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Symposium Highlights

Cyclovia Fountain Hills, Welcome Reception, Awards Banquet, Keynote Luncheons & “Trails Rock” Party


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Map of Arizona Join us at the Symposium for fun and inspiration April 14-17, 2013!

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Destination - Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
Near Fountain Hills, Mesa, and Scottsdale, Arizona


Photo of horses on trail

Fountain Hills, AZ

Cyclovia Fountain Hills 

A Celebration of Healthy Living

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free – Open to the Pubic
Location: Fountain Park
Free Concert in Fountain Park follows: 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

To kick off the International Trails Symposium, the Town of Fountain Hills will host its first annual Cyclovia (aka “bike path”).  The Town will close the Avenue of the Fountains to vehicular traffic to celebrate healthy lifestyles. Cyclovia Fountain Hills is a free family-friendly event, welcoming cycling enthusiasts, walkers, runners, skaters, strollers, and all others to experience our “open streets." It is an opportunity to learn about the community, take part in a variety of fun activities and exhibits including: health and fitness demonstrations, Yoga and Zumba classes, guided tours and hikes, a Farmers Market, arts vendors, live music, and many other activities. Learn more at All attendees are invited to this FREE event!


Building Public Awareness for Trails Event in the Exhibit Hall 

Discover, Learn, and Celebrate Trails

Date: Sunday, April 14
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free – Open to the Pubic
Location: Exhibit Hall Tent

This event will provide the local community and attendees with an opportunity to visit exhibitors and learn about the Symposium and trails around the State and country.  The exhibit hall will be open to attendees, guests, and local trail enthusiasts free of charge. In addition, local groups from around the Phoenix area will provide information tables, presentations, and workshop activities for all ages. Learn more about Building Public Awareness for Trails Event...


Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall 

Welcoming You to the Path

Date: Sunday, April 14
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (immediately following Happy Trails Hour)
Cost: Included with Registration ($29.00 for guests)
Location: Exhibit Hall Tent

The event will begin with an inspiring dance performance from local Native American tribes followed by a warm welcome from these Symposium partners:

Check out the extensive exhibit hall and meet with vendors offering you the latest in cutting-edge products and services. Enjoy a Southwestern Wrap (be sure to bring your meal ticket!) and a no-host bar, as you visit with past acquaintances and meet new friends!

We encourage you to explore Fountain Hills and the surrounding cities following the Opening Reception. Fountain Hills is famous for their iconic fountain. At its full height of 560 feet, the fountain is higher than the Washington Monument. It is also 10 feet taller than Notre Dame Cathedral, 110 feet higher than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt, and three times as high as Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone Park. The fountain operates each hour on the hour for 15 minutes from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. each day.


Opening Keynote Luncheon 

Making Connections in a World of Trails

Date: Monday, April 15
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Included with Registration ($29.00 for guests)
Location: Wassaja Ballroom


Introduction to the Hulet Hornbeck Youth Scholarship Recipients

Trails that Connect, Trails that Heal - An International Perspective
Moderated by Robert M. Searns, Chair, American Trails Board and Owner, The GreenWay Team

The trails movement is embraced by peoples worldwide. Across the globe, trails are about recreation, fitness and enjoyment and also about tourism and economic development. Most importantly, they are about connectivity of people to landscapes, cultures and to their inner selves. Enjoy a stimulating and informative discussion by stellar advocates from three continents as they share their personal perspectives about the value of trails.

Dr. Hui Jung
Director, Korean Trails & Culture Foundation, South Korea

Hui helped found the National Trails System in Korea, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Korean Trails Culture Foundation, and sits on the committee for the World Trails Network. She established the Korean Trails Culture Foundation and organized the Teenager’s Walking Travel School for disadvantaged youth.

Kathy Loper
Founder, Kathy Loper Events, USA

Kathy has been an avid long-distance runner her entire life. Her love for the sport morphed into a career of international running event planning, which has taken her all over the world. To date, she has held events in Antarctica, China, Chile, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Tanzania.

Bernard Ollivier
Walking Advocate & Author, France

At age 62, Bernard decided to walk the Silk Road, a 12,000 kilometer trek from Istanbul, Turkey to Xi’an, China to give his life a different perspective. As a walking advocate, he has written several books espousing the healing benefits of walking outdoors.

