On Monday, June 18, approximately 300 bicyclists will begin a 232-mile journey from St. Charles to Clinton on the Katy Trail State Park for the 18th Annual Katy Trail Ride.

This year’s participants range in age from 8 to 89 and come from 29 states and one Canadian Province.

Hosted by Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation, the five-day Katy Trail Ride has been an annual event since 2001 and has achieved national and international acclaim. The ride takes cyclists along the scenic Missouri River and through the historic towns that developed along the river and the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT or Katy) Railroad, the predecessor to the Katy Trail.

Overnight locations for the 2018 Katy Trail Ride will be in the towns of Hermann, Jefferson City, Boonville and Sedalia. Family and friends of the riders can follow the ride’s progress online. Photographs and highlights of each day’s ride will be available at Facebook.com/katytrailstatepark .

Attached is an event itinerary. More information about Katy Trail State Park is available online at katytrailstatepark.com.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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