RTA Jam Session @ Gunlock Park
Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

RTA Jam Session @ Gunlock Park

  • 842 Pike Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
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Start the weekend off right at Gunlock Park hitting the pump track, dirt jumps and beginner trails before heading over to the RTA Festival kick-off party Thursday night at Marietta Brewing Company.

The park is spectator friendly so feel free to just come hang out too.

Gunlock Park is located directly behind Lowe's in Marietta on SR 7. Don't forget your helmet

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RTA Kick-Off Party
Aug
9
to Aug 10

RTA Kick-Off Party

  • Marietta Brewing Company (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come on down to the Marietta Brewing Company to get a head-start on the weekend and enjoy a few brews with your fellow outdoor-lovers. Visit with friends & make plans for the weekend.

  • Enjoy the return of the RTA Fest Rock Drop Single Hop Session IPA
  • This will be one of your first chances to buy RTA Fest Merch!
  • Backroom & patio of the Marietta Brewing Company
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Festival HQ Open!
Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Festival HQ Open!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Festival Headquarters opens at 9:00 a.m. each day. The East Muskingum Park will serve as this year's HQ. You can come to the HQ for numerous activities to include:

  • Registering for group rides (mountain, road, and city rides)
  • Participating in yoga sessions!
  • Signing up for the bike scavenger hunt and/or the paddlers riddle
  • Picking up sweet RTA merch!
  • Attending kiddo events
  • Grabbing information about festival events and to learn more about our awesome community
  • And much more!
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Gnome Adventure Hike @ Kroger Wetlands
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Gnome Adventure Hike @ Kroger Wetlands

  • 80 Acme Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WILDLY popular last year, the Gnome Adventure Hike is back again for 2018!

Family/Kid-friendly, this is a less than 1 mile hike at the Kroger Wetlands. Fun for adults and children of any age. Be on the lookout for small gnomes along the way; word is they like to have their picture taken with the kiddos!

NOTE: Please show up a few minutes early to check-in with the hike leader.

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RTA Friday Group Road Rides!
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

RTA Friday Group Road Rides!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Washington County boasts some of the most scenic road riding in the state! Cruise out and enjoy scenic farms, hilly wooded landscapes, and nicely paved roads. 

Group rides are free but all riders must register at the festival HQ prior to the start of the ride. Group rides have several ride leaders but are unsupported. Please bring all water, food, and repair items that you may need. 

Road Bike:
- 16 miles w a few initial hills: Caywood Loop
- 26 miles & hilly: Stanleyville/Pleasant Ridge Loop

Around Town:
- Historic 5+ mile tour on city streets with many stops

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RTA Friday Group Mountain Bike Rides!
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

RTA Friday Group Mountain Bike Rides!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Friday and Saturday group rides will take place on the Marietta City Trail System, 30+ miles of quality singletrack trails ready for action! The trail system is accessible from downtown making it easy to head back for a burger and brew after your ride. 

3 options: 

  1. Beginners mountain bike clinic, 
  2. "mid" ride - 5-12 miles w/bailout options, 
  3. fast ride - 12-25 miles w/bailout options

*mid and fast ride may start as one ride. Check with ride leaders to see what the plan is. 

All rides are unsupported. Bring your own water, gear, flat repair kit, etc. There will be several ride leaders but the group may become spread out. Group rides are free, but please register at the festival HQ prior to departure. Pick up a Marietta City Trail map when you register and if you leave early from the ride please let someone on the ride know and/or check in at festival HQ.

Download the MTB Project app for access to the full maps of the Marietta City Trail System.
https://www.mtbproject.com/

Or check out the Marietta City Trail System on this map (the trail system has since expanded off the map. Check with Marietta Adventure Company with any questions):
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/18576669/Marietta%20City%20Trail%20Map_2014.pdf

Mountain bike rentals are available from Marietta Adventure Company

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Bike Scavenger Hunt
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Bike Scavenger Hunt

Register @ RTA Headquarters and head out on your own, anytime!

Looking for a fun activity to enjoy on a leisurely bike ride? Come by and register for the RTA Festival Scavenger Hunt!  Pick up an entry at the Festival Headquarters and explore town looking for the answers on the scavenger hunt.

