The Pedal for the Planet Duathlon combines cyclists and runners alike, kindled by their mutual interest of self-propelled motion and adventure in the outdoors.
Get excited about the upcoming summer season, with an early May race located at the scenic coastline of Presque Isle State Park, in Erie Pa.
As spring nears, renew your environmental sensitivity and be enchanted by what Presque Isle offers. Get a glimpse of the parks native flora and fauna, as you circumnavigate the park in the biking leg.
A team of hard working Mercyhurst College students have put together the Pedal for the Planet Duathlon at Presque Isle State Park, beach #11.
Participants will run a 5K, bike a 20k and run another 5K. Solo racers, or relay teams of two or three are welcome!
The main purpose of this event is to raise money and awareness for bike racks, as an initial project for future, larger bike initiatives in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The Erie Art Museum has offered to design whimsical bike racks made from donated scrap metal.
Bike racks are an asset to the community. If more of them existed, more people would embrace cycling as an alternative mode of transportation. We hope you join us in our efforts to make Erie a more bike friendly community, and we hope to see you on race day!
After race music, awards and food, will be awaiting you at the finish line.
The mission of our race is to reconnect the adamant passion athletes have for the outdoors, with a stewardship of the places we enjoy racing in.
For as athletes, our bodies are only as healthy as the air we breathe, and our minds are only as serene as the outdoor places we train and race in. We depend on the environment around us.
The mission of this race is to have fun racing while caring for the health of our communities and environment.
First 5k Run: Start on Coast Guard Rd. and run to a turnaround point near Perrys Monument (first pull off after Perrys Monument).
20k Bike: The cyclist will exit through the opposite road that the runners came in.
They will then circumnavigate the whole park, turning around at Beach 1, and enter through the road the runners entered.
The bike-to-run transition area will be the situated to allow a safe exit for runners.
Bikers will either park their bikes and continue running or tag off to a running teammate.
Second 5k Run: Runners will exit through the road the bikes exited.
They will then run down the road and turn around at the halfway point.
The finish line will be near the start.
Directions to Presque Isle State Park, Erie PA
From New York and North
Take NY State Thruway to I-90W. Follow I-90 to PA I-79N to the 2nd W. 12th St. exit. Take the exit and follow 12th St. west to Hwy 832 (Peninsula Drive). Make a right and follow Peninsula Dr. into the park.
From Pittsburgh and the South
Take I-79N toward Erie to the second 12th St. exit. Follow 12th St. to Hwy 832 (Peninsula Drive). Make a right and follow Peninsula Drive into the park.
From Cleveland and the East or West
Follow I-90 to Hwy 832 (Peninsula Drive). Take a left off the exit and follow about 8 miles directly to the park.