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The calendar below has club events however our Google Calendar is the most comprehensive source of events where you can add/subscribe to it within your own Google Calendar.  ECP events are Green and Non-ECP Events are Gold

Upcoming events

    • 04/18/2021
    • 8:15 AM (EDT)
    • Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite to Bull Creek Road

    Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite to Bull Creek Road Hike

    COVID-19 Changes

    To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

    This series of training hikes is intended to prepare you to take on the Challenge on Saturday June 19. These hikes not only help you build your endurance, but they also allow you to field test your gear. Your new shoes or pants may seem fine on your ten mile hikes, but only when you approach 20 miles over hilly terrain do previously imperceptible problems become incapacitating.
    • Everyone is welcome on these hikes; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
    • These hikes are strenuous. The objective is to train you to be able to complete the Challenge within the allotted time, so leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
    • There's no need to notify the hike leader of your plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
    • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
    • Minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
    • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
    • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
    • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
    • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.
    Sunday April 18
    Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite to Bull Creek Road
    7.4 miles
    03:04 duration
    Climbing 1539 ft Descending 1770 ft
    We begin in Harrison Hills Park at the start point of the Challenge and meander through the park. Then we climb, and soon hit Burtner Hill, one of the more infamous hills on the Trail. A nice view of the Bull Creek valley appears before a steep descent to the finish. Meet at the Bobwhite Shelter in Harrison Hills Park. Take Route 28 to exit 16, turn east (right if exiting northbound) at the end of the ramp, then right again at the T-intersection with Freeport Road. The park is about one mile down on the left. Take the left fork of the Park entrance road and follow it 1/2 mile to the shelter parking lot on the right at the Bluejay sign. Map


    Check out website for more.

    • 04/20/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1130 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15218

    Check out the event page here.

    Meet us at the shop for a group run every Tuesdsay through Frick Park! All abilities are welcomed, and we run rain OR shine. We’ll have complimentary beers back at the shop after.

    To maintain social distancing we have split up into two groups with a 10 minute mile group departing at 6pm and a 12 minute mile group departing at 6:20pm, we are getting into headlamp season now so don't forget to bring a light!



    • 04/24/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Franklin, PA

    Two Mile Run Park Races - Mountain Bike Race

    Part of the Bike the Wilds Series.

    For more information check out the Bike the Wilds website.


    • 04/25/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Franklin, PA

    Two Mile Run Park Races - Gravel Race

    Part of the Bike the Wilds Series.

    For more information check out the Bike the Wilds website.


    • 04/25/2021
    • 8:15 AM (EDT)
    • Freeport Road to Emmerling Park

    Freeport Road to Emmerling Park

    COVID-19 Changes

    To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

    This series of training hikes is intended to prepare you to take on the Challenge on Saturday June 19. These hikes not only help you build your endurance, but they also allow you to field test your gear. Your new shoes or pants may seem fine on your ten mile hikes, but only when you approach 20 miles over hilly terrain do previously imperceptible problems become incapacitating.
    • Everyone is welcome on these hikes; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
    • These hikes are strenuous. The objective is to train you to be able to complete the Challenge within the allotted time, so leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
    • There's no need to notify the hike leader of your plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
    • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
    • Minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
    • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
    • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
    • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
    • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.
    Sunday April 25
    Freeport Road to Emmerling Park
    8.6 miles
    03:26 duration
    Climbing 1810 ft Descending 1746 ft
    Starting near the Springdale Veterans Association Hall in Springdale, we get in some road hiking and then come the hills, including Log Cabin hill, Lefever Hill, and Rich Hill. We finish in Emmerling Park. Meet at the Springdale Veterans Association Hall parking lot in Springdale. Take Route 28 to Exit #12A (Pittsburgh Mills). At the end of the ramp, turn away from the mall on the main entrance road, then turn left onto Tawney Run Road. After about 1/2 mile turn right on Riddle Run Road. Follow this road until it ends at Freeport Road and turn right. The Springdale Veterans Association Hall entrance will be on your right in about 1/4 mile. Park on the right side of the building, on the gravel portion of the lot. Map


    Check out website for more.

    • 04/27/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1130 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15218

    Check out the event page here.