Fun for locals and visitors alike! You might just discover a few new favorite places in town and some interesting history to boot.

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The Paddlers Riddle Run
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

The Paddlers Riddle Run

Friday & Saturday (anytime)

Stop by the RTA Event Headquarters on the Armory Lawn (200 block of Front St.) to register for the Paddlers’ Riddle Run. Participate at your own pace anytime Friday or Saturday!

Follow the provided map to locate clue destinations on the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. Once located, record the answer to the riddle on your scorecard. Return your scorecard to be entered for prizes!

$5 to enter, or free with VIP Pass. Prizes announced at the Festival Headquarters during the Saturday evening prize ceremony, following the Bike Parade!

Kayak rentals and shuttle available from Marietta Adventure Company (as available). Reserve in advance directly through the MAC shop: www.mariettaadventurecompany.com

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RTA Yoga with Stephanie Biehl of Reflection Life Studio
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

RTA Yoga with Stephanie Biehl of Reflection Life Studio

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
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Class will include centering, joint warm ups, gentle flow, and closing with relaxation. Class is geared towards beginner to intermediate students. Yoga is an amazing way to stretch your body, relax your mind and connect to your true nature in nature.

- Please bring your own mat.

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RTA Refine Your Stroke at Veto Lake
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

RTA Refine Your Stroke at Veto Lake

Come out to Veto Lake to join paddlers with years of experience to discuss with you different types of paddling strokes. This is a great opportunity for new comers or people with experience just wanting to get some additional tips on how to work less and have more fun while traversing our wonderful water ways. 

Location: Veto Lake

***Stick around afterwards to go on the "Adventure Paddle" around the lake and utilize what you've learned.***

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Veto Lake Adventure Paddle
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Veto Lake Adventure Paddle

Interested in exploring a local lake? Leaders of this paddle will venture to Veto Lake, where they will explore the lake and feeders to the lake. Expect 5-10 miles on the water at a leisure pace, and participants may choose to return early should they wish.

This paddle is unsupported. No transportation provided. Bring all your own water, food, and gear.

Meet at Veto Lake boat ramp to depart at 2pm.

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RTA Adventure Expo
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

RTA Adventure Expo

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the perfect time to stop by the festival HQ and find out more about local bike clubs, recreation areas, national forests, activities, and so much more! 

Groups are welcome to sell goods, including outdoor adventure gear, or just provide information. 

Participating groups will be announced soon!

Please email RTAfest@gmail.com if your group would like to set up a table to share information! Set up is between 5-6 p.m. and groups must provide their own tables & chairs.

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RTA Fest Mountain Bike NIGHT Ride
Aug
10
9:00 PM21:00

RTA Fest Mountain Bike NIGHT Ride

  • 100 Mill Creek Road Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Meet at Mill Creek Rd gravel lot @ the Rudolph section of the Marietta City Trails
Meet-up at the gravel lot just off of Mill Creek Rd in Marietta. There are a couple of ways to get here so just put 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta OH 45750 in your GPS.

This is a night ride, meaning BRING LIGHTS! Helmets also required for all rides.

Group rides are free to participate in. All rides are unsupported. Bring your own water, gear, flat repair kit, etc. There will be several ride leaders but the group may become spread out. Check in with the ride leaders before you depart, and if you leave early from the ride, please let someone on the ride know.

Download the MTB Project app for access to the full maps of the Marietta City Trail System.
https://www.mtbproject.com/

*Mountain bike rentals are available from Marietta Adventure Company.

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RTA Fest Paddler's Riddle Run! - continued into Saturday
Aug
11
8:00 AM08:00

RTA Fest Paddler's Riddle Run! - continued into Saturday

Stop by the RTA HQ to register for the Paddlers’ Riddle Run. Participate at your own pace anytime Friday or Saturday!

Follow the provided map to locate clue destinations on the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. Once located, record the answer to the riddle on your scorecard. Then return your scorecard to be entered for prizes!

$5 to enter, or free with VIP Pass. Prizes announced at the Festival HQ during the Saturday evening prize ceremony, following the Bike Parade!

