Tour de Way — A Riverway Giveaway

By Elizabeth Connor, Great Miami Riverway 

Sometimes the best travel plans are right in your own backyard. If you’re looking for new and exciting activities to do and places to visit this year, you won’t have to travel far.

The Great Miami Riverway’s Tour de Way passport program launches on May 4. You can explore the region all year long with more than 100 locations, perfect for the adventurer, the art lover, the aviation enthusiast, the beer connoisseur, and everyone else in between.

Each time you visit one of the locations, you’ll collect points that can make you eligible for exciting prizes like a SmithFly Shoal Tent (world’s first floating tent). The program runs through March 1, 2020, so there’s plenty of time to explore and collect points.


Get started
To get started, you simply visit one of the many locations that will be listed on starting May 4. Follow the instructions to find the QR code with your smartphone. The first time you scan a QR code, you’ll be prompted to create a Great Miami Riverway account. Every time you visit a new location, you collect points in your account, making you eligible for prizes such as a bicycle, downtown gift cards and more. The more locations you visit, the more chances you have to win.

Each location enters your name into the drawing, so if you visit 50 locations, you have 50 chances to win. This is not a race. We encourage you to spend time in each location and enjoy the community. You have 10 months to complete this, so enjoy it!

Keep checking the Riverway’s social media accounts for pop-up and temporary QR code locations. If you want to win the big prizes, you’ll need those extra points! If you take a photo while exploring and use the hashtag #RiverwayGiveaway, you’ll receive double points for that location. Photos can be posted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

The winners will be announced at the 2020 Riverway Summit. You don’t need to be present to win, but you will need to pick up your prizes. They are too large to ship!

A Tour de Way guide to each city—Sidney to Hamilton—will be available on the Great Miami Riverway website.

Tour de Way launches May 4 in Middletown at a new event called RiverCon. Held at the MetroParks of Butler County’s River Center, the event will combine Star Wars and the Great Miami River. There will be a Star Wars costume contest, Jedi yoga, live music, downtown shuttle and amazing food trucks. It’s the perfect place to log your first Tour de Way location. #MayTheRiverBeWithYou

The Great Miami Riverway is 99 miles of river, paved trails, and connected communities from Sidney to Hamilton. MCD is a partner in the Great Miami Riverway.

New website to improve your Great Miami River experience

By Elizabeth Connor, Riverway Coordinator

Nothing can ruin a good ride along the Great Miami River Recreation Trail like discovering midway that the trail is submerged from a recent storm.

But that’s about to be a thing of the past. You can now Find Your Way a whole lot easier with the Great Miami Riverway’s new website, featuring a map that automatically updates trail conditions.

One of the most unique features of the website is the live Trail Conditions Map. This map, developed by students in the University of Dayton’s Innovation Center, is the first of its kind. Visit most trail websites, and live conditions are manually entered. For the Great Miami Riverway, we went a step further.

Trail conditions on the Great Miami River Recreation Trail are updated every 15 minutes, allowing you to check the trails before you go. The website shows high water– red (high water currently), yellow (high water in the last 48 hours), or green (clear trail). The map also shows any construction on the trail.

This summer, additional sensor data will be collected to complete the live trail map for the Great Miami River Recreation Trail (Bike Trail No. 25). The gray dots indicate areas where data collection is on-going.


Personalize your trip itinerary

Another great tool on the site allows you to plan and create personalized trips along this 99-mile region in southwest Ohio. There are also recommendations and curated itineraries on things to do; places to stay; and where to eat on the trail, on the water, and in our communities.

“This website is going to be a game-changer for the way my friends and I use the trails,” says Kettering resident Gwen Owen. “There are so many great riverfront cities to explore, and now we’ll have the tools to be sure the trails are clear, plan what we want to see, where we want to eat and what we want to do.”

Marketing strategy

This website is a key communication tool in the Great Miami Riverway regional destination marketing strategy. Riverway communities are looking at a $43 billion tourism industry in Ohio. Having a useful website is crucial to successful visitor attraction and economic development for our river corridor neighborhoods.

Future website tools include additional live reporting, current weather conditions, and yes – even virtual reality. We encourage you to visit to Find Your Way because there is plenty to explore.

Add your events, create your own trip itinerary, list your business, or simply find a great family activity for this weekend. We look forward to seeing you at the Riverway!

To be featured, use #GreatMiamiRiverway in your social media posts.