Ten Miles 4 Two Mile Jeep Run returns in July

From staff reports

The Ten Miles 4 Two Mile Jeep Run will return for a fourth year on July 13 and 14, the two days when only Jeeps — no other makes or models — will take to one of two 5-mile woods trails or a 10-mile scenic trail.

“You’re going to see parts of the park that you normally wouldn’t get to see,” said Eric Elliott, president of Oil Valley Jeeps, which organizes the event.

This year’s courses are slightly varied than those previously used. All Jeeps must be road legal with proper insurance, and all drivers must be at least age 18 with a valid driver’s license.

The woods Trail is appropriate for stock 4×4 Wranglers that have mud, all-terrain or winter tires. Drivers of other Jeep models may use the woods trail with off-road modifications. Drivers of any 4×4 Jeep model may use the scenic trail.

The Ladies Only rides will return for its second year. Time slots are available Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning. The guides and drivers will be females, but male passengers are allowed.

Pre-registration is required with payment. Cost is $25 for the scenic trail; $50 for the woods trail. Those who register and pay for the woods trail also may run on the scenic trail. Both routes take about an hour to an hour and a half.

Participants may make as many trips as time allows on both days for the single registration price. All routes will go in the same direction on Saturday and the opposite direction on Sunday.

Jeep groups from Erie, Pittsburgh, Punxsutawney/DuBois area and Canton, Ohio, have been attending Oil Valley Jeeps’ events. According to Elliott, Jeep drivers travel from about a two-hour radius.

“The event is definitely well received by the community,” Elliott said. “The people love this event.”

Park fundraiser

Between the last three years of this event and three years of starlight rides that take place — and sell out — in February, Oil Valley Jeeps has raised more than $19,000 for Two Mile, which is more than any other organization that hosts an event at the park.

Elliott said Oil Valley Jeeps is hoping the event sells out this year. If not, online registration will close at noon July 12.

Food sales, 50/50s and raffles will also take place during the event. Cash is required for both. Drawings will be at the end of the event on Sunday, but winners need not be present.

Rain dates are July 20 and 21. Event organizers will announce any postponement due to weather via their Facebook page.

Because Oil Valley Jeeps is responsible for the safety of the participants and to keep trail conditions in good shape with minimal trail repairs, organizers do not want to hold the event if conditions are not acceptable.

“We will do everything we possibly can to do it the day and time scheduled,” Elliott said.

The event is limited to 250 Jeeps. Visit OilValleyJeeps.org for more details and to register.