Thurston County trail will close Saturday to accommodate STP riders

Staff writerJuly 8, 2014 

Members of the Living The Dream Foundation's Team Kuna roll down Hwy 507 south of Tenino on their collection of beach cruiser bicycles during the Seattle-To-Portland bike ride on Saturday, July 13, 2013. The team has collected and donated $70,000 in their eight years riding to raise awareness of Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, said Tina Kuna of Snohomish, who helped organized the ride. The team of 20 riders and 10 support staff will complete the ride in two days on the 42-pound, single-gear bicycles. "The hills are the killers, " said Bill Barga, who came from Greenville, Ohio to ride with his son. "We don't have a 'granny gear, ' so you've got to keep your speed up or you fall over."

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The 14.5 mile Yelm-to-Tenino Trail will close to the general public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to allow an estimated 10,000 bicyclists pass through Thurston County for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.

The trail runs from Yelm, through Rainier and ends at the Tenino City Park. Signs about the closure have been posted along the route.

Known as the STP, the bicycle ride is 202 miles long, and has been a Northwest tradition since 1979.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com @Lisa_Pemberton

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