OHIO RIVER TRAIL COUNCIL

"Joining Communities through fitness, recreation, heritage, and transportation networks

Spokes People

Spokes People

Spokes-People is PennDOT's quarterly bicycling e-newsletter. The purpose of Spokes-People is to help educate bicycle riders about safety, laws, and issues affecting cyclists in Pennsylvania. Feel free to forward the newsletter to other bicycling enthusiasts and encourage them to subscribe on PennDOT's website. Any comments on these articles, including ideas for topics you’d like to read about, can be directed to the PennDOT Press Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

USA Track & Field Sanctioned & Certified 5/10K Road Races

USA Track & Field Sanctioned & Certified 5/10K Road Races

The Ohio River Trail River Run 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 5/10K road races in 2017 and beyond.
 
 
Ohio River Trail Council "River Run" Road Race Series

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

Six 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 - $50 cash

  2. 10K Second Place Overall - $20 cash

  3. 10K Third Place Overall - $10 cash

  4. 5K First Place Overall - $50 cash

  5. 5K Second Place Overall - $20 cash

  6. 5K Third Place Overall - $10 cash 

Rules: Fifty runners minimum PER RACE in order for CASH prizes to be awarded.  There is no separate men's and women's division for the cash PRIZE.

 Six Prizes for each race date: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rules: Fifty runners minimum PER RACE in order for prizes to be awarded.  There is no separate men's and women's division for the certificates.

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 Ultra Sign Up or 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

One of the major outcomes of the Ohio River Greenway Project is to foster recreation and cultural-based economic development, capitalize on the synergy of ecotourism and the potential development of a larger recreation and parks system as a way to reposition all the evolved Ohio River Trail communities for the 21st century business and lifestyle needs. 

An important component of the Ohio River Greenway Project is the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) Bicycle Parking Program. Bicycle parking is critical because many people’s decision to bicycle is affected by security concerns for their property. The bicycle is a viable means of transportation when physical accommodations ensure that people’s trips are safe and convenient and that their property is secure. Every bicycle trip includes a safe route of travel and the secure facilities at the destination.

Bicycle-friendly commercial districts spur business growth. The reason is simple: cars don't buy things. People do. And square foot for square foot, bike parking is six times more lucrative than car parking. A 192-square-foot parking space (8’ X 23’) can hold either one car ($27 per hour parked, according to shopper behavior studies), or up to ten bikes ($16.20 each per hour parked). It comes out to:

  • 14 cents per square foot: retail revenue per hour of occupied on-street auto parking. or
  • 84 cents per square foot: retail revenue per hour of occupied bike parking.

According to the study, Consumer Behavior and Travel Choices: A Focus on Cyclists and Pedestrians, drivers make up a plurality of customers for supermarkets. With the greater trunk capacity, drivers far outspend people who travel to the grocery store by foot, bike or transit. However, Bikers actually out-consumed drivers over the course of a month. They often spent less per visit, but Cyclists made more frequent trips to bars, restaurants, convenience and grocery stores and those receipts added up. Such frequent visits are part of the walkable and cycling culture.

The Ohio River Trail Council 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.

Read more...

Download the ORTC Bicycle Parking Program Manual

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.

Links

 

