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by Jessica Waytenick • April 19, 2016

APRIL 2016 Quad Cities - The Quad City Health Initiative and Bi-State Regional Commission are pleased to officially launch QCTrails.org, a resource developed as part of Be Healthy QC (BHQC). QCTrails.org is a free user-friendly, interactive, and mobile responsive website which serves as a comprehensive resource that highlights multi-purpose trails, parks, and side-paths.

Users can track their physical activity progress in real-time and share their experience with friends through social media. This is an exciting new tool for encouraging and improving physical activity throughout the year.

QCTrails.org was developed to encourage area residents and visitors to get more active by making information available about the vast number of trails in the Quad Cities, Illinois-Iowa Region. The website provides tools to help users find trails that support a wide variety of activities -- from walking paths and hiking and biking trails -- to paddling/water and equestrian trails. Each detailed trail posting features:

An interactive map showing the trail system and important points of interest like parking areas, natural attractions, and parks;

Trailhead directions to the primary access points;

A description of the trail system and experience;

Information and links to trail managers;

Photographs and video links; and

Comments submitted by trail managers and account holders.

QCTrails.org is designed to work on a variety of devices and can track a users' location as well. Users will also notice current weather information and a link to find nearby geocaches, in addition to tools for downloading trail geography. Additionally, the "Move More" section provides helpful information on using trails and staying healthy through physical activity.

To encourage ongoing use of QCTrails.org, users can create a free QCTrails.org account and save their trail experiences by using the "My Trails" section. Trail users can create a "wishlist" of trails, mark "favorite" trails, add a trail log with comment and photos, earn cool electronic badges when they complete different trail challenges and also showcase their accomplishments. Just for signing up and logging one trail, a user earns the "Headwaters Hurrah" badge! It is a fun way to build excitement about finding QC Trails, getting outside on the trails, and becoming engaged in physical activity.

Media Contact: Laura V. Fontaine, Be Healthy QC Project Manager, Quad City Health Initiative
Phone: 563-421-2814

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