Welcome to the 7th annual Rothrock Trail Challenge. The event is scheduled for Saturday June 6th, 2015 at Tussey Ski Area in Boalsburg, Pa. The RTC is part of the LaSportiva Mountain Cup Series as well as Trailrunner Magazine's Trophy Series. We are honored to have played host to 11 out of the top 12 Trophy Series winners from 2014. The RTC will take runners and hikers through tunnels of rhododendron, towering Hemlocks, blooming mountain laurel, seas of fern, and mini boulder fields. The 17.2 mile course features mostly single track trails with 3 aid stations strategically spaced about every four miles. The signature section of the course remains the ever daunting Shingletown Gap cliff trail.
Even the fastest of runners put on the brakes here as they scramble down through the cliffs with extreme caution. But just as runners had to run down into the gap, they must climb back up the other side. This mile 9.5 section is usually the breaking point for most runners.
The best vista on the course is called Indian Wells Lookout. It's along the Mid State Trail that overlooks the Bear Meadows Natural Area, a boggy area that runners slogged through 2 miles earlier. If Spring has even a normal amount of rain, expect to get your feet wet. Once on top, the mini boulder field at the vista offers a panoramic view of Rothrock State Forest. It's definitely worth a look on race day.
Registration for the event will open on June 24th and we expect 400 runners and hikers. May 20th is the registration deadline. After the 20th, the site will be taken down. There will be NO race day regsitration. No exceptions!!! Bring a change of clothes and stay a while after you finish. We have great food and beer for all participants and spectators. Even take a dip in the spring fed pond at the finish!!!