Trails Challenge a way to welcome spring


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The Cincinnati Reds won’t be the only ones celebrating Opening Day this spring.

Green Umbrella’s Tri-State Trails recently announced the region’s first Opening Day on the Trails ChallengeThe event is part of a national kickoff to the spring outdoors season organized by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

The Trails Challenge will continue over a seven-week period overlapping with National Bike Month in May. Tri-State Trails will encourage individuals and families to explore the region’s trails by offering prizes to those who complete the challenge. The challenge will conclude with an award ceremony on National Trails Day, June 4.

Opening Day on the Trails Challenge is fueled by a $25,000 grant from Interact for Health.

“Interact’s vision is to make Cincinnati the healthiest region in the country,” said Megan Folkerth, the organization’s program officer of physical activity environments. “We believe the Opening Day on the Trails Challenge will motivate people to explore our region’s trails and incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.”

The challenge will be the first of three events in Green Umbrella’s 2016 signature outdoor recreation series. Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo will be July 22 at Winton Woods, and Great Outdoor Weekend will be Sept. 24 and 25 at various locations.

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