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

The 2020 race will be run in the counterclockwise direction (also used 2000-2017). 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 mostly unpaved roads (82% dirt, 18% 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 140 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.

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.

Military Relay Categories

Military teams of 2 to 8 runners are encouraged to participate. Categories are: Open Military (Regular, Active Reserves and National Guard); ROTC; JROTC.

 

Entry Fees

Ultramarathon:

Ultramarathoner registration open through Oct. 3, 2020!

Ultramarathoners

Registration Date          Regular Fee      Military

Dec 15 - Jan 31:            $90                   $72

Feb 1 - June 30:            $100                  $80

July 1 - Aug 31:             $110                  $88

Sept 1 - Sept 20*:          $130                  $104

Sept 21 - Oct 3:             $150                  $120

*Race shirts not guaranteed after this date.

Add $40 if you plan to use a support vehicle. The race provides 11 stocked aid stations and a drop bag option at aid stations 1,3,5,7,9,10, & 11. We do not provide refunds, but on request can defer your registration to the following year.

Relay Teams:

Relay Team Registration open through Sept. 27, 2020!

Registration Date Team Size (# of Runners)
Supra (2) Tri (3) Quad (4) Standard (5) Standard (6) Mega (7) Mega (8)
Dec 15 - Jan 31 $110 $165 $220 $275 $330 $385 $440
Feb 1 - June 30 $120 $180 $240 $300 $360 $420 $480
July 1 - Aug 31 $130 $195 $260 $325 $390 $455 $520
Sept 1 - Sept 20* $140 $210 $280 $350 $420 $490 $560
Sept 21 - Sept 27 $150 $225 $300 $375 $450 $525 $600
*Last day for guaranteed shirt.            

Military Relay Teams

Registration Date            

                                            Su (2)    Tr (3)      Qu (4)      St (5)      St (6)     M (7)      M (8)

Dec 15 - Jan 31                  $88        $132        $176       $220       $264      $308       $352

Feb 1 - June 30                  $96        $144       $192       $240       $288      $336        $384

July 1 - Aug 31                   $104       $156       $208       $260       $312      $364       $416

Sept 1 - Sept 20*                $112       $168       $224       $280       $336      $392       $448

Sept 21 - Sept 27               $120       $180       $240       $300       $360       $420      $480

*Race shirts not guaranteed after this date.  

We have moved to a new registration provider to reduce your costs and skip commercial activity. As we continue to make enhancements to the event we strive to keep entry fees as low as possible. We appreciate your support! We do not provide refunds, but can defer your registration to the following year.

Goodness Thrives

Soon, as you register for the 2020 race, you will also have an opportunity to make a donation supporting our 2020 event beneficiary.  We thank you for your generosity!


Registration

Click here to register online.

Relay registration is limited. Teams must be completely registered by the deadline (no missing information or forms).  The 2020 roster of participants will be posted later in the year. You can view the Roster of Participants to see the 2019 roster.