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What Wasson Way Means for One Woman

Friday, December 11, 2020 by Katie Vogel

Trail use has skyrocketed during the global pandemic. On some trails that we monitor, we’ve seen an 65% increase in traffic in 2020 compared to 2019. As we continue our efforts to complete the CROWN, we’re eager to celebrate each new milestone. On November 28, we joined with elected officials and local leaders to cut the ribbon to the newest segment of the Wasson Way trail.

But for one resident, it was a much bigger deal than just another section of thoughtfully planned out asphalt.

In February, Jamie Ciolino was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that affects more than 4 million Americans. Wasson Way’s trailhead happened to be located at the end of her street. Looking for a way to stay active, Ciolino consulted with her doctor.

“I was in a hopeless place and in so much pain,” Ciolino told Tri-State Trails, “I found a doctor who listened and helped me overcome my illness, but cycling saved my life.”

Jamie Ciolino bought a bike and started riding regularly earlier this year after she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

“I tell everyone I know to get a bike and hit the trails. I’m now pretty much obsessed with cycling! It truly gave me my life back.” said Ciolino when she spoke with Tri-State Trails.

While last month’s ribbon cutting is a small milestone in our efforts to CROWN the Queen City, it’s a humbling reminder of what the trail can mean for residents seeking to live a healthy, active lifestyle in Cincinnati.

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