Signature Events

The J. R. Taylor Memorial 5k race and walk takes place on the Bethel Park Branch of the Montour Trail. This signature event raises funds for Trail maintenance and operations.

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 Township since 2000 (late April)

    The Tour the Montour biking event is one of western Pennsylvania’s finest fall bike rides. Watch a video of the 2021 event here.

  • J.R. Taylor Memorial Race/Walk: A Bethel Park Branch 5K run and fun walk (late May/early June)
  • Peters Friends Twilight Walk: An evening walk along the Trail in McMurray, including refreshments and raffles (last Friday in July)
  • Tour the Montour: Fun bike rides of 6, 15, 24, 44 and 62 miles (late September)
  • Annual Dinner & Meeting: A celebration of the year’s accomplishments (November)

Since the J. R. Taylor 5K was my first running race, I was apprehensive, but everyone was so supportive. Volunteers answered my questions and boosted my confidence. Fellow runners put my nerves at ease with encouragement. 

Margie Carl

Dec
7
Tue
Bethel Friends Meeting @ Bethel Park Municipal Building Caucus Room
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

Meetings are held every first Tuesday of the month in the Bethel Park Municipal Building Caucus Room located immediately behind council chambers. Anyone interested in the Bethel Park Trail segment is encouraged to come.

Dec
8
Wed
Fort Cherry Friends Meeting @ McDonald Trail Station
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Work parties are scheduled as needed.

Airport Area Friends Meeting @ Forest Grove Fire Hall
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Airport Area Friends of the Trail meet every second Wednesday at the Forest Grove Fire Hall. New volunteers are always welcome.

Numerous work parties are held during the season. Please call 412-262-3748 to lend a hand at the work parties.

Dec
9
Thu
Engineering & Construction Committee @ Trail office
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Engineering and Construction Committee monthly meeting.  Interested parties welcome to attend.  Call or email for additional information or to get on the agenda.

Dec
11
Sat
Bethel Work Party
Dec 11 @ 8:30 am

Work and clean-up parties are held every second and fourth Saturday of each month. Call for location and information.

South Hills Friends Work Party @ South Park Township
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

South Hills Friends monthly work party. Second Saturday of each month, 9:00 AM. Meet at MP37.8, South Park sewage treatment parking lot along Piney Fork Road. Contact: Dave Oyler, 412 831-9288 for additional information.

Dec
14
Tue
South Hills Friends Meeting @ Township Building
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm

Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM, at the South Park Township Community Room or the Township Library, both located at the Township Building.

Work and trail clean up parties are scheduled for the 1st Saturday of each month and also advertised as needed. The work parties meet at the sewage treatment parking lot MP37.8 along Piney Fork Road, South Park at 9:30 AM.  All volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Dave Oyler at (412-831-9288 or davidoyler1950@gmail.com) or Paul McKeown (412-835-6692 or mckeownp@comcast.net).

Dec
18
Sat
Peters Friends Work Party
Dec 18 all-day

Work and clean-up parties are held on the first Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month, and otherwise as needed.

Cecil Friends Work Party @ Meet at the storage shed in Hendersonville.
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am

Work and clean-up parties are every third Saturday, subject to change. Watch the non-affiliated Montour Trail Enthusiasts group on Facebook for announcements. Meet at the storage shed at Hendersonville.

Dec
20
Mon
MTC Board Meeting @ MTC Office
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm

The Board meets on the third Monday of each month. Call or email  for more information, or to get on the agenda.

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