    Meet us at the shop for a group run every Tuesdsay through Frick Park! All abilities are welcomed, and we run rain OR shine. We’ll have complimentary beers back at the shop after.

    To maintain social distancing we have split up into two groups with a 10 minute mile group departing at 6pm and a 12 minute mile group departing at 6:20pm, we are getting into headlamp season now so don't forget to bring a light!



    • 04/28/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Presented by Just by Nature, check out website and event page.

    What has happened in your life over the past month that was a racialized experience (especially in the outdoors)? How did you react? How do you wish you reacted?

    Dialogue, share resources, and role-play with other aspiring anti-racist outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

    Currently meeting on Google Hangouts during the pandemic. Days of the week rotate each month to accommodate different participants' availability.

    Upcoming meet-up dates, all dates meet 6 - 7:30pm Eastern Time:

    March 25, 2021

    April 28, 2021

    May 18, 2021

    June 24, 2021

    July 19, 2021


    • 05/01/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This is the second of a series of three sessions hosted by Just by Nature.

    For more info on the series (and more!) check out their website.

    Check out the event page for pricing and more info

    9-hours of facilitated and sustained dialogue with a consistent community of peers, while on 2-4 mile group hikes in various regional parks. Pack a lunch! We ask that participants please plan to join us for all 4 hikes in a given program's series to help us build trust and community with each other.

    ​Based on the common text, Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney.

    Session 2 - Representation, Intersectionality and Personal Agency

    In small groups, dialogue participants will discuss times when they personally experienced, perpetuated or disrupted instances of racial oppression. We will also dialogue as a whole group about our individual roles as gatekeepers to greater representation in the outdoors while referencing Chapters 3-4. Each participant will complete a social identity profile to inform dialogue about the intersectional awareness and work required to dismantle dominant ideas of a “white wilderness.”


    • 05/02/2021
    • 8:15 AM (EDT)
    • Bull Creek Road to Freeport Road

    Bull Creek Road to Freeport Road

    COVID-19 Changes

    To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

    This series of training hikes is intended to prepare you to take on the Challenge on Saturday June 19. These hikes not only help you build your endurance, but they also allow you to field test your gear. Your new shoes or pants may seem fine on your ten mile hikes, but only when you approach 20 miles over hilly terrain do previously imperceptible problems become incapacitating.
    • Everyone is welcome on these hikes; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
    • These hikes are strenuous. The objective is to train you to be able to complete the Challenge within the allotted time, so leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
    • There's no need to notify the hike leader of your plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
    • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
    • Minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
    • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
    • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
    • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
    • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.
    Sunday May 2
    Bull Creek Road to Freeport Road
    9.4 miles
    04:16 duration
    Climbing 2598 ft Descending 2640 ft

    On this hike we start at the Bull Creek Road checkpoint location in Tarentum and quickly encounter a steep uphill climb followed by even steeper ups and downs - including Crawford Run hill and Murray Hill. We pass through Agan Park and end in Springdale. Meet at the parking area at the intersection of Bull Creek Road and Ridge Road. Take Route 28 to Exit #14 (Tarentum). Turn north on Bull Creek Road for a very short distance, turn right on Ridge Road, then immediately turn into the parking area on the right. Map

    Check out website for more.

    • 05/04/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1130 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15218

    Check out the event page here.

    Meet us at the shop for a group run every Tuesdsay through Frick Park! All abilities are welcomed, and we run rain OR shine. We’ll have complimentary beers back at the shop after.

    To maintain social distancing we have split up into two groups with a 10 minute mile group departing at 6pm and a 12 minute mile group departing at 6:20pm, we are getting into headlamp season now so don't forget to bring a light!

    And May the fourth be with you.

    • 05/08/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Brady's Run Park

    6/3 hr Mountain Bike Race at Brady’s Run Four Season Pavilion. May 8th 2021


    For more info check out the Facebook event page here.

