The Siskiyou Velo Bicycle Club with 345 members has weekly group rides for all rider levels. One group level called VeloSlo-Mos is designed for people who haven’t been on their bikes for awhile. A ride leader provides instruction in techniques and etiquette of riding safely in a group. The Slo-Mos ride along Bear Creek Greenway and in safe—low traffic— neighborhoods at a relaxed pace– 12 to 18 mile distances. Each ride takes time out for a cuppa and social time together. This is a wonderful opportunity for adults to ride with others on the Bear Creek Greenway with a group at a relaxed pace, meet new friends and get some exercise. The Greeway trail is a wonderful scenic trail that is now over 18 miles long and will soon be 20 miles long. If you’re interested to try a group ride, contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289 or visit the Siskiyou Velo website at www.siskiyouvelo.org.
If you want to walk on the Greenway, but want a group to walk with, the Silver Striders is for you. This group meets twice a week and walks up to 3 miles on a section of the Greenway, weather permitting. The Silver Striders started as a group for over 50 walkers, but they welcome all ages. One of the groups mottos is, “No one walks alone.” This is true even if someone can not walk the entire 3 miles. The group was originally started by Providence Hospital but now the program is being provided through the Medford Senior Center. Call Juanita at 541-770-1122, extension 327, and she will be happy to talk to you and get you walking and feeling better as a result.
Oregon’s first running club, the Southern Oregon Runners has been an integral part of the running scene since 1969 when the club was formed to promote health and fitness, through the sport of running and walking. The Bear Creek Greenway is an important part of the running community. It provides a venue for eight of our yearly scheduled events. “Many of our members use the Greenway for their training runs” says Chuck Whiteley, Vice President of the club. For more information on our club or a list of our events visit our web site, sorunners.org
The Rogue Half Marathon and 10k celebrates the bounty of our region and highlights the beauty of Southern Oregon. The race is completely on an asphalt pathway so you have safety during your run but the luxury of checking out the Rogue Valley views along the way without battling traffic or intersections. Along the race, there will be traditional support with food and drinks but be careful of the “Table of Temptation” which will have items to challenge your inner-self! The finish line will feature the exciting Jackson County Harvest Fair and Microbrew Festival where participants, family and friends, and especially children, can enjoy the variety of activities this festival has to offer — live music, pumpkin tossing contests, food vendors, grape stomping, chili cook off, and a beer garden with over 30 micro beer vendors! Go to: www.theroguerun.com for more details.
Rogue River Greenway
Our vision is to create the Rogue River Recreational Corridor and Greenway, a 30 mile emerald necklace of parks and public access areas along the Rogue River linked by a ribbon of greenway trail between Central Point and Grants Pass in Southern Oregon. Connecting Jackson and Josephine Counties by bicycle, pedestrian and water trails and providing a gateway to an abundance of recreational opportunities and resources. Go to: www.roguerivergreenway.org
Disabilities Recreation Project
The Disabilities Recreation Project is non-profit organization that was formed in May 2002. We have been working to improve access to our parks. This includes picnic areas with wheelchair accessible tables, access for fishing, and the paving of pathways. Our goal is to provide access to the outdoors for those with disabilities. Disabilities Recreation Project is working very closely with Jackson County Parks and Recreation, with Expo Fairgrounds, and with many other agencies to plan, organize and complete projects that will richly benefit seniors and people with disabilities. Go to: www.drpinc.org