Presenting the 7th Annual
Sunday, April 24, 2016!
The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club invite you to participate in the 7th Annual Ironmaster’s Challenge.
When: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Where: Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux State Forest
Please join us for another spring adventure culminating in a festive finish-line picnic celebration at the Ironmaster’s Mansion.We can’t wait to offer another challenging, 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, plus some new great features.
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.
Other features for 2016 include a new tech t-shirt design, a finisher’s premium for the 50K Ultra event, a plentiful supply of the popular beer supplied by our local beverage sponsor, The Roy Pitz Brewing Company, a delicious finishline picnic buffet at the Ironmaster’s Mansion, and new trail maps, check point locations, and water stations.
Every year participants praise the trail course for its challenging features, scenic quality and diversity, and finish-line reception at the unique and recently-renovated Ironmaster’s Mansion. This facility is managed by the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, a regional land trust, and all proceeds from the race support organizational programs and operations, including the Ironmaster’s Mansion. Please join the many trail runners and hikers who return to participate in the Ironmaster’s Challenge year after year!
Registration for 2016 will open on Friday, December 4, 2015, and you have until April 1, 2016 before fees go up. This event tends to sell out before race day, so make sure you get your registration in early to reserve your space in a springtime experience you will never forget!
The first climb that culminated in Sunset Rocks made clear that this was not a day for turning in a speedy PR. I doubt anyone cared, however, because we made a conscious decision not to run a road race this day and the course rewarded our wise decision with natural beauty. It makes sense that this race was hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club. These stewards of our natural treasures knew how to show off the trails that we have in our backyards.
Patrick Cawley - 50K Ultra Participant 2012 - Ironmaster’s Challenge
Regardless of which event you choose, you will have fun. Sunshine, fresh
air, and forested trails beckon you to join us … besides, you’ll be
supporting a great cause! We hope to see you on the trail. Please
contact us anytime with questions you may have.
Please NO pets and NO smoking.