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Family, friends honor longtime trail supporter with Ultimate Ride

Bikers ride Saturday in the Terry Anastas Ultimate Ride on Bonansinga Drive. The 10- or 25-mile bike ride, held in memory of avid biker Terry Anastas, was hosted by Friends of the Trails.
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 12, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY — There's no doubt that Terry Anastas would have been working Saturday to support one of his passions.

Family and friends honored him during the Terry Anastas Ultimate Ride to support the Friends of the Trails. The annual bike ride was renamed in honor of the Quincy attorney who died last month.

After finishing either the 10- or 25-mile ride, riders could hear stories about Terry and all the various organizations he supported to improve the community.

His wife, Kathy Anastas, believed Terry worked every ride supporting Friends of the Trails since its inception.

"The trails were really important to Terry," Kathy Anastas said. "As a kid, he played a lot in Reservoir Park, and the outdoors has always been a great part of his life, whether it's biking, camping, canoeing or whatever it might be. He loved to be outdoors, and he wanted to help create a space in Quincy that would get families outdoors. He especially wanted to get people on bikes."

She was pleased with the turnout, pointing out family members who traveled from as far as San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; North Carolina, Virginia and Texas.

"I realized the impact Terry had on the community," Kathy Anastas said. "I don't think he realized it himself, but I knew there would be a good turnout of people to remember him."

Friends of the Trails board member Mike Klingner said Terry was active on the development of the Bill Klingner Trail starting in 1994, when easements were being acquired

"Terry was involved really since getting that acquisitions together and just so supportive both behind the scenes and financially to make this happen," Klingner said.

The organization has raised more than $1 million to assist with the development of the trail.

Friends of the Trails is working to raise funds to improve the pedestrian crossing on Bonansinga Drive into Bob Bangert Park and provide runners, walkers and cyclists with access to a restroom — a common request from those who use the trail.

"We're going to continue the trail across (Bonansinga), build a lake there — we already have funds raised to expand a little fishing pond — have a small bridge, and kind of dedicate that to Terry and take it right to the restroom there in Bob Bangert Park," Klingner said.