Get out for National Trails Day
May29

Get out for National Trails Day

For my family, going for a walk is an everyday event. While not everyone has the time to go out and enjoy a little nature walk everyday, June 2 is your excuse to make the time and enjoy your local trails. Northeast Indiana has plentiful, beautiful trails that make your walking, jogging, biking and skating safe and scenic. Thanks to many updates around the region, trails are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs so folks of all abilities can enjoy them. You don’t have to live in Fort Wayne to experience the trails. Almost every county in our region boasts a beautiful contribution to the trail system. So grab a friend or your puppy and start moving towards the trail closest to you!   The Trails Angola Trail Counties: Steuben Length: 4.4 miles Trail end points: Commons Park and E. Wendell Jacob Avenue This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. It is located just miles from the Ohio and Michigan borders and pathways connect Fireman’s Park and Commons Park. The trail is also walking distance from Trine University.    It’s a beautiful day for a morning bike ride. ☀☀☀#rivergreenway #lovingthisindiansummer A post shared by Sarah Sexton (@i.am.sarah.sexton) on Oct 18, 2017 at 8:00am PDT Rivergreenway Counties: Allen Length: 30.1 miles Trail end points: Shoaff Park to Historic Old Fort (Fort Wayne); Historic Old Fort and Moser Park (New Haven); Historic Old Fort to Southtown Centre (Fort Wayne) This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. This impressive, 30-mile trail way runs through Fort Wayne, by the rivers, through downtown and connects residential districts. The Rivergreenway serves as an all inclusive and easily accessible trail for any resident of Allen County.     Blue River Trail Counties: Whitley Length: 2.5 miles Trail end points: S. Main St./US 30 north of E. Hanna St. and Morsches Park This trail allows for biking, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. Blue River Trail helps link parks, businesses and residential areas along the Eel River.     Fairy spot on #Fishinglinetrail. A post shared by Roberta Stone, ASID, RID (@stone.roberta) on Jun 3, 2017 at 8:30am PDT Fishing Line Trail Counties: Noble Length: 1.3 miles Trail end points: E 850 N and E 800 N (Rome City) This trail allows for biking and walking. This is a developing and constantly improving trail in Noble County whose goal is to connect the tight-knit communities in the county.     Heritage Trail Counties: Kosciusko Length: 1.8 miles Trail end points: Winona Avenue and Roy Street This trail allows for biking and walking and is part of a larger system called...

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Fort-4-Fitness Spring Cycle
May13

Fort-4-Fitness Spring Cycle

With cycling close to my heart and as a participant since its induction, I have to let you know about this wonderful, fun, family event.  The Fort-4-Fitness Spring Cycle  event promotes fitness for any fitness level from the casual to the serious cyclist. Two and half years ago on 1/1/2012, I chose to start my ‘get healthy’ journey.  It was quite the struggle but by time the 1st annual Spring Cycle had come along, I had lost over 20 pounds!  I was so excited to hear about Fort-4-Fitness’s cycling event that I decided to go out and get a special attachment for my bike so that my 3 year old could ride with my 11 year old and me.  We biked from our home through downtown to the event and then rode on the family 3 mile tour through downtown Fort Wayne.  It was so exhilarating and afterwards the weather was warm enough that my kids played at the Headwaters splash pad.  At the end of the day we still had the long ride back home again.  It was a long, exciting day! During the event, my kids and I met Johnny Tincap, had pictures taken, saw some awesome places downtown that we revisited,  and received T-shirts and a sling bag that had some awesome treats for us after our ride was over.  Our picture ended up in the newspaper the next day and we were on almost every page of the flyer for the next year! The following year we had to do the Spring Cycle again!  This time it was bigger, better and had lots more!  On top of everything we were able to do the first year, there were vendors, food trucks, the Barr Street Market and LOTS more people! Because of events like this in the Summit City, I have been able to lose an additional 37 pounds and have been able to keep it off!  I am healthier and better because of it! So come on down and either start your journey or continue your journey!  Just enjoy a wonderful day’s worth of activities at the Fort-4-Fitness Spring Cycle event on May 17, 2014!  Take one of the tours (18, 33 or 43 , miles) or come on down with the family for the free ‘Kickstart...

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Natril Gear is Blazing Trails for the Biking Community
Apr10

Natril Gear is Blazing Trails for the Biking Community

Article written by guest blogger, Clark Trexler.  Fort Wayne based Natril Gear empowers and inspires, because the world is waiting. Everyone aspires to incorporate passion into their lives.  Our passions may become hobbies or pastimes, spare moments in which they empower ourselves through invigorating pursuit.  Some are lucky enough to find a way to incorporate their passion into their work, but some are even luckier to have the opportunity to share their passion with others, empowering people in their own pursuits. Nathan and April Reinhard are two such people.  Their Fort Wayne based company, Natril Gear, was founded in the aftermath of their “epic adventure,” a 4,641 mile, 100-day bicycle ride across the United States.  To properly prepare for their journey, in a moment of inspiration and necessity, Nathan and April made their first luggers — brightly colored saddlebags for their bicycles, combining visibility, functionality and personality. And just as their adventure across the country was a success, so was their inspired creation, the luggers, named by the community in Fort Wayne.  After constant inquiries from those April and Nathan met throughout their journey, the Reinhards combined their names, Nathan and April became Natril, and they set about creating Natril Gear. Now they empower others to pursue their own adventures, all while focusing on going about business the right way.  All of Natril’s products are made with responsibly sourced materials, all of which fall into at least one of the following three categories:  upcycled, environmentally friendly, made in the USA.   Their dedication to a better world goes one step further, using strictly responsibly-sourced labor. Now, April and Nathan’s efforts have seen their passion spread to others, inspired by their work and empowered by their product — all while doing things the right way, all while staying involved right here, at home, in Fort Wayne.  Learn more about April and Nathan, and Natril Gear, at...

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