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    Endurance Challenges -- Hiking, Biking, Canoe & Kayaking

    The Pennsylvania Wilds is home to some of the most important outdoor endurance challenges in the Eastern US.  Coursing in and through our state parks, forest and magnificent vistas, biking, canoeing, kayaking and running events have established our part of Pennsylvania as a significant place for those who love the challenge of the outdoors…

    **Some of these challenges are for more experienced runners.  Visit the website for details and train appropriately.

     

    January 25  Frozen Snot, Lock Haven -- Combine 12+ miles of the toughest terrain in central PA with the coldest week of the year and you'll have the Frozen Snot race!  An endurance event not to be taken lightly.  

    March 15  Diane Kelly Memorial 5K Run, Warren -- An Elk County Striders event.  First race in the Warren County YMCA Series Cup (Joggin' with Jordan Memorial 10K/5K is June 21 and SuperKwik Challenge Half Marathon is October 11)

    March 29  Red Moshannon Down River Race, Grassflat -- This race is held on a 7.5 mile section of Moshannon Creek.  This section is rated Class II+.

    March 29  Cook Forest Half-Marathon and 5K Run, Cook Forest State Park -- Coursing along the beautiful nationally designated Wild & Scenic Clarion River.  Supports Clarion University Track and Field Team and Clarion University Athletic Scholarships.

    April 4   Relay for Life of Clinton County, Lock Haven -- Celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back by raising awareness and funds.

    April 5  Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic, Emporium -- One of the largest downriver paddling events in the state.  Hundreds of paddlers will course 12-miles along the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek.  A 2-mile youth paddling event for ages 4-14 is weather permitting.

    April 26  Hyner View Trail Challenge & Hyner Ultra Challenge 50K, Hyner -- This trail challenge has over 4200 feet of elevation gain along one of PA's finest vistas!

    April 26  Ridgway YMCA Triathlon, Ridgway -- Participants will compete in a 5-mile run, 15-mile bike race, then a 9-mile canoe/kayak race down the scenic Clarion River.

    April 27  Chinklacamoose Marathon, Clearfield -- Your choice of a full or half marathon coursing through central Clearfield County completed as an individual or relay team.

    May 17  Upper West Branch Triathlon, Curwensville Lake -- 5-mile run, 5-mile paddle (canoe or kayak), and 15-mile bike. 

    May 17  Fox Township Park Memorial Fund 5K Run & Walk, Kersey -- An Elk County Striders event.

    May 25  Dahoga Dash 5K, Wilcox -- First race in the Elk County Striders Triple Crown Series (Elk County Classic 5K on July 12 and Lee Foster Memorial 5 Mile on September 6 complete the series).  Course is fairly flat, out and back on a low traffic, part paved/part dirt road.

    June 7  Rothrock Trail Challenge, Boalsburg -- Hyner's southern cousin. Voted by La Sportiva's Mountain Cup Series as one of the ten best trail races in the country. It's a 30K filled with awesome single track, elevation changes that will numb the legs, and hair-raising scrambles through boulders and cliffs. The PA Trail Dogs' apple didn't fall too far from the tree on this one. If you liked the Hyner, then you'll feel right at home in Rothrock!

    June 7  God's Country Marathon & Half Marathon, Galeton -- Starting 1,300 feet above sea level and reaching elevations of 2,424 feet above sea level, runners will enjoy the scenic tour of Potter County including Center Town Lake, Susquehannock State Forest and Denton Hill, finishing at the historic Potter County Courthouse.

    June 20  Relay for Life of McKean County, Bradford -- Celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back by raising awareness and funds.

    June 21  Joggin' with Jordan Memorial 10K Run/5K Run/5K Fun Walk, Warren -- An Elk County Striders event.  Second race in the Warren County YMCA Series Cup (Diane Kelly Memorial 5K Run is March 15 and SuperKwik Challenge Half Marathon is October 11)

    June 21  Fat Tire Challenge, Clear Creek State Park -- This 14 mile mountain bike challenge races through the gorgeous forest and mountain laurel fields.  The trail offers many challenges including single track trails, rocky sections requiring unique riding skills and miles of continuous climbs.  Part of the Bike-the-Wilds Points Series.

