More-or-less 10K trail run slated for Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Special to the Times News, Michael Martinez Dr. Michael Martinez got the idea for a trail run at Lehigh Gap Nature Center because he took his dog Ruby on the trails.
Michael F. Martinez M.D. of Palmerton is organizing a More-or-Less 10K trail run to be held at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington, at the south end of Lehigh Gap. There will also be a two-mile scamper.
Ruby, a rescue dog, is the reason the run-walk came about. Martinez enjoys taking her out to the trails in the Nature Center where she can run off lease. He said he fell in love with the trails and thought more people needed to know about them.
"I approached Dan Kunkle (executive director) and got board approval to use the trails," said Martinez. The first event will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Nature Center.
His daughter, Emma, 6, and wife will be doing the two-mile scamper. Martinez has experience with trail running having participated in marathons, half-marathons and triathlons.
Registration is online at active.com or on the day of the event at the Osprey House
Cost will be $30. The scamper begins at 9 a.m. and the 10K run at 9:30 a.m.
It is a challenging course and Martinez warns people not to hit too fast a pace on the early level area because it will get rougher. He expects many people to walk part of the course.
One of the main focuses is to keep the mission consistent with the Nature Center's which is why registration is paperless. Continuing the green idea, there will be no water stops with the cups that frequently result along the trail. Instead a water bottle that has a wrist strap will be given to each participant.
Dedicated Fitness, a local gym in Palmerton, will provide volunteers throughout the course to ensure safety.
First Niagara Bank has been a generous supporter, said Martinez.
Continuing "green," prizes will be from the most abundant raw material in Slatington. They will be slate medallions and will go to the first, second and third place winners in each category. There are six age groups for male and female entrants: 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over, plus an overall winner.
For information call (610) 760-8889.