Tacos and Trek for Trail June 25.

May 31, 2022

Tacos and Trek for Trail June 25.

PENTWATER — The non-profit organization Friends of the Pentwater-Hart Trail will hold its annual fun-filled taco luncheon and guided 5k ride/run/walk through Pentwater Saturday, June 25.

The fundraiser will be held on Pentwater’s Village Green, with the 5k ride/walk/run beginning at 11:30 a.m. A donation of $25 per person includes participation in the 5k ride/walk/run, two tacos and a t-shirt, or a two-taco lunch is available for a $10 donation.

The event is made possible by Grand Sponsor Spectrum Health, with support from the Starting Block in Hart, Shelby State Bank, the Pentwater Service Club and Trailhead Bike Shop of Ludington.

Groups of bikers, runners and walkers, will depart from Second Street on the north side of the Village Green, following their group’s leader through the village. Participants who have not pre-registered online at tacos and trek for trail are asked to sign up onsite at 11 a.m. Trail Head Bike Shop of Ludington will present a free bike maintenance workshop noon and at 1 p.m. 

Raffle tickets for a Trek bicycle will also be available during the event. Tickets are $5 each. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the Fall Fest in Pentwater.

All proceeds from the event go toward future maintenance of the Pentwater-Hart Trail. The proposed 10-foot wide trail would be constructed in right-of-way along Wayne Road to Harrison Road; Harrison Road east to 72nd Avenue; and 72nd to Tyler Road, where the Safe Route to School Section begins and then connects with the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail on Water Street.  

The effort to create a trail from Pentwater to Hart, to connect with the rail trail, began in 2015. In 2020, the committee formally became a 501C3 nonprofit organization called the “Friends of the Pentwater-Hart Trail.” The goal of the organization is to raise $5.1 million for the trail, mainly through state and federal grants. Private donations are also needed. Volunteer members currently work on the creation of the trail and in the future will work to maintain the trail to the safety standards of the appropriate government agencies. Funds raised in excess of the goal shall be placed in a reserve fund and shall be used solely for trail maintenance.

Anyone interested in becoming a “Friend of the Pentwater-Hart Trail” may find a membership form on Pentwaterharttrail.com.

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