Fourth Annual Happy Trails Event Adds New Features


Fox River Environmental Education Alliance is happy to share the Happy Trails Event happening along our Fox Riverfront.


The fourth annual Happy Trails event will be held at Telulah Park on Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. This year, the run/walk course will travel across the College Avenue bridge into the Lawrence University area, down South Lawe St. onto the riverfront North Island trail and then return to Telulah Park via the Newberry Trail. The new course was designed to avoid construction on the Newberry Trail near the park.

Fox Cities Greenways is teaming with Lawrence University, Downtown Appleton Inc. and other groups from the Appleton community to help share the story of the Fox River with local trivia placed along the course.

Also new this year will be live music along the route, including Appleton’s Steven Walsh playing the bagpipe. The Appleton Rock Band will provide live music at Telulah Park following the run/walk.

Happy Trails was launched in 2011 to showcase Appleton’s Downtown scenic riverfront trail system and the new water trail portages on the Fox River. The event includes a 6K (3.66 miles) run/walk along the riverfront trails and a 10-mile bike ride from Telulah Park along the CE trail. Participants can choose to do one or the other, or both.

Once again, Happy Trails will feature a kids’ bike rodeo for ages 5-12, kids’ bike helmet giveaway, and rowing demonstrations by the Fox Valley Rowing Club. Displays and refreshments will be featured at Telulah Park, along with chances to win prizes from event sponsors.

Other features include free refreshments and t-shirts for participants, a face painting station, handcrafted soda by Stone Cellar Brewpub, and trail map displays.

Event organizer and avid runner Gordy McDaniel said, “The great thing about these trails is that they connect neighborhoods to other places in the community: Downtown Appleton, Lawrence University, restaurants, parks. It is so much easier to get places without having to drive,” he added.

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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