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Reasons to Join the CATA Clean Commute Options Virtual Duathlon

Friday, August 21, 2020

Categories: Blog, Community

The novel coronavirus has brought a lot of changes this year.

CATA has taken part in the nationwide #SoundTheHorn campaign, learned how to make face masks, and even spread the word on how to virtually access local libraries. On a larger scale, we shut down our facilities for months to slow the spread of COVID-19, temporarily suspended bus fares, adopted free curb-to-curb service and only recently returned to our fixed-route system with safety protocols in place.

While some adaptations were easy, others proved more difficult such as limited accessibility to our friends, family and summer events. We have learned how to connect virtually, substituting our normal interactions with ones from miles apart. 

This year, the annual Come Clean Duathlon, like many other local races, is taking on the virtual approach. 

Here are just a few reasons why this virtual race is going to be a great experience.

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1. It's connecting you with a cause.

Hosted by CATA's Clean Commute Options program, we designed this race to be a way to encourage people to get out, enjoy the fresh air and learn about clean commuting. With the current state of our climate and the challenges it faces, it is more important than ever that we all do our part! We promote alternative ways to travel such as biking, walking (or running!), riding the bus and car/vanpooling to help keep emissions down and our air clean. 

In addition to promoting clean air, this year we are giving back to the members of our local community that have given so much to to us. We will hold a raffle with big ticket items purchased from Playmakers, Pizza House and Creative Wellness. We will also be raffling off gift cards from local restaurants.

You will automatically receive a raffle ticket with registration. For each person you refer to our race, you can also earn a bonus raffle entry and $5 back from your registration fee.

2. The swag couldn't be sweeter, unless it was candy. 

Looking for an awesome takeaway to show off your commitment to the in environment, as well as the completion of this awesome athletic endeavor? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what you will receive when you register for this event:

  • Medals for all finishers
  • Awesome race shirt
  • Custom race bib
  • Come Clean Duathlon face mask
  • Raffle prizes from local businesses
  • Digitally remastered race photos that we ask you to take and submit

Woman riding a bike down a road3. Location, location, location.

One of the most incredible parts of a virtual race is the freedom to complete it at your own pace, in your own time, and in whatever place you choose. Do you prefer to run by the water? Through the country? In the comfort of your own home? Find your racetrack wherever you feel safe and comfortable (and can easily maintain social distancing guidelines!).

4. You can run, bike and run far away from the quarantine blues.

Looking for something to get you out of your tired old routine? Here is your perfect excuse to get outside and be part of an event, while still maintaining all safety and social distancing regulations. Here is your chance to be a part of something bigger! Get your kids, family members and friends involved.  For each person you refer to the 2020 Come Clean Duathlon, you can earn a bonus raffle entry and $5 back from your registration fee.

Ready to register? Visit comecleanduathlon.org now before our 150 spots fill up.

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3 bike-friendly trails to explore this weekend

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Categories: Community

Bicycle rack affixed to CATA bus

May is here, which means it’s time to dust off your bike! What better time to introduce biking into your routine than during Bike Month? Biking relieves stress, provides  great exercise and is a perfect way to enjoy some fresh air.

Don’t live near a bike trail? Take a quick ride on CATA and utilize the beautiful bike paths we have in our own backyard. CATA buses are equipped with bike racks that are available to riders at no extra charge and bike lockers at the CATA Transportation Center that are available for rental. Click here to get more information about CATA’s bike racks and lockers.

Check out these scenic bike-friendly trails:

  1. Lansing: The Lansing River Trail has over 20 miles of paved trails that are perfect for biking. You can hop on the river trail at several locations and enjoy both wooded areas and picturesque views of downtown Lansing and the Capitol Building. Take Route 14 to get on at Adado Riverfront Park, or Route 2 and start at Moores Park.
  2. East Lansing: East Lansing is home to the Northern Tier Trail, which boasts 4.8 miles of paved pathway. Take Route 26 to the Family Aquatic Center where you can easily enter the trail.
  3. Delhi: Route 7 will give you access to the charming Sycamore Trail. Beginning at the end of the Lansing River Trail, at the corner of Jolly and Aurelius, the Sycamore Trail is a great paved pathway for bike riding.

If you’re looking for more personalized routes or a bike buddy for your commute, check our CATA’s Clean Commute Options at cleancommute.org. Happy biking!

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