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Save the date -- Raccoon River Valley Trail Association banquet is Feb. 24

The banquet, to be held again at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel, is like a family reunion of trail users from across Iowa. It also is the one fundraiser each year for the non-profit group that does all the marketing and promotion of our west central Iowa trail. This year's banquet -- the 11th annual -- will as always feature a great meal, a speaker or entertainment, and opportunities to support the organization that has made the RRVT one of the best-known recreational trails in America.

WOW! A $366,000 grant means "Connector" construction can start!

The State Recreational Trails Grant, announced Tuesday, Oct. 10, by the Iowa Department of Transportation, brings the total raised to about $2 million for the 9-mile trail that will link the Raccoon River Valley Trail (in Perry) to the High Trestle Trail (in Woodward). It will allow the construction of the first 1.5 miles of the route in the 2018 season. This will eventually connect two of the most popular rec trails in the nation.

Celebrating 87th birthday with an 87-mile bike ride!

Bob Peterson, of Marshalltown, is an amazing bicyclist who is turning 87 years old. For his last 15 birthdays, he has celebrated by "riding his age" in miles. on "Bob's Birthday Bike Ride." The last 4 or 5 years, those have been on our Raccoon River Valley Trail. This Saturday, Sept. 30, he's leading another big group of friends on a birthday ride on the RRVT. Some will ride 87, some less. And you're all invited to ride along. Lunch & cake are at about noon at ToJo's in Jamaica!

RRVT featured in Rails To Trails Conservancy's national publications

Des Moines writer Betsy Rubiner and photographer Rachel Mummey have collaborated on an outstanding, 6-page cover story about the Raccoon River Valley Trail that is on the national trail advocacy organization's website and in its fall-edition magazine. We tell you about the story here and give you links to read it online.