On Saturday, June 5, National Trails Day kicked off a plethora of trail events in Cleveland. The festivities began Saturday morning at Fullerton Elementary in Slavic Village, where more than 50 children enjoyed the neighborhood Bike-a-Thon. The event included free bike helmets provided by Slavic Village Development and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, as well as bicycle maintenance stations and a supervised cone course to test riding skills. The Cleveland Police Department participated throughout the event and provided a police-escorted bike ride through the streets of the neighborhood. After the ride, the children were treated to a cookout back at the school.
Later in the afternoon, participants in the annual Bike Slavic Village National Trails Day ride were not deterred by ominous skies. Enthusiastic riders, including City Councilmen Tony Brancatelli and Eugene Miller, enjoyed a leisurely ride along the Morgana Run Trail to Mill Creek Falls and then along the Cleveland MetroParks Trail through Garfield Reservation.
Sunday morning brought more than 250 participants to the Third Federal Savings and Loan campus in Slavic Village for the fourth annual Morgana Run 5K race. With participants from toddlers in strollers to seasoned marathoners, the event was a popular draw for people from throughout Cleveland and beyond. Councilman Brancatelli along with Councilman Kevin Kelley were among the folks braving an abnormally cool and breezy June morning to enjoy a great community event. Upon the final finisher crossing the line, the crowd enjoyed perogis, smokies and fruit while awards were given to the winners.
Monday brought a multidisciplinary gathering of more than 200 trail advocates from throughout northeast Ohio. The first annual Greater Cleveland Trails and Greenways Conference was hosted by Southwest General Hospital and the Polaris Career Center. Breakout sessions, dealing with topics ranging from funding, design and working with new partners such as the health care industry, were all popular choices with participants. The conference's final brainstorming session was a spirited discussion about the future of the area's trail movement that highlighted successes and the desire for future gatherings.
Photo: Participants in Sunday's Morgana Run 5K by Eric Oberg/Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Slavic Village residents recently celebrated National Trails Day with a variety of activities....
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