    • 05/09/2021
    • 8:15 AM (EDT)
    • Crawford Run Road to Emmerling Park

    Crawford Run Road to Emmerling Park

    COVID-19 Changes

    To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

    This series of training hikes is intended to prepare you to take on the Challenge on Saturday June 19. These hikes not only help you build your endurance, but they also allow you to field test your gear. Your new shoes or pants may seem fine on your ten mile hikes, but only when you approach 20 miles over hilly terrain do previously imperceptible problems become incapacitating.
    • Everyone is welcome on these hikes; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
    • These hikes are strenuous. The objective is to train you to be able to complete the Challenge within the allotted time, so leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
    • There's no need to notify the hike leader of your plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
    • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
    • Minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
    • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
    • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
    • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
    • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.
    Sunday May 9
    Crawford Run Road to Emmerling Park
    George Bender 412-889-3575 13.3 miles
    05:43 duration
    Climbing 3046 ft Descending 2966 ft
    We start in Creighton and head west where we'll encounter a plethora of hills: impressively steep Murray Hill, Agan Park, Log Cabin hill, Lefever Hill, and Rich Hill. Then we'll end in Emmerling Park. Meet at the parking area off Crawford Run Road in Creighton. Take Route 28 to Exit #13. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and in about 30 feet turn right again into a gravel parking lot surrounded by a low chainlink fence. Map


    Check out website for more.

    • 05/13/2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • North Park Point Shelter

    Since we've been inside for so long, we're gonna give it a try and hold an outdoor meeting.

    General Meeting Outline:

    6:30/700 p.m. - Pre-meeting activities welcome - check the calendar for listings

    7:30 p.m. - General Club Business

    8:30/9:00 p.m. - Post Meeting Presentation

    All are welcome to join.  =)

    • 05/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 05/22/2021
    • (EDT)
    • New River Gorge

    New River Alliance of Climbers is planning to host their annual Not Work Week! 

    Check out their website for more details and to register.

    Registration is required.



    • 05/15/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This is the third in a series of three sessions hosted by Just by Nature.

    For more info on the series (and more!) check out their website.

    Check out the event page for pricing and more info.

    9-hours of facilitated and sustained dialogue with a consistent community of peers, while on 2-4 mile group hikes in various regional parks. Pack a lunch! We ask that participants please plan to join us for all 4 hikes in a given program's series to help us build trust and community with each other.

    ​Based on the common text, Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney.

    Session 3 - Action Planning

    This final session is dedicated to brainstorming individual action plans for each person’s various spheres of influence. Using insights and examples from Chapters 5-6, we will engage in peer feedback sessions on action plan draft ideas and share action intentions with the full group. This is also the time and space for coalition building amongst this group’s participants before the experience concludes.


    • 05/16/2021
    • 8:15 AM (EDT)
    • Log Cabin Road to North Park Harmar

    Log Cabin Road to North Park Harmar

    COVID-19 Changes

    To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

    This series of training hikes is intended to prepare you to take on the Challenge on Saturday June 19. These hikes not only help you build your endurance, but they also allow you to field test your gear. Your new shoes or pants may seem fine on your ten mile hikes, but only when you approach 20 miles over hilly terrain do previously imperceptible problems become incapacitating.
    • Everyone is welcome on these hikes; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
    • These hikes are strenuous. The objective is to train you to be able to complete the Challenge within the allotted time, so leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
    • There's no need to notify the hike leader of your plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
    • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
    • Minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
    • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
    • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
    • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
    • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.
    Sunday May 16
    Log Cabin Road to North Park Harmar
    Leader: Doug MacPhail 412-606-5998 14.5 miles
    05:46 duration
    Climbing 2966 ft Descending 2612 ft
    This hike begins at the Log Cabin Road checkpoint location and covers Lefever Hill and Rich Hill. We'll glide through Emmerling Park, then through Hampton and Crouse Run and into North Park, ending at the Harmar Shelter, the endpoint for the Challenge. Meet at the Log Cabin Road parking area. Take Route 28 to Exit #12. Turn right at the end of the ramp, then right at the stop sign onto Little Deer Creek Road (aka Russellton Road). Travel about 1.5 miles and turn right on Log Cabin Road. Park about 100 yards ahead on the right. Map

    Check out website for more.

    • 05/17/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Online

    For details and up to date information check out THIS PAGE on our website. 


    • 05/18/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Presented by Just by Nature, check out website and event page.

    What has happened in your life over the past month that was a racialized experience (especially in the outdoors)? How did you react? How do you wish you reacted?

