee. Day trips are available for bicyclists who would like to participate in this ride but do not have five days to spare.

The Katy Trail Ride takes 300 bicyclists through the many rural communities that border the trail, boosting the local economy. Riders purchase their lunch in a different community each day and some choose to stay in local hotels or bed and breakfasts rather than camp. Organizers also pay local establishments or organizations to provide breakfast and dinner daily to the participants and volunteers. Many businesses have developed in these small, rural communities since the trail was established and they rely on trail users for a big part of their business’ success.

For anyone who would like to help out with the ride, organizers are looking for friendly volunteers to load or drive the luggage truck, load bicycles, assist participants at the registration and information booths and support stops, and serve as ride sweeps. Volunteer information and applications are available at katytrailstatepark.com.  

For more information about the ride or for an application, call the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or visit the Web at katytrailstatepark.com.

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