"Ride the Rock" will not be held this year due to budgetary constraints and an early retirement initiative that has reduced staffing levels at the Forest Preserve District.
However, the Forest Preserve will continue to offer a variety of programs and events throughout the year to meet all interests. For instance, a new program called “Reconnect with Nature Walks”
will be held this year on five Saturdays from May through September. District staff will be present to share information about the trail and preserve. There will be distances for everyone’s pace and fitness level: 1 mile, 2 miles or 3.1 miles (the distance of a 5K). Each event in the series will begin with a fun run at 9 a.m., followed by a walk at 10 a.m.
Also, another new program called “Trail Safety Days”
will be offered at three different preserves in May
and October. Participants will learn how to share and enjoy trails safely while riding a bike, walking, running or roller blading.
Local business representatives will be in attendance at both programs to provide additional trail and recreation-based information and assistance. As part of our “Reconnect with Nature Walks” program, the Forest Preserve will promote the District’s other trails, programs and special events.
More information on spring and summer programming is available on the District’s event calendar
. Another great way to stay up-to-date on Forest Preserve programs is to subscribe
to the District’s digital newsletter, The Citizen.
The next edition of the newsletter will list programs that will be held from May through August.
And of course, members of the public are always welcome to tackle the 16-mile “Ride the Rock” route on their own. The bike ride, originally planned in 2007 as a one-time event, helped acquaint preserve patrons with the loop trail. The route passes through Joliet, Crest Hill and Rockdale along the Rock Run, Joliet Junction and I&M Canal trails.
For help in planning this ride or any other Forest Preserve trek, visit the District’s interactive map.Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock