News Release 351

Media Advisory: 10th Anniversary Katy Trail Ride coming June 21-25

Volume 38-351 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751-6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 17, 2010 – On Monday, June 21, approximately 350 bicyclists will begin a 225-mile journey from St. Charles to Clinton on Katy Trail State Park. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Katy Trail is the theme for the tenth annual five-day bicycle ride. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri State Parks Foundation are hosting the tour.  Edward Jones is the official sponsor of the ride.

The Katy Trail Ride has taken place every year since 2001, and has achieved national and international acclaim. The ride takes bicyclists along the scenic Missouri River and through the historic towns that developed along the river and the railroad. Along the way, riders can experience rural Missouri and frequent businesses in the communities along the trail. Last year’s ride generated more than $130,000 for Missouri’s economy. Camping stops along the ride change from year to year. For the 2010 Katy Trail Ride, overnight locations will be in the towns of Marthasville, Mokane, Rocheport and Sedalia.  Bicyclists will end their trip in Clinton on June 25.

Ride participants range in age from six to 81 and come from 30 states. Friends and families of the riders can follow the ride’s progress online. Photographs and highlights of each day’s ride will be available daily through the Department of Natural Resources’ website at katytrailstatepark.com.

Attached is an itinerary of the event. For more information, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on Katy Trail State Park, visit the web at katytrailstatepark.com.

Itinerary

Sunday, June 20            
Riders’ meeting at 7 p.m. at Frontier Park in St. Charles

Monday, June 21
Depart at 7:30 a.m. from St. Charles
Arrive between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Marthasville
Dinner 6-7 p.m. at Marthasville Community Center  
Riders’ meeting at 7 p.m.
Entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 22           
Depart at 7:30 a.m. from Marthasville
Arrive between noon and 5 p.m. in Mokane
Dinner 6-7 p.m. at the South Callaway R-II Elementary School
Riders’ meeting at 7 p.m.
Entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 23     
Depart at 7:30 a.m. from Mokane
Arrive between noon and 5 p.m. at Rocheport
Dinner 5-7:30 p.m. at Les Bourgeois Bistro
Riders’ meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment at 8 p.m.                                   

Thursday, June 24         
Depart by 7:30 a.m. from Rocheport
Arrive between noon and 5 p.m. at Sedalia
Dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Liberty Park
Riders’ meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25  
Depart by 7:30 a.m. from Sedalia
Arrive between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Benson Center in Clinton

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EDITOR’S NOTE:      The media can stop by any of the towns along the way. For more information about the event at each stop, contact Connie Schmidt, the Department of Natural Resources’ coordinator for the tour. Schmidt will be traveling with the group and will be available at each stop.