Sunday, August 19, 2007

Mill Creek Park Trail Run / The Clarks Concert

Today, Bob and I headed over to Mill Creek Park and met at the Lily Pond parking lot for an 8 mile YUT-C loop. When I arrived it was pouring down rain... a continuation of the monsoon which had started yesterday. Between yesterday, today, and tomorrow we are expected to get about 3-5 inches of rain. We knew from the beginning that we were going to be soaked so we tried to maintain a steady pace to keep warm. Bob had just run 30 miles or so yesterday and I wasn't sure how much he would be able to tolerate today, but I was impressed by his ability to keep up and run a lot of the uphills. We were both feeling good and enjoying the opportunity for a quality weekend run. On our run we noticed that on the west side of Lake Glacier next to the closed road section, the park had cleared out a large section of this hill that runs from a bridge that Bob and I placed on the trail down to the road. This area was filled in with a bunch of small stones for drainage and we ran down it and then turned around and walked back up it. Bob commented that hopefully the park will add large stones on top of this section and it will make for good Massanutten training. Overall we had a good workout today, which concluded with great music by "The Clarks" (a band based out of Pittsburgh) at the Morley Pavillion in Mill Creek Park. My brother and sister met up with Bob and I after our run and we headed over to check it out. Surprisingly the rain stopped about 15 minutes before the concert and didn't start again until after their last song. This stopped a lot of people from coming out but there were still a couple hundred people in attendance. I saw this band about 5 or 6 years ago while I was in college at Penn State Erie and they rocked. Today was no exception, as they performed an excellent live concert. After the show I decided to buy their new DVD and had 3 of the 4 band members sign it.

Here are some videos I took at the free concert:

Here's an article about the show from a local website: (sounds like they will be back to play at "The Cellar" in Struthers... looking forward to it!)

More photos:

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