Montour Trail going to the dogs? Yes, but for a good cause

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A Montour Trail fundraiser reached a milestone with the 10th annual “Tails for Trails Fun Dog Walk,” a barking good time for both humans and canines scheduled for 9 a.m. June 7, which also is the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day.


The Cecil Friends of the Montour Trail announced the 5K walk will begin at the Kurnick (National) Trailhead, 259 Cecil-Henderson Road, where several vendors will display pet-related products. The pack will then head east to the turnaround at the Tandem Connection, crossing the bridge over Morganza Road.


For the participants’ return, Cecil Township supervisor and trail construction volunteer Frank Ludwin plans to grill hot dogs. Beverages and sweets will also be available.


Dogs, wearing a current license, must be leashed at all times, display a current tag showing rabies immunization and be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Aggressive dogs will be refused admittance, and no female dogs in heat are permitted to attend. Along the walk, there will be a Chinese auction and door prizes, and participants will be able to have photos taken of four-legged friends. The trail will remain open to other walkers, runners and bicyclists. Proceeds from the event will be used to maintain the Cecil section of the Montour Trail.


Dennis Sims, managing editor of the Montour Trail newsletter and former board member, said, in response to an email inquiry, the event raised more than $25,000 for the Cecil part of the Montour Trail. The money helped to pay for the paved trail surface in the National Tunnel and its lights, plus the pavement of the ramp that connects Cecil Park with the trail.


Some of the proceeds were used to pay for gasoline and to purchase equipment, such as a riding lawn tractor, chain saws and weed trimmers, concrete planters and plants at the parking area at Hendersonville and Kurnick, plus paint and wood stain.


Early June can sometimes bring thundershowers, but Sims wrote, “The weather has not been a real problem for our event, other than some very warm and sunny days. Only once did we have problem with rain, and that was in 2010 when we moved into the garage. There was a break in the rain that allowed the walk to take place.”


Registration forms are available at several locations on and near the trail and online at www.montourtrail.com/events/displayevent.asp?id=2.


The early bird registration fee is the same as last year, $10 for one dog and $16 for two dogs registered by May 19. Afterward, it will be $12 per dog. More information is available by calling 412-445-0185 or 412-496-4308.


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