Holiday Gifts for the Trail Enthusiast in Your Life

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy announces 2008 gift suggestions.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy published Rail Trail Alphabet Adventure, a children's book.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy published Rail Trail Alphabet Adventures, a children's book.

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Washington, D.C. – Is there a runner in your life who is always in search of the next new trail to discover? Give them a Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) rail-trail guidebook, complete with maps, points of interest and directions! Is there an avid cyclist on your list who needs new gear to wear on bicycling trips? Give them the 2008 RTC Cycling Jersey, a stylish jersey that’s not only fun to wear, but also a great way to give back to RTC to help build more trails!

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy announces four great gifts to give the cyclist, runner or trail enthusiast on your holiday gift list.

? Gift Membership: Great for anyone on your list, a Rails-to-Trails Conservancy membership is only $18. Your membership donation will help support programs, projects and services that have helped put more than 15,000 rail-trail miles on the ground. Give the gift of a membership and the recipient will enjoy the following benefits:

New member welcome materials including “Destination Rail-Trails,” a sampler of some of the nation's finest trails; a subscription to RTC's magazine, Rails to Trails; discounts on publications, apparel and other merchandise including RTC's popular rail-trail guidebooks; and the satisfaction of knowing that your dollars are helping create a nationwide network of trails.

? Guidebooks: Is someone on your gift list looking for a new, level trail where they can enjoy a brisk fitness walk, bike ride, or stroll with the family? All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted to public, multiuse trails. Here, the experts from RTC present the best of these rail-trails in guidebooks featuring several areas of the country. Available in time for the holiday season is the newest guidebook Rail-Trails Midwest. Other available guidebooks include Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic, Rail-Trails New England, Rail-Trails Southeast, and guides for Washington and Oregon, and Wisconsin. Other rail-trail related titles available are: Trails for the 21st Century and Walking to Mackinac..

? Jersey: RTC creates a new, stylish signature cycling jersey for each year. The official 2008 cycling jersey by Voler Team Apparel is bright Kelly-green and features an abstraction of the RTC trail logo. Both men’s and women’s jerseys feature micro-denier wicking fabrics and three back stuff-pockets. The limited-edition 2008 jersey is available for $69. Other limited-edition jerseys from previous years are also available at our online store.

? Children’s book: Author Carolyn Siccama teamed up with illustrator Tricia Peterson to create the children’s book Rail Trail Alphabet Adventures, This charming publication is a colorful adventure featuring all the activities a family can do on a rail-trail. Follow along in the book to learn sign language letters, go on a scavenger hunt and stroll through the seasons. Fifty percent of the author’s proceeds from the book will be donated to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. You may purchase the book at

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members and donors, advocates for healthier lifestyles by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s national office is located in Washington, D.C. Visit the Web site at .