Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ohiopyle State Park Run

The blue line shows our actual route (taken from my GPS watch)
To view the park map - Click Here

This morning Lloyd showed up at my place bright and early around 5:30 and we drove down to Ohiopyle State Park to meet Bob for a trail run. It's about a 3 hour drive from Streetsboro so we arrived at the Visitors Center parking lot around 9am. After some talking amongst ourselves and a run suggestion from Bob, we decided on a game plan for the day which included running trails south of the Youghiogheny River instead of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

We started off going up a 2 mile hill on the Baughman Trail, then continued to the Sugarloaf Trail and went up Sugarloaf Knob (2,640 ft. elevation). After that we continued to climb up different knobs and included some off-piste running which featured lots of rocks and briar vines! The weather was pretty nice today. Even though temps were in the mid 30's it felt really good with the effort that we were putting forth. We ended up with over 5 hours of running and approximately 17 miles for the day. Rather than trying to explain the entire story, click here to see some awesome pictures taken during the day.

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