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Kelsey Evans Friday, 18 November 2011 09:10 TWEET COMMENTS 1

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Best Trails

Four Corners Run. 5515 feet of elevation gain make this 20.65-mile run around the Valley a daunting challenge, and its varied terrain ranges from the gravel of Forbidden Drive to the steep, tree-canopied, rock-filled Payne Hill.

Orange Trail. The Lavender Trail is a 7.5-mile tour of the Wissahickon, with undulating hills, dirt singletrack through waist-high grass and a few steep downhills with twisting roots and loose rocks.

Pennypack Park. Featuring 15 miles of trails alongside Pennypack Creek, most runs include a combination of paved bike path and gentle, rolling single- and double-track with minimal elevation.


Best Races

Half Wit Half Marathon, August 14, 2011, Reading, Pennsylvania. With joke signs such as "Why is the Half Wit like Paula Abdul? It doesn't make any sense," peppered along the course, this race is as amusing as it is challenging. Featuring the infamous "128 Steps From Hell," the Half Wit is the toughest PCS race. www.pretzelcitysports.com/halfwithalf.html

Megatransect, October 1, 2011, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Register early for this popular 26-mile race is held in Central Pennsylvania—this year it sold out all 850 spots in a record 48 hours. Expect a vertical gain of over 5000 feet (see Take Your Mark, August 2009, Issue 60). www.ultrahike.com/Home_Page.php

Mount Penn Mudfest 15K Trail Race, April 23, 2011, Reading, Pennsylvania. Consistently named one of the best trail races on the East Coast ("One of the top six races in the United States," Men's Journal, fall 1998) the Mudfest is described by race director Ron Horn as including "elements that are as unique as a hit drama on NBC that doesn't start with the words `Law and Order.'" With muddy trails, severe up- and downhills, water crossings and Horn's signature "alternative beverage stations," this race as it all. www.pretzelcitysports.com/mtpennmudfest.html

Wissahickon Trail Classic 10K, June 6, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now in it's sixth year, the Trail Classic shows off the best of the Wissahickon. Run over the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge, down steep switchbacks and up unrelenting Payne Hill to the finish. www.wissahickonrestorationvolunteers.org


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