Penny Day 2020 Bethel Park

Pennies for the Trail raises funds to support trail improvements and ongoing maintenance along the 18 miles of the trail between Peters Township and Clairton. Donations will be used to purchase crushed limestone, fuel for mowers, equipment and maintenance, paint, fencing materials, trail signs and other Trail needs.

Bethel Park

  • Limestone Road parking lot
  • Irishtown Road parking lot
  • Clifton Road

Penny Day 2020 South Hills

Pennies for the Trail raises funds to support Trail improvements and ongoing maintenance along the 18 miles of Trail between Peters Township and Clairton. Donations will be used to purchase crushed limestone, fuel for mowers, equipment and maintenance, paint, fencing materials, trail signs and other Trail needs.

Peters Township

  • A dedicated volunteer’s family will match the first $1,500 in donations in honor of their matriarch
  • Brush Run Road trailhead
  • Valley Brook Road: Trail-side behind Pareo Gyro
  • Valley Brook Road: Upper end of the bridge near the water treatment facility
  • If you cannot contribute in person that day, donate online.

South Hills

  • Piney Fork Road: Bethel Park/South Park Waste water treatment plant in South Park Township (MP37.8)

Jefferson Hills

  • Piney Fork Road near Gill Hall Road (MP40.6)

Clairton

  • Clairton Trailhead (MP46.6)

POSTPONED – Montour Trail/REI Trail Summit 2020

POSTPONED – Rescheduled date TBA

March 28, 2020 10 AM -3 PM

The Montour Trail and REI jointly hold a Trail Summit at the REI Settlers Ridge Store on March 28 from 10AM to 3PM. This is the seventh year that REI and Montour Trail have partnered on this event.  For those who represent one of the regional trails, this is a great opportunity to interact with trail users and provide information about your trail. For everyone else, it’s a chance to learn about the many recreational resources around the tri-state area.

REI provides tables placed throughout the store. If your trail group would like to attend, contact Don Thobaben   dthobaben@comcast.net for additional information.

 

VIRTUAL: Tour the Montour 2020

T-shirt Pick Up

You can pick up your Tour the Montour T-shirt in mid October at one of two locations along the Trail: Robinson or Hendersonville.

Saturday, October 17: Tandem Connection/Georgetown/Morganza roads trailhead (Hendersonville) 10 AM – 2 PM

Sunday, October 18: Cliff Mine trailhead (Robinson) 12 noon – 4 PM

You must present a photo ID to claim your shirt.

18th Tour the Montour is Virtual and Real, August 1 −  September 30

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to apply outside-the-box thinking to many everyday activities. Because many local bicyclists look forward to the end-of-summer Tour the Montour bike event, the planning committee has created a Tour that you can participate in whenever you like, wherever you like, however you like. The most important rule is to stay safe by practicing social distancing.

Since this is our first virtual ride ever, read the information below to find out how it’s different from previous years.

How the 2020 Ride Works

Between August 1 and September 30, ride the mileage that you would normally ride for the Tour the Montour. Any mileage. Any time. As many stages as you want, or all in one bike ride. Anywhere — this year’s Tour is not restricted to just the Trail. Ride alone, or ride with friends, six feet apart. Use a stationary bike if you choose. Just celebrate the fact that in the midst of a pandemic, we can still be outdoors!

It’s important to stay hydrated and nourished as you ride, so pack along your own water supply and energy-producing snacks.

When you officially register and pay the very-reasonable entry donation, you get a commemorative T-shirt and a chance at winning a premium prize.

Finally, when your ride is done, feel free to post your photos and ride description on the Montour Trail Facebook enthusiast group.

This year’s ride title sponsor is FedEx Ground.

Presenting Sponsors

Advanced Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Pittsburgh International Airport

Eaton

Corporate Sponsors

Bob & Patsy Brown

Range Resources

IntegraCare

Skeptic Distillery

Davan

Supporting Sponsors 

Aero Tech Designs

Allegheny Health Network

Franklin Heights Medical Association

Highmark BC/BS

MCC International

Seven Springs

Sweetwater Bikes

UBS Financial Services

Ride Details

Remember, our virtual bike ride will not be able to provide rest stops, SAG or lunch.

As in the past, you can ride one of the recommended mileages on the Trail, or custom-design your own route:

  • 62 miles (metric century)
  • 44 miles
  • 15–24 miles
  • 12 miles
  • 6 miles (family fun ride)

The week of the scheduled ride (September 13–19), out-and-back turnaround signs will be posted along the Trail that mark official distances.

For safety reasons, no headphones allowed, and helmets are mandatory.

If you choose to do your mileage on a stationary bike, you can search the internet for virtual tours of Paris or Hawaii and pedal along that route. Or you can play a virtual Montour Trail video posted by MTC member/volunteer Tim Killmeyer. You can find these on the MTC map page.

Registration

To register, go to bikereg.com/tour-the-montour-trail-ride. Because of the restrictions surrounding the pandemic, the Tour planning committee and MTC staff are unable to offer any alternative registration. There is no staff to open and process mail-in applications and checks. The Bike Reg site charges a small additional fee to cover  handling services. There likely will not be same-day registration for Tour the Montour.

The entry contribution for adults is $25; each child 12 and under is $15. The cost includes a performance-fabric T-shirt (designed to keep you cool, comfortable and dry) and 1 chance ticket. This is a discount from previous years’ rides, since there are no food rest stops, bib numbers, nor the customary lunch near ride’s end.

You must register before midnight (11:59 pm) on September 18 to be guaranteed a T-shirt (sizes small to 3x). Several pick-up dates for T-shirts will be held in October; check back here for updates. There is an additional $7 shipping fee if you need us to mail your T-shirt to you.

If you have specific questions about how the ride works, send an email to thetour@montourtrail.org.

T-shirt Pick Up

You can pick up your T-shirt in mid October at one of two locations along the Trail: Robinson or Hendersonville.

Saturday, October 17: Tandem Connection/Georgetown/Morganza roads trailhead (Hendersonville) 10 AM – 2 PM

Sunday, October 18: Cliff Mine trailhead (Robinson) 12 noon – 4 PM

You must present a photo ID to claim your shirt.

Prizes

Three of our valued sponsors have offered these prizes:

  • Seven Springs: 2-night stay for 2 people, includes breakfast and use of gym and pool facilities  (black-out days of Christmas week, MLK weekend and President’s weekend)
  • Aero Tech Designs Cycle Wear: Pittsburgh biking jersey, shorts, gloves and socks (male or female custom size)
  • Sweetwater Bicycle Shop: $100 gift certificate (3 prizes)

When registering, you have the opportunity to purchase additional chances for $5 each. If you’re not already a Montour Trail Council supporting member, you can add in an annual membership when you register for the Tour.

Have a wonderful ride, be safe, and be healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

Wheeling Heritage Trail 13th Annual Bicycle Tour

The Ohio Valley Trail Partners present the 13th Annual Tour of the Wheeling Heritage Trail on Sunday, May 26 at Heritage Port in Wheeling—1201 Water Street, Wheeling, WV 26003. The event offers 100-km, 30-mile and 10-mile rides with SAG support. Money raised by this event supports expansion and care for the Wheeling Heritage Trail, trail projects, and trail equipment as well as continued advocacy for bike/ped connections in our communities. Visit the website for schedule, cost and registration.