Welcome to the 10th annual Rothrock Trail Challenge. The event is scheduled for Saturday June 9th, 2018 at Tussey Ski Area in Boalsburg, Pa. Race start is 8am. The RTC is part of the Rocksylvania Trail Series. We are honored to have played host to 9 out of the top 12 Trailrunner Magazines Trophy Series winners from 2017.
Congrats to Matt Lipsey, Norb Baier, Johanna Ohm, Jane Kone, Brianna Bair, Carole Dudukovich, Steve Templin, Mike Ranck, and Samantha Weaver for their awesome performances throughout the year.
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 10 section is usually the breaking point for most runners. But payback is awaiting as runners can enjoy a two mile downhill finish to Tussey Ski area.
Registration for the event is OPEN and we expect 425 runners. May 10th is the registration deadline. After the 10th, the site will be taken down. There will be NO race day registration. 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!!!