Saturday, April 20, 2019 • Connellsville, PA
Along this onetime railroad that ferried train passengers in days long past along the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Yough River Trail Council Half Marathon now unfolds along the 43-mile trail of the same name, now a multi-purpose recreational trail for biking, running, walking, fishing and canoeing.
Part of a planned larger recreational trail called the Great Allegheny Passage, the Yough River Trail usually welcomes a few hundred runners and walkers each year.
Though it is a smaller, more intimate running event, the race stands out for its abundant rural, open-spaces scenery along a mixed-surface course made up of both paved and gravel trails, which runs in parallel to the Youghiogheny River.
The out-and-back course includes a few rolling hills but no steep uphills or downhills, though it does take runners across a few wooden bridges along some brief parts of the trail. The starting time for both the half-marathon and the 5K run/walk is 9:00 AM.
Race Climate & Weather
Though mid-April typically brings warming weather to this small town (population 9,146) in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, participants in some past races have reported “cold, nasty weather.” Temperatures in April average between 39°F and 61°F, while precipitation averages about 3 inches for the month.
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To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Connellsville’s Yough River Trail Council Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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