The sixth annual Gallop 4 the Greenways will take place on May 12, 2012, under the leadership of Roanoke Parks and Recreation. The event was originally created by Valley Forward in 2006 as a way to support the growing network of pedestrian and bicycle trails in Roanoke. Valley Forward stated, “We are very excited for Roanoke Parks and Recreation to take over Gallop 4 the Greenways. The event has been a success because of the support of the city, volunteers, race participants, and local businesses. However, the event has gotten so big that Valley Forward and Pathfinders for Greenways can no longer handle organizing it.”
With more than $120,000 raised in the past five years, the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department says they plan to keep the Gallop going strong for many years to come. In 2012, Gallop funds will go to the Bridge the Gap campaign to finish the Roanoke River Greenway between Salem and Roanoke for a continuous 18 miles of trail.
For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Joe Hanning at 853-1276.