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Community gets active with bike path celebration

PABLO – A persistent cold rain didn’t stop a few hundred community members from the Mission Valley to participate during the third annual bike path celebration on May 7. The event was held along the stretch of the pedestrian pathway along Hwy 93, between Ronan and Polson.

Along the way, several checkpoints were placed every few miles for participants to take a break, grab a snack, and receive their checkpoint stamp. Each checkpoint was stocked with a limited supply of prizes to giveaway, such as small backpacks, and checkpoint passports. Those who obtained three stamps were entitled to a free “Made in Montana” lunch at the Joe McDonald Fitness and Health Center in Pablo the same day. 

Bike safety courses were offered throughout the day at the fitness center, also with recycling information and garden seeds, as the event coincided with the community earth day celebration.

Approximately nine business, along with community members, donated used bicycles so that those without a bike would be able to participate. 

Gary Dullinger, who rode with his granddaughter Melanie Adams, utilizes the bike path often.

“We ride all the time together,” Dullinger said, “It’s a great way to spend time with her.”

Volunteer Fawn Cain says this event is a great opportunity for families to spend time together outdoors, and to also get active.

Participants cycled, walked, or pushed their children in strollers along the path.

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