News Release 207

MEDIA ADVISORY: 11th Annual Katy Trail Ride Coming June 20-24

Volume 39-207 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 21, 2011 – Approximately 300 bicyclists began a 225-mile journey from Clinton to St. Charles on Katy Trail State Park yesterday. Hosting the five-day tour is Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation.

The Katy Trail Ride has taken an annual event since 2001, and has achieved national and international acclaim. The ride takes bicyclists along the scenic Missouri River and through the historic towns that developed along the river and the railroad. Along the way, riders can experience rural Missouri and frequent businesses in the communities along the trail. Past rides have generated more than $130,000 annually for Missouri’s economy.

Camping stops along the ride change from year to year. For the 2011 Katy Trail Ride, overnight locations will be in the towns of Sedalia, Boonville, Jefferson City and Marthasville. For the first time, ride participants will have the opportunity to take the newly opened Pat Jones Pedestrian Bicycle Lane across the Missouri River Bridge into Jefferson City. Riders will cross the bridge on Wednesday, June 22 on their way to Memorial Park in Jefferson City. The bicyclists will end their trip in St. Charles on June 24.

Ride participants range in age from seven to 82 and come from 26 states. Friends and families of the riders can follow the ride’s progress online. Photographs and highlights of each day’s ride will be available daily at katytrailstatepark.com.

Attached is an itinerary of the event. For more information, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on Katy Trail State Park, visit the web at katytrailstatepark.com.

Itinerary

Sunday, June 19
Riders' met at 7 p.m. at the Benson Center in Clinton

Monday, June 20
Departed at 7:30 a.m. from Clinton
Arrived at Liberty Park in Sedalia between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Had dinner between 6 - 7 p.m.
Riders' meeting at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 21
Departed at 7:30 a.m. from Sedalia
Arrived at Kemper Park in Boonville between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Dinner from 6 - 7 p.m. in the community of Boonville
Riders' meeting at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22
Depart at 7:30 a.m. from Boonville
Arrive at Memorial Park in Jefferson City between noon and 5 p.m.
Dinner from 6 -7 p.m.
Riders' meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 23
Depart by 7:30 a.m. from Jefferson City
Arrive at the Marthasville Community Club between noon and 5 p.m.
Dinner from 6 -7 p.m.
Riders' meeting at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 24
Depart by 7:30 a.m. from Marthasville
Arrive at Frontier Park in St. Charles between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The media can stop by any of the towns along the way. For more information about the event at each stop, contact David Kelly, Missouri State Parks’ coordinator for the tour. Kelly will be traveling with the group and will be available at each stop.

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