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Southern Utah News Front Page: November 16, 2017

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Sherry Belle Trail ribbon cutting and Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning at Jackson Flat Reservoir

The new Sherry Belle Trail around the Jackson Flat Reservoir is being completed this week, just in time for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thanksgiving morning at 8:30 a.m. Photo by Kelly Brown.

Come celebrate the opening of a brand new hiking trail near the Jackson Flat Reservoir in Kanab – make plans to attend the family-friendly K-Town 5K Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 23!

The new asphalt Sherry Belle Trail is approximately five kilometers long and named in honor of the late Sherry Noel, who was a great advocate for trails and regularly promoted community health and wellness. The trail which circles the reservoir will be open to the public during daylight hours.

Kane County Water Conservancy District General Manager Mike Noel said, “We are excited to open the trail with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and subsequent run around Jackson Flat Reservoir. This trail will make a significant contribution to tourism and the quality of life enjoyed by Kanab residents and visitors.”

“These locally driven efforts strive to make Kanab a destination, and we appreciate everyone coming together to make this project happen. This project will increase economic development through additional recreational opportunities, providing beneficial growth in Kane County,” said Kane County Commissioner Dirk Clayson. “Amid the red sandstone cliffs and sweeping vistas of the Kanab area, we have an enormous potential for outdoor recreation, and family-friendly trails and the Sherry Belle Trail at Jackson Flat Reservoir is a remarkable community asset.”

The Thursday, November 23 events will kick-off at 8:15 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new trail.

To celebrate the trail opening, the first annual K-Town Turkey Trot will take place immediately following. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m, and the cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family. This is a family-friendly fun run and everyone is welcome to join the race. You can run, jog or walk, and strollers and pets are also welcome on the fully paved trail. There will be a prize of a turkey for the top male and female finishers in the race!

The vision for the Kanab City Trail System is to have a linking trails system connecting Jackson Flat Reservoir to Kanab City and Jacob Hamblin Park. It is the intent for Kanab to become known for its quality trails system, linking downtown Kanab to recreational facilities and parks in the community.

Thanks are due to the local Trails Committee, Kelly Stowell, Kelly Brown and Mike Noel for all their hard work making this trail happen. It will be a great addition to Kanab’s outdoor recreation possibilities.

The trail at the Jackson Flat Reservoir project was primarily supported by the Kane County Water Conservancy District, Kane County Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA), Kane County, and grants from the State of Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, with the assistance of community member involvement.

A big thank you to the race sponsors – Kane County Water Conservancy, Kane County Office of Tourism, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, CEBA, and Healthy Kane County Coalition.

For more information, call the Kane County Water Conservancy at (435) 644-3997 or the Kane County Office of Tourism at (435) 644-5033.

Make plans to attend the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot at Jackson Flat Reservoir!

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