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Friday, April 5, 2013

Buckhorn Creek Trail

This trail has a name!  I was last on this trail about five years ago. After a dentist and hair cut appointment,  I had seven miles to run, so I thought I would run on this very flat trail right out of Newcomerstown.

The Buckhorn Creek Trail is an 8 mile trail running from Newcomerstown to Stone Creek parallel to County Road 21 and I-77 on the site of an old C;M Railroad bed.

The development of this trail was one of the early action projects in the Tuscarawas Trail and Green Space Plan. The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, has partnered with the county commissioner, area land owners, local governments, corporate partners, and volunteers to develop this greenspace.

I have bought two pair of new running shoes lately.  After my La Sportiva shoe shred:

 I was left a little short in the shoe department for MMT.  I am planning on starting in my second pair of Raptors, but one of them already has a small shred where a root caught the front, so I will be bringing another pair of shoes for MMT "just in case".  (I've never changed shoes in a race, but after the Reverse Ring and the pic above, well, now I could see why you should bring spare shoes...)

So what did I buy? Another La Sportiva product, this is the "Ultra Raptor".  Today was their first run, just wanted to see how they felt.







The trail surface is a mix of cinders, dirt, grass.  I don't think this is very bike friendly.


It is also super exposed. And very hot in the summertime.




Even though this says "The Ohio to Erie Trail" I think this is a misnomer. It appears the Ohio to Eric Trail doesn't even swing over to the east side of the state.   I believe this is just a stand alone trail, from Newcomerstown to Stone Creek.

It looks a little nicer in the summer:
The bridge on the Buckhorn Creek Trail



It's pretty noisy. As you can see, it runs parallel to Interstate 77.


 Actually, all this trail has to offer is that it is flat.  If you were looking for some flat place to run down here in the foothills of Appalachia, this would be it.

I didn't have a bad run on it; in fact I negative split the run.  Legs felt fine after.   But with the exposure and open space, I probably won't be back on it again for a time.  Next time, maybe have the husband drop me at one end and I run the whole eight miles, just to say I ran it.

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