Kayak rentals and shuttle available from Marietta Adventure Company (as available). Reserve in advance directly through the MAC shop: www.mariettaadventurecompany.com

 

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RTA Fest Bike Scavenger Hunt! continued into Saturday
Aug
11
8:00 AM08:00

RTA Fest Bike Scavenger Hunt! continued into Saturday

Stop by the RTA HQ to register for the Bicycle Scavenger Hunt. Complete it anytime! Pedal your way around historic Marietta and Harmar village. 

Follow the provided info to track down historic trivia throughout Marietta. Return your answer sheet by Saturday at 6pm to get your "merit badge" & to be entered for prizes!

Can be completed in an hour or two by bicycle.

$5 to enter or free with VIP Pass. Prizes announced at the Festival Headquarters during the Saturday evening prize ceremony following the Bike Parade!

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RTA Broughton's Nature & Wildlife Education Area Hikes
Aug
11
8:30 AM08:30

RTA Broughton's Nature & Wildlife Education Area Hikes

Explore Broughton's Nature and Wildlife Education Area by foot! Meet up with local trail aficionado who will lead the group on a 1-1.5 hour hike through the Broughton's trail systems, just one of the many local outdoor treasures we have to take advantage of in the Marietta area.

  • Saturday: 1.5 hour hike (3 miles)
  • Sunday: 1 hour hike (2 miles)

MEET UP Location: Turn right off route 60 onto Millgate Road, drive 1/2 mile to the trailhead at the end the road. If you drive or bike up a large hill with a beautiful 180 degree turn you are heading in the right direction. There will be signs pointing you along.

More info on Broughtons Wildlife Area:
http://broughtonnatureandwildlifeeducationarea.org/

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RTA Lowell to Marietta Lock-Thru Paddle
Aug
11
8:30 AM08:30

RTA Lowell to Marietta Lock-Thru Paddle

  • 215 McClain Street Lowell, OH, 45744 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Paddle together with a group from Lowell to Marietta. This will be a full-day 12-14 mile lock-through trip on the Muskingum River for hardy paddlers. Bring $5/boat for the lock fee, water, and food for the trip. 

Meet at the Lowell put-in at 8:00 a.m. Take-outs available:
- Indian Acres Boat Ramp (12 Miles);
- Marietta College boathouse (13 miles); or
- Continue down to the Williamstown boat ramp (14 miles). 

Kayakers may choose to stop at a soon-to-be announced special lunch stop before the Lock & Dam. Note: the Lock is on the East (downstream left) side of the river.

This is a great chance to see the historic Muskingum Lock and Dam System, the only remaining hand-operated lock system in the country! The Muskingum River Parkway and its 160-year-old navigation system were designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/muskngmr/tabid/773/Default.aspx

Shuttle service & kayak rentals available from Marietta Adventure Company. If you plan to use the shuttle service please reserve ahead of time. www.mariettaadventurecompany.com

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RTA Fest Specialized Test the Best Bike Demo!
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

RTA Fest Specialized Test the Best Bike Demo!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Specialized Bicycles is rolling into town with their demo truck for the RTA Fest with Marietta Adventure Company. Stop by and demo mountain and road bikes.

Test rides are asked to be kept between 30-45 minutes for each bike UNLESS on a group ride. You're more than welcome to ride as many bikes as you can, we just ask you stick within our time parameters so that everyone can ride the bike they want. Last call to take bikes out is 2:00 p.m. so don't be late! 

What should I bring?
Pedals
Appropriate footwear - cycling shoes or sneakers
Helmet
Credit Card as collateral
Photo identification

What to expect?
Upon arriving check in with the Field Marketing Rep. They will have fill out a waiver, collection your credit card and ID, and set you up on your bike.

What bike should I test ride?
Chat up your field marketing rep! They have a plethora of knowledge and will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect bike for you. See below for a full list of available bikes.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Anyone can test a bike. Children under the age of 18 will require a legal parent or guardian present. Parent or guardian must accompany the minor during the ride. You will need a valid photo ID and credit card.

