This year I wanted to compete in a "destination race". I was thinking somewhere warm and was thinking of a triathlon. Alas, my sprained ankle had other plans. During my weeklong adventure in Ohiopyle, I saw a brochure for "Pumpkin Fest" including a 5k run. Perfect!
Thursday October 2nd I headed for the mountains once again. The colors of fall painted the peaceful scenery the entire drive up. Friday and Saturday I explored various trails, absorbing all of nature's fall beauty. It was peaceful, pleasant, and productive. Nature soothes my soul and calms my anxious mind.
Sunday I headed to Confluence Pennsylvania. The weather was a bit chilly but the sun was out and so were the people. This hometown race took place during a fall festival and included a great turnout. I spoke to some of the runners surprising them with the 3 hour drive to run this race. The course was beautiful, flat, and well attended. I ran with some Steeler's fans... good looking, rugged, friendly Steeler's fans.
I crossed the finish line and headed to the festival. I tried deep fried oreos for the first time. The chocolate, frosting, deep fried deliciousness was to die for. I bought a tie dye sweatshirt and then headed back to my cabin to head home.
This race is a must do for the pleasant, friendly atmosphere, great course, and fall beauty!