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Yough River Trail Council plans Fall Foliage Bike Ride/Walk |

Yough River Trail Council plans Fall Foliage Bike Ride/Walk

Judy Kroeger
| Saturday, October 9, 2010 12:00 a.m

The 16th Annual Yough River Trail Council Fall Foliage Bike Ride/Walk will be held Oct. 17.

For the first time, those who prefer to walk can tour downtown Connellsville and learn some of the city’s history.

This noncompetitive event raises money for the YRTC to maintain 23 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage between Layton and Brunner Run.

Riders can head north toward Dawson or south toward Ohiopyle at their own pace for the three-hour ride, which will go from noon to 3 p.m.

“We had about 100 people last year,” YRTC President Ted Kovall said. “We expect more this year because of the walk.”

Michael Edwards, president of the Connellsville Cultural Trust, has offered a guided tour from 1 to 3 p.m.

“We’ll have a heritage walk for anyone interested. We’ll start at Crawford’s Cabin (in Yough River Park) and follow the Heritage Trail to Brimstone Corner or to the Armory, depending on the weather.”

The YRTC donates some of the event’s proceeds to the Connellsville Lions Club, which provides lunch to participants at 3 p.m. in the park.

Kovall said they gave the Lions $450 last year. The Lions use the YRTC money to help pay for the Summer Concert Series at Lions Square in the city.

Registration costs $18 and includes lunch and a T-shirt. Parents must sign registration for children 14 and younger. State law requires children 12 and younger to wear a helmet.

Register at Yough River Park or download a form at the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce website or call the chamber at 724-628-5500.

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