Galeo Saintz
Founding Member, Rim of Africa Trail, South Africa

Galeo is the co-founder of two of South Africa’s leading hiking trails, the Rim of Africa Trail and the Eden to Addo Great Corridor Hike.  He is a conservation adventurer and pioneer of experiences that raise awareness and funds for conservation projects. Since November 2012 he is Chairman of the World Trails Network Committee.


“Trails Rock” Party at La Puesta del Sol 

It's a fiesta with fajitas, friends, dancing, and a live auction

Date: Monday, April 15
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cost: Included with Registration ($59.00 for guests - no onsite ticket sales)
Location: La Puesta del Sol at Fort McDowell Adventures (5 miles from Radisson)

Complimentary transportation will be provided to and from all three of the host hotels. The buses will have which hotel they are going to/from – please be sure to get on the right bus when leaving the party! Transportation starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs through 11:30 p.m. (in less than 30 minute intervals).

Come enjoy Southwestern Fajitas, friends, dancing, and a Live Auction at La Puesta del Sol. This will be an excellent time to network with many trail enthusiasts.

La Puesta sits perched atop a wildflower-carpeted hill in the northernmost region of the Sonoran Desert.  With panoramic 360-degree views of five surrounding landmark mountain ranges (McDowell, Four Peaks, Mazatzal, Superstition, and Red Mountain), La Puesta offers a picture perfect setting to experience a taste of Arizona’s perfect weather, stunning sunsets, clear skies, and peaceful surroundings.

Live Auction
Don’t forget to bring your wallet to bid on great items provided by generous donors during the Live Auction. You will be supporting American Trails at the same time!

Enjoy dining and dancing to the flavor of the area with Georgia Chrome out of Tempe. Georgia Chrome covers it all, from brand new chart topping country to old school Americana.


American Trails 21st National Trails Awards Banquet 

On the Path of Excellence

Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Included with Registration ($49.00 for guests)
Location: Wassaja Ballroom

The National Trails Awards program is one way American Trails recognizes the exemplary people across the landscape of America who passionately work to create a national system of trails to meet the recreation, health, and travel needs of Americans – including those abroad. American Trails will honor outstanding efforts made by agencies, trail professionals, the private sector, corporations, advocates, media, those creating healthier communities and people, groups dedicated to getting kids out on trails and into the outdoors, and others in this evening’s awards program. Celebrate 25 years of American Trails and more exciting anniversaries in the trails community. Please join us for this gala affair (business or cocktail attire) and help celebrate the worthy recipients of these awards:


Closing Keynote Luncheon

Celebrating the Human Spirit

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Included with Registration ($29.00 for guests)
Location: Wassaja Ballroom

American Trails Meeting of the Membership & Board Election

The Future of America’s Trails ~ Jeff Spellman, Retired, Phoenix Parks & Recreation and “Hulet Hornbeck” Youth Scholarship Recipients

Breaking Barriers and Transforming Lives ~ Charles Thomas, Pacific West Regional Manager of Youth Programs, National Park Service

How do we engage an audience that is more reflective of the diversity of America on our trails? Charles has created a variety of award-winning programs dedicated to enriching the lives of underserved urban populations, especially high-risk youth and their families, by introducing them to the therapeutic value of spending time in wild places and open spaces. Charles will identify some of the key barriers, real and perceived, that has kept many minority populations on sidewalks and away from trails and offer some solutions and tools for effective outreach.


Keynote Address: Janine Shepherd

Embracing Adversity and Challenge – an Extraordinary Journey

A champion cross-country skier in training for the Winter Olympics, Janine Shepherd’s life was irrevocably altered when she was hit by a truck on a bike ride. Janine’s story takes us on an amazing journey. An odyssey with so many twists and turns, it mirrors the path we travel in our own lives, and in our work, every day. Rising like a Phoenix – Janine is a testament to the power of the Human Spirit. Read more about Janine Shepherd...

 “Janine is a change agent. She has an extraordinary ability to ignite people’s spirits and move them to find the real potential of their lives; her story inspires people around the world.” – Deepak Chopra

Janine is the best-selling author of Never Tell Me Never and an international renowned speaker who travels extensively in Australia and all over the world sharing her story. Following her talk, Janine will hold a book signing. You can purchase her book, Never Tell Me Never,  for only $25 at the signing (taking place in the back of the Wassaja Ballroom following her talk) or any time during the conference at Merchandise in the Registration Area.


LOCATION of the 2013 Symposium

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Contact for sponsorships and exhibitors:

Candace Mitchell at or (530) 547-2060

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