The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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June 5, 2014

‘Tour of Mercer County’ bicycle ride June 14

MERCER COUNTY — The Mercer County Trails Association and Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant is hosting the 4th annual “Tour of Mercer County” bicycle tour June 14. The event is an effort to raise funds, promote the area and provide a fun day of recreation for both the casual and serious bicyclists.

“Tour of Mercer County” begins rain or shine at Quaker Steak & Lube in downtown Sharon between 7 and 10 a.m. and offers routes of 15, 35, 65 and 100 miles. The full service tour features rural countryside, Amish farms, panoramic views of area lakes, and includes a hot meal for the century riders at Goddard State Park.

The “Tour of Mercer County” ride will also raise the funds needed to continue working on a trail system of multi-use recreational trails throughout Mercer County and assist the organization in purchasing trail right-of-ways throughout the county.

“The funds raised will be well spent on trail work throughout the county,” Mike Kotyk, Mercer County Trails treasurer, said,  “as we continue with our efforts to head west to connect with the Ohio Trail System, east to connect with the Pittsburgh-to-Erie Trail and locally as we work from Greenville to Jamestown and Sharpsville north and south into Sharon, West Middlesex and the New Castle area.”

Completion of the Trout Island Trail paving project is scheduled for later this summer and work in and around Riverside Park in Greenville is slated to begin this year.

Day-of-event registration is between 7 and 10 a.m. and costs $25. All riders must have a helmet. If you are unable to participate in the event, you can still support the Trails efforts by sending your donation to: MCTA P.O. Box 1553 Hermitage, PA  16148.  

Mercer County Trails Association is a 501(c3) nonprofit organization. Info: Mike Kotyk 724-301-6993 or  www.mctrails.org

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