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2006 RRCA Convention Hosted by the Houston Striders Funds Mile Markers for Local Park
By: Roberta Macinnis
[From the October 28, 2010 Houston Chronicle]
The Terry Hershey Park hike and bike trail now has new mile markers thanks to area runners giving back to their community.
The 37 markers, which are embedded every quarter mile alongside 7 miles of the trail, as well as around a 2.2 mile loop, were a gift from the 2006 Road Runners Club of America National Convention, which was hosted by the Houston Striders.
Back then, Striders member Steve Shepard, along with his wife, Barbara Shepard, and fellow Strider Brett Riley worked to bring the nonprofit running club’s annual meeting to Houston. The event ended up clearing $13,000, Shepard said, of which $6,000 was used to fund the new markers.
The newly marked hike and bike trail follows Buffalo Bayou from Hwy. 6 to the Sam Houston Tollway.
We looked at all sorts of alternatives, met with (Harris) County in 2006, discussed water fountains and trails that needed new asphalt, but decided Terry Hershey was long overdue for mile markers,” Shepard said.
The county provided the surveying and installation. Convention volunteer Andrew Keller oversaw the detailed design and final implementation.