Sojourn sees 300 start trip in Weirton

WEIRTON – The region’s recreational trails are a source of exercise and enjoyment for many, and an event being held this week is helping to showcase the Tri-State Area’s systems.

The 12th-annual Greenway Sojourn, organized by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy kicked off in Weirton Sunday, with approximately 300 bicyclists and walkers taking part in a trip to Cumberland, Md. using a network of four regional recreational trails.

“It’s an annual event,” organizer Eric Oberg said. “The priority is to highlight our wonderful trails.”

Oberg explained participants get a chance to check out the communities and features along the trail systems as they ride, learning more about them and seeing where new links and systems are possible.

“Weirton is a great example,” he said, noting the Panhandle Trail’s development and possible future growth.

More than 30 states were set to be represented, and Oberg explained he sees participants young and old sign up each year, with many bringing their families along for the ride.

“The representation has been amazing,” Oberg said. “It’s always an interesting mix of people.”

Oberg noted the sojourn becomes a “real community event” for participants as they camp along the trail each night, explore local towns and get to know each other.

On Sunday, participants were scheduled to travel from Weirton to Cecil Township, Pa. before heading to Cedar Creek Park, Pa. today.

Tuesday’s ride will take them to Confluence, Pa., with Wednesday being a “layover” day including several activities. Thursday they will travel from Confluence to Meyersdale, Pa. The trip will conclude Friday with their arrival in Cumberland.