Foot power: Runners ready for legendary trail race

Foot power: Runners ready for legendary trail race #958

Race time is scheduled for 9 a.m.. This race is an off-road cross-country and trail run on property preserved by the Farm & Natural Lands Trust (FNLT) of York County.

There is an event this weekend where you will see something extremely rare. In fact, what you are guaranteed to see is so rare that there is a perpetual debate about whether it’s a myth or reality.

That’s right. If you’re willing to take to the woods at the Sasquatch Preservation Trail Run, you will get a glimpse of this magnificent beast. Be ready with your camera!

The fourth annual running of this race is slated for Saturday at the Snyder Family Farm in Mount Wolf. Race time is scheduled for 9 a.m.

This race is an off-road cross-country and trail run on property preserved by the Farm & Natural Lands Trust (FNLT) of York County. It has earned national prestige by being featured in Runner’s World magazine as one of America’s top trail races.

The venue and property of this event is permanently preserved by the FNLT of York County, a land preservation organization dedicated to conserving prime agricultural and environmental landscapes.

The course will take runners through mixed terrain, up and down hills, through the woods, down by Codorus Creek and along active farmlands. Participants will likely see native birds, deer, turkeys, snakes and sasquatches along the way, so beware.

Race organizers want to remind competitors that since the venue is an active farm, no animals are allowed at this event. Also, no strollers are permitted on the course. Finally, since parking is limited, runners are encouraged to car pool.

Organizers also promise a festive post-race awards ceremony with live music and some fun surprises. Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market will supply local snacks, and there will even be cold beer from Brewery Products for the older crowd.

Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $25. Contact race director Sean Kenny at for more details, or go to the official Website at

Around the roads

DANIEL ZERBE REMEMBRANCE RUN >> This new 5K is slated for Sept. 20 in Red Lion, and it is a benefit for the Daniel Zerbe Memorial Scholarship Fund at Red Lion Senior High School.

Zerbe, a 2001 graduate of Red Lion, was a pararescueman in the Air Force who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011. Zerbe was on a helicopter that was shot down on its way to provide support to an Army Ranger unit.

“These men are an elite group of special operators,” said Zerbe’s mother Susan via email. “Running was a huge part of Dan’s training and constant physical fitness.”

Early registration ends Friday, and race-day registration starts at 9 a.m. at Fairmount Park in Red Lion. The 5K and a 1-mile walk get underway at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $25.

Registration may also be done online at Just search for DZ Remembrance Run/Walk. Email for more details.

White Rose 5-Miler: This classic event, which started in 1977, will be the sixth race in the seven-event WellSpan Sports Medicine Running Series. The date to remember is Sept. 27, and race time is 8:30 a.m.

There is a brand new course this year for runners to tackle, with the start and finish line at the White Rose Bar and Grill in downtown York. The race is a benefit for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of York and Adams County.

The series’ finale is the David Tome Memorial 5K in Spring Grove on Oct. 11. Go to for more info on either of those events.

SYCBA Fit for a Cause: This event is scheduled for Saturday, and takes place in New Freedom. Race time is 10 a.m. Go to for more information.

Upcoming events

YAMBA EVENTS >> The York Area Mountain Biking Association has partnered with Gung Ho Bikes in York to offer beginner rides every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend, no one is left behind and all rides have a leader.

You can follow YAMBA’s activities on Facebook or check out for more details. If interested in becoming a member, the fee is $20 for an individual and $30 for a family. Contact Dan Walko at 434-3409 or for more information.

TRAILS 4 TAILS >> This one-of-a-kind race is scheduled for Sept. 20. The main event is a 40-mile ultra run on an 8-mile trail loop, but there is also a relay race and the option for an 8-mile or 4-mile race.

Race director Kev Hawn is still seeking volunteers, so if interested drop him a line at You can also check out the official website at

Run For The One: The fourth annual running of this hilly 5K will start and end at Dallastown Area High School on Sept. 27. Race time is 8 a.m. Contact Joe Innerst at for more details.

BULLDOG BLITZ 5K >> The debut running of this event will take place on Oct. 4 in West York. Race time is 9 a.m. Check out, or email race director Garrett Wampler at for more information.

RUN 4 THE SUN 5K >> This event is also slated for Oct. 4 in York, and it serves as a benefit for children with cancer. Race time is 9 a.m. Go to for more info.

M.C. Besecker covers local running and biking. Email him at

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