BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Tristan Allgaier would have been 23 years old this Tuesday, October 30
Sunday, his family joined NWA locals in the dedication of Tristan’s Trail to remember his battle against drugs.
Tristan Allgaier was an avid biker on the Bentonville trails.
At the age of 21, he lost his battle to a drug addiction.
“There was once a little boy just like them who, loved to ride the trails but unfortunately he chose to use drugs and addiction chose him,” said Allgaier.
Tristan’s mom, Gina Allgaier said she wants kids to have a place to go that will keep them away from drugs.
The NWA Trailblazers also doing its part., and named this trail to honor Tristan.
“This trail sits between so close in the proximity to the schools in the area. We’re hoping that this is a trail that’s easy enough for beginners enough to ride on, and it really gives them something to do, another one of the outdoor activities that they can go and do after school,” said Soft Surface Project Designer Uriah Nazario.
Tristan’s trail runs right through the Allgaier’s backyard.
When Gina sees people enjoying it she said she wants them to remember one thing.
“Take care of your body, put in good. Don’t put in drugs. Don’t waste your life on something so awful that really robs you of everything that’s good in your life,” said Allgaier.
The trail also serves as a commemoration of her son.
“It’s very healing…A lot of people have said this is their favorite trail to ride, so I hope people will come and enjoy it,” said Allgaier.
To help in the fight against substance abuse, Gina Allgaier and her family created the Speak Up About Drugs organization, in hopes of preventing another family from losing a loved one to drugs.
To learn more about Speak Up About Drugs or get involved, click here