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Fifth Annual Pedal for Preservation Raises Funds to Protect the State’s Natural Resources

On Saturday, June 18, cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to hit the trail and help raise money to preserve and protect New Jersey’s land and water resources. Pedal for Preservation, hosted by the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, is the state’s premier rail-trail ride. An off-road biking experience on a relatively flat tree-canopied trail, it’s ideal for both avid cyclists and casual riders to explore in a 30-mile, 20-mile, or 7-mile course. Participants are urged to ask friends and family to sponsor their ride, with all proceeds benefiting the Land Conservancy of New Jersey's efforts to preserve and protect vital land and water resources and conserve open space throughout New Jersey.

The route along the Columbia Trail traverses forest, farms, and parkland alongside the South Branch of the Raritan River and through small towns in Morris and Hunterdon counties. The trail surface is natural dirt and crushed stone. There are also hike/walk options for non-cyclists. Breakfast and well-stocked rest stops will be provided as well as lunch and live music at the Finish Festival. Rides begin and end at West Morris Central High School, 259 Bartley Road, Chester.

For more information and to register, visit Tlc-nj.org/ride or contact Rhonda VanAntwerp of the Land Conservancy of New Jersey at 973-541-1010 x24.

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