Two life-long visionaries who were instrumental in building some of Nebraska’s most treasured pathways were named last week as Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC’s) 2017 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions.

Many across Nebraska, says Merrick Foundation executive director Chuck Griffith, credit Ross Greathouse and Lynn Lightner—avid runners and cyclists who have been friends and fellow trail builders for nearly four decades—with laying the early groundwork for the Nebraska Trails Foundation and for playing significant roles in the fundraising for and completion of most of the trails now supported by the foundation.

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