Historical Images

  • Aliquiipa-Pa-BF-Jones-Memorial-Library.jpg
  • Aliquip-Pa-Tunnel.jpg
  • Aliquippa-JL-Aerial.jpg
  • Aliquippa-JL-LTV-B-Fces.jpg
  • Aliquippa-JL-Steel-Robert-Dorsett.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Pa-BF-Jones-Memorial-Library.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Pa-Bridge-Conrail-Caboose.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Pa-Park-1890.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Pa-PLE-Engines.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Pa-PLE-RR-Station.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Pa-PLE-Yards.jpg
  • aliquippa-pa-tunnel-under-construction.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Pa-Wagner-Act-Marker.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Pa-Woodlawn-PLE-Raliroad-Station.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Park-Carousel-1890.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Park-PA-1907.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Works-North-Mills-1970.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Works-North-Mills.jpg
  • Aliquippa-Works-Tower-under-Construction.jpg
  • Ambridge-Aliquippa-Bridge-Painting.jpg
  • Ambridge-Logstown-Indian-Village-Plaque.jpg
  • ambridge-pa-bridge-center.jpg
  • ambridge-pa-bridge-finial.jpg
  • ambridge-pa-bridge-length.jpg
  • ambridge-pa-bridge-sidewalk.jpg
  • ambridge-pa-bridge-top.jpg
  • Ambridge-Pa-French-delegation-led-by-Pierre-Joseph-Celeron-de-Blainville-at-Logstown-1749.jpg
  • Ambridge-Pa-George-Washington-meets-Tancharison-Half-King-at-Logstown-1753.jpg
  • Ambridge-Pa-Robert-Griffing-We-Dined-in-a-Hollow-Cottonwood-Tree.jpg
  • beaver-falls-college-hill-station.jpg
  • Beaver-Falls-Pa-Armstrong-Cork-Works.jpg
  • beaver-falls-pa-western-file-works.jpg
  • beaver-monaca-ple-rr-bridge-shortly-after-completion-in-1910.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Area-Heritage-Museum.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Beaver-County-Courthouse-2.jpg
  • beaver-pa-cleveland-and-pittsburgh-rr-station.jpg
  • beaver-pa-fort-mcintosh-illustration.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-McIntosh-Marker-2.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-Mcintosh-Marker.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-Mcintosh-Monument.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-Mcintosh-Plaque-2.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-Mcintosh-Plaque-3.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-Mcintosh-Plaque.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-Mcintosh-Remnant.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-McIntosh-Sketch-1.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-Fort-McIntosh-Sketch.jpg
  • Beaver-Pa-PLE-Depot-9.jpg
  • beaver-pa-ple-passenger-station.jpg
  • Beaver-PLE-RR-Station-5-20-1949-Troia.jpg
  • Beaver-Valley-Motor-Coach-Ray-Janosko.jpg
  • bradys-run-bridge.jpg
  • Calendar-Art-City-of-Pittsburgh.jpg
  • Center-Duquesne-Slag-Bridge-2.jpg
  • Center-Duquesne-Slag-Bridge-3.jpg
  • Center-Duquesne-Slag-Bridge.jpg
  • Colonial-Steel-Division-Vanadium-Alloys-Steel-Company-Monaca-Pa.jpg
  • conrail-rochester-pa-2.jpg
  • Conway-Yards-1958.jpg
  • Coraopolis-Pa-Montour-Junction-Train-Station-Montour-Street.jpg
  • Coraopolis-Pa-PLE-RR-Station-Color.jpg
  • coraopolis-pa-ple-rr-station.jpg
  • Coraopolis-Pa-PLE-RR-Train-Station.jpg
  • Coraopolis-Pa-West-Works-Standard-Steel-Spring-Corporation-1950.jpg
  • Coraopolis-PLE-Railroad-Station-2-Copyright-Vincent-Troia-2007.jpg
  • Coraopolis-PLE-Railroad-Station-Copyright-Vincent-Troia-2007.jpg
  • Corapolis-Pa-Railroad-Station-Tower-2007.jpg
  • Fogg-Beaver-Station-and-Ohio-River-Bridge.jpg
  • Freedom-Pa-Aerial.jpg
  • freedom-pa-captain-william-vicary-house-2.jpg
  • freedom-pa-captain-william-vicary-house.jpg
  • Glenwillard-Pa-PLE-Commuter-Train.jpg
  • glenwillard-pa-ple-rr-station.jpg
  • Indian-Rocks-Postcard-ca-1908-Maravich1.jpg
  • Indian-Rocks-Postcard-ca-1908-Maravich3.jpg
  • JL-Aliquippa-Color-Cropped.jpg
  • JL-Steel-1977-Kevin-Scanlon.jpg
  • JL-Steel-Blast-Furnace-4-Judith-1967-Calendar-.jpg
  • JL-Steel-Blast-Furnaces-Aliquippa-Pa.jpg
  • JL-Steel-Corp-North-Mill-Aliquippa-PA.jpg
  • Kabuta-Works-Koppers-Company-Monaca.jpg
  • Leetsdale-Pa-Archeological-Site-2.jpg
  • Leetsdale-Pa-Archeological-Site.jpg
  • Leetsdale-Pa-Harmony-Brickworks.jpg
  • Legionville-General-Anthony-Wayne-Camp-Plaque.jpg
  • Legionville-Monument.jpg
  • Midland-Pa-VFW-Chuch-Elliott.jpg
  • Midland-Pa-VFW-Cobra-Attack-Helicopter-1.jpg
  • Midland-Pa-VFW-Cobra-Attack-Helicopter-2.jpg
  • Monaca-Pa-Beaver-County-Model-RR-Club.jpg
  • monaca-pa-echo-point-dairy.jpg
  • monaca-pa-george-washington-school.jpg
  • Monaca-Pa-New-Philadelphia-Society.jpg
  • Monaca-Pa-Pennsylvania-Avenue-Bridge-Bike-Route-A.jpg
  • Monaca-Pa-PLE-1501-7-12-1985.jpg
  • Monaca-Pa-PLE-Main-Line-Colona-Wreck.jpg
  • Monaca-Pa-PLE-RR-Bridge-Last-Beam.jpg
  • Monaca-Pa-PLE-RR-Bridge-Pin.jpg
  • monaca-pa-ple-sixth-station.jpg
  • monaca-pa-rr-platform.jpg
  • Monaca-Pa-Winter-Ohio-River-1909.jpg
  • monaca-pandle-freight.jpg
  • Montour-Junction-Engine-House-7-3-1977.jpg
  • Montour-Junction-PA80-Diesel-Shop.jpg
  • montour-junction-rr-terminal.jpg
  • Montour-Junction-TB-10-PLE-SW-1500.jpg
  • montour-rr-trucks.jpg
  • neville-island-dravo-slant.jpg
  • NYC-RR-Ohio-River-Bridge-Monaca-Pa.jpg
  • PCU-LST-668-American-Bridge-Co-Ambridge-PA-prior-to-launching-30-April-1944.jpg
  • phillips-power-plant-south-copyright-vincent-troia.jpg
  • PLE-Postcard-by-Howard-Fogg-Christmas-Mail-1907-Stoops-Ferry-Pa.jpg
  • PLE-Postcard-Howard-Fogg-Afternoon-Steel-King-passing-Phillips-Power-Station-Duquesne-Light-Co-South-Heights-Pa.jpg
  • PLE-Postcard-Howard-Fogg-Morning-Steel-King-Phillips-Power-Station-Duquesne-Light-Co-South-Heights-Pa.jpg
  • PLE-RR-BRIDGE-BRIDGEWATER.jpg
  • PLE-RR-BRIDGE-MONACA-2.jpg
  • PLE-RR-BRIDGE-MONACA-3.jpg
  • PLE-RR-BRIDGE-MONACA-GANTRY-TRAVELER-PLACING-FIRST-PANEL-CANTILEVER-ARM.jpg
  • PLE-RR-BRIDGE-MONACA.jpg
  • PLE-RR-Monaca-Bridge.jpg
  • Point-of-Beginning-of-the-US-Public-Land-Survey.jpg
  • Racoon-Twp-Moffett-Mill-Bridge.jpg
  • Rochester-Big-Beaver-River-Girard-Lock-Dam.jpg
  • Rochester-Monaca-Bridge-1915.jpg
  • rochester-monaca-bridge.jpg
  • rochester-pa-barge-operation.jpg
  • Rochester-Pa-Big-Beaver-River-Bridge-Girard-Locks.jpg
  • Rochester-PA-World-War-II-Memorial.jpg
  • rochester-prr-station-2.jpg
  • rochester-prr-station.jpg
  • Sandy-Beaver-Canal-Lock-36-2.jpg
  • Sandy-Beaver-Canal-Lock-36.jpg
  • Sandy-Beaver-Canal-Lock-39.jpg
  • Sandy-Beaver-Canal-Lock-51.jpg
  • Sandy-Beaver-Canal-Lusk-Lock-2.jpg
  • Sandy-Beaver-Canal-Lusk-Lock.jpg
  • sewickley-pa-bridge-aerial.jpg
  • sewickley-pa-bridge-painting-2.jpg
  • sewickley-pa-bridge-painting-aerial.jpg
  • Smiths-Ferry-Petroglyphs-Women.jpg
  • Stoops-Ferry-Station-Narrows-Run-Moon-Pa.jpg
  • Stoops-Ferry-Station-North-View.jpg
 

