Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Superintendent John Anfinson of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MISS NRRA), and the Minnesota Mississippi Parkway Commission (MnMRPC) will welcome a group of 50 cyclists to Saint Paul on Monday August 31, 2015. The cyclists are riding 470 miles of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) from Lake Itasca State Park to the Iowa border. They are on the inaugural MRT “Headwaters to Hills” tour and are celebrating the completion of the MRT in Minnesota. The MRT runs for 3,000 miles, through 10 states, from the headwaters of the Mississippi River and ending at the Gulf of Mexico. Minnesota is home to over 800 miles of the bikeway.
The “Welcome to St. Paul” ceremony will take place on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:00 – 8:30 AM at Upper Landing Park in Saint Paul. After a short ceremony at Upper Landing Park, NPS rangers will escort the 50 cyclists out of Saint Paul along the Mississippi River as they head towards Red Wing and the Iowa border on bikes provided by Nice Ride Minnesota.
“The National Park Service (NPS) is excited to welcome the inaugural MRT riders to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Great River Road (GRR) Scenic Byway,” said John Anfinson, Superintendent MISS NRRA. “The MRT is an exceptional recreation and transportation opportunity for our visitors.”
The “Headwaters to Hills” ride is a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN), and Wahoo! Adventures.