Doing Good in the Alleghenies

As a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, its officers are all volunteers and not compensated for their work. All net proceeds from our events are proudly contributed to carefully predetermined charities and other non-profit organizations. In the past nine years, we have donated almost $100,000 to local organizations. We attribute this humbling byproduct to the amazing participants of our races.

As we continue to create a positive influence in our community, we recognize the significance of movement and appreciate the beauty of our region’s outdoors. Without either, Allegheny Trailrunners Inc. would not be able to uphold our mission as we seek opportunities that allow us to grow, give back, and inspire generations to come. In doing so, we hope to continue to create an atmosphere that welcomes and encourages all who are willing and able to venture into the beauty of our region. It is this growth that value is created through recognition and admiration for what this region offers.

Beneficiaries in 2019-2020

3-2-1 Ride
The 3-2-1 Ride is The Woiner Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event. 3-2-1 Ride stands for 3 Rivers, 2 Causes, 1 Goal – the goal is to end melanoma and pancreatic cancer. Thanks to the generosity of riders, donors, sponsors and volunteers, the ride has raised more than $130,000 in its first 3 years. The foundation has used the money to fund important research, support local patients and families, spread awareness, and educate people about early detection and prevention.

Allegheny Trailrunners Shoe Program
In 2019, we purchased almost $1150 of running shoes and spikes for kids from several local high school track and field and cross-country teams. Working with local coaches, children without the financial means to purchase shoes can obtain a free pair of shoes on us – quickly, directly and discretely. Thanks also to Brush Mountain Running and Outdoors for their help in this project. We also donate many dozens of race shirts and other gear to teams and organizations.

AMED Authority
The AMED Authority is a professional, emergency medical service with headquarters located in Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania. AMED (the Altoona Mobile Emergency Department) is a non-profit, municipal authority, which depends on insurance re-imbursements and membership subscriptions to fund operations. AMED receives no tax money or government funds. AMED employs 62 EMT’s and Paramedics. AMED responded to 12,000 incidents last year. AMED also provides professional EMS coverage for special events, visits schools to educate children about emergencies, and participates in community activities such as health fairs and community wellness programs.

AMED’s Stuff the Ambulance to Benefit Toys for Tots
“Stuff the Ambulance” Toy drive is held each year to benefit the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” Holiday toy drive. We make a financial contribution and bring new unwrapped toys to help stuff the ambulance so that kids in our area can have a Merry Christmas! We are so ecstatic to collaborate with AMED and Brush Mountain Outdoors (as our toy drop-off site) every year for this awesome event!

Altoona Independent Youth Baseball League
Altoona Independent Youth Baseball League is more than Little League Baseball. Youth sports help youths to become better contributors to society. Research shows a child’s involvement in team sport like baseball helps them to improve their social interaction, increase their confidence, and improve their listening skills and health. Participation in sports is linked to higher grades, lower dropout rate, reduced truancy and lower crime rates.

Blue Knob State Park via PA Parks and Forests Foundation
Allegheny Trailrunners gave our contribution to the general park fund, to be used toward infrastructure improvements and conservation efforts within Blue Knob State Park. Blue Knob State Park offers year-round wilderness adventures on 6,128 acres of woodland. The park is in the northwestern tip of Bedford County, west of I-99. Altoona, Johnstown, and Bedford are within 25 miles of this scenic park. One of the unique features of the park is the solitude it provides the visitor. There are many opportunities to enjoy the quiet and refreshing serenity of the mountains and streams – and is home to our Rock ‘N The Knob Trail Challenge.

Camp Anderson
Camp Anderson is located midway between Altoona and State College, off I-99, about 25 miles from each. The facility offers great tent camping, a handicap-accessible site as well as several cabins for rent to meet your program needs. It is a perfect place for a camping weekend, training center, reunions, and weddings – and is home to the Allegheny Trailrunners Trail Fest.
Camp Anderson is three-quarters away from achieving its $1,000,000 capital campaign toward capital Projects, Building Improvements, Enhancements, and Code Requirements to ensure this facility will serve future generations.

Central PA Humane Society
The Central PA Humane Society (CPHS), serving Blair and surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania, is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping animals and people.The primary goal of CPHS is to find loving homes for adoptable animals. As a “no kill shelter”, there are no time limits for animals in the shelter. Animals remain available for adoption as long as they are physically and mentally healthy. The Central PA Humane Society does not euthanize adoptable pets.

