Set Your Year On Fire 5k 2023

203 Boquet Street
Ligonier, PA 15658

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Set Your Year On Fire 5k 2023


New Event for the start of 2023!!! Start the year off on the right foot.



This is a benefit 5k for the Ligonier Borough Fire Company all Proceeds go directly to them.

We are excited to be able to bring a race to the Ligonier area to kick off 2023. We want everyone to have a good time while bringing in the new year thru a healthy start that we hope you continue to follow throughout the year. We hope you come and join us. We will do out best to give you a great race experience.




The course for the most part is a out and back style course. It will begin in front of Weller field little past where you go into the stadium to pay. There is a yellow Watch Children sign that will serve as the start line. From there you run straight briefly before making a right hand turn between the field and friendship park. You will run to the end of the road then make a right getting on the bridge that is the start of the Ligonier Valley Trail. The bridge is about .25 miles into the race. From there you will run the entire Ligonier Valley trail. You will cross two roads both will have someone there stopping traffic so you don’t have to stop if I vehicle would be coming. The end of the trail is 1.62 mile from the start. At the end of the trail there is a sign with history of the train derailment that happens many years ago it’s a white sign. Run behind that sign not in front. As you circle around the sign you will head back the way you came. Following the exact same route you took heading out. There will be a water stop at the trailhead by the baseball field there if you need a drink. As you come back over the bridge you will make a right hand turn staying in the lower parking lot. Do not run up in between the field and park as you did to start the race. The finish is in the lower end parking lot. There will be signs or someone telling you where to go, you’ll be able to see the finish line as you come over the bridge. So wont be a issue. The finish line is at the batting cages at the lower end parking lot area. The exact finish line is inline with the first cages home plate.


It’s a pretty flat course and for the most part straight. You’ll be able see pretty good in front and behind you for a good distance the whole race. So, you’ll be able to tell your placement as you race. This being January 1st be prepared for all weather conditions. The trail will not be plowed. We do not have permission to do so. Take that into consideration when prepping day of. We will do our best to make sure the trail is safe. But we cant control the weather so there may be snow, ice, slush, puddles on the trail that time of year. Dress accordingly.




Pricing is $25 until online registration closes on December 31 at noon, then $30 day of race. There is day of registration starting at 9am and ending at 9:50am. Cash or Check only day for those registering day of. Credit cards will not be accepted day of. Please allow ample time to sign in day of the race. If you are registering day of, please come early and not last minute we will not delay the race.



Address: 203 Boquet Street Ligonier PA 15658 (Behind Weller Field and Friendship Park)

Coordinates: 40.247321, -79.234746



Top 3 M & F overall, top 3 in each age group: 10 and under, 11-14,15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Top 3 only for walk
Top 3 only for ruck division
(no duplicates, awards will not be mailed)

*children 10 and under must run race under their own power to be eligible for age group awards. Having been pushed on a stroller or carried by someone will not qualify.  Awards are to be determined, we try to be unique.

Time Limit: 1 Hour 05 minutes. (20:55 minute pace per mile)


9 am registration opens (possibly earlier)
9:50 am registration closes
10:00 am race starts
11:05 am race ends (must be across mats by 11:05am to be included in results)
11:10 am awards ceremony



The ruck division is separate from the walk and run divisions. We will give out awards to top 3 male and top 3 females who cross the finish line with a ruck on. The requirements are to have at least 20lbs for males and 10lbs for females. Must finish within the 1:05 time frame. The ruck must be in the form of a backpack (ruck), it must be on your back. Weight vests or duffel bags or other means to carry the weight do not qualify as a ruck. We will try to make this an official GORUCK event as we have with our past eventd but until then its a non affiliated one.



We will be awarding the top 3 overall male and top 3 overall females who are in the walk division. You must also finish within the 1:05 time frame. There is no running allowed. You will be disqualified if caught running and your signed up for the walk. 



Opens at 9:00 am and closes at 9:50 am. Race starts at 10:00 am sharp. Awards at 11:10 am. Must be across mats at 11:05 am to qualify for awards.



Custom unisex t-shirt, Custom race Bib Number, chip timing, safe environment, post race snacks chance to make lasting memories while celebrating the New Year and a New You!!!



We will provide water and gatorade at the water stop. Flavor to be determined. There will also be post race snacks, ill try to have nice standard variety. There will also be water and gatorade at the finish along with bottle water.



Will be how you normally would for a game or to use the playground.

IF you not familiar there is plenty of parking between Freindship Park and Weller field on the left hand side going down as well as a few spots at the end. But that’s where finish line is so we discourage use of the lower end parking lot.

Also more parking in front of the field and through local streets.



We ask no pets be brought on the course or around the event. We love animals but not everyone is comfortable around them. Pets also can become a trip hazard and anyone violating this rule will be given D.Q. Actual service animals are permitted.

Headphones are allowed. Please be courteous to fellow runners and listen at a reasonable volume so you can hear other runners coming or calling out if they are passing you. Strollers are allowed but again be respectful of other participant’s and do not impede anyone’s progress.

We DO NOT mail awards. Stick around to receive your award. We do not allow you to come and pick it up at your convenience either. We understand you may have to leave early for work or family obligations so be an adult and get with us beforehand if you absolutely must leave early. We highly discourage having someone pick yours up during the awards because again you should have seen us before leaving and not everyone has that luxury to have someone there. We believe as a running community we all need to support one another in this community as it grows with each race. That support includes all the way through the award ceremony. We all need to celebrate the accomplishments of every participant at all events we attend and the hard work that goes into each person’s training to get them from start to finish. That's why we want you to stick around. It’s nice to have people cheer others on as they finish. 

No smoking, alcohol or drug use is permitted in any area the race will be using this includes parking lots, staging area, race course or restrooms. These are our rules along with rules of the trail and for us to get permission. Remember this is a kid friendly event where young lungs are at play along with the possibility of adults with health issues. We are trying to make this event safe and comfortable for everyone.

No throwing any trash/garbage along the course. Whatever you start with you have to end with. The only exception to throwing trash away is at the water stop at that garbage can there.

No Bandit Runners



To receive a shirt, registration must be complete by December 11th at 8pm. No exceptions. Extras will not be ordered. After the race, shirts of runners that did not show up will be given to those runners that signed up on race day. No shirts will be ordered after the race and along with swag they will not be mailed.


We do not offer refunds, cancellations or transfers at this time. This is a benefit for the Ligonier Borough Fire Company. If you cannot make it we thank you for your donation.



Gun Timing unless there is a strict covid restriction policy then the race will go to a starting mat time trial event with runners being spread out at the start. Race will not be cancelled unless a natural disaster.



Please be respectful of the trail, course and parking areas, along with fellow runners, volunteers and spectators. I'm hoping to have this race on a yearly basis so it’s important we respect the trail to be allowed to use it in the future. It's a super nice trail.

There will be a photo op area near the start of the race. That way you and your friends before and after the race can take some pictures to remember the event and memories you made.

We will have a couple Port A Johns set up near registration/finish line area.

Photos of neat things along the course that you can potentially see, videos of where to park along with the most up to date information will be on the Facebook event page. This will also include an elevation chart, pictures of awards, shirts and bibs once designs are finished.



For More info check out the "OFFICIAL" Facebook event page.


Youtube: Videos of the course and where to park





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