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Festival HQ Open!
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Festival HQ Open!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Festival Headquarters opens at 9:00 a.m. each day. The East Muskingum Park will serve as this year's HQ. You can come to the HQ for numerous activities to include:

  • Registering for group rides (mountain, road, and city rides)
  • Participating in yoga sessions!
  • Signing up for the bike scavenger hunt and/or the paddlers riddle
  • Picking up sweet RTA merch!
  • Attending kiddo events
  • Grabbing information about festival events and to learn more about our awesome community
  • And much more!
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RTA Intro to Trail Running!
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

RTA Intro to Trail Running!

  • 242 North 7th Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you been interested in trail running but just don't know where to start? Well RTA has an answer for you!

Please join our local trail running group, Marietta Trail Runners, as they provide an overview of what trail running is, things to keep in mind, what to prepare for, and post-run advice. Then you will head out for an actual trail run!

Where: Marietta Middle School (242 N 7th St, Marietta, OH 45750)
What to Bring: Dress for warm temps, tennis shoes (or trail running shoes), and you may want to throw a towel in.

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RTA Saturday Group Mountain Bike Rides!
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

RTA Saturday Group Mountain Bike Rides!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Saturday group rides will take place on the Marietta City Trail System, 25+ miles of quality singletrack trails ready for action! The trail system is accessible from downtown, making it easy to head back for a burger and brew after your ride. 

2 options: 

  1. "mid" ride - 5-12 miles w/bailout options,
  2. "big" ride - 12-25 miles w/bailout options

Rides may start as one ride. All rides are unsupported. Bring your own water, gear, flat repair kit, etc. There will be several ride leaders but the group may become spread out. 

Group rides are free but please register for the ride prior to departure. If you bail out early from the ride please let someone on the ride know and/or check in at festival headquarters.

Download the MTB Project app for access to the full maps of the Marietta City Trail System.
https://www.mtbproject.com/

Mountain bike rentals are available from Marietta Adventure Company

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RTA Saturday Group Road Rides!
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

RTA Saturday Group Road Rides!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Washington County boasts some of the most scenic road riding in the state! Cruise out and enjoy scenic farms, hilly wooded landscapes, and nicely paved roads. 

Group rides are free but all riders must register at the festival HQ prior to the start of the ride. Group rides have several ride leaders but are unsupported. Please bring all water, food, and repair items that you may need. 

Road Bike:
- 2018 Routes being announced soon!

Around Town:
- Historic 5+ mile tour on city streets with many stops

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RTA Explore Dragon Boating by MOV'n Dragons
Aug
11
10:30 AM10:30

RTA Explore Dragon Boating by MOV'n Dragons

  • 814 Gilman Avenue Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ever been curious about dragon boating? This is a perfect time to check out a dragon boat, learn about technique, and get out on the water for ~1 hour with a dragon boating coach. 

The local MOV'n Dragon boaters will be hosting this RTA special event at the Carl L Broughton boathouse located at 814 Gilman Avenue.

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Bike Rodeo, Strider Adventure Zone and Make Safe Happen program!
Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

Bike Rodeo, Strider Adventure Zone and Make Safe Happen program!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ages: 18 month–10 years

NEW this year, Brick Insurance Group Inc./Nationwide will be providing a "Make Safe Happen" program that includes a bike trivia wheel, a brain display to demonstrate the fragility of the brain, and a helmet fitting mannequin.

So bring the kids and their bikes to the festival HQ for a free bike safety check, a chance to be a part of "Make Safe Happen", a bike obstacle course, and some fun games! No matter your age, be ready for a good time! 

There will be a Strider Bikes Adventure Zone for kids 44" and under (18 months to 4 years) and other bike activities for the bigger kids. 

Don't have a helmet that fits? We will fit you and get you set up with a new one!

Afterwards, join in on the Family Fun Ride at 2:00 p.m. on the River Trail bike path!

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RTA Yoga with Lauren Kager of Living You Yoga
Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

RTA Yoga with Lauren Kager of Living You Yoga

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A vinyasa-style yoga class encouraging slow, mindful movements and a deep connection with the sound of your breath. This class is intended to encourage you to bring the focus inward where the true yoga practice takes place. Class will end with a short meditation to allow all of your hard work on the mat sink in. You will step away feeling balanced, rested, yet rejuvenated.

