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Friday, April 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:

Amanda Schomaker
Madison County Transit
(618) 797-4600

MCT TRAILS LAUNCHES TRAIL-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT

The Free App-Based Scavenger Hunt Begins Today

GRANITE CITY, IL., April 17, 2020... With warmer weather approaching and social distancing orders remaining in effect, there has never been a better time to get outside for fresh air and exercise. To provide a safe outdoor recreation option, Madison County Transit (MCT) is launching a free, interactive, app-based scavenger hunt for use on the more than 135 miles of scenic Madison County bikeways in the MCT Trails system. The MCT Trails Scavenger Hunt goes live today and offers individuals and families throughout Madison County a series of fun challenges, suitable for MCT Trailgoers of all ages. In compliance with executive orders, MCT Trails users must stay more than six feet apart when participating in this scavenger hunt or simply visiting the trails for recreation or exercise. Scavenger hunt missions include creative tasks, challenges and questions, some of which involve finding a specific location or snapping a selfie.

To participate in the MCT Trails Scavenger Hunt, participants simply download the free application, “GooseChase” on their mobile device. Once downloaded, they should search for “MCT Trails Scavenger Hunt” and join the game as a guest or create a free account to play and earn points. GooseChase then provides a list of available missions created by MCT, which can be completed at any time. For each successful mission completed participants are awarded points. For competitive participants, there is a leaderboard which displays a running points total. But, there’s no prize for the winner, just bragging rights. The overall goal of this scavenger hunt is to get outside, and safely explore the MCT Trails.

“With more than 135 miles of bikeways, the MCT Trails provide a great way for residents to physically distance while staying safe and active.” said MCT Communications Director Amanda Schomaker. The MCT Trails Scavenger Hunt launches today and will run through the end of May. (May is also National Bike Month.) New missions will also become available throughout the duration of the game, offering new challenges and activities each week. For more information about the MCT Trails, visit www.mcttrails.org, call (618) 797-INFO (4636), e-mail trails@mct.org, or find MCT Trails on Facebook and Instagram.

Madison County Transit (MCT) provides multi-modal transportation services for Madison County, Illinois. MCT operates a fixed-route bus service, connecting to MetroLink; express weekday commuter service directly to and from downtown St. Louis; and seasonal express service the Muny. For elderly and disabled residents who are unable to use the fixed-route buses, MCT provides complementary door to door service. MCT is also responsible for the construction and maintenance of more than 137 miles of bikeways that comprise the MCT Trails system, as well as overseeing RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s FREE carpooling and vanpooling program.