Pilot Mountain 5K coming soon


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



Participants in the annual Pilot Mountain 5K Fall Trail Run range from those out to enjoy a morning stroll through the park to those who take their running seriously. Here, eventual first place finisher Alejandro Arreola climbs a hill on his way to setting a course record during a past event.


The Armfield Civic and Recreation Center invites runners and walkers to start lacing up their favorite footwear in preparation for this year’s Pilot Mountain 5K Fall Trail Run.

Registration is under way for the event, scheduled to take place Oct. 1. Day-of-race registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the run to get under way at 9.

The run will begin in the adjacent parking lot before proceeding into Nelson Acres. The Nelson Acres trail should provide a scenic and challenging run or walk for all, regardless of the pace they wish to keep.

“Everyone loves a trail run,” noted Armfield Center Fitness Director Magan Vogler, “and this is a good one. Our work crew has been clearing and remarking the trail, getting it ready, and it’s in good shape. It can be challenging, but a lot of people like that. And we always have several walkers who come out to enjoy the trail and the morning.”

According to Vogler, proceeds from the day will be put back into the Armfield Center, helping to allow for new equipment and extra activities.

“Our fundraisers are an important part of letting us do what we do,” she said.

Vogler noted that early registration for this year’s version of the annual event is somewhat down. A contributing factor, she suspects, might be due to last year’s event being rained out after a long period of wet weather.

Advance registration for the run is $20 and is available anytime before the day of the event. Those registering by Sept. 26 will also receive an event t-shirt. Registration forms or more information can be found by stopping by the center or by visiting www.active.com and searching for the event.

Day of the event registration will be $25 per participant.

Post-race medals will be awarded to top overall male and female finishers in eight age groups.

Participants in the annual Pilot Mountain 5K Fall Trail Run range from those out to enjoy a morning stroll through the park to those who take their running seriously. Here, eventual first place finisher Alejandro Arreola climbs a hill on his way to setting a course record during a past event.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_5K.jpgParticipants in the annual Pilot Mountain 5K Fall Trail Run range from those out to enjoy a morning stroll through the park to those who take their running seriously. Here, eventual first place finisher Alejandro Arreola climbs a hill on his way to setting a course record during a past event.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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