On Saturday, Sept 12, Mitch Ancona rode an epic 100 miles on the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) in Wilton, raising over $10,000 to build more trail. Ancona, owner of Ancona’s Wines & Liquors (Ridgefield and Wilton), started his mission at 4:30 a.m. and concluded the 100 miles at 12 hours later. He and his companions who shared part of his journey (ages 9-80) were met with clanging cowbells, claps, whistles, and general shouts of encouragement.
“Mitch is a great athlete and a true fan of the NRVT,” said Beth Merrill, NRVT’s executive director. “By showcasing the trail and raising donations, more Fairfield County residents are becoming aware that NRVT is building more of its community-friendly hiking, biking, and handicap-accessible trail through the heart of Fairfield County. Thanks so very much, Mitch.”
Special thanks to the DIY DK100 Mitch Ride event sponsors: Athletic Brewing Co. (Stratford), The Cakebox (Ridgefield), Nod Hill Brewing (Ridgefield), Parlor Pizza (Wilton), Ridgefield Bike Company (Ridgefield), and Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee (Wilton and Ridgefield).
During the Coronavirus crisis, the NRVT had trail use spike by over 260%. The NRVT has eight miles of completed trail and 22 more miles to build. All proceeds from this event will help the Friends of the NRVT build more community-friendly, multipurpose trail.
Friends of the NRVT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to the creation of a 30-mile, multi-use, handicap-accessible, soft-surface trail running through the heart of Fairfield County, from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, through Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding, and terminating at Rogers Park in Danbury.