Playing on the path

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — Saturday is going to be a full day for those who like to combine exercise, fun, and play. There will be opportunities throughout the evening for residents to get outside and benefit from the bike path during the lineup of events from Active Piqua Cyclovia to the Glow Run Fun Run. The evening will also end with a brief fireworks display, giving residents a taste of what 2016’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration will look like on the downtown riverfront.

Active Piqua Cyclovia

The Active Piqua Cyclovia is back, taking advantage of the beginning of fall. It will take place at Main and Downing on both sides of the bike path.

“It’s just going to be a wonderful time to come and play in the city,” the Rev. Kazy Hinds of Active Piqua said. “My feeling is, a city that can play together will stay together… It’s a wonderful, unifying event.”

From 4-8 p.m., there will be plenty of activities for the entire family including exhibitors, vendors, entertainment and the Wheelie Fun Zone.

“How can you not have a smile on your face when you’re riding around on a Big Wheel?” Hinds said about the adult-sized Big Wheels expected to be at the event.

There are interactive activities on the schedule, including high-intensity interval training at 5 p.m., zumba at 6 p.m., and yoga at 7 p.m.

Attendees will be able to learn about health and wellness products, play a Trail Tune Piano, try out the city of Piqua Energy Bike, or chalk the walk. People also have the opportunity to play hopscotch, four square, or giant checkers.

There will also be live entertainment. Taylor Huffman and guitarist Bryant Ahrens from Versailles will perform from 4-7 p.m. John Simon and Corrina Nix will perform from 5-8 p.m. at another spot during the event.

Moonlight Stride and Ride

Also on Saturday, residents will have the opportunity to ride their bikes after sunset during Mainstreet Piqua’s 11th Annual Moonlight Stride and Ride, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Lock 9 Park, heading south toward the Piqua Power Plant before returning to Lock 9 Park.

The ride is approximately two miles in length. Walkers are also invited to participate.

In addition to the light provided by the luminaries along the path, all riders will receive glow-in-the-dark necklaces while supplies last.

The Moonlight Stride and Ride is sponsored by Edison Community College.

Glow Run Fun Run

The first-ever Piqua Glow Run Fun Run is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8:30 p.m. at Lock 9 Park. The Glow Run is being held in conjunction with the Active Piqua Cyclovia.

The event will be held on the river’s edge and there will be hundreds of luminaries set up along the edge of the Piqua PATH. Runners are encouraged to wear neon colors, and bring head lamps, flashlights and other nighttime running accessories. Because this is a fun run, there will not be any timing and is suitable for runners of all fitness levels.

The cost to participate is $10 and each participant will receive a pair of glow sunglasses and a 22-inch glow stick. Registration forms for the Glow Run Fun Run are available for downloading at or by visiting Can’t Stop Running, 321 N. Main St., Piqua.

Proceeds from the run will be donated to Protect Our Water-Ways (POWW) to help with the expenses associated with their annual river clean-up.


There will be a short fireworks display Saturday night as all of the aforementioned events come to a close. It will be at 9 p.m. off the east Main Street bridge. The best viewing spot will be from the bike path bridge will be next to Lock 9 Park.

“It will be brief, but it will be awesome,” Lorna Swisher, director of Mainstreet Piqua, said.

A group of residents came up with the idea of holding fireworks on Saturday night after being inspired by the Peter Kageyama “i Love Piqua” workshop.

“This is a precursor of what we can look forward to in years to come for fireworks down by the river,” Hinds said.

Those seeking more information about any of those events may call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355.

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

People will also have the opportunity to take part in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day happening on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Piqua Police Department will be a site for this drug drop-off event where anybody can stop by and give up their unused pills and patches.

The Piqua Police Department is encouraging the public to protect both kids and the city’s water supply by taking part in this event.

“We know there are a lot of pharmaceuticals that get diverted into the illegal or abused uses,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said. Jamison explained that can happen when people are not paying close attention to them.

“The longer they sit unprotected or ignored … the greater the likelihood something bad will happen,” Jamison said.

Dropping off unused prescription drugs with the Piqua Police Department is also the responsible thing to do as a resident of Piqua. Simply flushing pills down the toilet is not good enough, as it contaminates and harms the city’s water supply.

Jamison explained that the more drugs people are able to keep out of Piqua’s sanitary sewer system, “the better we are off as a community.”

The Piqua Police Department will be accepting only pills and patches during this drug take-back event. They will not take any liquids or sharps.

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall