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Cast your votes to put the RRVT in Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame!

Our Raccoon River Valley Trail is one of five trails being considered for inclusion in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's "hall." Dallas County Conservation director Mike Wallace says it's an honor for the RRVT to be considered, which again marks our trail as one of the nation's best. You can get the details about voting in this story. Vote as often as you want, but it must be done during this week of July 9-13!

Heroes of that very hot "BACooN RIDE"? The Boy Scouts!

The scouts and leaders of Troop 182, of Ankeny, put in a loooooong day in very hot weather on Saturday, June 16, on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. At 47 intersections, they served as crossing guards, helping get 2,700 or more bicyclists safely through vehicular traffic. Plus they provided first aid, water, Gatorade and other care. BACooN RIDE organizers were so grateful afterward, they wrote a check for $11,750 to the scout troop, that'll pay for most of them to go to summer camp.

Life on our trail: Bull ride Friday night, BACooN RIDE on Saturday!

The Raccoon River Valley Trail this weekend demonstrates that it really is a "multi-purpose" recreational trail. Friday night, Perry IA city administrator attempts to ride a bull in the rodeo arena in the trail town of Adel, taking pledges in support of our "connector" trail project. Also that night, festivities at Waukee's Centennial Park with the party band "Pie in the Sky" will prepare everybody for Saturday's "BACooN RIDE 5," which will put several thousand riders on the RRVT loop!

The 10th "Tour The Raccoon" rolls this weekend on RRVT

The public ride, sponsored by the Des Moines Cycle Club, uses the full length of the Raccoon River Valley Trail. On Saturday, the riders start in Waukee and use our "south loop" to pedal to Jefferson. After camping at the Trailhead Campground in Jefferson, riders will return to Waukee on Sunday via the "north loop." And for the first time, there will be an optional "gravel route," with a guide, that will also go through all the RRVT towns.