Race/Event Description

Start Time
Format
Course Description
Entry Categories
Entry Fees
Registration

The race starts and finishes at Tussey Mountain Ski and Family Fun Center, just south of Boalsburg on state route 322, whose address is 301 Bear Meadows Road, Boalsburg, PA 16827. The race is easily accessed by air (University Park Airport) and interstate (I-80 and I-99). Visit the Accommodations page for suggestions on where to stay. 

Start Time / Planning Your Day

The ultra division event will start at 7 a.m. The relay division start will begin at 8 a.m. There will be a staggered start for the relay based on overall team pace. Finish time: no later than 7 p.m. Because the relay start includes several waves, runners participating in the relay should plan to have the whole day available. We regret that we cannot plan the start based on personal schedules.

Format

USATF-certified, 50-mile single-loop mostly unpaved course through central Pennsylvania's scenic Rothrock State Forest during peak foliage season. Ultramarathon: Support vehicle and drop bag options. Stocked, staffed aid stations available to all ultra participants are provided at predetermined locations every 2.9 to 5.6 miles along the course. Relay: The relay consists of 12 pre-determined legs of lengths varying from 2.9 to 5.6 miles. Relay teams select a specific runner rotation order, rotating to the next runner at each transition point, and maintain that exact order through all 12 race legs. All teams must provide ONE team vehicle to transport runners to transition points where the batons are exchanged. Teams of 7 or more must use a single vehicle.

Course

The race takes place on fire roads (74% dirt, 26% paved) in Rothrock State Forest. Terrain includes uphill, level and downhill grades, with shaded and open segments and some overlook vistas. The course takes in Whipple Dam State Park, Alan Seeger Natural Area, Penn Roosevelt State Park, Colyer Lake and Bear Meadows Natural Area. Total Elevation gain: 5,485 ft. See the Course Maps link or Elevation Profile link for a more detailed description and an elevation profile. See the Course and Leg Description page for a description of each of the course segments.

Ultra Categories

(proof of previous ultra or marathon finishing time required)
Men’s Open
Women’s Open
Men’s Masters age 40 + over (provide proof of age)
Women’s Masters age 40 + over (provide proof of age)
Military Open Military (Regular, Active Reserves and National Guard); ROTC.

Relay Categories

Note: Relay registration will be limited to 110 teams. Categories are based on team size as follows:
Supra 2 runners per team (proof of previous half marathon or marathon finishing time required)
Tri/Quad 3-4 per team
Standard 5-6 per team
Mega 7-8 per team
Military Open Military (Regular, Active Reserves and National Guard); ROTC; JROTC.

Military Relay Categories

All military teams competing for military awards are "Mega" teams comprised of 8 runners, and must include at least one female runner. Categories are: Open Military (Regular, Active Reserves and National Guard); ROTC; JROTC.

Team Divisions
Within each Category, team Divisions are as follows:
Men’s Open - all* men on a team, any age.
Women’s Open - all women on a team, any age.
Mixed Open * - men or women on a team, any age.
Men's Master's # - men runners age 40 or over.
Women's Master's # - women runners age 40 or over.
Mixed Master's # - men and women runners age 40 or over.

*Note: Mixed Quad and Standard teams must have at least 2 women, Mixed Mega teams must have at least 3 women.
  Teams that don't meet this requirement will be placed in the Men's category.
# To compete as Master's team, at time of team registration a copy of a valid drivers license must accompany all team members' applications.

Entry Fees
Ultra: $130 if received by July 31; $140 through August 31; $150 thereafter; $40 discount if not using support vehicle
Relay:
$110 for Supra
$170 for Tri
$240 for Quad
$360 for Standard
$460 for Mega
$460 for Military

As we make enhancements to the event we strive to keep entry fees as low as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Registration

Click here to register online at active.com.

Ultramarathon registration is open through October 10th.

Relay registration is limited to 110 teams, and closes October 3rd (or sooner if the cap is reached).  Teams must be completely registered (no missing information or forms).  Please see the Roster of Participants to see current team status.