May 17, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Wildflower Ride to Benefit Ozark Greenways

The Polk County Bike Club is hosting the “Wildflower Ride”, a fundraising metric century ride (62 miles, out and back) at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 5, National Trails Day. It will start from the Bolivar trailhead of the Frisco Highline Trail, and turn around at the Willard trailhead. All funds raised will go to the maintenance fund for the Polk County section of the trail, held by the Bolivar chapter of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, to be matched by the Foundation through the end of June!

Ozark Greenways wants to remind everyone to support the expansion of our trail network and on-street bike route system, while enjoying the facilities we already have. The wonderful Frisco Highline Trail has more than 35 miles of trail to explore. It’s a National Recreation Trail, and the second longest Rail-Trail in Missouri. The trail has a spring view of the wildflowers in full bloom at beautiful La Petite Gem Prairie (mile marker 32), one of the few native prairies left in all of Missouri! Riders will travel over 16 historic railroad bridges and there will be four rest stop locations. The trail is a crushed limestone surface.  The ride is self-supported (no sag), so cyclists should be prepared to fix their own flats, etc.

We will also have an exciting announcement to make that day! A national honor has just been awarded to a certain trail in Springfield…

REGISTRATION FEE: $25 pre-registration at Active.com, or by mail or $30 day of ride, additional donations are greatly appreciated. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., and ride begins at 8:00 a.m. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

RIDE INFO: Contact Frank Zanaboni at (417) 521-6118, fzanaboni@brpae.com or www.polkcountybikeclub.org .

For more information, contact: Lori Tack, Ozark Greenways – (417) 864-2015

Ozark Greenways–P.O. Box 50733–Springfield, MO 65805–(417) 864-2015–www.ozarkgreenways.org