"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Running Hershey, PA

The original Hershey factory
The "Sweetest Place on Earth!"  Trust me, the self proclaimed chocolate capital of the world is a very, very sweet place.  Christy and I had the opportunity to spend a week in the Hershey area last summer.  It was one of our favorite vacations.  Day trips to Gettysburg, Baltimore and York were all great, but we probably most enjoyed the tours, gardens, museums and, of course, the taste tests, in Hershey.  We highly recommend it. 

As it relates to running, I find myself in Hershey about three times a year, yet I have never taken off on a run.  With a little research, and some snooping around for a good path, I found a new Travel Trail that I would suggest for anyone that packs their running gear to help offset the endless samples of kisses, Reece's cups and candy bars. It is a really nice run with an excellent surface.  I thought of it as the best of both worlds, sort of a city mouse and country mouse thing.  The 8 mile trail starts (or ends, depending on how you look at it) near the Penn St Hershey Medical Center East at 30 Hope Drive.  
30 Hope Drive (use parking lot and cross grass to trail start)
From there you get about 3 miles of running alongside Governor Road and the Penn St Hershey Hospital campus.  These are rolling hills and there are three intersections to cross along the way.  However, the bike / run path is is great shape and very well marked.  At times the view is Pennsylvania countryside and you are within a few feet of the recently planted crops.  Below left is path at 1 mile, right is 1.75 miles out.

Then ...................... the very same path turns to nature. 
No more vehicles passing alongside.  Only the sound of running creeks and birds (and the occasional goose).  The canopy of trees is present for most of the 1.25 that I ran on this end.  I would assume that it continues like this to the end.  I turned back to get an out and back 6.2 run.  You could actually start in one of the lots that connect to this section, but I prefer having the diversity of this entire trail.  I think you will also.  Get to Hershey and get out on the trail.  Enjoy.

click to enlarge (max elevation 508’ - min elevation 382’ :  Gain 195’)

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