Chris Kölmel

Pulpit Rock challenge set for Sunday

There’s a fun run and hike up Pulpit, designed as both a race and fitness challenge.

Pulpit Rock Trail has been a popular hiking destination for more that 30 years. With recent trail improvements such as wooden and rock stairs the trail is more popular than ever with up to 30,000 hikers caught on the Friends of Pulpit Rock Societies’ motion detector per year.

Some hikers use the trail frequently through the week, making use of the outing as part of their fitness program. The trail is used by all ages from four year olds who make the trip on their own to babies being carried by mom or dad to get that little extra workout with the weight.

This Sunday there’s a fun run and hike up Pulpit. Designed as both a race and fitness challenge, participants can either run the entire distance to Pulpit Rock and beyond to the next rock viewpoint called the flagpole or join the majority who just want to enjoy the day with a hike on the trail.

An entry fee will go to the Friends of Pulpit Rock Society and be used for the maintenance program needed for the much-used trail.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the trailhead on Johnstone Rd. Parking is limited so participants are asked to park at the North Shore schoolyard and walk or bicycle. In addition to gift certificates for fastest runners, there will be tons of free draw prizes.

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