Fairbanks Explores Summer Trails Challenge

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks Parks and Recreation has a fun new activity to get excited about.
Julie Swisher takes us out on the trail to learn more.

Fairbanks North Star Borough started a summer trails challenge to encourage people to get outdoors and explore.
Bryant Wright, Trails coordinator for Parks and Rec explains why he thought this would be a great idea for the community.

Bryant Wright: "Finding a way to get out and get more familiar with your surroundings, and getting in touch with the place you live, I think is really beneficial for people and their quality of life. And especially if you can do that, learn new places, explore new places, and share that with others, whether that be on social media or just grabbing a new friend go find a trail. Or bringing your family, or showing your kids a new place outside. I think that really helps bring people together."

There are twelve trails in this challenge ranging in length and difficulty, but also unique with their nature and surroundings.

Bryant Wright: "I definitely thinks it helps to do a little research ahead of time. All the trails are quite different. Some are really pretty short, and fairly easy, really easy surface to walk on, you can even push a stroller on Sandpiper Trail for example. Some can be really difficult and are a bit longer, and get you in more remote places so, finding a friend, looking at some maps, or even calling our office I'd be happy to talk to folks, walk them through what's out there.

If you take a selfie and post it with the Hashtag FNSB trails, you could be entered to win some fun prizes.
I'm Julie Swisher encouraging you to take the road less traveled, it could make all the difference.

Anyone can find a trail, take a photo, and share it on social media until September 30th, 2018.