Buck Ridge Burn Trail Half Marathon & 5K
These Pennsylvania Appalachians may be old, but they'll still burn your butt! Come play in the woods of the Michaux State Forest and test your trail grit on one of two challenging courses.
In the mood for a quick trail fix or trying out the trail scene for the first time? The 5K course will leave you feeling satisfied with rolling, muddy double-track, winding single-track, and refreshing April creek crossings.
Looking for a different challenge? Take on the grit-testing Half Marathon! There's a little bit of everything on this course: creek crossings, mud, roots, rocks, grinding climbs, grassy rolling double-track, and swift, snaking single track. The course is extremely well-marked with a generous 4-hour time limit, but the course record is HOT and hard to beat. Come have a crack at it!
Of course, the trail is the main event, but you'll have an awesome time post-race chillin' at Race Headquarters trail-folk style, enjoying the huge spread, breakfast for the 5K folk and lunch for the Half Marathoners, while grooving to the soul-filled music of one of our amazing local bands, Indian Summer Jars. Relax on the grass and help us cheer on the rest of the brave, hard-working runners!
Both races are headquartered at the Furnace Stack Pavilion within Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Follow directions to 1100 Pine Grove Rd., Gardners, PA 17324. There will be signs and folks directing you where to park.
Who Can Enter?
Anyone 0-100 years old with a reasonable sense of direction and/or ability to follow brightly colored flags within a practical amount of time may enter the 5K.
The Half Marathon will be limited to runners aged 16+, although we will allow runners 15 and under who will be accompanied the ENTIRE DISTANCE by an adult. This adult may register as an entrant for regular price, or accompany the child for free but will be ineligible for competitive prizes and receive no race shirt. (This "free" option is in place to encourage younger runners with less trail experience to challenge themselves. There is NO ADULT "PACING" OPTION.) We will only be accepting the first 315 applicants, so register soon! There will be no race day registration.