For 2020, in response to safety concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our second annual 24-mile bike ride through beautiful Laurel Highlands region, including a loop through the grounds of the Flight 93 National Memorial, will become a virtual ride.
All registrants will receive a Tour de Trail t-shirt, map of the route, and link to video footage of the route, including recent ceremonies at the memorial site honoring Flight 93 passengers and crew. Participants can ride the route themselves, at a convenient day and time of your choosing, or bike 24 miles closer to home.
Event proceeds support the continuing development of the September 11th National Memorial Trail as well as communities in the Laurel Highlands region that have been hit hard by the pandemic. The 9/11 Trail is a 1,300-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails linking New York City’s September 11 Memorial, the Pentagon memorial in Arlington, VA, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA.
“The 911 Trail Challenge engages community partners and Trail enthusiasts while calling attention to the monumental events of September 11, 2001,” says Thomas Baxter III, president of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance. “The event also acknowledges the lives forever impacted by the actions of heroes who defended our nation’s freedom on that day.”
Riders may register online at 911trailchallenge.org.
Sponsorships are available by contacting the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, tbaxter@911Trail.org. Proceeds generated by the event will be stewarded by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies in the 9/11 Trail Fund. The fund was created to facilitate development of the September 11th National Memorial Trail. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is based in Johnstown, PA, and promotes philanthropy in the Pennsylvania counties of Bedford, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset, where the Flight 93 National Memorial is located.