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Fort Wayne Trails plans fundraising race

Statement as issued Thursday:

Fort Wayne, IN (August 30, 2012) - Fort Wayne Trails , the nonprofit organization promoting the use and expansion of Allen County’s trail network, today announced that the 1st Annual Trail Blazer 5K & 10K Fundraising Race will be held at Summit Middle School, located at 4509 Homestead Road on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

This fundraising race is part of Fort Wayne Trails’ Countdown to Connectivity program, in which $5 million in grant funding is waiting to be unlocked. However, to unlock these funds Fort Wayne Trails must raise $1 million by December of 2013. Essentially every $1 given to or raised by Fort Wayne Trails becomes $6. There may never be a better time to donate.

The 2012 Trail Blazer 5K & 10K Fundraising Race is being presented by Lutheran Hospital. "We are pleased to sponsor the Trail Blazer 5K & 10K fundraising race," said Brian Bauer, CEO of Lutheran Hospital. "Contributing to the expansion of our area’s trail network allows us to give back by serving thousands of residents and visitors with a healthier, more active, and more vibrant community. With plans for trail expansion near our campuses, we see the trails as a tremendous opportunity to improve the quality of life in the city we call home, and this is critical to serving our patients and the community at large."

Gold sponsors include the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, Summit Brands, Tower Bank and Indiana Michigan Power. Silver sponsors include Carson Boxberger, and Blazer Backer sponsors include Ash Brokerage, Fort Wayne Printing, and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Sponsorships are still available; contact info@fwtrails.org for more information.

Registration for the race is now open online at www.getmeregistered.com, and full event details are available at http://www.fwtrails.org/events/trail-blazer-5k-10k/. A technical racing shirt will be given to all participants who pre-register by October 5th. Limited quantities of racing shirts will be available to all others at the race.

Event and Registration Details

Registration on the day of the event will be from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Summit Middle School. Both races will start and finish at Summit Middle School and their routes predominately follow the trail system. Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher in each age group and for the overall top three males and females. In addition to the awards, multiple random prize drawings will be held.

All participants must check in at the registration at Summit Middle School to receive their packet and timing chips. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the 10K. Pre-registered participants for both races will receive special items donated by various local businesses, as well as a one-day free pass provided by the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne. Limited quantities will be available to all others on the day of the event.

Adult registration is $25 before October 5th and $35 after the 5th through the day of the event on October 21st. Registration for youth under age 15 is $15 through race day. Participants can register online at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/TrailBlazer5K10K , or by completing an entry form which is available at www.facebook.com/FortWayneTrails or www.fwtrails.org/events/trailblazer.

"Proceeds from the event will be used to continue progress in our Countdown to Connectivity campaign, which will lead to 6.5 new miles of trails in every part of Allen County. In southwest Fort Wayne where the Trailblazer will be held, we’re working to fill in gaps in the trails along Covington and Engle Roads, which will greatly enhance the safety and viability of these corridors. When completed, the Countdown to Connectivity projects will link people to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Glenbrook Square, several schools, parks, and many more retail and residential areas that are currently isolated" said Lori Keys, executive director, Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. "Public and corporate participation in events like this year’s Trail Blazer is vitally important to continuing connections like these and to the future quality of life in Ft. Wayne."

For more information, photos, or interview requests, please contact Lori Keys, Executive Director of Fort Wayne Trails, at lori@fwtrails.org or call (260) 705-7284.

Created in January 2011, Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. is a dynamic, not-for-profit <501 (c) (3)> corporation dedicated to enhancing our vibrant and healthy community through the development of an ever-expanding multi-use trail network. FWT’s inception is the result of merging three area non-profit trails’ initiatives - Aboite New Trails, Greenway Consortium and Northwest Allen Trails. There are currently 68 miles of trails, with plans to extend the trails in every direction from the city’s center to connect communities, attract economic development, and improve overall livability throughout Fort Wayne and Allen County. For information or to donate, please visit www.fwtrails.org.

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