The 7th annual Fit Fest was held September 13th. Over $50,000 was raised.
Tour de PATH was hosted in conjunction with the Sustainability Fair in Huntington, WV. Over 100 bike riders attended on this rainy day! Bike sharrows were laid the summer of 2015 along 10th Street connecting Ritter Park to Huntington Riverfront.
PATH was awarded the Transportation Alternative Programs (TAP) grant of $500,000. This funding is currently being discussed on which building project to complete.
Tour de PATH: The 3rd Tour de PATH hosted on May 3, 2014 and over 100 riders participated in the 4, 6, 10, and 26 mile rides. Tour de PATH was a part of the Huntington Health Revolution 5K which raises funds for the PATH.
Ohio River Sweep: Over 30 community members participated in the Ohio River Sweep on June 21, 2014. The annual clean-up spanned over four various PATH locations.
New Construction: New construction was completed during the summer of 2014 along Washington Boulevard in Huntington. This section connects neighborhoods with a safe route to Ritter Park and Spring Hill Cemetery.
The 6th annual Fit Fest brought in around $60,000. This money was directly used to build the Washington Blvd Trail.
On September 14, 2014, over 600 runners and walkers participated in the 5th Annual Fit Fest. This event raised over $70,000 for PATH!
The 5th Annual Fit Fest was hosted and had 600 participants.
Tour de PATH was hosted in conjunction with Healthy Huntington Day which included a 5K run, over 70 riders attended along with 200 runners. PATH was recognized at this event as a great asset to the path of health and wellness.
The 2nd Tour de PATH was organized by Stacey Garrett along with local bike activist. The event took place on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Over 50 riders participated in the biking event. The 4th annual Fit Fest 5K/10K run/walk, kid's 1 mile/.5mile run and community health event, held September 9, 2012 at Ritter Park. Over 700 runners/walkers participated in the event along with multiple exhibitors and kid's activities. The 3rd annual Pedal for the PATH event was organized by the MUSOM.
The 4th annual Fit Fest brought in $87,000 in donations. These funds will be designated to maintenance and general fund. Most of the $87,000 will be used to complete the St. Cloud Commons path and connection piece in Guyandotte. CMAQ 2010 funding includes the pedestrian bridge over the Hal Greer Boulevard and the connection path to Ritter Park. The 3rd annual Pedal for the PATH sponsored by the MUSOM raised $3,500. This portion of funds was designated to the maintenance and general fund.
The 2nd annual Pedal for the PATH event was organized by MUSOM. The 3rd Annual Fit Fest 5K Run/Walk and community was hosted at Ritter Park. The event expanded to include at 10K Run to honor the heroes of 9/11/01 on the 10th anniversary. 700 runners/walkers along with other participants came out to support the event. 0.9 mile of an asphalt/concrete walkway was constructed at St. Cloud Commons Park in August 2011. In August 2011, .9 of a mile of an asphalt/concrete walkway was constructed at St. Cloud Commons Park. Two bicycle and pedestrian entries were constructed at Spring Hill Cemetery in August 2011. These entries connect approximately 3 miles of inner roadways to PATH near the final resting place of Dr. Paul Ambrose and the Marshall Memorial. With a team led by RTI, Bulldog Creative Services with the help of local volunteers, a PATH mural was painted on the 10th Street viaduct.
PATH was awarded the 2009 CMAQ funds for $1,131,000, of which $904,800 is CMAQ funds and $226,200 is local match. This will further fund sections along the floodwall. The 2nd Pedal for the PATH sponsored by the MUSOM raised $3,156.20. This portion of funds was designated to the maintenance and general fund. The 3rd Annual Fit Fest 5K Run/Walk 10k run raised $101,211.00. This portion of funds was designated to the maintenance and general fund.
The City of Huntington awarded the official design contract for the PATH to Edward Tucker Architects, Inc.
MUSOM created another annual fundraising event called Pedal for the PATH. Pedal for the PATH is an indoor spinning event hosted at the Marshall University Rec Center. Participants spin for an hour under the instruction from a local cycling expert. The Tour de PATH event was created through the leadership role of John Berquist. This event consisted of a bicycle ride through downtown Huntington, around Westmorland, and around Ritter Park area. The Scramble for the PATH Golf Tournament event was created. This event was designed and organized by the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee and RTI with 64 local golfers participating in the event.
The 2nd annual Fit Fest 5K Run/Walk, taking place at Ritter Park, hosted over 400 participants.
PATH received $10,000 from a 1st and 10 Foundation Grant. This portion of funds went to the construction of the St. Cloud Commons trail. PATH received $10,000 from an Empowerment Zone Grant. This portion of funds went to match a previous grant for the 3rd Street West to 27th Street trail. PATH and the City of Huntington received $20,000 from a 2010 Community Participation Grant. This portion of funds went to match a previous grant for the floodwall trail. Pedal for the PATH sponsored by the MUSOM raised $3,673, and this portion of funds was designated to the maintenance and general fund. Tour de PATH group cycling event raised $2,891. This portion of funds was designated to the maintenance and general fund.
Scramble for the PATH Golf Tournament organized by the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee and RTI raised $3,210. This portion of funds was designated to the maintenance and general fund. Fit Fest 2010 5K Run/Walk and Community event raised $38,504. This portion of funds was designated to the maintenance and general fund.
RTI, GHPRD and WV Citizens Conservation Corps constructed the first segment of the PATH at St. Cloud Commons Park 9/11/09 on the National Day of Service. Fundraising and future planning for the trail system began. This included planned fundraising events to raise capital, a maintenance fund to ensure the future upkeep for the trail system, and a general fund to support the building of the trail. The decision was made that all the money raised for the PATH would be split with 20% distributed to the maintenance fund and 80% distributed to the general fund. The inaugural planned event for fundraising occurred with Fit Fest 2009 a 5K Run/Walk and community event. Over 1,000 people participated in the event at Ritter Park to support the construction of the PATH. The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MUSOM) hosted a holiday raffle with all proceeds benefiting the PATH.
Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) 2008 grant for $1,016,500 was awarded to the City of Huntington. $813,200 s CMAQ funds and $203,300 is local match. This grant funded the floodwall trail in Guyandotte along the levee. Two 2008 Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) grants were awarded. These grants were designated to Harveytown trail and the 3rd Street West to 14th Street sections of the floodwall. The inaugural Fit Fest 5K Run/Walk and Community Event raised $40,280. This money was designated to the maintenance and general fund. MUSOM holiday raffle raised $322 and was deposited into the general and maintenance fund.
Through a public contest, the system is named the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH) in honor of the promising young physician who worked toward decreasing obesity in rural areas and whose life ended September 11, 2001. The PATH logo designed by Marshall University graphic design student Julia Urban.
The City of Huntington, HealthyHuntington.org, Cabell County Commission and the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District (GHPRD) collaborated with RTI to make the trail system for Huntington become a reality.
Meetings with neighborhood associations, the Huntington area Rotary Club, local gardening clubs, the Huntington area Lion's Club were assembled in order to gain input and support of the preliminary designs for a local trail system.
Initial concept of a trail system for Huntington, WV began through a discussion between Dr. Raymond Busbee, MU professor and researcher and Robert Plymale, CEO of RTI. In 1998 Dr. Busbee conducted a trail study reviewing the feasibility of a multiuse trail connection from Kenova, WV to Charleston, WV. Plymale encouraged that idea but first wanted a more focused view for a trail system in Huntington which would create a livable community for residents.
RTI, seeing an opportunity to impact the economy by creating trails for tourism, recreation, and connectivity, created a trails division.