Third Annual Happy Trails Event Adds Bike Safety Clinic

DSC_0008The third annual Happy Trails event will be held at Telulah Park on Sunday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to Noon.  This year, Fox Cities Greenways is adding rowing demonstrations, a bike safety rodeo and free helmet giveaway to annual bike/run event.

Happy Trails was initiated in 2011 showcase Appleton’s riverfront trail system and the new water trail portages on the Fox River.  The event includes a 5K run/walk along the riverfront Newberry Trail and a 10-mile bike ride from Telulah Park along the CE trail.  Participants can choose to do one or the other, or both.

Runners resizedDisplays and refreshments will be featured at Telulah Park, along with chances to win prizes from event sponsors.  New this year will be a bike rodeo and youth helmet giveaway.  A limited quantity of free bike helmets will be awarded to kids (ages 5-12) who complete the safety clinic, provided by Neuroscience Group.  Also new will be on-the-water rowing demonstrations by the Fox Valley Rowing Club.

Event organizer and avid runner Gordy McDaniel said, “This event is a great opportunity for people to get some exercise while learning about our existing trail system.”

“The great thing about these trails is that they connect neighborhoods to other places in the community:  parks, Downtown Appleton, riverfront restaurants.  It makes it so much easier to get to where you need to go without having to drive,” he added.

Other features include free refreshments and t-shirts for participants, a face painting station, bicycle-powered smoothie makers, oragami craft station, handcrafted soda by Stone Cellar Brewpub, trail map displays, and prize drawings from Run Away Shoes, Recyclist Bicycle Company, Midwest Sports Events, Neuroscience Group and Eagle Flats.

Proceeds from event registrations support the Fox Cities Greenways, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and preservation of trails.

Registration forms can be found at:

or the day of the event from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m at Telulah Park.  For more information, contact Gordy McDaniel at 920-788-9545.


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