HARTA ride will showcase city’s trail system

Chris Bucher (left), from Trailhouse Village Bicycles in Winona Lake, and Jim Lewis, HARTA president, display the bicycle that will be provided to the winner of the adult division. Walmart is donating a $50 gift card to the winner of the youth/children division that can be used for a bicycle purchase.
Chris Bucher (left), from Trailhouse Village Bicycles in Winona Lake, and Jim Lewis, HARTA president, display the bicycle that will be provided to the winner of the adult division. Walmart is donating a $50 gift card to the winner of the youth/children division that can be used for a bicycle purchase. Photo provided.

Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association will host its third annual Heritage Days Bicycle Poker Ride on Sunday, June 18, at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and is open to all ages.

There will be two divisions, one for child-ren/youth and one for adults. This event is free, but bicycle helmets are required.

The ride starts and stops at the historic train depot, Schenkel Station, and is intended to promote the growing trail system. The ride will be a slow paced 6.5-mile ride on the completed sections of the trails and lightly-traveled city streets, with stops at five of Huntington’s city parks.

At each park the riders will draw a card that will be recorded on their scorecard. Upon the return to Schenkel Station, each participant’s scorecard will be tallied and prizes will be awarded in each division.

The award ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Schenkel Station. There will be a 50/50 fund-raiser, along with water and Gatorade for purchase.

Funds raised will help pave the way for more trail development within the community. Visit www.harta-gotrails.org/events/3rd-annual-heritage-days-bicycle-poker-ride/ for more information.