Friends of Canoe Creek State Park
Friends of Canoe Creek is a group of individuals who care deeply for Canoe Creek State Park and took our desire to help the park to the next level. The Friends organization formed in the fall of 2013 as a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. They promote the educational and recreational opportunities in Canoe Creek State Park by connecting the community to the Park through many programs and events.

Friends of Rothrock State Forest
The Friends of Rothrock State Forest promote and support responsible public access to, education about, and enjoyment and stewardship of Rothrock State Forest for future and current generations. Rothrock State Forest and its 215,500 acres in Centre, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties has been cited in dozens of publications as one of the premier locales in the Eastern United States to run, hike and bike.

Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club
The Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club are a dedicated the amateur radio operators from the region including Blair, Cambria, Bedford and Centre counties. The donation will help to continue to maintain the multiple repeaters for which they are responsible as well as to hold testing sessions throughout the year. The club is also very active in serving the surrounding communities through providing emergency and public service communications, and provide classes and testing for those interested in becoming ham radio operators. The Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club not only serves the community, but they make our races safer for our participants and volunteers.

Mateo Marshal Scholarship
Mateo Marshall is a junior studying Biology Pre-Medical Science at Bloomsburg University. His most defining moment began with a near fatal accident where he was ejected nearly 100 feet from his car and sustained a fractured neck, and spinal cord injury. Running was the main way for him to be able to battle back from being a full quadriplegic and get his life back. Eleven months after the accident he was able to run a marathon at Allegheny Trailrunners Trail Fest. This scholarship will aid Mateo financially so he does not need to worry about spending money on general expenses such as food, or gas this semester.

Patched Together: A Day of Healing
Every year Patched Together is a day of live music, giveaways, games, and family fun in their Annual Patched Together concert. This annual all-day event harnesses the power of music to raise funds on behalf of the Home Nursing Agency Healing Patch, A Center for Loss and Hope for Grieving Children and Their Families. Allegheny Trailrunners has donated to this cause for 8 consecutive years.

Pints for Pets
The Alleghenies region’s premier beer festival, Pints for Pets has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people over our 13 year history. This brewfest has received local, regional and even national recognition. Many attendees travel great distances to attend each year. Moreover, all net proceeds go directly to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, which helps over 2,000 animals yearly. In its twelve-year history, Pints for Pets has raised over $1,000,000 all to benefit the good work of the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride
The Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer was organized in 1983 by Bob Freed, an Allentown schoolteacher, in response to the cancer deaths of two family members and a friend. Since then, subsequent six-day rides have been completed every other year. Each ride covered approximately 500 miles by 25 to 70 riders who not only raised funds for the American Cancer Society but also donated to Dream Come True, a support organization for terminally and seriously ill children. To date, the PPRAC has raised over a million dollars to help fight cancer in the Lehigh Valley Community.

Refuge Youth Network
Refuge Youth Network is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Altoona, PA that partners with multiple organizations and businesses to reach teens in the community. Every person in Refuge has a story. Everything including addiction, abuse, and dysfunction as well as stable and “ideal” up-bringing’s make up the Refuge family. Refuge offers kids a place to feel safe and surrounded by love. They provide students direction and support through after school and summer programming, and youth ministries at three campuses across Blair County. Refuge also offers Fishing Club, Wild Ones (outdoor adventure trips), Crash Leadership Team, Community Mentorship, an athletic activity program and more.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society Food Pantry in Altoona
Allegheny Trailrunners is proud to present a gift to Sister Paula at the St. Vincent De Paul Society Food Pantry in Altoona. We are humbled by the dedication of the staff and volunteers who serve an average of 2000+ people each month in our community who have the least. Organized locally, Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served.

Standing Stone Trail Club 
The Standing Stone Trail Club is the organization that maintains the 84-mile trail from Cowans Gap to Rothrock State Forest. The Standing Stone Trail follows scenic ridgelines in Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Fulton counties: the south middle region of Pennsylvania’s Tiltrock Country. Originally built as a connector for the Mid State Trail and Tuscarora Trail as part of the Great Eastern Trail, the Standing Stone Trail is a destination in its own right, offering Pennsylvania hikers and backpackers a link to dramatic scenery, wild plant and animal life, and compelling history.

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