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Monday August 12th, 2013

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The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, a charity dedicated to the completion, maintenance and promotion of the Waterfront Trail, today unveiled a 620km expansion of the signed route across Lake Erie. The existing 780km signed route that provides a marked path along the waterfront from the Quebec border to Niagara-on-the-Lake, will now run to Lakeshore Township just outside of Windsor.

The announcement was made at the Windsor trailhead of the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, an annual seven day end-to-end fully supported cycling tour that attracts Ontario families and tourists from all over North America to explore Ontario’s Great Lakes waterfront.

The Adventure takes participants from end-to-end of the route’s Lake Erie portion, stopping in local communities to explore, shop and sightsee. Participants range from 13 to 74 years of age cycle an average of 60 to 100 km a day.

“We are celebrating the expansion by holding the Adventure for the first time on the Lake Erie portion of the Trail. We sold out two months in advance and have people participating from Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, California, Idaho, Maryland and Ohio,” said Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “This week’s event is just a snap shot of the growing market for mass cycling and running events that are attracted to regions that have this kind of long-distance infrastructure. We are really excited for the potential of a Trail of this length.”

The Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT) is a registered charity that has dedicated the past 20 years to the completion, enhancement and promotion of the 1,400 km Waterfront Trail and Greenway, which connects communities from Quebec to Windsor. Founded by the Hon. David Crombie, the WRT manages a partnership of 68 communities, conservation authorities, NGOs and community groups who share a vision for a connected, accessible, revitalized waterfront. In 2008, the WRT and its partners launched the Annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure. For more information about the Waterfront Trail and about the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, visit www.waterfronttrail.org.

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