By Claire Sadler, Director of Trails & Conservation
If you are a D&L supporter, you have probably heard mention of the Get Your Tail on the Trail program at least once. Did you know it’s free? Want to earn trail-related prizes while staying healthy? Are you registered on tailonthetrail.org?
Get Your Tail on the Trail is a free community-based health program created in partnership by D&L and St. Luke’s University Health Network in 2013. The program aims to help people of all ages and abilities to meet their personal fitness goals and experience the value of local trails, like the D&L Trail, through day-to-day challenges, public events, and motivating incentives.
This May will complete 5 full years of programming for Get Your Tail on the Trail and we’re celebrating our nationally-recognized program in big ways all year long! In addition to the 30/30 Winter Challenge and the 165 Mile Challenge both held annually, we are adding a Move More in April Challenge this year and holding some big events.
- From April 1 to April 30, we challenge program participants to complete 30 miles of exercise – walking, running, biking, hiking, rollerblading, paddling, etc. – and log their miles on the online Trail Tracker. Maybe you love long bike rides and 30 miles is not enough of a challenge; set a higher personal goal!
- On April 7, 2018, starting at 9:30 a.m., Tail on the Trail and D&L Trail Towns will team up with Northern Lehigh Recreation and Lehigh Gap Nature Center for a special event at the D&L Trailhead in Slatington to kick off the trail season on Opening Day for Trails! See the trailhead improvements Slatington is making to become a D&L Trail Town, enjoy promotions from local businesses, and take a bike ride to Lehigh Gap Nature Center for a short environmental program before biking back (4 miles roundtrip). D&L has a limited supply of bikes available for loan. Please RSVP to the Facebook event (LINK) and request a bike ahead of time.
- Stay tuned for more updates on a May 5th special event to continue celebrating the fifth Anniversary of Tail on the Trail at the start of 165 Mile Challenge!
We hope you sign up to log your exercise miles, attend free events, earn yourself some trail gear, find new trail sections to explore, and join thousands of other folks building a culture of health using local trails, like the D&L Trail, for preventive medicine. Help us reach our goal of 5,000 active participants logging miles during this 5th Anniversary year!