Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority
BY JACOB TANNER
LEWISBURG, PA--On Saturday, September 21 at 9:30 a.m., families gathered in Lewisburg right off of Rt. 45 at the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail to run the this years rendition of the Tails to Trails 5K Fun Run/Walk. The event was held by the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority, and is one of the few races of its kind for both humans and their four-legged companions. Parking was free and was located at Brookpark Farm. In fact, parking and registration were both simple and easy to find, with large signs pointing to the right area easily visible before turning off of Rt. 45, which is always a huge benefit to participants. Online registration was free for humans, but $7 per dog, with a multiple-dog discount available. Those who didnt register until after September 12, or waited until the day of the event, were charged $12 per dog. Participants received some goodies at the end.
This unique 5K fun run had its turnaround located approximately at the halfway point on the Rail Trail. A sign shaped like a dog bone was placed to greet the runners and let them know they were halfway to their goal of finishing. Bowls of water were also located at the turnaround in case the dogs needed to drink and refuel.
Since the 5K was a fun run, most runners and walkers of the event were not particularly concerned with running or walking the best times, but were looking to just have a good day with their dogs and others. Race times, I was told, would not be posted online, however first place did go to David Brungard and his dog, Chester, who finished in a time of 21:21.
As the participants took to the trail with a cloudy overcast and a temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, I had an opportunity to speak with Elizabeth Stuelke, who is the Program Director of the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority. She had this to share with me, This is the third year for the Tails to Trails 5K, and it is growing each year. Its just a fun way to get people out on the trail with their dogs. A big part of the community has dogs, and this race really encourages them to get out on the trail with their animals. Its just a whole lot of fun. She also added, Were always interested to hear what people have to say. We want to know what else they would like to see in regard to future dog events, and even trail events. Just last Saturday we held Doggy Dips at the Lewisburg Community Pool. Dogs got the chance to play, run free, and swim around a bit.
Angela Jankoviak ran with her dog, Nala, and was another of
one of the first teams to finish the race. She told me, I
loved the race, it was great. I did it last year too. She
then pointed at her dog and said, She sprints in the beginning,
but by the end shes dragging along. But she has a lot of
fun here too. I will definitely be back again, and will recommend
this race to others.
The event was sponsored by Brookpark Pet Supply and Warrior Run Pet Care Center, while a special thanks went out to Knittle & Frey for their sponsorship. Proceeds benefited Sun P.E.T.S. and the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. If you are interested in running future races on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail or you wish to make some suggestions then head on over to www.bvrec.org for further information.