    Dialogue, share resources, and role-play with other aspiring anti-racist outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

    Currently meeting on Google Hangouts during the pandemic. Days of the week rotate each month to accommodate different participants' availability.

    Upcoming meet-up dates, all dates meet 6 - 7:30pm Eastern Time:

    March 25, 2021

    April 28, 2021

    May 18, 2021

    June 24, 2021

    July 19, 2021


    • 05/21/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 05/23/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Raystown Lake

    Join us for our first-year festival at one of the top-rated trail networks in Pennsylvania, the Allegrippis Trails, and celebrate mountain biking! Your registration gets you access to demos on the latest and greatest bike products, skills clinics, group rides and good times. This is a non-profit event. Your registration supports the Allegrippis Trail System.


    Check out their website for more info and to register.

    • 05/22/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Prosperity, PA

    Challenge yourself on the SweetWater Whiskey Rebellion Gravel Race, an adventurous tour through historic PA landscapes of Washington County.  Perfect for Adventurers who ride OFF-ROAD including Mountain Bikers, Gravel Junkies, Cyclecross Racers and Adventurers Cyclists.

    You’ll race along many of the original winding roads and covered bridges traveled by the farmers who started the 1790s Whiskey Rebellion in response to President Washington’s ill-fated first national taxation plan.

    Whiskey Rebellion roads vary from pea gravel to new loose baseball-sized and can have some mud and grass in the middle too.  There is also a stream crossing on the longest route. The terrain is endless, steep, rolling hills that western Pennsylvania is famous for with over 7,000 ft. of climbing in the 120K option.

    For 2021, you’ll be able to test your mettle on the 200K option, the Cask 200K.  With nearly 12,000 ft. of elevation, it’s certainly among the most challenging gravel rides east of the Mississippi.

    Event website here.

    Here to register.

    • 05/23/2021
    • 8:15 AM (EDT)
    • Eastern Terminus to Crawford Run Road

    Eastern Terminus to Crawford Run Road

    COVID-19 Changes

    To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

    This series of training hikes is intended to prepare you to take on the Challenge on Saturday June 19. These hikes not only help you build your endurance, but they also allow you to field test your gear. Your new shoes or pants may seem fine on your ten mile hikes, but only when you approach 20 miles over hilly terrain do previously imperceptible problems become incapacitating.
    • Everyone is welcome on these hikes; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
    • These hikes are strenuous. The objective is to train you to be able to complete the Challenge within the allotted time, so leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
    • There's no need to notify the hike leader of your plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
    • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
    • Minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
    • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
    • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
    • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
    • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.
    Sunday May 23
    Eastern Terminus to Crawford Run Road
    George Bender 412-889-3575 14.0 miles
    05:57 duration
    Climbing 3227 ft Descending 3631 ft
    This hike starts at the eastern terminus of the Rachel Carson Trail, a part of the trail which Challengers never see. We'll hike through Harrison Hills Park, past the Bobwhite Shelter, then over Burtner Hill and down Crawford Run hill to Creighton. Meet at the parking area across Freeport Road from the eastern terminus. From Pittsburgh/northeast, take Route 28 to exit 16, turn east (right if exiting northbound) at the end of the ramp onto Millerstown Road and follow it to the traffic light at the T intersection with Freeport Road. There is a parking area on the left at this intersection.


    Check out website for more
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    • 05/30/2021
    • 8:15 AM (EDT)
    • Freeport Road to North Park Harmar

