Signature Events

Following are the Montour Trail’s biggest annual events.  Check the Events Calendar for more information.

    • National Tunnel 10K/5K: Held every spring in Cecil Park since 2000. (Late April.)
    • J.R. Taylor Memorial Race/Walk: A Bethel Branch 5K run and fun walk.(Late May or early June.)
    • Peters Friends Twilight Walk: Join us in McMurray for an evening walk, refreshments, and raffles. (Last Friday in July.)
    • Montour Trail ½ Marathon and 5K Run and Walk: For a variety of reasons, the Montour Trail Council has decided to cancel the Montour Trail Half-Marathon and 5K run for 2017. We are optimistic that the race will be back in 2018.
    • Tour the Montour: Choose from fun rides of 6, 12, 18, 24, and 44 miles. (Late September.)
    • Annual Dinner & Meeting @ St Joan of Arc Church: Annual Dinner Invitation
National Tunnel Race @ Cecil Park
Apr 22 @ 9:15 am
National Tunnel Race @ Cecil Park | McDonald | Pennsylvania | United States


Register online


Race-day registration opens at 8:15, and close 15 minutes prior to each event.

5K Run > 9:15 AM | 10K Run > 10:00 AM | 2K Family Fun Walk > 10:15 AM | Post-Race Awards Celebration > Approximately 11:15 AM.


Route On or Before March 26 March 27 – April 22 Day of Event
10K or 5K Run $30 $35 $40
Both 5K and 10K Races $40 $45 $50
2K Family Fun Walk (adult) $15 $20 $25
2K Family Fun Walk (age 12 & under) $13 $14 $15

Other Information

10K and 5K Runs Course Details: An out and back course (completely on the Montour Trail) with one turnaround for both 5K and 10K. The race starts on the trail at the top of the access path from Cecil Park to the Trail and heads east towards National tunnel. The 10K run goes through the National Tunnel, with the turnaround about 1/2 mile east of the tunnel portal. The 5K race turnaround is prior to the tunnel.

The finish line is on the trail near the start line. The course contains a very light uphill grade from the starting line to a peak at the tunnel followed by a very light downhill grade to the 10K turnaround.

The trail is about 10 ft. wide and has a packed limestone surface. The course is USA Track & Field Certified. Water and sports drink will be provided to participants during the race.

The 2K Family Fun walk also starts on the trail at the top of the Cecil Park access path and heads west continuing to a turnaround past the Rt. 50 & 980 bridge.

After the event a lunch is served along with beer, sports drinks & water.

All pre-registered by April 8th will receive a short sleeve tech tee with the race logo, while supplies last.  There is a $10 discount for registering on or before March 26, and $5 for registering on or before April 22.

Proceeds from the event support Montour Trail maintenance and development.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds.


J.R. Taylor Memorial 5K Run and Walk @ Washington Elementary School
Jun 2 @ 8:30 am
J.R. Taylor Memorial 5K Run and Walk @ Washington Elementary School | Bethel Park | Pennsylvania | United States



This pleasant 5K out-and-back run and walk, all on the Montour Trail, begins 800 feet north of the trail’s J. R. Taylor Memorial Bridge over Clifton Road in Bethel Park, near McMurray Road. Runners will zoom along the flat, crushed limestone surface of the Montour Trail’s Bethel Branch to a turnaround point north of Brush Run Road and then return to the start. Runners and walkers will cross the bridge in both directions. All participants start together and receive chip-based times.


Pre-registration fee is $20 per person through May 13, $25 per person from May 14 to May 31, and $30 on race day.


The JR Taylor Memorial 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m. Walkers will begin at the same time.


Awards: Fleet Feet gift certificates to top 3 overall, male/female; medals to top master’s finisher (age 40 and up), top 3 in each age category (10 and under, 11-14, 15–19, 20–24, 25-29, 30–34, 35–39, 40–44, 45–49, 50–54, 55–59, 60–64, 65–69, 70+), male/female

All participants registered by May 13 will receive a t-shirt. Others will receive T-shirts if available.

Registration/Packet Pickup

Race location: Washington Elementary School, 515 Clifton Road, Bethel Park.  Parking is available in the Washington School parking lot and the upper section of the Al’s Café parking lot.

Advance packet pickup will be available at Fleet Feet, 1751 North Highland Road (Norman Centre II), from 5:00 to 7:00 Thursday, May 31 and 3:00 to 7:00 on Friday, June 1.

Race-day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Washington Elementary School.

Other Information

Proceeds from the event goes toward the maintenance of the Bethel Branch of the Montour Trail.


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