Cherry Run Trail Run #2

June 20, 2015

It was a little like herding ducks to get everyone together for our second Cherry Run Trail run. It's a bit of a field trip (all the way out to Lamar!), and the weather of late has been "nice weather for ducks", but I had thought that the prospect of lunch at Elk Creek Cafe would have made this an automatic on people's schedule. Still, there was a lot of hemming and hawing and unresolved schedule conflicts. But by the time the run started, there were 7 runners that were there to do the whole loop, plus another runner who'd meet us at the end and another who'd meet us at Elk Creek. 

The Cherry Hill Trail is well described in my report of a family hike a few years back. It's a beautiful, mostly forested run. Rocky, but not too technical (i.e., nothing like Rothrock), with some modest climbing. The big thing is that the tail end of the trail can be muddy, and our recent rains made the last few miles the muddiest I've ever run through on that trail. Still, nobody's shoes were sucked off their feet by the mire.

Lunch at Elk Creek was excellent, as was to be expected. The beer was magically cold and delicious after the 10 mile run. Everyone said "We HAVE to do this again." Keep a lookout for a couple of dates, maybe in August and early autumn.

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A few of the runners who completed the Cherry Run Trail run

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Muddy feet and still allowed a seat at the Elk Creek Cafe

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Pilsners and Pale Ales are emminently guzzlable after a 10 mile run.

2014 Christmas Light-Seeing Run

This year's State College Christmas Lights-Seeing Run was done under much different circumstances than last year's. Instead of 5 inches of snow and a big crew, this year a pretty steady rain was falling and hampering turnout. Still, about a dozen people showed up at the Westside Stadium. The Toltens brought their young son Will, who really wanted to see the 12 Days of Christmas display a good mile away from Westside. So we knew we were going to run at least 2 miles. In the rain. And most of the assembled didn't want to miss a run by Bwana's house for cookies and bourbon. So we pulled our hoodies close and headed out. The rain was steady, but not torrential, so it wasn't too bad once the crew got going. The 12 Days did not disappoint. And since the rain wasn't too bad, the runners headed through Greentree (which, truth be told, has really crummy lights). Then off to Bwana's house. The cookie's were great, as was the bourbon. And this year, Dave DeGroote treated Bwana (and by extension, the group) to some Benedictine and Brandy, a real heartwarming experience. As the runners left Bwana's house, they noticed that the rain had stopped! Off to Westside Stadium for beer and pub food. This year, despite the low turnout, the group raised a nice chunk of change for the State College Food Bank.

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Bellefonte Holiday Lights Run

December 19, 2013

We had a festive group of approx. 30 runners/walkers and 6 canines that traversed the streets of Bellefonte spreading good cheer! Afterward, we warmed up with some hot chocolate and cookies! The weather was perfect and nice change from last year’s torrential rain! We collected donations for Pets Come First so our furry friends can enjoy the holiday cheer as well! Thanks to all that came out! Hope to see you again next year! Talk is of going back to our original route to include Curtin and Linn Streets next year!
Merry Christmas and have a Happy Healthy New Year! Safe travels to those heading home outside Centre County!


2011 Christmas Light-Seeing Run

December 20, 2011

Last night, nearly 30 runners participated in the annual State College Christmas Light-Seeing Run. As we have the last couple of years, we met at the West Side Stadium on W. College Avenue. The group was a mix of newcomers and regulars, and included at least one visiting out-of-towner. We did a variation of our yearly tour of the west side of town, heading first to the 12 Nights of Christmas display on Sparks St. We also checked out a high wattage display on Wheatfield Dr. Then, it was off to Stonebridge, where the displays tend to be a bit more subdued and tasteful. No 12 foot inflatable Santas or lights that require a separate trunk line from Allegheny Power. Tom Cali's townhouse was quite tastefully done in subdued white mini-lights, as would be expected from a subdued, white mini-Real Estate guy who knows a thing or two about curb appeal. Most homes used the mini-lights, though some were colored and some went so far as to toss them high into rafters and trees.

Heading back toward the West Side Stadium, the group made one more stop, at Marty's house. Vicky served up cookies, punch, and the keys to Marty's liquor cabinet. A bottle of bourbon later, the runners staggered back to the West Side Stadium for some pub food and beer. Another successful Christmas Light-Seeing Run was done. To keep things fresh, we'll scout out a new place for next year's run. Park Forest? Otto's is right there after the run!

Here's where we went on this year's run:

A tastefully decorated house in Greentree


The group made it safely to Marty's house.


Nothing better than cookies, punch, and bourbon in the middle of a run!

2013 Christmas Light-Seeing Run

December 17, 2013

It's been a cold and snowy December so far. What does this portend? The last time we had a record cold December, it didn't snow at all after New Years! Let's not get ahead of ourselves. It's still the Christmas season and a lot of our local neighbors are having a hard time making ends meet. This year, the Christmas Lights-Seeing Run everyone chipped in and raised a little money for the State College Food Bank. Almost $300, as a matter of fact!

The group met at the Westside Stadium and headed out on 4 mile run under a full moon through neighborhoods on the west side of town. We saw the nicely revived 12 Days of Christmas display on Sparks Avenue, ran through Greentree and parts of Stonebridge. Then the group stopped at Marty's house for cookies, spiced cider, and bourbon. From there it was a short trot back to the Westside Stadium, where all could refresh themselves with beer or another beverage (it was margarita night!) and some good pub grub.


2011 Bellefonte Holiday Lights Run

December 19, 2011

There were 34 runners and 3 dogs taking in the holiday lights of Bellefonte along with some well-placed hills to liven up the 5 mile route. Several cut the run in half to get back for their choice of the Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. Our chocolate lab may have sneaked in a few cookies before the run and paid for it "deer-ly" making two unexpected stops along the way. The weather was not "frightful" in the least and an enjoyable night was had by all. It will be a nicer Christmas for our homeless pets at "Pets Come First" thanks to the generous donations of many of the pet lovers in the group.

Happy Running!
Rudolph the Red Nosed Run Deer and Santa Baby