    Freeport Road to North Park Harmar

    COVID-19 Changes

    To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

    This series of training hikes is intended to prepare you to take on the Challenge on Saturday June 19. These hikes not only help you build your endurance, but they also allow you to field test your gear. Your new shoes or pants may seem fine on your ten mile hikes, but only when you approach 20 miles over hilly terrain do previously imperceptible problems become incapacitating.
    • Everyone is welcome on these hikes; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
    • These hikes are strenuous. The objective is to train you to be able to complete the Challenge within the allotted time, so leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
    • There's no need to notify the hike leader of your plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
    • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
    • Minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
    • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
    • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
    • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
    • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.
    Sunday May 30
    Freeport Road to North Park Harmar
    19.0 miles
    07:43 duration
    Climbing 3765 ft Descending 3333 ft
    On this hike we'll cover the second half of this year's Challenge course. Starting in Springdale near the Springdale Veterans Association Hall, we'll hike through Springdale then hit Log Cabin Hill, Lefever Hill, and Rich Hill. Then we'll stick the landing in North Park. Meet at the Springdale Veterans Association Hall parking lot in Springdale. Take Route 28 to Exit #12A (Pittsburgh Mills). At the end of the ramp, turn away from the mall on the main entrance road, then turn left onto Tawney Run Road. After about 1/2 mile turn right on Riddle Run Road. Follow this road until it ends at Freeport Road and turn right. The Springdale Veterans Association Hall entrance will be on your right in about 1/4 mile. Park on the right side of the building, on the gravel portion of the lot. Map


    Check out website for more.

    • 06/05/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/06/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Raccoon Creek State Park

    RACCOONGAINE XI

    Organized by Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club

    In a rogaine-style format, individuals or teams have a fixed time (3 or 6 hours in this event) to visit as many checkpoints as possible; walking, running and resting as they see fit. The checkpoints are spread over a large area, and are pre-marked on a map issued shortly before the start of the event. Point values for visiting each control vary (and are specified in advance) depending on such factors as distance from the start/finish area, elevation, navigational complexity.

    Participants in a Rogaine come from diverse backgrounds: hikers, walkers, cross-country runners, trail runners, adventure racers, ultra runners, orienteers, hashers and family groups. Widely varying levels of competitive intensity are found, going from the casual stroller who wants a little variety added to the weekend hike to the serious athlete. Map reading skill is perhaps the most important technique needed. Route planning strategy is also very important since there won't be time to get all the controls, so the choice of which to try for is crucial in maximizing scores.

    For more info check out the website.

    • 06/06/2021
    • 8:15 AM (EDT)
    • Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite to Log Cabin Road

    Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite to Log Cabin Road

    COVID-19 Changes

    To avoid stranger carpooling, this year all hikes will meet at the start location at 8:15 AM. If you do not have a ride share, you can meet at the start and hike as far as you want then turn around and hike back to your car.

    This series of training hikes is intended to prepare you to take on the Challenge on Saturday June 19. These hikes not only help you build your endurance, but they also allow you to field test your gear. Your new shoes or pants may seem fine on your ten mile hikes, but only when you approach 20 miles over hilly terrain do previously imperceptible problems become incapacitating.
    • Everyone is welcome on these hikes; you do not need to be entered into the Challenge to participate.
    • These hikes are strenuous. The objective is to train you to be able to complete the Challenge within the allotted time, so leaders will be maintaining an average pace of about 2.4 miles per hour, or a little over 25 minutes per mile.
    • There's no need to notify the hike leader of your plan to attend. Simply show up on time.
    • Please bring at least a quart of water (more if the temperature will be warm) and some energy snacks (e.g. Powerbar).
    • Minimum unaccompanied age is 12.
    • All hikes will meet at the hike start. It is your responsibility to arrange a car shuttle with safe friends or family members beforehand so that you can be at the hike start at 8:15 AM.
    • Although dogs are wonderful, please don't bring them on these hikes.
    • All hikes meet at the start at 8:15 AM. Plan for later hikes to take up to nine hours (including sign-in, announcements, car shuttling, and so forth).
    • The hikes are free. A suggested donation of $3 per person may be given to the hike leader on the day of the hike.
    Sunday June 6
    Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite to Log Cabin Road
    Leader: Doug MacPhail 412-606-5998 21.3 miles
    09:00 duration
    Climbing 4923 ft Descending 5118 ft
    This hike was specifically chosen to be the final, longest and most difficult hike prior to the Challenge. We begin at the Bobwhite Shelter in Harrison Hills Park and wind through the park. Once outside the park, we pass through a horse farm, then up and down hills - including Burtner hill, Crawford Run hill, Murray hill, and Log Cabin hill. We end at the Log Cabin Road checkpoint location. Meet at the Bobwhite Shelter in Harrison Hills Park. Take Route 28 to exit 16, turn east (right if exiting northbound) at the end of the ramp, then right again at the T-intersection with Freeport Road. The park is about one mile down on the left. Take the left fork of the Park entrance road and follow it 1/2 mile to the shelter parking lot on the right at the Bluejay sign. Map

     Check out website for more.

