August 24, 2009 – The title is correct the “End of the Trail” building is in sight. After eleven years and soon to be twelve years of planning, design, funding and construction the River Mountains Loop Trail will be complete. All 34.5 +/- miles of it. The partnership has established a committee to plan the “End of The Trail” event. We want to share the trail experience with everyone in Las Vegas; in Nevada; and in the good ole’ USA….so we are planning a party on the trail. There will be trail rides, hikes, walks, bike rides, runs, crawls, jogs, marathons, bady buggie walks, 5-k & 10-k events, trail booths, speeches, awards, entertainment, food and drink etc. etc.
WHEN: We are planning around October 9th, 2010 – (13-months & 2-weeks from now.)Why so far out? First we have to allow enough time to finish the last section of trail; secondly it will take some time to pull all the VIP’s together, and arrange enough sponsors. Thirdly, we have decided to hold the event in partnership with Henderson’s Annual celebration of National Trails Day in 2010.
TIME: TBD …some events like a full 34.5-mile bike ride will start early; other events will have staggered start times depending on length and distance; the exhibits, booth and food service will most like start mid-morning and remain open until speeches and awards are concluded around 1:00 p.m. when the party really starts….
IS THIS THE END OF THE TRAIL FOR THE TRAIL PARTNERSHIP? No..No… there is still much to do. The partner agencies already have enhancement and safety projects in planning to make the trail a safer outing plus enhance the educational experience. We are also looking for additional connectivity opportunities and have had discussions about possibly developing secondary trails.
“End of The Trail” Logo– The world famous sculpture done by James Earle Frasier for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco,Ca. has many meaning to very one who observes it. It turns out that Frasier did not have an interpretation of his own. I’ve choosen the famous statue to represent the long trail we have come as a partnership and the humble experience we have all shared to see it through to completion. What does the statue mean to you??