Wellsboro – Organizing the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) has proven to be a difficult logistical process. Last year, the event was downgraded from a national event to a regional event, due to licensing issues and other logistical issues.
Last week, however, state and local authorities met with the event’s organizers to ensure the popular event’s full return in 2022.
“STPR is so important to this field, and I’m really excited about the progress we’ve made working together toward the common goal of bringing it back in 2022,” Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) said. . “It’s exciting for people who live here to participate or watch, and it’s great for the economy of our region to attract people from all over the world who appreciate this unique opportunity. I really look forward to a big event this year!
Last week’s meeting included officials from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), STPR and the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as State Representative Owlett and the Commissioner of Tioga County, Erick Coolidge.
DCNR presented several good route options that STPR officials said would allow them the mileage they need to create the type of race drivers and fans expected. Permit efforts are also underway for the event, which is scheduled for September 16-17.
“While having to downgrade the race last year was very disappointing, it also showed us how much this community loves and supports this event,” said STPR President James Monks. “I’m encouraged by the spirit of cooperation at our meeting this week and I’m really looking forward to making this year’s race the best yet.”
“By selecting road racing corridors located away from forested areas that are typically used by traditional recreational enthusiasts and sensitive aquatic ecosystems, DCNR is able to reduce recreational and environmental conflict in state forests. of Susquehannock and Tioga,” said Jim Hyland, district forester for Tioga. State forest.
“STPR is a popular but non-traditional use of our forest lands, and we need to be aware of the impact it has on recreationists and our environment. With these changes, we are able to ensure that the event can return for years to come and meet the needs of everyone involved.
The STPR usually brings thousands of people to the area to watch the race. They stay at area hotels, eat at area restaurants, and shop downtown, and many visitors are likely to return for other events because they enjoy the area so much.
“It was encouraging to see everyone come to the table in an effort to keep this very important event here in our region and to do so safely,” Coolidge said. “The economic benefit to Tioga and other neighboring counties is significant.”
Julie Henry of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce agreed. “Many business owners in the region felt the impact of a smaller STPR event last year and are looking forward to a full-scale gathering in 2022. It is always inspiring to see what we can do for our communities by working together towards common goals.