The Greater Forest City Business Alliance is excited to announce the First Annual “Forest City Trail Trot 5K and Community Walk” to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, on the D & H Trail! Race location is at the trailhead, located in Forest City, on Commerce Boulevard. The 5K race start is scheduled for 10 am with a 1 mile “Community Fun Walk” to follow immediately thereafter (approximately 10:45).
In January, 2022, Forest City lost a longtime resident and “running icon”, Donny Teague at the age of 91. For all who knew Don, he was “always running”. He was known and will be remembered for his true love of the sport, boundless energy, and his colorful and attention-grabbing outfits when hitting the pavement. He was also a faithful supporter, advocate, and statistician for the Forest City Regional Cross-Country Team, for more than 20 years. He was committed to the success of those student-athletes and made sure each team member had the support they needed to cross the finish line. He was out on the course until they were in. We are honored to name this race in his memory.
In line with Donny’s joy of running in, around, and through Forest City and beyond, funds raised from this race will be earmarked to support projects connecting local commerce to our region’s outdoor experience. Forest City received a grant in 2021, through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and matched by the Forest City Borough and RailTrail Council of NEPA. This grant allowed Forest City to create an Action Team – made up of many members across several organizations – to participate in a program called “Outdoor Towns”. The purpose of this initiative was to take a close look at the natural resources and assets we are surrounded by and identify any barriers to marketing and connecting Forest City to them! The voice of our community was heard… and visions and projects that can help to support Forest City as a wonderful place to live, work, and play have been identified. We have an amazing “Big Backyard” – it was “Don’s Big Backyard”…and we need to support it! So, funds from this race are earmarked to support this initiative!
Awards will be presented for:
Overall male, first place
Overall female, first place
Female 17 years old and under: first, second, and third place
Male 17 years old and under: first, second, and third place
Female 18 – 29 years old: first, second, and third place
Male 18 – 29 years old: first, second, and third place
Female 30 – 39 years old: first, second and third place
Male 30 – 39 years old: first, second and third place
Female 40 – 49 years old: first, second and third place
Male 40 – 49 years old: first, second and third place
Female 50 – 59 years old: first, second and third place
Male 50-59 years old: first, second and third place
Female 60-69 years old: first, second and third place
Male 60 – 69 years old: first, second and third place
Female 70 (+) years old: first, second and third place
Male 70 (+) years old: first, second and third place
One Mile Community Walkers – No chip – 1st. 2nd, 3rd place in order across the finish line! This one is all for fun!
Timing Services to be provided by Scranton Running Co.
For more information please visit Forest City Trail Trot 5K – In Memory of Donny Teague | Facebook Event.
Starting on March 1, 2022, you can register for the 5K. There will be an early registration discount available until April 2, 2022.
We hope to see everyone on May 7th and thank you for your support!
The GFCBA is a registered 501(c)6 organization.