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Here come 2,700 bacon-eating bicyclists!

That's right -- the 4th annual "BACooN RIDE" happens Saturday on the loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail. For the first time, the route has been reversed, and bicyclists will go counter-clockwise from Waukee. At all the stops, riders expect treats made with bacon -- some of them almost exotic -- and something cold to drink. The ride is sold out. But you're all invited to Friday night's opening party in Waukee, 5 to 11 p.m., featuring the rock band, "Fishheads."

Grants of $90,000 and $10,000 for the "connector" trail

The Wellmark Foundation, based in Des Moines, awards a $90,000 match grant -- and yes that means we have to raise another $90,000 to match it. Plus, major trail boosters Bob & Jane Sturgeon, of Urbandale, contribute $10,000. It's all going toward the proposed, 9-mile, $5-million trail that will connect the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail. About $1.7 million has now been raised for the total project, and trail officials continue to apply for significant grants.

South Dakota Coyotes run wild on Raccoon River Valley Trail

The team of former USD track athletes ran for the first time in a Market to Market Relay Iowa on Saturday, May 13, and they easily claimed the "Open" category championship. Among other category champs were "Women Run Nebraska," "H & B All Stars," "Run Like Hell," and "Pioneer Seed." The 5th annual event drew 2,500 runners from 23 states for the 75-mile relay from Jefferson to Des Moines, and the weather was nearly perfect.

More than 2,500 runners from 23 states on RRVT Saturday!

The Raccoon River Valley Trail's "south loop" of about 61 miles provides most of the route for the 5th annual, 75-mile-long "Market to Market Relay Iowa" this Saturday, May 13. The first wave of runners will leave the courthouse square in Jefferson at 5:45 a.m., and the elite competitors will leave at 9:15 a.m. in the last wave. Finish will be on the Court Avenue bridge in downtown Des Moines between 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Spectators are encouraged all along the route, which has 17 exchange zones.