    July 12  Elk County Classic 5K, Johnsonburg -- Second race in the Elk County Striders Triple Crown Series (Dahoga Dash 5K on May 25 and Lee Foster Memorial 5 Mile Run on September 6 complete the series)

    July 27  PA Grand Canyon Marathon, Wellsboro -- Run Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon!  This 2nd annual full 26.2 mile marathon takes runners along the beautiful West Rim of the Pine Creek Gorge for outstanding views of Pine Creek. New this year -- Half Marathon on July 26th!

    August 2-3  Kinzua Tango, Warren -- A challenging course with over 100 miles of running, biking, swimming, orienteering and canoeing.  End the race with food, music and awards.  

    August 2  Bob Swanson Memorial 5K Run, 2-mile Walk & 1-mile Fun Run, Mount Jewett -- First leg of the 5K Memorial Race Series. (2nd leg is the David Hutton Memorial 5K Run on August 16, 3rd leg is Steve Jerman Memorial 5K on October 18)

    August 9  Lee Foster Memorial 5K, St. Marys -- An Elk County Striders Event.

    August 10  Kinzua Classic Bike Race, Kinzua Beach -- Bike around the scenic Kinzua near the Allegheny National Forest.  Compete for cash prizes in the Elite Race, a challenging 60-mile double loop.  Or enjoy a 30-mile ride for fun.

    August 16  David Hutton Memorial 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk, Emporium -- An Elk County Striders event.  Benefits Cameron County High School Track Scholar Athletes. DavidHuttonMemorial.org

    August 23  Dam Scramble, Curwensville Lake -- Enjoy a challenging but rewarding 13-mile “scramble” around the lake! This challenge is open to both hikers and runners, however, this will not be your average “walk in the woods” so please only attempt this if you are sufficiently trained. 

    August 23  Baker Trail UltraChallenge -- The 50-mile Baker Trail is a rugged hiking trail coursing through the woods, over rocks, across creeks, and up and down hills, and along some paved and dirt roads. 

    August 23  American Spirit Aviation Festival 5K Run & 2-mile Walk, St. Marys -- Exhilarating 5K run and 2-mile non-competitive walk. 

    September 6  Lee Foster Memorial Run, St. Marys -- Final race in the Elk County Striders Triple Crown Series (Dahoga Dash 5K on May 25 and Elk County Classic 5K on July 12 complete the series).

    September 7  Pine Creek Challenge, Wellsboro -- Are you a risk taker who’s always up for a new test? If so, try the Pine Creek Challenge this September on the beautiful Pine Creek Rail Trail. Choose from a 100K or a 100 mile run along 50 miles of the upper Pine Creek Gorge—more commonly referred to as the PA Grand Canyon.

    September 13  Angela Huey Park 7K Run & Walk, Kersey -- An Elk County Striders event.  Visit website for more information.

    September 20  Step Outdoors TRYathlon, Hills Creek State Park -- Well-suited for both the serious competitor and the average athlete. TRY it!

    October 4  Bald Eagle Megatransect -- **SOLD OUT**  It’s a 26+ mile race that offers some very diverse terrain throughout Bald Eagle State Forest.  **Experienced and trained runners only!

    October 11  Dam Darkness Trail Challenge, Curwensville Lake -- Challenge yourself on 7-miles of trails... in the dark!  Glow sticks and reflective materials will guide you to the finish.

    October 11  SuperKwik Challenge Half Marathon, Warren -- An Elk County Striders event.  Third race of the Series Cup (Diane Kelly Memorial 5K Run & Fun Walk is March 16 and YMCA 5K, 10K & Fun Walk is June 15).  Visit website for more information.

    October 12  Green Monster Trail Challenge, Wellsboro -- This running event will make even the scariest monsters under your bed seem harmless! Described as “one ugly mountain race,” participants can choose a 25K trail, featuring a 4,000 feet total ascent, or a 50K trail with 8,000 feet total ascent.

    October 18  Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run, Emporium -- Course through the heart of the PA Wilds in a 50K or 26K.  Trophies and medals awarded.

    October 18  Steve Jerman Memorial 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk, Kane -- Elk County Striders will be present.  Visit website for more information.

    October 25  Big Spring 10K, Toby -- Elk County Striders will be present.  Visit website for more information.

     

    Get your PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Map -- Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts loaded with trails and waterways, camping, and recreational activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobile and ATVing, boating, swimming and so much more!  To request a map, call (877) 359-6585 or e-mail info(at)pawilds.com 

     

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