Eagle County trails group names 2008 award recipients
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Rosana and Johannes Faessler, Ellen Miller, Louise Randall and the town of Vail have been selected as the 2008 Trail Supporter Award honorees by the citizen volunteer ECO Trails Committee. The awards are given annually for exceptional contributions to the development of the regional trail system.
Rosana and Johannes Faessler of the Sonnenalp of Vail have supported ECO Trails since its inception. Johannes was a leader in the creation of the program after the mass transportation tax was passed in 1995. Rosana has been instrumental in her work on the Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation, which voted to donate proceeds from the annual Casual Classic Bicycle Ride Benefit to ECO Trails for the past eight years. The Faesslers have organized and sponsored the Casual Classic Bicycle Ride Benefit for 23 years as a fundraiser for local causes.
Ellen Miller, a Vail resident who is well known for her climbing and endurance event accomplishments, spontaneously organized a fundraiser for ECO Trails last summer with a presentation about her trips as the first American woman to summit both sides of Mt. Everest.
Louise Randall is a Vail resident and an original member of the ECO Trails Committee, serving as vice-chair for 11 years. Louise is an avid cyclist, having cycled across the country twice. She also raised donations for ECO Trails with her “Pedaling for Pennies” trip from Canada to Mexico. Louise believes very strongly in the trail system vision to connect communities and provide travel routes for people of all ages, abilities and interests. She has always been at the forefront of the ECO Trails Committee’s work.
The Town of Vail has been busy the last few years upgrading the trails system that is fully connected from East Vail to West Vail. This past year, the Town Council and Public Works Department implemented upgrades to the North Frontage Road trail, the Katsos Ranch trail, facilitated the Cascade Village trail and bridge reconstruction and undertook major trail repairs at Dowd Junction.
The awards will be presented at the annual ECO Trails board holiday meeting at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in Gypsum. For additional information, call Ellie Caryl at 970-328-3523.