As fall begins to arrive and thoughts turn to cooler temperatures, football, school, and the color changes, it is not yet time to put your bicycle away for another season. What better to way to enjoy a beautiful fall day in Michigan then to tour the countryside under two wheel power? The 7th Annual Ride for the Rails: the Iron Horse Tour, sponsored by the National Railroad Memorial, Inc. (NRMI), will be held rain or shine on Saturday September 24, 2016. The Tour is a wonderful recreational ride through scenic Shiawassee County. A portion of the proceeds raised will be designated to help preserve the Rail Treasures of Iron Horse Park and to benefit Diamond District Park and the National Railroad Memorial.

Registration is at 8:00 am, downtown Durand, Michigan at Iron Horse Park, next to Durand’s Iron Horse, Engine 5632. (The park is located next to the Durand Fire Hall and City Hall on Clinton Street, Durand). All riders will leave by 10:00 am. There will be 16, 56, 32, and 100 mile routes available with Maps, marked routes and designated rest stops provided. Sag Vehicles will be on all routes until about 4:00 pm. The Ride costs $20 per person or $45 per family (3 or more in a group) on the day of the event. Spots of local and historical interest will be noted along the routes with other surprises planned. NRMI is a member of the League of Michigan Bicyclists and we do participate in their $1 a ride program.

Registration and release forms may be downloaded at railroadmemorial.org or requested from The Chamber of Commerce in Durand. Contact us to request registration materials at janbro1@charter.net or call with questions, at 989-249-3603.

The National Railroad Memorial, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized as a 501 (C) (3). Our mission is to honor the men and women of the railroad industry by educating the public as to the importance of their roles in our nation’s past, present, and future. NRMI is partnering with the City of Durand to honor these individuals by building the National Railroad Memorial as the center piece of Diamond District Park, downtown Durand.