Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Sunfish 3 Hour Shuffle

A few details are emerging about a proposed timed 3 hour running event at Sunfish Pond County Park in Leroy Township, Bradford County Pa. 

"The details so far are as follows : 
-3 hour loop race
-Saturday July 7th
-Sunfish Pond County Park
-loop will be approximately 1 mile
-Registration fee will be $30/registration will open in February
-1 aid station at start/finish line
-Food after the race" 

"Known in earlier years as Crystal Lake, this pond has drawn visitors to Barclay Mountain for over 100 years.
In the early 1900’s the Pennsylvania Game Commission was in the process of establishing game refuges on state and private lands. In 1915, the Pennsylvania Game Commission was authorized to establish game refuges on private lands. In 1920, 1600 acres of private land was purchased and refuge #12, which includes much of the southern portion of Leroy Township, was the first refuge on private land in Pennsylvania.
Sunfish Pond was part of the game refuge, and a game protector was hired. A refuge keeper’s house was located at Sunfish Pond, from which the refuge keeper performed his duties of trapping and killing vermin, raising game, planting trees and fighting forest fires. In 1936, the commission began closing these game refuges and Refuge #12 was removed in 1946.
In the early 1970’s the Commission traded the land surrounding Sunfish Pond for a tract of land elsewhere to Bradford County, allowing the creation of Sunfish Pond County Park. The “Pond” is a 20 acre lake contained within the county park. Sunfish pond is fed by shallow springs. The latitude and longitude coordinates for this lake are 41.6434,-76.6966 and the altitude is 2070 feet (631meters)
Sunfish Pond County Park is set in southwestern Bradford County (LeRoy Township) adjacent to State Game Lands #12. To reach the park from Rte 414 head towards Leroy. From Leroy on Route 414, turn onto Mill Street (SR 3010) cross over the Towanda Creek. At the stop sign go straight following park signs. This becomes Leroy Mountain Road, a steep, somewhat rugged dirt road. At 2.4 miles turn right at the sign into the park."-Source

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