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Pedal to Preserve the Best of New Jersey on National Trails Day

Mar 31, 2015 03:37PM

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey (TLC-NJ) invites you to discover the scenic Columbia Trail on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, in its Pedal for Preservation fundraising event.  Now in its fourth year, Pedal for Preservation is suitable for families, recreational riders, and avid cyclists alike.  New this year is a guided hike for non-cyclists.

Enjoy flat, off-road routes of 7, 20, or 30 miles on preserved land through forest, farms, and parkland alongside the South Branch of the Raritan River. The ride passes through picturesque small towns in rural Morris and Hunterdon counties. Staggered starts on the day of the event—riders will start and finish at West Morris Central High School, 259 Bartley Road, Chester—begin at 8:30am. The Finish Festival runs from 11am to 1pm, where lunch and entertainment will greet you at the finish line.

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is a nonprofit member-supported organization dedicated to preserving and protecting New Jersey’s vital natural lands and drinking water resources.  “This family-friendly ride is a great way for cyclists of all biking abilities to connect with the outdoors,” says Conservancy president David Epstein. “The day will feature good food, a great ride, and fun for everyone. Best of all, riders will be pedaling to preserve the best of New Jersey—the beautiful natural lands that are so special to us all!” All proceeds from Pedal for Preservation will benefit TLC-NJ’s land preservation work.

Registration for the event is now open. Sign up by 3/31/15 and take advantage of an early registration discount. Participants are encouraged to ask friends and family to sponsor their ride. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

To register online or to learn more, visit or contact Rhonda at 973-541-1010, ext. 24.

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