2015 was an exciting year for the Rideau Trail Association and we’re thankful to the newspapers, blogs & radio stations who were following along.
Here are a few articles that help recap the year!
To start, there was a nice 4-page article in HealthWise Ottawa’s Spring 2015 issue.
The Perth Courier featured an article about RTA member Jack Tannett’s solo hike of the Rideau Trail who has been giving talks about his hiking experiences.
The Rideau Trail was even mentioned in a really nice article in the May/June edition (issue 44) of Re:Porter, the in-flight magazine for Porter Airlines.
Can you ride your bicycle along the Rideau Trail? Sort of! One of our members discovered that certain sections on public lands permitted cycling and used those sections for a 2-day bikepacking trip from Kingston to Ottawa and wrote a blog about it for XOVelo.
Can you hike the Rideau Trail for charity? Totally! As featured in the Perth Courier and some other outlets, Nick Nicolas hiked the Rideau Trail in July to raise funds to provide service dogs to veterans who suffer from PTSD. Nick completed the end to end in 10 days and succeeded to raise $12,000. Way to go, Nick!
And yes, we had to reroute a small section of the trail in Ottawa for safety reasons because it was taken over by eye-level high wild parsnip, as reported by CBC and others. Wild parsnip is known to cause chemical burns and blindness. We are monitoring the section but unfortunately, there’s no easy way to manage the plant.
On Halloween weekend, ultramarathon trail runners Noel Paine and Nick Brindisi ran 258km from Kingston to Ottawa, mostly on the Rideau Trail. They also raised $1000 to fight cancer. Huge congrats to Noel & Nick and thanks to Canadian Running magazine for covering their adventure!
In November, we launched a brand new website and some reporters took notice. Our member Jack Tannett gave a great interview on Perth’s Lake88 and the popular blog Apt613 also published a feature about the Rideau Trail.
Finally, as part of its outing schedule, our Central Club planned an end-to-end hike of the 98.7 km Cataraqui Trail that goes from Smiths Falls to Newburgh (not far from Napanee). Thanks to the Smiths Falls Record News for writing about the project once the club completed the distance. Congrats to the Central Club for completing the hike!
Are you a reporter or blogger interested in doing a story on the Rideau Trail or the Rideau Trail Association? We’re happy to speak with you! Drop us a line at email@example.com.
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