The Running Revolution – in partnership with Lindell’s Hatch Patch and Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita – are hosting an entirely free fun run and walk at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 27th, 2017.
This run-walk is called Strawberry Fields for Running and Walking Together, and features 2.5K, 5K, and 10K distances. Those distances translate to 1.55 miles, 3.1 miles and 6.2 miles for imperial unit folks. Routes start at the Hatch Patch barn, 1959 Conewango Avenue in North Warren, across from the PennDOT storage area.
All routes are out and back loops. All participants will head north on Conewango Avenue from the Hatch Patch Barn to make a quick left on to Big 4 Road. Racers and walkers will then continue to their respective turnaround points, all on Big 4 Road.
Participants covering the 2.5K distance will have a completely asphalt course with two small rolling hills before their turnaround at Jennie Lane.
Runners and walkers participating in the 5K and 10K events continue past Jennie Lane and quickly encounter the hard packed earth and gravel of Big 4 Road as it winds along the Conewango Creek. Thanks to Pine Grove Township, this dirt road section of the run-walk will be closed to vehicular traffic for the morning.
5K walkers and runners will encounter their turnaround point 1.55 miles out, and 10K participants will head for home at 3.1 miles, where Big 4 Road again becomes asphalt. There will be a water station at the turn-around for the 5K race-walk open to all 5K and 10K runners and walkers.
Registration will open at * a.m. The event is entirely free, but a waiver must be signed for each person participating. The run-walk will have a tiered start to allow those with the fastest minute-per-mile pace to burn up the road, and allow the rest of us to easily find pace buddies.
Strawberry Fields for Running and Walking Together will take place rain or shine. Gatorade and water will be served at the finish line and the water station. Straw-Ber-Ritas will be on hand at the finish of the race for all racers and walkers over 21 with a valid drivers license.
Come on out and bring your family and friends, because this event is free to all to help everyone get out there and enjoy this gorgeous spring.
The Running Revolution – working with the Allegheny National Forest – is presenting the Firefly Volksmarch on Saturday, June 24th at Hearts Content National Scenic Area, State Road 2002, Warren, PA.
So what the heck is a Volksmarch?
Volksmarching got its name from its origins in Europe, specifically in the Bavarian region of Germany. Volks can be translated from German for “people” and march from marsch for walking or marching. It means “people’s march” or “people’s walk.” Much like the Volkswagen is the people’s car, volksmarches are walks for everyone.
Volksmarch walks have been organized in Europe since the early 1970’s with the intent of being non-competitive, welcoming people of all ability levels. They are specifically untimed events, with awards or mementos given to participants.
The Firefly Volksmarch is an evening-into-night hike around the Tom’s Run Loop of Hearts Content. Hearts Content National Scenic Area is a protected tract of old-growth forest that represents one of the few remaining old-growth forests in the northeastern United States that contain a stand of 300- to 400-year-old white pine trees. Hearts Content has a picnic area, pavilions, toilet, and interpretive materials. But this time of year, Hearts Content is best known for its dense population of fireflies, whose coded flashes begin to flare at dusk, but really get going around 10 p.m.
The Firefly Volksmarch is free and open to every member of the family. Come early with a picnic basket before the hike or bring your own marshmallows for roasting after the hike while watching the bioluminescent beetle fireworks.
Free registration for the hike starts at 6 p.m. in the Hearts Content Scenic Area parking lot. Allegheny Outfitters will be supplying firefly-themed coloring sheets for the kids. The first 200 marchers will also receive a pewter firefly charm to commemorate their hike.
The 3.2-mile Volksmarch will set out counterclockwise on the trail promptly at 8 p.m., beginning in the light. The sun will set during the two plus hour hike, so every hiker is strenuously advised to bring a working flashlight or headlamp, water bottle and any needed snacks for the trek. The pack it in, pack it out rule applies and leave the Mason jars behind. Whether you call them fireflies, lightning bugs or glowworms, nature is best admired and left in its home.
The Tom’s Run Loop is moderately easy with some roots, rocks and puddles to negotiate with a 283’ elevation change over the 3.2 mile trail. The path heads down into the woods via switchbacks then winds along Tom’s Run before heading back up and past old growth white pine trees. The trail is not strenuous, but due to its duration, be prepared to carry the very young or children not acclimated to hiking this distance.
The Running Revolution is excited to bring the tradition of Volksmarches to our region. A Leafpeeper Volksmarch is scheduled for 2 p.m. on October 14th at Tracy Ridge.
Hearts Content National Recreation Area is located 15 miles southwest of Warren, PA. From the Mohawk exit of U.S. Route 6, take Pleasant Drive south for 11 miles. At the hard curve, turn left onto a gravel road; go south for four miles to Hearts Content. The Hearts Content Recreation Area is split by State Route 2002, with the campground on the south side of the road and the scenic area on the north side. Camping at the rustic Hearts Content Campground is first-come-first-serve, for details, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/allegheny/recreation/recarea?recid=6108&actid=29
GPS Coordinates: N 41 41.437 W 079 15.277
Leafpeeper Volksmarch – October 8th, 2017
The morning air is crisp. Leaves are beginning to turn gold, orange and brilliant red. It is the perfect time to head out into the woods with family and friends for a fun autumn hike. If a three-mile hike in the woods with awesome folks sounds good to you, the Leafpeeper Volksmarch is a free, guided trail outing for hikers of any age taking place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.
The Leafpeeper Volksmarch is a free afternoon hike developed by the Running Revolution and made possible through partnerships with the Allegheny National Forest, Allegheny Outfitters and Straub Beer. Hike registration will open at 12:30 p.m. (in the main parking lot at Tracy Ridge) and will remain open until the hike begins at 2 p.m.
Participants will sign in and the first 200 hikers will receive a commemorative metal leaf ornament. Hikers are asked to bring a can of vegetables to the hike to add to our simmering 25-gallon kettle of vegetable broth before the hike. Whether you call it stone soup, hobo soup or plain old vegetable soup, the contents of the combined cans will be cooked and ready for hikers to enjoy a hearty bowl at the conclusion of the hike.
Registration will be a campsite number 42 adjacent to the main parking lot. Allegheny Outfitters will be setting up tents, hammocks and tubby tubes, but feel free to bring your own outdoor seating. Allegheny Outfitters will also be supplying coloring pages for kids of all ages. Straub Beer will be on hand so that participants over the age of 21 with valid ID may enjoy a cold autumnal brew before or after the hike. The guided hike will start promptly at 2 p.m. from the Tracy Ridge trailhead.
Tracy Ridge Campground offers 33-miles of trails and is situated in a mature oak stand on the top of a hill, surrounded by streams and rock formations. The hike will cover three miles of relatively flat terrain with a few gentle inclines and declines. The trail has been cleared of obstacles other then some felled trees that are easily stepped over. Nature is waiting and no reservations or fees are required.
Just lace up your boots or sneakers, grab your water bottle and bring a can of vegetables to Tracy Ridge this Sunday to join in the fun.
Getting there: Travelling on Route 59, turn onto Route 321 North. Proceed 10.5 miles on Route 321 North and then turn left at the brown and yellow Allegheny National Forest sign designated as Tracy Ridge Campground. In half of a mile you will arrive at the first parking lot near the Tracy Ridge trailhead. There will be yellow sandwich boards along the side of the road to guide you beginning on Route 59 before the turn onto Route 321. The sandwich boards will be printed with the word “VOLKSMARCH” and will have directional arrows.