ChesLen Chase for Open Space returning

Whether you’re a novice walker seeking to traverse a scenic vista or a veteran runner looking for steep, challenging terrain, Natural Lands Trust says it has both options covered – as well as a few others.

The ChesLen Chase for Open Space will take place on

The ChesLen Chase for Open Space will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the nonprofit is hosting its Third Annual ChesLen Chase for Open Space at its 1,263-acre ChesLen Preserve in Newlin Township. Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to choose from three courses – a 10K run, a 5K run, and a two-mile fun run-walk, according to a NLT press release.

Proceeds from ChesLen Chase for Open Space will benefit Natural Lands Trust’s ChesLen Preserve, one of the largest private nature preserves in southeastern Pennsylvania. This picturesque open space features sweeping agricultural fields, densely wooded stream corridors, and rare serpentine barrens.

Experienced runners will enjoy the challenging 10K run across open fields, dense woodlands, marshy wetlands, steep hills, and through a creek crossing. The 5K runners will follow a similarly rugged trail while the two-mile participants will take in the scenery on a more leisurely course through meadows and farm fields.

Participants can choose from a leisurely or challenging course.

Participants can choose from a leisurely, moderate, or challenging course.

All participants can celebrate after the race with food, craft beer, and live music. The event’s sponsor, Victory Brewing Company, will provide one free BBQ sandwich and one free beer (age 21 and older) to all participants. Additional sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase from Victory’s iconic “Brew Pub on Wheels,” the release said.

Stay at the party for the awards ceremony, where the top overall male and female finishers and the top three male and female finishers in six age groups – 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and up – for both the 5K and 10K events will receive prizes.

Preregistration (before Oct. 7) is $40 for the 10K race, $30 for the 5K race, and $20 for the 2-mile fun run-walk. Kids ages 12 and under are free but must be registered to participate. Members of Natural Lands Trust receive an additional $5 discount. Learn more and register online at www.natlands.org/cheslenchase.

All registrants for the races will receive an exclusive race T-shirt. (Preregistration is required to guarantee shirt size and availability.) Pretzel City Sports will provide professional timing services and instant results for 10K and 5K runners.

The ChesLen Preserve, located at 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville, Pa., 19320, is open to the public, free of charge, during daylight hours. With eight miles of trails, it’s a popular destination for hikers, runners, birders, nature enthusiasts, photographers, and families.

Natural Lands Trust, the region’s oldest and largest conservation organization, owns and manages a network of 42 nature preserves totaling more than 22,000 acres. It spans 13 counties in two states and includes virtually every major ecosystem type in the region, according to its website.

 

 

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