Thursday, August 21, 2014

Trail Runner Magazine: Discount For VRC Readers


Want to read the latest trail running news? Find out about upcoming races? Get the scoop on new gear? You can now subscribe to Trail Runner Magazine at a discounted price by clicking the icon in the side bar to the right side of this page. Our club promo code will automatically appear in the promo code field. Or you can click: HERE

GREEN MONSTER TRAIL CHALLENGE 25k/50

Capacity (Participants)Before Aug 24thAug 24th to Oct 9th @ 11:59am
GM50K150$75$85
GM25K250$55$65

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WHEN: Sunday October 12th, 2014
WHERE: Wellsboro, PA
WHAT: A trail challenge designed for both runners and hikers of all ages, showcasing the mountains of the Tioga State Forest located in Wellsboro, PA.

50k Start Time 7:30 am
25k Start Time 9:00 am

Bag/Race Bib pick-up ends half hour before race start!

  • Challenging Trails
  • 25k: 4000 FT. Total Ascent
  • 50k: 8000 FT. Total Ascent
  • Post-Race Lunch
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Race Day Tees
  • Finisher Medals
  • Maintained Aid Stations
  • Online Registration
  • Online Registration: Ultra Sign-Up (Now Open)
    Like GM25K / GM50K on Facebook: Here
    Website: Here
    Tyoga Running Club Facebook: Here
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    Green Monster 25k: Race Report (2012)
    Green Monster 50k: Race Report (2013)

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    North Branch Triathlon



    North Branch Triathlon will be held on Saturday, September 20th. The race begins and ends at the Wyalusing Valley High School. Register now at active.com, by emailing wchamber@epix.net, or by calling 570-746-4922. You can also register the day of the race. If you don't race, come and watch. Awards will be presented at Grovedale Winery following the race.

    EVENT FACEBOOK PAGE: HERE

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Big Fish Timing

    "Dear Race Director,
    We wanted to inform you that a new state of the art electronic chip timing service will be opening January 2015 called Big Fish Timing or BFT for short. The owners are both Central PA boys graduating from Milton Area High School and are now raising children in the Warrior Run and Berwick Area School districts so we have a vested interest in servicing this great community. We are very excited to get started and would like to offer our services which include timing, scoring and even registration for your next race. Since we are a startup company we will be offering discounts in comparison to other area services with the same technology and even further discounts with extended contracts which will allow you to lock in a lower price. Thanks for your time and we look forward do doing business with you in the future so please feel free to email us any of your questions or to ask for a free quote."
    Thanks again for your time,
    Chris Covert and Mike Rieder
     
     

    Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run

    Lacawac Sanctuary is pleased to announce the 2014 Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and Woods Walk on Sunday October 19th on the trails of Lacawac in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. Our Lake to Lake event kicks off at 11 am! Run and walk through the trails of Lacawac Sanctuary-over 400 acres of wonder, biodiversity and natural resources.

    This autumn trail run and walk is all for a good cause and fun for the whole family. Proceeds support Lacawac’s preservation and environmental education programs, scientific research, and advocacy and public awareness outreach. We partner with schools and civic organizations to provide hands-on learning experiences to grow next generation stewards. We strive to preserve our unique glacial lake, its watershed, surrounding forest and historic buildings. We conduct scientific research on key environmental issues like water quality and climate change and provide learning opportunities for future scientists from Kindergarten through graduate school.


    Lacawac is a special 545-acre wildlife sanctuary on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. Its rich woodland habitat boasts a diverse array of plants, animals, and birds and provides a wonderful refuge for local residents and visitors to commune with nature. 
     
    Craig Lukatch
    President/Executive Director
    Lacawac Sanctuary
    94 Sanctuary Road
    Lake Ariel, PA 18436
    (w) 570.689.9494 - (c) 570.956-2998

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    OPINION: Visitor's Bureau Holding Bradford County Back

     
     If you read one of the local newspapers on a semi-daily basis you will by now be aware of the controversy brewing over Bradford County’s “room tax.” Local municipalities have begun voting on whether to continue sending local tax dollars off to the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau in Tunkhannock or to create a new visitor’s bureau for Bradford County. The current Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau serves the four county “Endless Mountains” region comprised of Bradford, Wyoming, Susquehanna and Sullivan counties. Under the current, decade old agreement, revenue from a tax levied on tourists staying in local hotels, the number of which has exploded in recent years due to the Marcellus Shale natural gas play, is shipped off to the EMVB, headquartered in Wyoming County, where the EMVB decides best how to use this money to promote tourism in Bradford County. More than 50% of the EMVB’s budget reportedly comes from Bradford County.

    In order to move forward with the resolution currently on the table (the establishment of a new Bradford County visitors bureau), the Bradford County commissioners are waiting on a majority of local municipalities to vote to sever ties with the EMVB. And with good reason, a quick search of the Endless Mountains Visitor’s Bureau website, shows Bradford County’s many attractions to be inadequately represented. For example, using the search feature, filtered to suggest places to eat in Bradford County, yields only six local restaurants.

    Notice the Tioga County Visitor's Bureau support
    of trail running in their area.
    Where this whole issue hits closest to home for those who read valleyrunningclub.org is in a search of “things to do.” A search for trails yields just one result, Mt Pisgah State Park. Although Bradford County is footing the bill for this website, there is absolutely no mention of the adjoining Mt Pisgah COUNTY park which most definitely has trails. Similarly, a search for “Parks, Forest and Gamelands,” results only in some limited information about Mt Pisgah State Park and Larnard-Hornbrook County Park. As if it were not bad enough how criminally under developed and underused Bradford County’s forests and game lands already are.

    It is this local runner's opinion that the EMVB has to go. Its time for Bradford County's room tax dollars to stay in Bradford County and go toward promoting and making Bradford County’s natural beauty more accessible to all. Promoted properly or not, there is no tourism without tourist attractions. Better cooperation and organization between county, state, and civilian groups have made other nearby counties to our south and west Mecca’s for outdoor enthusiasts. Its time for Bradford County to get its act together while there is still an outdoors worth visiting.

    -Brian  


    SUGGESTED READING: Local Municipalities Missing The Big Picture (about races)

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    48th Annual Camptown Races 10k (2014)



    When: September 13, 2014
    Race Time: 10:00AM

    "The historic Camptown races offers a challenge like no other. The race is approximately 10k in length and offers both road and trail. The trail section is approximately 2.8 miles long and is technical! Be prepared for tree roots, loose rocks, and a creek crossing. Earn your place in history by conquering this challenging course!"

    Official Race Website: HERE
    Official Facebook Page: HERE

    Camptown Races
    Ballpark Street
    Wyalusing, PA 18853



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