Easton Pennsylvania sits at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers, both of which figured prominently in the infrastructure which enabled the transport of coal and iron during the American Industrial Revolution. Those avenues are largely unused today for commercial ventures but are increasingly being utilized for recreational pursuits. Downtown Easton affords easy access to flat water portions of the Lehigh River as well as the Delaware & Lehigh Trail, which generally follows the canal towpath that parallels the Lehigh. Outdoor recreation in and around Easton is increasing in popularity with the influx of residents drawn to the diverse offerings of the town, including cycling and paddling. That access combined with the established communities built around Easton Yoga and Genesis Bicycles (both longstanding local businesses) hatched the idea for an event to showcase and celebrate the rich active lifestyle resources the town features.
The Om Pedal Paddle is a non-profit community event designed around a triathlon format combining the disciplines of yoga, cycling and paddling (stand up paddleboard/kayak/canoe). The event is un-timed and non-competitive, instead seeking to simply create a novel event that leverages the exceptional fitness and wellness resources accessible from Easton. The event will take approximately three hours to complete and include a yoga session, an approximate 10-mile bike leg and a 2.5-mile paddling leg - the cycling and paddling will be alongside and on the Lehigh River. The inaugural running is tentatively planned for early June 2020.
Proceeds from the event will go to clean-up efforts on the Lehigh River and the D&L Trail in order to maintain and improve the town’s outdoor resources. The event will culminate at a park in town at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers and feature a finisher's party with food, music, local beer and a raffle of donations from local businesses.
The logo might capture the activity elements of the event and incorporate the theme of the prominent presence of the Lehigh River in Easton’s landscape. Abstract themes include movement, cranking, flow and the harmony that follows from an active lifestyle and a connection with our environment.