Just in time for the Holidays. . . .
Sports Authority’s next FRIENDS & TEAMMATES event starts
Thursday, November 17th and runs through Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011!!!!
The attached discount coupon is good for 25% OFF A SINGLE ITEM and can be used at all Sports Authority locations.
Please print the attached coupon and redeem in-store at time of purchase. Feel free to e-mail this offer to your friends, family and co-workers!
There’s a new book out by Pine Mountain sponsor Ray Charbonneau. He’s latest is R is for Running, a “the lighthearted lexicon that spells out what it means to be a runner”. It’s only $7.99, but you could be one of 10 lucky runners to win a free copy. The drawing will be held on November 7.
On Wednesday, April 27, the FDR Park in Pine Mountain was hit by an F2 tornado. Around 5 miles of the Pine Mountain Trail was heavily impacted by the tornado. The Pine Mountain Trail Association and volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear the trail and reopen it to users. But there is still much work to be done. There is a scheduled work day on Saturday, September 24, and I hope as many of you as possible will join me. From the PMTA website, here is the plan for the day:
September 24th – Even though we have cleared just at 24,500 feet of trail damage in several areas of the trail, we have spent the last two workdays going back and “dressing up” those cleared sections. We still need as many volunteers as possible to come meet us at 8 a.m. on the next workday (September 24th) On the 24th we’ll divide the group into 4-6 person teams to go out and revisit parts of the Beaver Pond Trail, some near Mile 13.5, and Mile 22.5. We have lot of low hanging stuff, roots and logs sticking out in the trail in many places. Several of us will be cutting with chain saws (leading the teams) and we needs lot of help to just move stuff off the trail path we clear, cut small stuff and fill in holes etc. Bring water and water and snacks for the morning. We are stopping work at 11:00 am.
After having witnessed the devastation this past weekend, I can attest that there is still much work to be done. As you know, the Pine Mountain 40 Mile Trail Run is held on this trail system in December. The race has given $3,000.00 over the past three years to the PMTA, but volunteers are still needed to do the dirty work. Please join me on Saturday, September 24. Wear your GUTS shirts and tell them how much you appreciate the PMTA!
We will meet on the 24th at 8:00 am at the FDR park office on Hwy 190. Tools will be provided, but bring water, gloves, work clothes and lunch. And if you’re up for it, bring your running gear and we’ll go for a run! Contact me if you have any questions.
Sarah Tynes, Race Director
Pine Mountain 40 Mile Trail Run
Please join The North Face Athlete Michael Wardian on Saturday, August 20th in Atlanta for a group 10k run.
Runners will meet Michael at The North Face store at 35A West Paces Ferry Road (Buckhead) at 7:30 a.m., with the run starting at 8:00 a.m. Runners will go for a 10k loop and return to The North Face store.
Michael will be available until 11:00 a.m. to give you some training, racing and gear tips in anticipation of the October Endurance Challenge and answer any of your questions.
Along with refreshments, The North Face will provide an exclusive offer for all present participants, redeemable during the event.
All runners are welcome, and you do not need to be registered in the Endurance Challenge to participate in this group run, so please bring your friends!
Click here or more information on the training run, or contact The North Face store @ 404.467.0119
Come run with GUTS at the Jones Bridge Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Park System on Thursdays at 6 PM. This run is about 5.5 miles, but can easily be repeated for additional mileage.
The Jones Bridge trails are beautiful and well-groomed singletrack, following the river and a couple of different ridges through the woods. Deer and blue heron sightings are almost guaranteed. Along the way, you will see the ruins of the park’s namesake: Jones Bridge. The bridge is an antiquated vehicular bridge that was abandoned in 1922 but was used until the wooden floor boards rotted. Around 1940, during the war, about half of the bridge was dismantled and stolen for scrap metal to sell in the open markets. The thieves never returned for the second half of the bridge, which still stands today.
See the NPS website for directions to Jones Bridge. Please note that when you turn into the unit, there is a large brown sign. (On Barnwell Road, just before you get to the park unit, there is another brown park sign for the Environmental Center — ignore that one and look for the sign into the Jones Bridge Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Park System). After turning right at the sign, you will follow a long road until it dead ends into the main parking lot.
Parking is $3.00 (self-pay; credit cards accepted if the machine is working) unless you have an annual pass for the Chattahoochee River Parks. (If anyone wants to meet and carpool into the park to avoid/share the parking fee, there is a Starbucks at the intersection of Holcomb Bridge and Barnwell, across from Kroger).