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11th Annual Ironmaster's Challenge

1100 Pine Grove Road,
Gardners, PA 17324
717-241-4360
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NOTE: The 50k event has been canceled to adhere to the CDC's guidelines which only permit gatherings of less than 250. The 15k event is still happening. Please continue to check the website for updates.

The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club invite you to participate in the 11th Annual Ironmaster's Challenge.

For 10 years, participants have been enjoying this springtime adventure challenge in two separate events, a 50k and 15k, both culminating in a finish-line picnic celebration at the Ironmaster's Mansion at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the famed halfway point along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. We cannot wait to offer another fun and satisfying day — you will experience the same rock scrambles, grueling ascents, ridgeline vistas, spring wildflowers, rushing streams and lakesides, and epic single track trails through Michaux State Forest.

For those new to the race, the Ironmaster's Challenge features a 50K Ultra and a 15K Challenge, both of which are open to trail runners and hikers, and feature the beautiful woodlands of Pine Grove Furnace State Park and surrounding Michaux State Forest. Each course is wheel-measured and each event is professionally timed by Pretzel City Sports for instant results. Radio communications, staffed food and water checkpoints, and additional water stations are provided. Every year participants praise the trail course for its challenging features, scenic quality and diversity, and finish-line reception at the charming Ironmaster's Mansion.

Other benefits included in your registration are a tech t-shirt, a finisher's premium for the 50K Ultra event, goodie bag, a finish line picnic lunch buffet, and a plentiful supply of local beer provided by our beverage sponsor, Molly Pitcher Brewing Company (Carlisle, PA). Each participant will be provided with instructions, trail maps, checkpoint locations, and water/aid stations.

The Ironmaster's Challenge is organized as a fundraiser by Central Pennsylvania Conservancy (CPC), the nonprofit land trust for the surrounding five county-region. All proceeds from the race support CPC's mission to protect natural resources in this region through land acquisition, conservation easements, education, and outreach. Most of its projects seek to protect regional trail resources for public access, recreational use, and permanent protection of the surrounding scenic landscapes.

Click here to register. There is no race day registration.

 

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