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New challenge encourages you to get out and explore West Michigan's trail system

Posted at 6:32 AM, Aug 28, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The pandemic brought more people outside to check out the local parks and trails and now there's a new challenge in which to take part.

Michigan has hundreds and hundreds of trails and is actually one of the nation's leaders for non-motorized trails.

The West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition created the West Michigan Trails Challenge. It starts Tuesday, September 1, and runs through the end of the year.

It's easy for people to get involved. Just register on the website and the coalition will send a T-shirt. Once you've experienced any 20 of the 40 trails, they will send you a medal.

"They can experience the trail however best fits them," explained Jennifer Antel. "We have bikers, we have skaters. We have people that are pushing a stroller. Whatever way is best for you. Soon, we will have snow, and you can ski or snowshoe on the trails."

Click for a list and location of trails

You are also encouraged to share your experience on social media.