    • 06/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Slippery Rock, PA

    DR Distillery Gravel Race

    Part of the Bike the Wilds Series.

    For more information check out the Bike the Wilds website.


    • 06/19/2021
    • (EDT)

    Hosted by the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy

    Overview

    The twenty-fourth annual Rachel Carson Trail Challenge is on Saturday June 19, 2021, the Saturday nearest the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The Challenge is a 35-mile long, one-day, sunrise to sunset endurance hike on much of the brutal Rachel Carson Trail. Unlike a footrace, the "challenge" is not to "come in first" or "win", but to endure, to finish the hike in one day. This time, the Challenge starts in Harrison Hills Park ends 35 miles later in North Park.

    There are three events to choose from that day, all taking place on the Rachel Carson Trail:

    Full Challenge
    35 Miles
    The traditional Challenge. It begins in Harrison Hills Park and ends in North Park. Starts at 5:30 AM, finish deadline is 8:54 PM, or 15 hours 4 minutes, whichever comes first. Limit 600 participants, minimum unaccompanied age 12.
    Homestead Challenge
    18 Miles
    Also known as the "Half Challenge", it begins at the Springdale High School, near the Rachel Carson Homestead, and ends in North Park. Starts at 10:00 AM, finish deadline is 7 hours 47 minutes. If you ever thought about trying the Challenge but never thought you could go 35 miles, this may be for you. Limit 300 participants, minimum unaccompanied age 12.
    Friends & Family Challenge
    7 Miles
    This begins in Hartwood Acres Park in Indiana Township and ends in North Park. Starts at noon. It's intended for groups of up to 5 members, and the minimum unaccompanied age is 12. Limit 50 groups.

    There'll be a picnic at the finish in North Park for everyone.

    Check out the website for more.

    • 06/19/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Laurel Fields, Sigel, PA

    Spring Creek Gravel Challenge

    Part of the Bike the Wilds Series.

    For more information check out the Bike the Wilds website.


    • 06/24/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Presented by Just by Nature, check out website and event page.

    What has happened in your life over the past month that was a racialized experience (especially in the outdoors)? How did you react? How do you wish you reacted?

    Dialogue, share resources, and role-play with other aspiring anti-racist outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

    Currently meeting on Google Hangouts during the pandemic. Days of the week rotate each month to accommodate different participants' availability.

    Upcoming meet-up dates, all dates meet 6 - 7:30pm Eastern Time:

    March 25, 2021

    April 28, 2021

    May 18, 2021

    June 24, 2021

    July 19, 2021


    • 07/10/2021
    • 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Gilfillan Trail, Upper St. Clair

    Annie's 6-Hour Run
    Saturday, July 10, 2021
    6am until noon
    Gilfillan Trail, Upper St. Clair

    Run a 5k or run an ultra! Mark your calendars for the 17 Annual Annie's 6 Hour Run.

    This trail is a 1.25 mile loop with 200’ gain (up a hill and into the woods where you then run down a hill and then across a flat field). The course inside the woods is typical dirt trail, the course outside of the woods is wood chips--soft and springy surface! In this loop you'll cross two bridges, see a farm with cows, a garden, plus lots of wildlife. Half of the loop is in cool shady woods and the other half can get hot and sunny.

    You’ll run clockwise for an hour then counterclockwise for an hour, switching directions on the hour at the start/finish line. You won’t get bored, the uphills become downhills, and downhills become uphills.

    The run always goes clockwise at the 6am start (flat section along Rt 19 and then turning LEFT up the long hill into the woods and down a hill, crossing the bridges, and back to start to add your slash to the board). Every hour on the hour the course is switched to run the opposite way. So at the beginning of EVEN numbered hours (6am, 8am, 10am) the course is run CLOCKWISE. At the beginning of ODD numbered hours (7am, 9am 11am), the course is run counter-clockwise.

    Can't imagine that loop for six hours? That's ok...it's so informal/low key that you can start at any time you want and do as many or as few loops as you want — run, walk, jog. Sit and rest for a bit then start up again. Not feeling it? Stop whenever you like. Having a good day? Keep going as long as you like.

