Do you Get Your Tail on the Trail? Still Time to Sign Up for Nationally Recognized Health Program’s “165 Challenge”
EASTON (August 4) – Get Your Tail on the Trail is a community-based initiative between the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and St. Luke’s University Health Network, geared to promoting outdoor fitness activities in a family fun environment. The initiative was recently recognized by American Trails, the national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests. Frequent and reluctant D&L Trail users are encouraged to sign up for the “165 Challenge,” to complete 165 miles by November 1. Participants can sign up at www.tailonthetrail.org.
Get Your Tail on the Trail’s culminating event for the season, Fall Frolic Along the Towpath, will be held on the Walnutport Canal (Lehigh St. Walnutport, PA 18088) on October 17 from 10 am to 12 pm. Participants are encouraged to attend and celebrate their summer fitness accomplishments by running the Walnutport 6K Towpath Trot or learning creative ways to improve their health, identify colorful leaves along the trail, the history of Walnutport canal and towpath, and more through a variety of activities.
Get Your Tail on the Trail is described as “a fitness club with no monthly charge.” Local trails are open to people of all abilities and are within walking or short driving distance from many communities. TheGet Your Tail on the Trail “Trail Tracker” allows participants to see their progress and provides motivation to get outside.
On July 24, 2015, the D&L and St. Luke’s hosted a reception to celebrate the Get Your Tail on the Trail program’s “National Trails for Health Award” from American Trails at the National Canal Museum in Hugh Moore Park, Easton. American Trails recognized our community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity at the 2015 International Trails Symposium in Portland, Oregon. The 165 miles of scenic D&L Trail that makes up the spine of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor seemed a natural location in which to base a family friendly fitness initiative. Get Your Tail on the Trail was a hit from the get-go. The initial 165-mile challenge was launched in May 2013 with the thinking that 250 participants would mark the program as a success. In the first six months of the program, 2,455 people signed up. They logged 255,392 miles. Further development of the program saw bike and hike outings, school field trips, canal boat rides, health fairs, history walks and more.
Currently, Get Your Tail on the Trail has 5,250 participants who have logged over 1,124,295.62 miles.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserves historic pathways that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia. Today, the D&L Trail connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage.
For more information, please contact:
Research & Development Assistant
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd. Easton, PA
610.923.3548 ex: 224 or gro.hgiheldnaerawalednull@irret