The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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April 8, 2013

Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek supports crucial ALA-WV mission

The American Lung Association in West Virginia (ALA-WV) is now registering participants for the 26th annual Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek (GTBT).

Biking enthusiasts won’t want to miss this exciting 100-mile ride through the scenic Greenbrier River State Park, set for May 16-19.

After checking in on Thursday evening, the event kicks off early on Friday, May 17. Trekkers will ride off of Snowshoe Mountain and spend the next three days peddling through Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties, ending 100 miles later at the Greenbrier Youth Camp in Anthony on Sunday, May 19.

Food, refreshments, accommodations, gear truck, sag wagon and entertainment are all included in the GTBT package. The trek is supported with mechanics, guides, medical personnel and a communications network.

“The trek is designed for beginners as well as experienced mountain bikers,” says Chantal Fields, vice president of mission, ALA-WV. “It is a great way for families to spend a weekend together and support a great cause.”

Companies are encouraged to enter teams of four or more riders in the corporate team division. Trophies and prizes are awarded to top individual and team fundraisers. All proceeds from the trek will benefit the ALA-WV’s fight against lung disease in the Mountain State.

There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee, and trekkers are required to raise $450 each in pledges. Those who raise more than $1,000 become a member of the Winner’s Circle and receive special prizes. All funds raised will be used to fight asthma, COPD, emphysema and lung cancer through education, community service, advocacy and research.

The registration deadline is May 1. If you would like to register or obtain more information about the trek, call Chaste Barclay at 304-342-6600 or 1-800-LUNG-USA or go to

About the American Lung Association

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With generous support from the public, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the ALA or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit

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