For people who live in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.,
the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail is a part of everyday life.
A commuter trail and popular place for recreation, this 45-mile
rail-trail runs through densely populated urban and suburban communities as
well as through rural areas, serving the populations of Purcellville, Leesburg,
Ashburn, Herndon, Reston, Vienna, Falls Church, Shirlington and Arlington.
And the people of these communities are always keen to show
they appreciate this valuable public resource. Later this year, the W&OD
will be the guest of honor at the second annual Dominion Trail Mix, a great community party hosted by the good folks at the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
To be held Saturday, October 20, the centerpiece of Dominion
Trail Mix is "Hail the Trail," one of the largest volunteer clean-up events in
For those looking to raise a sweat, The Great Skedaddle, a
non-competitive event that combines biking, running and walking along the
W&OD Trail, begins at 10:30 a.m. It is a 5K race for runners, joggers and
walkers, or a 5/10 mile race for bikers.
New this year, the Living Well Expo will feature numerous
exhibitors and activities encouraging people to lead healthy and active
lifestyles. The day concludes with Trailfest, a family themed festival with
food, fun and music from national performing artists.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Northern Virginia
Regional Park Authority Foundation and the Nature Nuts Program, which aims to
give thousands of children a meaningful outdoor experience. The 2011 event
successfully raised $20,000 for the Nature Nuts Program.
For more information about the event, or to register for The
Great Skedaddle, visit www.dominiontrailmix.com.
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