Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s fifth annual Opening Day for Trails will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Thousands of people from across the nation will kick off the spring trail season by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, or ride.

Opening Day is expected to bring together more than 20,000 people nationwide for shared hiking, biking and running events, and other outdoor activities, to celebrate treasured trails in their communities. These family-friendly — and often free — events are intended to inspire trail use across the country, and all participants who pledge to take part in any Opening Day activity are eligible to win prizes from event sponsors Fuji Bikes and Performance Bicycle.

“Trails connect people — whether it’s getting together with friends and family on the trail or using trails to get where they want to go,” said Brandi Horton, vice president of communications at RTC. “On Opening Day this year, we expect a record number of participants will bring that spirit to life at events across the country. We will celebrate the appreciation we share for trails and the connections they create in our communities.”

In addition, every Performance Bicycle store nationwide will participate in a special “Great Ride Series” event to celebrate Opening Day. Those interested in participating can find or register events via Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Opening Day website.

Photo courtesy Rails-to-Trails Conservancy