The 2022 course returns with participants starting in Cumberland, Md.
PITTSBURGH – The 2022 GAP Relay presented by UPMC Health Plan returns to the Great Allegheny Passage the weekend of Oct. 14-15, 2022. The course will begin in Cumberland, Md. and finish in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“This event is unique in the adventure elements all runners get to experience,” said Dr. James Schuster, chief medical officer at UPMC Health Plan. “Runners of all experience levels can face challenges – from night running to unpredictable weather — along the GAP Trail as the relay offers a variety of distances. UPMC Health Plan is proud to support the GAP Relay and P3R in their efforts to improve the health and fitness of the community.”
Teams of eight, six, or four will run the full 150-mile distance while teams of two or four can experience the 40-mile one-day adventure course. This option gives runners on smaller teams the opportunity to see what this race is all about in just one day.
On top of a finisher’s medal and tech event shirt, every participant will receive a swag bag filled with goodies and each team captain will receive a FREE pair of shoes from Brooks Running.
“This is an unforgettable opportunity for adventure and camaraderie on one of the region’s most scenic trails,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “Traveling the Great Allegheny Passage is a sought-after, ‘bucket list’ adventure for many, and this is a wonderful way to experience all that the trail offers including traveling through the Allegheny Mountains along the Youghiogheny River, through breathtaking gorges, over monumental bridges and viaducts, and through astonishing tunnels. Teams also get to explore the dozen welcoming trail towns along the course that cater to travelers.”
Registration for the annual trail race is currently open at http://p3r.org/races/. Proceeds from the race will help with the ongoing maintenance and improvements of the Great Allegheny Passage.
P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to move with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: P3R.org
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About UPMC Insurance Services
Serving 4 million members, UPMC Insurance Services is owned and operated by UPMC, a world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Pa. UPMC Insurance Services includes commercial products from UPMC Health Plan for groups as well as individuals. Commercial products also include workers’ compensation and employee assistance from nationally known WorkPartners®, Government products include Medicare Advantage (UPMC for Life); special needs plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medical Assistance (UPMC for Life Complete Care and UPMC Community HealthChoices), Medical Assistance (UPMC for You); and Children’s Health Insurance Program (UPMC for Kids); and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. For more information, visit upmchealthplan.com.
About the Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA)
Founded in 1995, ATA is a coalition of seven trail organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland that is charged with promoting and enhancing the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile multiple use rail-trail system between Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA and the 52-mile Montour Trail, to provide a connection to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Completed in 2013, The Passage is now connected to the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland and provides a non-motorized, nearly level trail system between Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA. For more information on the Great Allegheny Passage and the Allegheny Trail Alliance, visit www.GAPtrail.org.
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