    Bring some friends! Definitely bring family members. Although the course isn't stroller friendly, it is kid friendly!

    Bring a drop bag and folding chair if you like. No need to carry a belt or hydration pack while you run. You’ll have access to them every loop.

    This is a unique running race in the Pittsburgh area since it's a time race rather than a specific distance (as much distance as you can achieve in the specific six hour time frame).

    It’s a fun way to get in a shorter distance run -- or 40+ miles. Plus you'll always have company during your loops.

    Fluids and food are provided (Audrey Burgoon, Race Director, is cooking!!). Porta-john on site. Ample free parking at the Westminster Presbyterian Church lot right across the street from the trail start.

    After you complete each loop, you put a slash mark beside your name on the flip chart. Winners are those with the most "slashes" (miles) when the race ends at noon. Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in male and female categories. Accumulating more slash marks becomes addicting -- and it's especially satisfying to mark a DIAGONAL slash mark (5 loops!).

    Cost: $5 (yes, $5!) per hour, whether you run 1 minute or all 60 minutes, with a cap of $20. (examples: 1 hour 15 minutes would be $10; Two hours 46 minutes would be $15; Run 4 hours and 42 minutes and it would be $20; Remember the race fee is capped at $20, so anything you run over 4 hours is FREE! Greater Pittsburgh Road Runners Club members' cost will be a flat fee of $1. At registration, you can join the GPRRC in order to get this bargain race fee!) A portion of the profits will be donated to a charity.

    To keep costs low: Race day registration only. No website or Internet fees. No swag or finisher medals. We'll continue the tradition -- the winners get a fresh baked pie!

    Check out the Facebook event for more!

    • 07/16/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 07/18/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Bruceton Mills, WV

    Bike Bash WV 2021

    What do rigid single speeders, enduro bros, and XC racers have in common? We all, love to pedal bikes in the woods. Join us for another weekend at the Big Bear Lake Trail Center and celebrate mountain biking in West Virginia! Arrive early and camp from Thursday through Sunday!

    Check out their website for more info and to register!

    • 07/19/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Presented by Just by Nature, check out website and event page.

    What has happened in your life over the past month that was a racialized experience (especially in the outdoors)? How did you react? How do you wish you reacted?

    Dialogue, share resources, and role-play with other aspiring anti-racist outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

    Currently meeting on Google Hangouts during the pandemic. Days of the week rotate each month to accommodate different participants' availability.

    Upcoming meet-up dates, all dates meet 6 - 7:30pm Eastern Time:

    March 25, 2021

    April 28, 2021

    May 18, 2021

    June 24, 2021

    July 19, 2021


    • 08/07/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Shinnston, WV

    Gravel Races of various lengths.

    Register here.

    Event presented by Pike St Bikes.

    • 08/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Franklin, PA

    Two Mile Run Park Races - Mountain Bike Race

    Part of the Bike the Wilds Series.

    For more information check out the Bike the Wilds website.


    • 08/26/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 08/29/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Pittsburgh, PA
    PedalPGH is Pittsburgh’s biggest celebration of bicycling. Join in the most fun you can have on two wheels while touring the city’s sights.
    With health and safety front of mind, BikePGH will host PedalPGH in 2021 as a brand new hybrid event. Choose to participate in-person or virtually:
    - Participate on Sunday, August 29, 2021, for an in-person event experience with rest stops.
    - Or ride "virtually" anytime you want during event weekend from Thursday, August 26th through Sunday, August 29th.
    No matter which experience you choose, you will be able to safely experience our beautiful city, even as social distancing keeps us apart.
    What can you expect in 2021?
    Choose from one of our four marked routes around the Steel City ranging from 10 to 62 miles, receive amazing PedalPGH gear, and a digital ride guide with maps, tips, and more from our sponsors! Ride solo or with members of your household throughout the PedalPGH celebration weekend from August 26th to 29th, 2021.
    PedalPGH is a casual, fun ride that exposes people of all ages and fitness levels to the neighborhoods, parks, bridges, and geography that make Pittsburgh so unique.
    All registration proceeds will benefit BikePGH, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, who works on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to make the city safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk.
    Registration Options:
    (OPEN NOW) Premium Registration includes:
    - PedalPGH Ride Registration (Participate in-person or virtually)
    - Limited-Edition PedalPGH Specialized Jersey
    - Limited edition T-shirt
    - PedalPGH water bottle
    - Personalized bib number (Provides access to rest stops, snacks, water, and support on Sunday)
    - Route signage marking every turn
    Digital ride guide (Featuring maps, tips, & more from our sponsors)
    - PDF Cue sheets and GPS files to guide you
    - BikePGH Annual Membership
    (Opens March 15) Regular Registration Includes:
    - PedalPGH Ride Registration (Participate in-person or virtually)
    - Limited edition T-shirt
    - PedalPGH water bottle
    - Personalized bib number (Provides access to rest stops, snacks, water, and support on Sunday)
    - Route signage marking every turn
    - Digital ride guide (Featuring maps, tips, & more from our sponsors)
    - PDF Cue sheets and GPS files to guide you
    Facebook event page, here..
    $100 registration, here.

