5K Trail Run

"Save Our Ash" 5K trail run and Fun Walk

Come on out and give the short but challenging "Save Our Ash" 5K trail run a try, and help save the beautiful Arboretum's ash forest from a killer invasive beetle!

INFO:
> Saturday October 8, 2016
> 3.1 Mile Trail Run starts at 10:00 am
> 1.3 or 2.4 mile (your choice!) Fun Walk/Run begins at about 10:05.
> New for 2016: Race Timing by Pretzel City Sports
> Race registration, packet pickup and parking are all at Hillside Aquatic Club/Hoffman Field: 134 West Moyer Rd, Pottstown, Pa, 19464.
> Race day registration/packet pickup are 8:30-9:50 am

**Due to the nature of the course jogging strollers permitted for walk event only. Leased pets permitted with walkers only.**

ABOUT THE RACE:
Come on out and give the short but challenging "Save Our Ash" 5K trail run a try, and help save the beautiful Arboretum's ash forest from a killer invasive beetle! This event will take you through 3 Upper Pottsgrove parks including the new and beautiful Althouse Arboretum. A fast start across a grass field and about 1/3 mile of road are followed by everything any self-respecting trail run should throw at you: winding grass, dirt and gravel trails, three small stream crossings, crazy hills, and hopefully a little mud all packed into 5 kilometers. The first half of this course is relatively easy but don't get too comfortable: A steep downhill is just the start of a grueling and technical 2nd half with two difficult climbs and lots of quick turns.
    > See the course in pictures
    > 2015 Race Results

1.3 or 2.4 Mile Fun Walk/Run: The Fun Walk/Run starts at the same location but takes a slightly shorter path to Althouse Arboretum (about 1 mile). From there you have a choice of continuing on some of the beautiful trails in the Arboretum for another mile+ or stopping to enjoy the refreshments at the finish line area.

AWARDS:
Awards will be given for the 5K trail run to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and to the top 3 male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

ENTRY FEES / ONLINE REGISTRATION:
 
> $25 for 5K trail race, $15 for the fun walk/run, includes T-shirt (if received by Sept. 22nd). Late registration (after Sept. 22): $30 for 5K, no increase for walk (limited supply of T-shirts for all late registrants). Day-of-registration Fee: $30 (race) or $15 (walk)
> ONLINE REGISTRATION/PAYMENT:
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REFUNDS:
The organizers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the events in case of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances which could jeopardize health or safety. However, all entry fees are non-refundable.

PARKING:
Parking and the race start is at the Hillside Aquatic Club/Hoffman Field and the race ends at nearby Althouse Arboretum (shuttle buses will run between the sites every few minutes).

RUN LOCATION IN UPPER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP:
The address for parking and both the race and fun walk start is 134 West Moyer Rd, Pottstown, Pa, 19464. This is close to the corner of Gilbertsville Rd. and West Moyer Rd. (Note that Google maps may take you a little too far west on West Moyer Rd.).

  • From the East: 1) Take route 73 west (aka 'Big Rd.') to Gilbertsville Rd. Bare left on to Gilbertsville Rd and head south for 2 miles to Moyer Rd. Turn right onto West Moyer, entrance to parking will be on the left approximately one block down the road. 2) Take route 422 west and exit to north on route 100. Take route 100 north to State Rd. Bare right onto State Rd. and in 1/4 mile bare left onto Farmington Ave. Continue north 1/3 mile and bare right onto Gilbertsville Rd. Take Gilbertsville Rd north one mile and turn left onto West Moyer Rd., entrance to parking will be on the left approximately one block down the road.
  • From the South: Take route 100 north to intersection with State Rd. Bare right onto State Rd. and in 1/4 mile bare left onto Farmington Ave. Continue north 1/3 mile and bare right onto Gilbertsville Rd. Take Gilbertsville Rd north one mile and turn left onto West Moyer Rd., entrance to parking will be on the left approximately one block down the road.
  • From the West: Take route 422 east and exit to north on route 100. Take route 100 north to intersection with State Rd. Bare right onto State Rd. and in 1/4 mile bare left onto Farmington Ave. Continue north 1/3 mile and bare right onto Gilbertsville Rd. Take Gilbertsville Rd north one mile and turn left onto West Moyer Rd., entrance to parking will be on the left approximately one block down the road.
  • From the North: Take route 100 south and exit on to east route 73 (turn left on to 73). Take route 73 east 1.1 miles and turn right on to Gilbertsville Rd. Head south on Gilbertsville Rd. for 2 miles to Moyer Rd. Turn right onto West Moyer, entrance to parking will be on the left approximately one block down the road.

APPROXIMATE COURSE MAP:
A combination of road (0.3 mile) and trail for a total distance of about 3.1 miles (5K). The final course is subject to change. Click image for larger map.
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All proceeds go to supporting the 501c3 nonprofit GreenAllies.