Drivers Rally for Fresh Water

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The warm day did not deter drivers on June 11 — some of whom were driving cars without modern conveniences like air conditioning — from partaking in the Stroud Center’s Road Rally for Fresh Water.

The official Axalta Coating Systems Pace Car led the pack of drivers and navigators as they followed clues on an 80+ mile journey through watersheds in Chester and Lancaster counties. The halfway point was the Hawk Point Overlook, a viewing platform above the Susquehanna River at the Susquehannock State Park.

Only a few drivers got completely turned around before convening at the Finish Line Party reception at the privately owned Runnymede Sanctuary Trust. Co-sponsored by Period Architecture and Rittenhouse Builders, the Finish Line Party was an opportunity for guests to discuss their route, view the diverse collection of cars, enjoy a delicious dinner, and hear remarks by Distinguished Senior Research Scientist and Stroud Center President Dr. Bern Sweeney before the road rally awards ceremony.

John Nolan, corporate communications specialist for Axalta Coating Systems, presented the Grand Prize to a ’66 Sunbeam Tiger. This father-and-son team answered the most questions correctly. For those who were not quite as diligent, there was still a chance to win such prizes as Car Most Likely to Get Stuck in a Creek, Most Unique Car, Car that Takes the Least Amount of Water to Wash, and Most Directionally Challenged.

The Stroud Center continues to celebrate 50 years of freshwater research, education, and watershed restoration with fun and educational events. Please visit the events page to learn more.


About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

About Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With 151 years of experience in the coatings industry, the approximately 12,800 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit and follow us @axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.