    • 08/28/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Hammondsville, OH

    Located in northern Jefferson County, Ohio, on the historic Yellow Creek, the McLain Farm has been in the family since 1858.  The riders will line up in the field and start the first mile all on the farm before they exit the gates to the gravel.  The three distances include 100, 62.5, and 35 mile options, highlighting some of the best gravel roads in all of eastern Ohio.  With great climbs and even better descents, the ride is a mix of 70% gravel and 30% country roads showing off the area’s natural beauty. 

    Our goal in hosting this event is to promote northern Jefferson County and cycling.  We hope that all of our participants fall in love with the area and come visit the county throughout the year to enjoy the natural beauty, excellent roads, and the great local businesses.

      Race day is Saturday with a post-race hoe-down with food, drink, and music. 

    All race tickets include a post ride meal and 1 free beverage. Any non riders that want a meal and a beverage will have to purchase a hoe-down ticket. 

    All riders are REQUIRED to download the routes to a GPS enabled device. Helmets required.  All routes will be partially marked with signage, and are on open roads, all rules of the road apply. 

    Routes will be provided one week before the event date via email.

    We reserve the right to make changes to the event and course for the safety of the riders and changes in road conditions. 

    Register here.

    • 09/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • Moon Township Park

    Mountain bike race near Pittsburgh, Pa.

    For more event info check out the Facebook event page.

Past events

04/15/2021 Raccoongaine XI Registration Opens
04/13/2021 3ROC Tuesday Night Trail Runs
04/10/2021 Dyngus Day 5K Dash Pierogi Run
04/08/2021 April General Meeting
04/07/2021 Just by Nature - Dialogue Hikes
04/06/2021 3ROC Tuesday Night Trail Runs
04/05/2021 2021 Wasatch Mountain Film Festival
04/03/2021 Fools Trail Run
03/30/2021 3ROC Tuesday Night Trail Runs
03/27/2021 Flirt with Dirt - 10k Trail Race
03/25/2021 Community of Practice - Just by Nature
03/23/2021 3ROC Tuesday Night Trail Runs
03/20/2021 3ROC Family Hike Series
03/11/2021 March General Meeting
02/11/2021 February General Meeting
01/27/2021 Joy Trip Reading Project: Book Discussion for Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney
01/14/2021 January General Meeting
01/12/2021 Equity and the ECP
01/09/2021 2021 VIRTUAL Kickoff Training Run
01/06/2021 Aaron Mulkey - The Pursuit (MMA Speaker Series #4)
01/04/2021 January Activity Challenge
12/14/2020 Equity and the ECP
12/10/2020 December General Meeting
11/12/2020 November General Meeting
10/08/2020 October General Meeting
09/11/2020 Annual Party: Camping
09/10/2020 General Meeting
08/13/2020 General Meeting
07/09/2020 General Meeting
06/11/2020 General Meeting
05/14/2020 ECP General Membership Meeting
04/09/2020 ECP General Membership Meeting
03/31/2020 Virtual Hang Out - Say "hi" and hang out with Nancy :)
03/12/2020 ECP General Membership Meeting
02/13/2020 ECP General Membership Meeting
01/09/2020 ECP General Membership Meeting
12/12/2019 ECP General Membership Meeting
11/14/2019 ECP General Membership Meeting

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