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: Every year since 1996, The Montour Trail Council and our sponsors have cooperated to present this a half marathon (13.1) miles, a 5K race (3.1 miles), and an untimed 5K walk (3.1 miles). (Early September.)
  • Tour the Montour: Choose from fun rides of 6, 12, 18, 24, and 44 miles. (Late September.)
J.R. Taylor Memorial 5K Run and Walk @ Washington Elementary School
Jun 3 @ 8:30 am



This pleasant 5K out-and-back run, 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. The new course alignment enables all participants to get chip-based times and to cross the bridge in both directions.


Pre-registration fee is $20 per person through May 14, $25 per person from May 15 to June 1, 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 14 will receive a t-shirt. Others will receive T-shirts if available.

Registration/Packet Pickup

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, June 1 and 3:00 to 7:00 on Friday, June 2.

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

Other Information

Proceeds from the events go toward the maintenance of the trail.


Brentwood Bank  •  Century Steel Erectors • Highfield Crossing Apartments • Fleet Feet Sports, PittsburghKOB Solutions • Al’s Cafe


Twilight Trail Walk
Jul 28 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 ******* START AT EITHER END ******

Vintage to Vogue / The Simple Geek, 502 Valley Brook Road, McMurray, PA 15317 (Parking across the street)

– OR –

St. Petersburg Center / 210 Valley Brook Road, McMurray, PA 15317


Donation $7.00 per person. Registration is at the event.

Children under 5 and pets are free.


Registration opens at 8:00, event begins at 8:30. If is raining on the day of the event, check the Montour Trail web page or the Friends of the Mountour Trail in Peters Township’s Facebook page to see if the event is still on. It might not be raining in Peters Township!

Registration/Packet Pickup

All registration will be at the event.

Other Information:

Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. Please no skates, scooters or bikes. Included in the entry fee is a glow necklace to light your way along the trail, some refreshments, and entry into a raffle for great prizes from local businesses.

Our hosts Vintage to Vogue and The Simple Greek will be open during the event so don’t forget to stop in for some refreshments or shopping. Bring a chair and enjoy the music at St Petersburg Center.


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