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JUNE 2017 - NEWS BREIFS
Bike Fix Stations at Saratoga Battlefield, Albany Libraries and More
STILLWATER – The Friends of Saratoga Battlefield were recently awarded funds from the Town of Stillwater and their Global Foundries-Town of Stillwater Foundation grant program. The park and the Friends group worked together to submit the grant request for bike fix-it stations to be located in the park. With the awarded grant, the Friends purchased and installed two fix-it stations and the park has installed them at the visitor center parking lot and at tour stop 7. These stations will provide support to the growing number of cyclists visiting the park. Stillwater, Global Foundries, NPS and the Friends secured these funds. For more info, visit: nps.gov/sara.
In Albany, three branches of the Albany Public Library have bike fix stations ready for use. Free for the public, the repair stations are located at the Arbor Hill/West Hill, Bach and Delaware branches. Funding for the stations came from the Capital District Transportation Committee’s Capital Coexist program. For details, go to: albanypubliclibraryfoundation.org.
The Fix-It includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. Additional library locations in Voorheesville, Bethlehem also have new bike stations with more being planned at other area locations.
Tri-City Valley Cats 5K June 17 at HVCC
TROY – HMRRC’s Tri-City Valley Cats Father’s Day Home Run 5K will be held Saturday, June 17 at 9am at Bruno Stadium, Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Active.com closes on June 14. There is no day of race registration however, there will be last chance registration on Friday, June 16 from 5-7pm at the stadium. T-shirts are available for the first 275 registered. Each runner also receives four free tickets to any Valley Cats regular season game (excluding July 4) for each runner. Awards go to top three males and females in five-year age groups; top three father/daughter and father/son teams.
The Food Pantries will be collecting donations so bring a canned good or non-perishable food item. A 1/4-mile kids’ race will take place on the field at 10am. For more info, call John Haley at 456-3682 or visit hmrrc.com.
Warren County Cycling Challenge
QUEENSBURY – The Cycling Challenge encourages cyclists of all abilities – beginners through advanced – to enjoy the roads and trails of Warren County experience and ride at their own pace. To qualify, cyclists must complete a minimum of eight of any rides listed in any combination of all road, all mountain bike or a mix of road and mountain bike rides. All ages may apply, but youth should be accompanied and supervised by adults on all rides.
Start date is July 1 and there’s no time limit for completion. It’s free to participate. Dates must be entered on the list of rides, and initialed by an adult who witnessed the ride if a child is under age 18. The qualification sheet must have the qualifying rider’s legal signature and be dated. Completed qualification sheet should be mailed to: Lloyd Mott, 96 Country Club Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804 or bring it to the Warren County Municipal Center, Tourism Office in Lake George. A finisher’s certificate and window decal will be mailed to you. For more info on the challenge, route choices and the qualification sheet, visit: bikewarrenco.org.
Saratoga Battlefield 100-Mile Recreation Challenge
STILLWATER – Friends from the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail and Saratoga National Historical Park have organized a fun challenge for this spring, summer and fall. Saratoga National Historical Park is inviting visitors and community members to participate in a 100-mile recreation challenge this summer. From May 1 to October 31, to encourage people to bike, walk, hike, or run 100 miles within the battlefield. People can sign up by emailing: email@example.com.
Anyone can take part in the challenge, from beginners to advanced hikers and cyclists. Pets are also welcome. To complete the challenge, each participating pet must hike 100 miles in the park with their human companion, following park pet policies. Youth can participate in this challenge too, but every participant must hike or bike the 100 miles under their own power. Miles in a backpack carrier or stroller don’t count. Once registered, the park will provide a mileage log to record your participation. Each participant who completes 100 miles will receive an award. And the first 100 people to finish the challenge will receive a T-shirt. For details and maps, go to: nps.gov/sara.