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Trek the Trails community bike rides to add food to the mix

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Bike Challenge

Mayor Tom Henry is encouraging local residents to take part in the Fort Wayne Bike Challenge to see if they can pedal more miles than other local riders. The Bike Challenge is this month to celebrate National Bike Month.

To take part, go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org and enter your ZIP code. Local organizers will monitor results, and all miles entered for the month of May will count toward the final challenge. The National Bike Challenge runs through September, but the Fort Wayne Challenge will run just for the month of May. There is no cost to join.

The Bike Challenge is just one activity taking place during Bike Month. Another key event is Bike to Work Day on May 17. From 6:30-8 a.m., cyclists may stop by Headwaters Park West before heading into work. There, they can enjoy free Starbucks coffee, bagels from the Bagel Station and treats from Pembroke Bakery.

When the work day is done, cyclists can celebrate at Fort Wayne Outfitters and the Bike Depot 5-8 p.m. with food and drinks. People will gather north of the St. Marys River near the historic Wells Street Bridge.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:14 am

The Tuesday night free, guided bike rides known as Trek the Trails will be a little different this year, the fourth season for them.

In addition to 27 rides planned through Oct. 1 on the area’s 70-mile network of trails, food will be available after five of the rides. Consider these “Trail Mixers” as opportunities to meet other trail users while grabbing a bite to eat. This season also will offer a 1- to 2-mile walk on the trail at the same time as the bike ride.

Trek the Trails is jointly planned by the Fort Wayne Greenways Department and Fort Wayne Trails and offers rides at 6 p.m. every Tuesday starting May 7. The rides are 6-8 miles long. Saturday rides are longer for more experienced riders. Walks will be included on each event that includes a Trail Mixer.

Trek the Trails will take bicyclists through all parts of the community — along the Rivergreenway, the Wabash and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Aboite Trails, the Pufferbelly Rail-to-Trail and the Salomon Farm Trail and even to New Haven’s Moser Park. Helmets are strongly encouraged. If there is unsafe weather, such as lightning, the ride or walk will be cancelled.

Tonight’s kickoff Walk, Ride and Dine event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a walk and a ride followed by a Trail Mixer at the Salomon Farm barn with food catered by Don Hall’s Catering. All rides are free but as a fundraiser for the first Trail Mixer a $10 donation to Fort Wayne Trails is suggested.Four additional mixers will be on the second Tuesday of each month, two with a food truck available and one sponsored by the New Haven/Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department.

Each week during the season, participants can enter a drawing to win a Trek FX 7.2 bike from Summit City Bicycles and Fitness. Participants can register for the drawing at each ride they attend and the drawing will be held at the end of the season.

Tuesday trail rides

Here are details on the trail rides, which begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

Today, Salomon Farm Park — meet at the gravel parking lot at 817 W. Dupont Road. 8-mile ride. Trail Mixer and 1-2 mile walk at this event. Food by Don Hall’s Catering.

May 14, Deer Ridge Elementary School — meet in the school parking lot at 1515 S. Scott Road. 6-mile ride

May 21, Rockhill Park trailhead — meet at the trailhead parking lot near 1400 Catalpa St. 9-mile ride

May 28, IPFW — meet in the parking lot on the east side of the St. Joseph River near the new Venderly Family Bridge, near 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. 8-mile ride

June 4, Lawton Park trailhead — meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th Street near 250 E. 4th St. 8-mile ride

June 11, Foster Park trailhead — meet at the trailhead parking lot at the end of the main park drive near Pavilion No. 1 near 3900 Old Mill Road. 9-mile ride. Trail Mixer and 1-2 mile walk at this event. Food available for purchase after the event from Ragin’ Cajun Food Truck

June 18, North River Road trailhead — meet at the North River Road boat launch just west of Kreager Park. near 7300 N. River Road. 8-mile ride

June 25, Johnny Appleseed Park trailhead — meet at the tank on H.W. Baals Drive near Coliseum Boulevard. 8-mile ride

July 2, Rockhill Park trailhead — meet at the trailhead parking lot near 1400 Catalpa St. 8-mile ride

July 9, Indian Trails Park trailhead — meet at the back of Indian Trails Park near the gazebo near 10300 Aboite Center Road. 8-mile ride. Trail Mixer and 1-2 mile walk at this event. Food available for purchase after the event from Affiné Food Truck.

July 16, Swinney Park West trailhead — meet at the parking lot near the old swimming pool in Swinney Park West near 2200 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8-mile ride

July 23, Rockhill Park trailhead — meet at the trailhead parking lot near 1400 Catalpa St. 9-mile ride

July 30, IPFW — meet in the parking lot on the east side of the St. Joseph River near the new Venderly Family Bridge near 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. 8-mile ride

Aug. 6, Deer Ridge Elementary — meet in the school parking lot at 1515 S. Scott Road. 8-mile ride

Aug. 13, Moser Park, New Haven — meet in the trailhead parking lot near the baseball diamonds near 601 W. Main St., New Haven. 8-mile ride. Trail Mixer and 1-2 mile walk at this event. Food provided by New Haven Parks Department.

Aug. 20, Tillman Park — meet it the parking lot near the softball diamonds near 7500 S. Hanna St. 8-mile ride

Aug. 27, Shoaff Park — meet at the parking lot near the Conklin Pavilion on the south side of the park near 6401 St. Joe Road. 8-mile ride

Sept. 3, Lawton Park trailhead — meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th Street near 250 E. 4th St. 8-mile ride

Sept. 10, Rockhill Park trailhead — meet at the trailhead parking lot near 1400 Catalpa St. 9-mile ride. Trail Mixer and 1-2 mile walk at this event. Food available for purchase after the event from Jumby’s Joint Food Truck.

Sept. 17, Indian Trails Park Trailhead — meet at the back of Indian Trails Park near the gazebo near 10300 Aboite Center Road. 8-mile ride

Sept. 24, Swinney Park — meet at the parking lot near the old swimming pool in Swinney Park West near 2200 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8-mile ride

Oct. 1, Foster Park 7:30 p.m., stargazing trail ride — meet at the trailhead parking lot at the end of the main park drive near Pavilion No. 1 near 3900 Old Mill Road. 8-mile ride co-sponsored by the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society

Saturday Trail Rides

For those interested in longer rides, they begin at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month starting in June. The first Saturday ride will be 14 miles, and they gradually will build up to 20 miles in September. These longer trail rides are intended for intermediate bicyclists.

June 8, Lawton Park trailhead — meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th Street near 250 E. 4th St. 14-mile ride

July 13, Indian Trails Park — meet at the back of Indian Trails Park near 10300 Aboite Center Road. 16-mile ride

Aug. 10, Lawton Park trailhead — meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th St. near 250 E. 4th St. 17-mile ride

Sept. 14, North River Road — meet at the North River Road boat launch just west of Kreager Park near 7300 N. River Road. 20-mile ride