Trail News & Upcoming Events

2015 Photo Contest rules posted

SOTR ImageThe rules for the 2015 Friends of Mariners Trail Photo Contest have been posted. The rules are quite similar to those in previous years, although only photos are being accepted this year. As before, the 13 winning pictures will be used in the 2016 Trail calendar. Larry Corrado, Calendar Committee member, said that the committee would like to see more pictures showing action along the Trail, people actually using Mariners Trail. He mentioned, however, that photographers should get the permission to enter the photo from any recognizable people in their photos.

A pdf version of the Rules/Entry Form for the contest is available here. The form can be printed, filled in, and sent in with submissions. Those wishing to email entries can simply provide the same information as on the form in the body of the email message. Anyone with questions about submitting pictures can contact committee member Kelly Keedy by email ( or phone (920-645-7786).

(posted: 1/25/15)

Upgrades along the Trail New!

SOTR ImageA number of recent projects have taken place along parts of the Trail:

* Patty Sturtz has led the refurbishing of an unkept area of the Trail at Reed Avenue. Debris, weeds, and an unsightly fence section were removed and the area landscaped and planted. Working with Patty were Steve Sturtz, Kendra Sand, and the City of Manitowoc's Chad Scheinoha. New flowers were donated by a number of Trail gardeners and FOMT provided funds for mulch and flowers. Racheal Weigert will be watering the newly-planted flowers. See photo. A big thank you to Patty and all involved.

* On May 31, Lee Kummer, Bill Martin, Dave Bourgeois, Jim Rabata, and Tom Weber cut away brush from the "Lake" side of the trail near the Davis Wayside. The City of Two Rivers disposed of the large pile of brush removed. More of these work sessions are planned. Thank you Lee and crew.

* More recently, Bill Martin spent many hours over three days removing Creeping Juniper and tilling a new garden site at the Thiede St Wayside. The new flowerbed will be cared for by volunteers Lee and Cathy Hansen. Bill, you're great. Thanks for all you do for the Trail.

And of course, summertime sees many volunteers working on the forty-some flowerbeds along the Trail. Thank you to all of you.

(posted: 7/4/15)

July Monthly Meeting New!

The July FOMT monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Manitowoc County building, 1515 Memorial Drive, adjacent to Mariners Trail. Time will be allotted at the start of the meeting for input from FOMT members and others. Those interested in getting involved with Friends of Mariners Trail are especially invited to attend.

(posted: 6/28/15)

Successful Maritime Marathon takes place New!

On June 14, the third annual Holy Family Memorial Maritime Marathon took place. The course began and ended at UW-Manitowoc, basically following the lakeshore and using Port Sandy Bay as a turn-around point. Mariners Trail was used in both the outgoing and incoming sections of the course. FOMT members manned a refreshment station at the Honey Pot Wayside, providing water, Gatorade, and Gu (an energy gel) to the runners. Helping man the station were: Kent Reeves, Bill Martin, John Brunner, Sami Brunner, Judy Corrado, Larry Corrado, Tom Weber, Diane Weber, Kelly Keedy, and Pam Garzone. About 520 runners participated, according to FOMT member Mark Klaiber, who helped organize the event. Proceeds from the run were contributed to The Crossing.

(posted: 6/29/15)

FOMT Bench List updated

bench photoThe Friends of Mariners Trail Bench List has been recently updated. The List gives the location, down to the nearest hundreth of a mile, of benches and other items of interest along the trail. The list provides distances measured from both the Two Rivers and the Manitowoc Trailheads. Bench inscriptions are also listed, allowing those who would like to find the bench dedicated to a friend or family member a way of determining the bench's location. Mariners Trail has convenient mileage markers on low posts every half mile along the Trail showing distances from both trailheads.

The Bench List is available here or on a link at the bottom of the Donations webpage.

(posted: 6/5/15)

New Board Members elected at October Meeting

Several new Board of Directors members were elected at the October FOMT meeting held on October 22. Joiining the Board are Larry Corrado and Judy Goodchild. The full Board consists of: John Brunner, president; Mark Klaiber, vice-president; Patty Sturtz, treasurer; Larry Corrado, secretary; Jeff Allen; Judy Goodchild; and Judy Corrado.

The October meeting was the final FOMT meeting of 2014. The next meeting will be the annual Dinner Meeting to be held on January 28, 2015. More information on that meeting will be available on this website soon after the new year begins.

(posted: 10/24/14)


Contacting Friends of Mariners Trail

Friends of Mariners Trail can be contacted at:
    P.O.Box 2341
    Manitowoc WI 54221-2341



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