Sept. 11 trail ride set for next month

Inaugural trek to take 23 days; will cover about 1,200 miles

The Sept. 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance will lead the first complete bike ride connecting the three 9/11 memorial locations beginning April 11.

The inaugural ride will encompass 23-days and cover more than 1,200 miles.

The route will follow the current mapped route, increase awareness of the trail and support the local communities currently making improvements on segments of the alignment. A small group of core riders will undertake the entire bike route.

“The multi-day ride is closed to outside riders for logistical reasons, but there will be opportunities for local riders to join in when the group passes through their communities and at key destinations such as the Flight 93 Memorial and Pentagon,” said Eric Brenner, 911 Trail assistant board chairman and ride coordinator, in a statement.

Plans call for the group of five core riders to arrive in Hollidaysburg on April 16 and stay overnight. They will present a program about the ride and plans for the trail at 9:30 a.m. April 17 at Canal Basin Park, Brenner said.

Tim Brown, 911 Trail board member and retired New York firefighter, said after Sept. 11 that in every firehouse around New York, the words “Never Forget” became the mantra.

“These words have special meaning to us, but in particular they mean never forget the individual lives that were lost that day. Never forget who they each were. Never forget their parents, their spouses, their children, their legacy. So when you ride or walk this trail, keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.

“Never forget,” Brown said in a statement.