USA Track & Field Certified Road Races

 

Upcoming Events

Sat 19 Aug 10:00am
Venue: Allegheny River Trail - Emlenton Trailhead

Sun 20 Aug 1:00pm
Venue: McConnells Mill, Hell's Hollow parking lot

Sun 27 Aug 7:00am
Venue: Birmingham Bridge

Fri 1 Sep 7:30am
Venue: Route 51

Wed 20 Sep 8:00am

Fri 22 Sep 7:00am
Venue: Rivergate Park

Fri 22 Sep 3:00pm
Venue: Lake Country Bike

Sat 23 Sep 7:00am
Venue: Montour Trail Mile Zero

Sat 23 Sep 8:00am
Venue: Gibson Park

Sun 24 Sep 10:00am
Venue: Moon Community Park

Sun 1 Oct 8:00am
Venue: St. Monica Parish

Wed 4 Oct 9:00am
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry

Fri 6 Oct 7:30am
Venue: Route 51

Ohio River Greenway Trail Logo

Bike Route

BicyclePA - Route A

Bike PA Route A Alternate Route

Urban Bikeway Design Studies

Pittsburgh Bike Map

 

Volunteer Today

Bicycle Friendly Community

North Shore Connector Feasibility Study

 

ORGT North Shore Feasibility Study

 

ORGT South Shore Feasibility Study

 

Monaca Gateway Project

Moon Township Riverfront Park Master Plan

Beaver Borough Riverfront Park

Rochester Township Riverfront Plan

 

Ohio River Brownfields Planning Project

Coraopolis Train Station

Pittsburgh to Coraopolis Feasibility Study

Separated Bike Lane

Green Lane Project

Spokes People

PA Trails of History

Washington's Trail 1753

Airport Bike Connections

Ohio River Trail Airport Connector

Great Allegheny Passage

Industrial Heartland Trails

U.S. Bicycle Route System

Underground Railroad Bicycle Route

Healthy Ride

Bicycling Laws & Safety Publications

Petroglyphs of Pennsylvania

 

Vote Ohio River as Pa's River of the Year

Sign our Petition

Account Login

Create an Account

Support Us

Please consider supporting our efforts with a tax deductible gift.

Amount:


Annual Membership Meeting

Outdoor Adventure Club

Bicycle Parking Program

ORTC National Trails Day

Forum

Corporate Office

Administration Login Only

User Menu

Trail Town Program Survey