The Des Moines area offers access to a number of trails, including the following:
High Trestle Trail
Sights abound on this 25-mile route, which stretches from Ankeny to Woodward. Along with viewing the dozens of pieces of art that cover the 13-story Trestle Bridge, bikers can enjoy stunning views of the Des Moines River Valley.
Great Western Trail
Named for the abandoned Chicago Great Western rail line on which it is built, Great Western Trail passes through a mix of rural and urban settings along its 16.5 miles. Those looking for a relaxing ride have the opportunity to stop at several picnic spots, while more ambitious cyclists can extend their workouts via the connecting Bill Riley Trail.
Raccoon River Valley Trail
A $2 dollar entry fee (waived for children under 18) is all that is required to enjoy the 89 miles of the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Throughout the year, the trail hosts a number of special events, including the cycling-meets-bacon-eating BACooN Ride, which takes place each June.
Established in 1944, Bethany Christian Services works to strengthen families around the globe through services ranging from family support to foster care and adoption. The organization also assists women facing crisis pregnancies through Bethany’s House in California. Open to women 18 years of age and above, the home offers a place to live while residents carry their babies to term and for up to six weeks after the birth.
Staff at Bethany’s House supply daily necessities to the residents while providing assistance in areas such as finding medical insurance, continuing education opportunities, working or volunteering, preparing for childbirth, and planning future actions. They also provide a loving community to foster confidence as residents navigate challenging choices.
About the Author:
Drawing on extensive experience in the commercial real estate market, Mark Allen Hanrahan serves as the managing director of Markmel Co. LLC in Urbandale, Iowa. Alongside his career, Mark Allen Hanrahan contributes to charitable groups such as Bethany Christian Services.
United Way of Central Iowa founded the Tocqueville Society in 1984 as a way for individuals to give back to their community. The organization has used the millions of dollars received from Tocqueville Society donations over the years to tackle critical issues in local areas and fund endeavors that lead to lasting improvements in the community.
Membership in the Tocqueville Society is open to those who make annual contributions of $10,000 or more to United Way of Central Iowa. In addition to seeing the donation make a difference in the community, Tocqueville Society members receive recognition in local publications such as the Des Moines Register and the Business Record. Members also gain access to regular e-newsletters with information about community projects, opportunities to participate in special volunteer events, and invitations to a yearly celebration of the organization’s work.
About the Author:
Mark Allen Hanrahan serves as managing partner of Markmel Co., LLC, a family real estate and venture capital firm in Urbandale, Iowa. Committed to philanthropy, Mark Allen Hanrahan belongs to the Tocqueville Society of United Way of Central Iowa.
Throughout his 27-year career in commercial real estate, Mark Allen Hanrahan has closed more than $10 billion in office, industrial, retail, and multifamily transactions while serving in director roles with Principal Real Estate Investors and Markmel Co. A passionate sports fan, Mark Allen Hanrahan counts the Chicago Cubs as his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team.
Looking to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, the Cubs acquire talented, left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers on July 27 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler and minor league pitching prospect Rollie Lacy. The Cubs were previously involved in discussions to acquire the Toronto Blue Jays’ left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ, but he was instead dealt to the New York Yankees.
A 34-year-old native of San Diego, California, Hamels is a four-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP. He spent the first nine-and-a-half years of his 13-year career with the Phillies before joining the Rangers in 2015. While he boasted a mediocre 4.72 earned run average (ERA) through 20 starts with the Rangers, he has been dominant in two starts with the Cubs, as he boasts a 1.00 ERA and has allowed only 11 hits through 18 innings.