Sean Minnick

Sean Minnick of Wellsboro, one of the organizers of the 12th Annual Ives Run Trail Challenge, holds one of the first place medals. Also shown are the medals that will be awarded to second and third place.

The 12th Annual Ives Run Trail Challenge is this Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Hammond Lake at 710 Ives Run Lane in Tioga Township, 12 miles north of Wellsboro via Route 287.

This event is for runners and walkers of all ages who want to compete and first-timers whose goal is to finish. The age categories are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.

On Saturday, check-in and registration for the four-mile Trail Challenge will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Stephenhouse Pavilion. Those 13 and older who register on Saturday can pay the $27.50 entry fee in cash or by check. Those 12 and under participate for free.

A bus provided by Benedict’s Bus Service will transport participants from the registration area to the Ives Run South Pavilion for the pre-race meeting at 9:45 a.m.

The Trail Challenge will start at 10 a.m. The four-mile course includes portions of the Lynn Keller, Stephenhouse and Archery Range trails and has varying terrain. Awards will be presented at 11 a.m.

Hall’s Homes and Lumber, Inc. is providing T-shirts. Free refreshments for all participants at the end of the run will be provided by the Holliday Alliance Church. Other Trail Challenge sponsors are: the Friends of Tioga, Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Martin’s Garden Center and Landscape Services, Wild Asaph Outfitters, Ward Manufacturing, Penny’s Daycare Center, the Native Bagel and Step Outdoors.

For more information, call 570-835-5281.