PRE-RACE DINNER: We're thrilled to bring back the Pre-Race Dinner for 2023! You'll want to attend to catch the remarks and insights of our special guest speaker, Kaylee Frederick. The buffet dinner is on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Toftress Gold Resort! More details below! Be sure to RSVP no later than Oct. 14 to reserve your seat!

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Kaylee Frederick pictured here with local legend George Etzweiler 


Pre-Race Dinner

The 2023 Tussey Mountainback Pre-race Dinner at Toftrees Resort features a delicious buffet dinner and your chance to be inspired by the wisdom and humor of our special guest speaker, teenage ultramarathon runner Kaylee Frederick. Dinner hours are 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Oct. 21. Be sure to make your reservation by Oct. 14. The dinner is $35 per person, and your seats can be reserved when you register for the race. If you have already registered, you can send an email to (include the subject line PRERACE DINNER) with names and number of seats, or call 814-424-1314. You can also prepay by check made to "MTB50" and mailed to MTB50, 103 E. Hamilton Ave., State College, PA 16801. We look forward to welcoming you!


PACKET PICKUP: Packet pickup will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-8 p.m.  at Toftrees Golf Resort. Due to a tight schedule on race morning, do whatever you need to, to get your packet on Saturday. There simply isn't time on race day before the start. Relay Teams: Any member of your team may pick up the packets for your team. Your packet includes your race bib and race shirt. You must wear your race bib. Pins are provided.

DROP-BAG DROPOFF: Ultramarathoner drop bags should be brought to the Toftrees Golf Resort on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-8 p.m. 50 Mile ultramarathoners have access to 11 stocked aid stations and may bring drop bags for aid stations 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 & 11. 50K ultramarathoners will have access to 7 stocked aid stations and may bring drop bags for 5 aid stations that they will access in this order: 1, 3, 11, a new station labeled "50K" on the course map, and revisit aid station 1. ALL RUNNERS: Be sure your bags are clearly marked with your name and the aid station number.

TOFTREES GOLF RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER is located at One Country Club Lane in State College, about 10 minutes via bypass from SR322 & Bear Meadows Road, where the race starts and finishes. The Toftrees phone number is 814-234-8000.  If you are traveling from outside the local area, we suggest you plan to arrive on Friday or Saturday so you can have time to relax, review the initial running stages of the course and plan any last minute strategies, and pick up your race packet on Saturday.

Accommodations. Toftrees has a block of rooms reserved at a special rate for race participants. The block is reserved through Sept. 22, and Toftrees will honor the rate after this date if you mention the race name. You can view additional options on our Accommodations page.

Merchandise Expo

An Expo of mOUnTaiNBACK merchandise for winter and summer will be set up at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center on Saturday from 5-8 p.m. Merchandise will include various Mountainback items (see the Mountainback Store). 100% of proceeds from sales support our beneficiary, Nittany Greyhounds.