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Spokes People

Spokes People

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USA Track & Field Sanctioned & Certified Road Races

USA Track & Field Sanctioned & Certified Road Races

The Ohio River Trail Race is sanctioned event that is being run according to applicable competition rules. The race is part of the USATF Three Rivers Territory located in the State of Pennsylvania west of Potter, Clinton, Centre, Huntingdon, and shared jurisdiction of the counties of Marshall, Brooke, Ohio, and Hancock in the state of West Virginia. The Ohio River Trail Race route is a  USATF-certified course, which is a road race course whose distance has been certified for accuracy. Courses must be certified for any road running performance to be accepted as a record or to be nationally ranked. Furthermore, running a race on a certified course allows you to accurately compare your time to performances run on other certified courses because you can be sure the distances were the same. No one can truly establish a personal best if the course distance is not accurate. In addition, a sanction is required for a record to be set. There are some exceptions to this rule, however.
 
 
The Ohio River Trail Council will be hosting a series of USATF certified and sanctioned races in 2017 and beyond.
 
 
Ohio River Trail Council "River Run" Road Race Series

Event: 5 & 10K ● Race ● Run ● Walk ● Wheelchair

Prizes for the complete spring, summer, and fall race series (must participate in all three 5K's or 10K's):

  1. 10K First Place Overall Men & Women - $50 cash

  2. 10K Second Place Overall Men & Women - $20 cash

  3. 10K Third Place Overall Men & Women - $10 cash

  4. 5K First Place Overall Men & Women - $50 cash

  5. 5K Second Place Overall Men & Women - $20 cash

  6. 5K Third Place Overall Men & Women - $10 cash 

 Prizes for each race date: 

  1. 10K First Place Overall Men & Women - Dick's $50 gift certificate

  2. 10K Second Place Overall Men & Women - Dick's $20 gift certificate

  3. 10K Third Place Overall Men & Women - Dick's $10 gift certificate

  4. 5K First Place Overall Men & Women - Dick's $50 gift certificate

  5. 5K Second Place Overall Men & Women - Dick's $20 gift certificate

  6. 5K Third Place Overall Men & Women - Dick's $10 gift certificate

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: 100 Water Street, Rochester Riverfront Park, Rochester, Pa.

Dates: Spring, Summer, and Fall

  1. April 9, 2017

  2. July 9, 2017

  3. October 8, 2017

Online registration is available for the series and each race on Run Sign Up.

  1. Spring

  2. Summer

  3. Fall

Paper Registration

 
 
 
Men & Women Awards Age Groups

14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-24, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, and 90 and over. 

 

Timing Services provided by the Wolf Creek Track Club.

Click the logo above for the race results.
 
Course Photos

 

Course Specifications

Name of USATF Course: Ohio River Trail 5K & 10k

USATF Certification Code for the Ohio River Trail 5K: PA17009NP 

USATF CERTIFICATION CODE FOR THE OHIO RIVER TRAIL 10K: PA17010NP

Elevation (meters above sea level): Start 209m ● Finish 209m ● HIGHEST 213M ● LOWEST 208M ● SEPARATION 3.48%

recognized by the road runners club of america

 

 

Rochester Riverfront Park Unofficial Route Map - Google Earth

 

Rochester Riverfront Park Unofficial Route Map - Google Maps

 

Rochester Riverfront Park Unofficial Route Map - Map My Run

The Ohio River Trail Council Road Race is is a 3.10 mi out and back route. The route has a total ascent of 7.59 ft and has a maximum elevation of 698.82 ft. Click here to visit Map My Run.

 

Finish Line River Fest

 

 

 

River Run Finish Line Festival Professional Services Vendor Opportunity

Please click here to learn more about the River Run Finish Line Festival Professional Services Vendor Opportunity.

 

Vendors & Exhibitors

USATF/RRTC Position on GPS used by runners

Effective June 6, 2014
 
GPS devices work by receiving signals from satellites. The quality of different GPS units can vary, but all of them can be affected by conditions such as buildings in urban environments or heavy overhead tree cover that interfere with reception of the satellite signals and can cause them to be inaccurate.
 
Race courses Certified by USATF are measured by a proven method that incorporates the calibration of measuring devices against a steel tape and are verified by multiple measurements.
 
Race courses are measured along a well-defined path called the “SPR”—the Shortest Possible Route that a runner can possibly run. Most runners don’t actually run the SPR, so the distance recorded by their GPS device will usually be longer than the certified length of the course, even though the course was properly measured along the SPR according to USATF rules. 
 

 

Bicycle Parking Program

Bicycle Parking Program

The Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) works with government, businesses, non-profit organizations, community advocates, and individuals in determining the best bike rack location and design to meet their requirements, and the needs of bike commuters, customers, and visitors they want to serve. More than 1.5 million bicycles are reported stolen every year in the United States, and fear of bicycle theft is recognized as a significant deterrent to bicycle use. The availability of safe and convenient parking is as critical to bicyclists in the design and operation of shops, offices, schools, and other buildings. This ORTC Bike Rack Program Guide reviews bicycle parking planning, design, location, and installation requirements.

Bicycle parking facilities are classified into Class 1 and Class 2 facilities. Class 1 consists of lockers or racks in enclosed areas that provide security for long term. Class 2 includes stands or racks that provide protection from theft for the short term in unsupervised areas like outside a store, or for visitors to an office building, park, or Government service center.

Bicycle parking needs to be visible, accessible, easy to use, convenient, and plentiful. Racks need to support the whole bike (not just one wheel) and enable the user to lock the frame and wheels of the bike with a cable or U-shaped lock. Ideally, bike parking is located in a covered area (to protect the bike from rain, snow and other elements) by using an existing overhang or covered walkway or by constructing a canopy or roof -- either freestanding or attached to an existing building. Bike parking areas need to be well lit, and in plain view (highly visible location discourages theft and vandalism) without being in the way of pedestrians or motor vehicles.

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Bicycle parking guide sign (D4-3) should be used to inform bicyclists of parking areas. It is essential, that these criteria are attained, otherwise the majority of cyclists will not use improperly installed bike racks and will park where they deem their bike will be safe and it will deter many people from using their bikes for basic transportation.

The ORTC highly recommends the installation of on-street Bike Corrals, which are a low-cost way to provide parking for 10 or more bicycles in the same space typically occupied by a car.

Why install a bike corral?

  • Bike corrals provide an opportunity to promote local business with bike accessibility while enhancing street and neighborhood identity.
  • Bike corrals make it more convenient and inviting for people to ride a bike to a business.
  • Bike corrals make the walking environment more welcoming by removing bicycles from the sidewalk in addition to increasing bike traffic in a neighborhood.
  • Bike corrals increase the visibility of bicycling as a transportation choice and show that a business community is “bike friendly”—that it cares about its customers who ride bicycles.

When installed adjacent to sidewalk cafes, corrals provide an additional buffer between people and passing vehicles. And when installed near crosswalks, corrals can shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians.

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Great Allegheny Passage

Great Allegheny Passage 

The Ohio River Greenway Trail is the proposed connection between Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway in Ohio and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) in Pennsylvania. Presently there is no off-road bike path through Beaver County to the Montour Trail and the GAP. Below are some suggested on-road routes to the Great Allegheny Passage through Beaver County from the state of Ohio.  The ORTC makes no claims as to the safety of these directions.

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Venue: Sandy Creek Trail Fisherman's Cove Trailhead

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Venue: Route 51

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Venue: Southside Riverfront Park

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Venue: Edith Barrill Riverfront Park, Morgantown WV

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