Highlands Trail Foundation announces Great Tour de Moccaccino Five

Highlands Trail Foundation Directors Joey Riddle, Eric Sandeno, Mike Ledden, President Karen Carper, Pete Roy and Darren Bennett gathered recently to finalize plans for the fifth edition of the Great Tour de Moccaccino, set for Saturday.

The Highland Park, Montrose and Parsons trailheads along the Allegheny Highlands Trail will be the gathering places for this summertime fun ride and Poker Run on Saturday, July 13. Starting simultaneously at 10 a.m. from the Highland Park trailhead in Elkins and the old Parsons Railroad Depot at 10 a.m., riders from both locations will meet at the Montrose trailhead for some socializing and the awarding of $50 each to the holders of the best five card poker hands dealt along the trails from both directions.

This is a nontimed event and all participants will receive a free bottle of Starbuck’s Frappuccino or water and a healthful snack from Good Energy Foods.

The event is free for Highlands Trail Foundation members. Nonmember entry fees will be $15 for single riders and $20 for families. Nonmembers can join the Highland Trails Foundation with a single membership for $15, or $20 for families, instead of paying the entry fee, and receive membership status valid until the end of 2014.

Children under the age of 18 are welcome to join the tour but must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All riders must wear bike helmets. Additional details are available at www.highlandstrail.org. Email inquiries can be directed to info@highlandstrail.org.

This annual event is the first of three traditional gatherings produced by the Highlands Trail Foundation each summer. Also scheduled is the Trail Fest Concert at the Montrose Civic Center on Aug. 24 and the popular Blackwater Canyon Ride from Davis to Parsons date to be announced.

The Tour de Moccaccino V is sponsored by Davis Memorial Hospital, and presented in cooperation with the Randolph and Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Individual sponsors are: Good Energy Foods, Joey’s Bike Shop in Elkins, Dr. Mary Boyd, Frank Mams, D.D.S., Ashley Griffiths, D.D.S., R.Mike Mullens & Associates, The InterMountain, Elkins Builders Supply, The Shavers Fork Coalition, and The Pot Luck Jug Band.