Saturday, September 15, 2018

Friends of Nolde Forest

Above, Nolde (from Section Hiker), below, the mansion at Nolde (from Nolde's Facebook page.)

Here's a great article in the Eagle about Nolde and a group of remarkable people who protect and preserve it. And, they're looking for new blood...

Now that I think of it, I'd have to say Nolde ties with Blue Marsh for the best trail running in Berks - in terms of scenic-ness, trail quality (i.e. not nasty Appalachian rockiness like the AT or French Creek), decent hills and relative isolation. And the Pagoda Pacers hold a 10k trail race there every June, the aptly-named Run for the Ages, with Dipsea-style staggered starts! That is, to keep it interesting, the fastest age-groups are penalized, so the race really is up for grabs. And if that’s not enough for you, it was the training ground of one New York Marathon winner - so far.

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