Hike The Loop Media Coverage

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Liz Thomas and Trails Inspire founder Sirena Dufault share a high-five at the place where they started Hike The Loop five days earlier!

Hike The Loop was a complete success! Trails Inspire founder Sirena Dufault and expert hiker Liz Thomas hiked 80 miles in 5 days on Pima County’s urban trail system leading up to the Completion Celebrations on March 17th. They experienced amazing views, parks, public art, and community as well as sampling foods that recently earned Tucson a UNESCO International City of Gastronomy designation. Along the way, they got a lot of media coverage, with reporters meeting them at different parts of the hike.

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Sirena and Liz take a break to eat a Sonoran Hot Dog at the James Beard Award-winning El Guero Canelo
They also did interviews for Pima County’s The Loop Facebook feed, where they talked to local experts and directors of different municipal projects along The Loop. It was a great way to learn about all that has gone into creating the longest urban trail system of it’s kind in the U. S. at 131 miles. Liz and Sirena covered the length of all four river parks and two greenways on their journey. Check out the Facebook Live videos and the Trails Inspire Instagram for lots more photos and videos of Hike The Loop!
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Hike The Loop with Trails Inspire along the Santa Cruz River Park
Our favorite video, however, was from the Completion Celebration where we talked to three women who joined Sirena and Liz on the last four miles into the celebration. It was their very first hike ever and they were thrilled and inspired to do it again!

Big thanks to Gossamer Gear, Huppybar, Veg Box Direct, Asian Spice, Barrio Bread and Tucson Hop Shop for donating gear and tasty treats for Hike The Loop! Trails Inspire would also like to thank Visit Tucson for their partnership and Pima County for their vision to build the longest urban trail of its type in the country.

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The Loop Map – Click to enlarge

 

Arizona Daily Star – Badass Women of Tucson profile
http://tucson.com/thisistucson/tucsonlife/this-badass-tucson-hiking-expert-walked-miles-on-the-loop/article_5fca79c2-27dd-11e8-ae02-43209dcc32f1.html

http://tucson.com/news/local/the-loop-trail-around-tucson-is-complete-and-celebrations-are/article_f351e915-9b12-54f7-b710-1c6236d075d9.html


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