Welcome to the 6th annual Rothrock Trail Challenge. The event is scheduled for Saturday June 7th, 2014 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 10 out of the top 12 Trophy Series winners from 2013. The RTC will take runners and hikers through tunnels of rhododendron, towering Hemlocks, blooming mountain laurel, seas of fern, and mini boulder fields. The 18.6 mile course features mostly single track trails with 4 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 12 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 is open and we expect 400 runners and hikers. May 20th is the registration deadline. After the 20th, the site will be taken down. We do offer race day registration, but there is no shirt or goodie bag--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!!!
The Trail Running Community lost a great friend on Oct 21, 2013. Jen Stec was an incredible young lady who touched so many lives. She was a staple at all the central Pa trail events. Jen completed all 11 Megatransects, 7 Hyner Challenges, and 5 Rothrock Challenges among the thousands of other races she attended. She loved the Rothrock!! She also represented the Exterra Trail Series as a sponsored athlete. Jen always had a smile on her face and loved everything the mountains could throw at her. She will be truly missed by all. We hope she'll be with us in spirit this June as we all challenge ourselves to not only be better athletes, but better human beings.. Rest in Peace, Jen.