Are You Good to GOAT (Get Out And Trail)?

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Are you looking for something fun and active to do outdoors either by yourself or with your friends and family? Be sure to take part in the Quad Cities Get Out And Trail (GOAT) Ride, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., May 13.

The Annual QC Trail Ride is a free event, open to the public and hosted by the Quad Cities Parks and Recreation Departments. The event takes place across all the local trails connecting from Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Moline. Participants are allowed to start at any point of the trails. There are more than 25 rest stops throughout the trail and each will have its own vendor.

The rest stops will be sponsored by local businesses and the parks departments. Each rest stop will offer free refreshments, as well as information on its sponsor business and the trails. Some of the businesses participating in the event will be Gander Mountain, Quad City Bicycle Club, and Next Level Fitness, just to name a few.

This is the event’s fifth year. It was originally called the Loop Ride, and the premise of the event is to encourage families and friends to get outdoors and be active by using local trails in the Quad City area. The local parks departments wanted to create an event in which they could all participate.

There will be signs ahead of every rest stop to let people know one is coming up. Cyclists must ride single file on the right side of the trail and pass on the left. All dogs must be leashed and under control. There should be no more than two people riding next to each other, and individuals are encouraged not to stand on the path and visit. Minors under age 12 must be accompanied by parents or guardians.

Ryan Merritt, Davenport Parks and Recreation Community Relations Supervisor, has participated in the event. “I enjoy it very much,” said Ryan. “I like seeing people active on the trails — walking, riding bikes, and running. The rest stops will be placed strategically so that way, people would not have to travel far to reach the next one.”

This year, participants will now have the option to take a survey on their smartphone and give feedback on the event. The Parks Departments are doing this so they can track how many people participated and also, to see how they can improve the event in years to come.

The event is sure to be popular so make sure you Get Out And Trail with your friends and family on May 13, to help support the Quad Cities Parks and Recreation Departments.

Author: Kevin Walker

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