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Dayton chosen to host international trails conference in 2017

National recognition for the Dayton area continues to roll in.

California-based American Trails selected Dayton for its 2017 International Trails Symposium because of the partnerships and variety involved in southwest Ohio’s trail system, Candace Mitchell, communication specialist for the organization, told our news partner Dayton Daily News.

Curious to know what factors were considered when determining the host city? Here's a few:

  • This year’s biannual event for the nonprofit group was in Portland, Ore. It attracted about 760 people from 18 countries — including Australia, Brazil, China and Russia — giving that city a projected economic impact of $1.3 million, Mitchell said.
  • Among the many reasons why Dayton was chosen to host this event was access to cycling, mountain biking, river, hiking, backpacking, equestrian, motorized and ADA-accessible trails — all of which will be featured during the International Trails Symposium. 
  • With more than 330 miles of paved trails is the largest such network in the country, according to MetroParks.

Read more about this story over at myDaytonDailyNews.com

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