- Please bring your own mat.

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Bicycle Parade
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Bicycle Parade

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come back to the Festival Headquarters with your bike to ride in a celebratory lap around town! The parade route will start down the bike path towards the fairgrounds, loop back along Front Street to the Ohio River Fountain, and loop back to the Armory on the bike path. Decorate your bike if you are feeling festive and enjoy a fun new tradition!

Stick around after for the RTA Raffle & the Tortoise in Hare World Championship! 
You might just win a new bike!

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The 8th Annual Tortoise & Hare WORLD Championship
Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

The 8th Annual Tortoise & Hare WORLD Championship

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An RTA tradition sponsored by the River Valley Mountain Bike Association

Two-person teams on bicycles face off! One team member travels as fast as possible while the other travels as slow as possible. The "turtle" on each team is restricted to a small area and once started, cannot put their feet on the ground. The "hare" will simultaneously race around a short circle track with obstacles while riding a children's bike!

Teams are eliminated if the Tortoise puts their foot down or leaves the Tortoise box. Time is restricted to a maximum on 3 minutes. If teams make it to 3 minutes than those with the most laps wins!

WORLD championship starts immediately following the bike parade.

Stop by the festival HQ to sign up --- Space is limited!

Trophy goes to the World Champions.

Photo Credit: Knobel Photography

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Festival HQ Open!
Aug
12
7:30 AM07:30

Festival HQ Open!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Festival Headquarters opens at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. The East Muskingum Park will serve as this year's HQ. You can come to the HQ for numerous activities to include:

  • Registering for group rides (mountain, road, and city rides)
  • Participating in yoga sessions!
  • Picking up sweet RTA merch!
  • Grabbing information about festival events and to learn more about our awesome community
  • And much more!
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RTA Yoga with Emily West of O-Y-O: Health in Harmony
Aug
12
8:00 AM08:00

RTA Yoga with Emily West of O-Y-O: Health in Harmony

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This will be a slow but powerful flow yoga class that follows a basic sequence of poses to allow students to practice moving the body and breath together in a mindful way. It is suitable for beginners yet still appropriate for the more seasoned yoga student.

- Please bring your own mat.

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Broughton's Nature & Wildlife Education Area Hikes
Aug
12
8:30 AM08:30

Broughton's Nature & Wildlife Education Area Hikes

Explore Broughton's Nature and Wildlife Education Area by foot! Meet up with local trail aficionado who will lead the group on a 1-1.5 hour hike through the Broughton's trail systems, just one of the many local outdoor treasures we have to take advantage of in the Marietta area.

  • Saturday: 1.5 hour hike (3 miles)
  • Sunday: 1 hour hike (2 miles)

MEET UP Location: Turn right off route 60 onto Millgate Road, drive 1/2 mile to the trailhead at the end the road. If you drive or bike up a large hill with a beautiful 180 degree turn you are heading in the right direction. There will be signs pointing you along.

More info on Broughtons Wildlife Area:
http://broughtonnatureandwildlifeeducationarea.org/

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RTA Fest Sunday Group Road Ride!
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

RTA Fest Sunday Group Road Ride!

  • 310 Front Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

40ish mile route TBD soon!

Group rides are free, but all riders must register at the festival grounds prior to the start of the ride. Group rides have several ride leaders but are unsupported. Please bring all water, food, and repair items that you may need. 

All Group rides leave the festival HQ in Marietta Ohio. If you prefer to head out on your own, stop by to pick up a free map and route directions.

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Gnome Adventure Hike @ Kroger Wetlands - round 2!
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Gnome Adventure Hike @ Kroger Wetlands - round 2!

  • 80 Acme Street Marietta, OH, 45750 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Who doesn't want a second chance to go hiking for gnomes?!

Family/Kid-friendly, this is a less than 1 mile hike at the Kroger Wetlands. Fun for adults and children of any age. Be on the lookout for small gnomes along the way; word is they like to have their picture taken with the kiddos!

NOTE: Please show up a few minutes early to check-in with the hike leader.

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