Many bicyclists are asking if STOMP (the Summit Tour of the Metro Parks) is happening this year, and the short answer is no. But the good folks at the Metro Parks Serving Summit County (www.summitmetroparks.org) have organized a new event this year that they hope will appeal to more bicyclists all summer long -- the Summer Biking Spree!
Cyclists of all ages can enjoy the inaugural Summer Biking Spree on July 1 through August 31. Earn rewards by riding at least five sections of the multipurpose trails managed by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County: The 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail, 22.4 miles of the Towpath Trail and the new 4.2-mile Freedom Trail.
Riders can earn a reflective sticker and bicycle license plate, or the sticker and a vehicle-window cling. *Out-of-county residents pay $5 to receive their rewards.
One lucky participant – drawn at random from submitted forms (due by 10/15) – will win a new Raleigh bicycle from Century Cycles in a drawing to be held on October 16. The number of completed forms will determine the odds of winning.
You can get a spree headstart at a free kickoff event on Sunday, June 30, from 12 to 3 p.m.! Ride the Towpath Trail into Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron (or park in the adjacent deck) for live music, vendor displays and mascot appearances. Buy lunch and a spree T-shirt (while supplies last) for just $10!