Yough River Trail Race set for April 7
The 18th annual Yough River Trail Race will be held April 7.
There is a 5K run and walk (3.1 miles), a 10K run (6.2 miles) and a 10-mile run held on the trail. The event is sponsored by the Yough River Trail Council. Registration and finish are at Yough River Park.
The event has grown tremendously over the past four years, from 150 participants to 335, said organizers. It started 18 years ago as a half marathon to help those who wanted to race in the Pittsburgh marathon with their training. When that race was discontinued participation dropped so the YRTC organizers changed it to a 10-mile run to have more options to encourage more runners. Then, two years ago organizers added a 10K to offer another option.
"We've kept the date as the Saturday before Easter because people seem to really like that day. They may be here visiting for the holiday and looking for an activity to do or they are local participants who plan for it and it every year," said Ted Kovall, YRTC president.
The day brings out people of all ages, the youngest, 7-year-old Henry Dziewulski and the oldest, 78-year-old Charles Warren.
"A big shout out to all our sponsors. With their support we are able to defray all costs and have some left over for adding to our bottom line. All monies earned have been devoted to trail projects and equipment," said Kovall.
The Yough River Trail Council is an all-volunteer group and they maintain 23 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage, all the way from Bruner Run, 11 miles upstream from Connellsville to 12 miles downstream near Perryopolis. The council welcomes donations of any amount throughout the year because trail work goes on all year. Trail officials say resurfacing and grass mowing are costly, with gas for the mowers now being higher than ever. Dedicated volunteers who donate labor are valued and appreciated by the group.
Sponsors of many years include Bud Murphy's, Riser's Pub, Graphic Images, Stone & Company, state Rep. Deberah Kula, Davies Ford, Connellsville Lions Club, Bruner Insurance, Connellsville Area Education Association, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, Kisiel & Associates, Roger Suter & Sons, CRH Catering, Pechin Super Foods, Martin's Grocery, Wal-Mart of Connellsville, El Canello Mexican Restaurant, Fayette EMS, Daily Courier/Trib Total Media and Tri-Town Historical Society. New sponsors this year are Graft Oil Company, Schmitz Tire Service, Scarry & Associates, Watson, Mundorff, Brooks, & Sepic and Uniontown Janney, LLC
Race entry fee was $15 before March 30 and is now $18. Event T-shirts are guaranteed to those who preregister. Forms are available at www.youghrivertrail.com and www.greaterconnellsville.org. For more information, call 724-628-6078.