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Local Events & Festivals
Try your luck at a Poker Run. Plan a ride to take in an event near the trail such as Meyersdale's Maple Festival. ATA is listing these events as the information has been provided to us. Please contact the sponsors for details. Contact ATA at or 1-888-ATA-BIKE.

2015 RIDES
Saturday September 12, 2015
The LiveLikeLou Bike Ride
Check-in begins - 7:00 AM at the Pump House•880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA 15120

The LiveLikeLou Bike Ride, now in its fourth year, follows the scenic Great Allegheny Passage Trail from Homestead, PA to West Newton, PA & back. The ride covers 52 miles, and is fully supported with three rest areas: Boston, Buena Vista & West Newton.
New this year: a shorter route from Homestead to Boston & back! If you've always wanted to be in on the fun, but were intimidated by the distance, this route is for you! Enjoy the ride, the fun, & the finish line celebration in 25 miles!
There will be a celebration & food provided at the finish at the Pump House in Homestead.

There will be a wave start for the 52 mile ride beginning at 8:00 AM. Riders will begin in 3 waves based on their expected finishing pace: fast, medium & slow. The start for the 25 mile ride will begin at 8:30.
Point of Contact: Allison Whitney – 412-680-5405 or
Event Website:
Sunday September 13, 2015 to Friday October 16, 2015
GAP to C&O Canal Tour - 6 days/5 nights
Dates: Sept 13-18, Sept 20-25, Sept 27- Oct 2, Oct 4-9, Oct 11-16
The initial 125 miles of this tour are on the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD, located on abandoned railroad beds. The final 184 miles from Cumberland, MD to downtown Washington, DC, are on the C&O Canal Towpath, which is the heart of the C&O Canal National Park. You will not believe the tranquility and the beauty of this park; located in the middle of the suburban east coast.Talk about bucket list opportunities; your journey will visit, three states, PA, MD, WV, and the District of Columbia, and pass through four national parks, C&O Canal, Antietam Battlefield, Harpers Ferry and Rock Creek Park. Visit the Website
Sunday September 13, 2015 to Wednesday October 07, 2015
Great Allegheny Passage Tour - 4 days/3 nights
Dates: Sept 13-16, Oct 4-7
Experience the beauty of this rail-trail from end to end. This trip is a slower-paced version of the fullday tour. Instead of daily mileage of 50-60 miles, you will be riding 30-45 miles a day. Relax, take in the sights and enjoy! This trip ends in Cumberland, MD - the beginning of the C&O Canal. Visit the Website
Monday September 28, 2015 to Wednesday September 30, 2015
Pennsylvania and Maryland's Easy Rider Tour - 3 days/2 nights
Dates: Sept 28-30
This is an unbeatable introduction to the charm and history of the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath, as well as bike touring vacations. You'll have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the small towns and amazing cultural and historical sites, including Fallingwater, Salisbury Viaduct and the Paw Paw Tunnel. This tour has been designed for the novice cyclist to enjoy, while intermediate cyclists will have the opportunity to ride additional miles or have extra discovery and relaxing time.
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Sunday October 11, 2015
3rd Annual 3-2-1 Ride
Sunday October 11, 2015 - 3rd Annual 3-2-1 Ride to end melanoma and pancreatic cancer. Participate in a Metric Century (62-mile) ride on the Great Allegheny Passage and let us take care of your transportation, rest stop accommodations and gear support!

Riders will meet at the Heinz Field Quay in Pittsburgh and will be transported to Yough River Park in Connellsville. Enjoy a 62-mile ride back to the North Shore on the GAP trail. The ride is fully supported by Trek of Pittsburgh with 2 stocked rest stops and will include a finish line festival! With a low fundraising minimum ($50) and exciting prizes, this ride is a great value and has sold out in its first two years. For ride details and registration visit or contact Jessica Fera at
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