Laurel Highlands Ultra

50 Kilometer Individual and Team Relay Race - Information

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50K APPLICATION


There will be a field limit of 100 runners for the 2015 race. Once the limit is reached, no additional entries will be accepted and your application and check will be returned to you.


The 50K individual and 50K team Relay races will have a ten (10) hour time limit, with an intermediate cut-off of six (6) hours at the 19.3 mile aid station. All runners must be out of the aid station by 1:30 p.m. in order to be allowed to continue the race.


The Race

The race is an individual run of a portion of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. This is a point-to-point race that begins in Ohiopyle, PA (elev. 1200 ft.) and ends at the Route 31 trailhead near Myersbrook, PA. (elev. 2760 ft.) Total distance is 50 kilometers. The start is near the intersection of Route 381 and Garret Road on the North end of Ohiopyle, PA. The starting time is 7:30 A.M.


Bus Transportation to the Start

Since this is a point-to-point race, we will have bus transportation available before the start of the race. The bus will pick runners up at the Route 31 parking area prior to the race and drop them off at the starting area. The Route 31 parking area is a short hike from the actual finish line of the 50K race, but it would be difficult for a bus to get into the trailhead parking area. The Route 31 parking area is on the North side of Route 31. There will be only one bus leaving for the start on race morning.There will be no bus transportation after the race. Runners that wish to return to the starting area will have to make their own transportation arrangements.

The bus for the 50K race will leave the Route 31 parking area at 6:15 a.m.


Safety and Accountability

If a racer is unable to complete the race, they must personally turn in their race number and notify the timing official at either the 19 mile checkpoint, or the finish line. If you decide to retire from the race at any point, you must go to either the mile 19 checkpoint, or the finish line and report your status to the race officials. Racers not completing the race must sign their number and give it to the captain at either the finish line or 19 mile checkpoint. Safety is our number one priority, if you fail to follow this rule, you will be denied entry to the race in the future.


Race Rules

Violations of the following rules could result in a racerís disqualification. The list is not intended to be all-inclusive, but instead, is designed to inform racers of some of the rules specific to this race.


Aid Stations

There will be fully stocked aid stations at the following locations:

While a crew is not required, each runner should plan on carrying food and fluids between each aid station.


The Course

A 50 kilometer wilderness trail, traversing state parks, state forests, state gamelands, and other public and private lands. This is a very scenic and challenging course. Difficult footing is the norm, as steep grades, logs, rocks, steps, mud and other obstacles abound. The trail is maintained by the state and features concrete markers at every mile. This is a feature of which few ultra races can boast. The entire course is permanently marked with yellow blazes, which makes getting lost difficult. The majority of the trail is rugged single-track, with some meadow crossings in the Seven Springs Resort area. Stream crossings are not an issue on the course, as the park service maintains log bridges across them. However, the bridges do get slippery, especially in the morning when they are covered with dew. Please exercise caution when crossing the log bridges.

The hiking trail has now been permanently routed around Lake Tahoe in the Seven Springs Resort area. Racers will exit the woods below Lake Tahoe, climb a short grade and then run clockwise around the lake. About halfway around, the trail will cut off to the left, there is a wooden post in place that will point the way. We will add small surveyors flags in this area on race day to help with navigation.


Drop Bags

Race management has made no provisions for drop bags in the 50K race.


Current Course Records


To enter, simply complete the Application and mail to:

Rick Freeman
19 Kirchner Drive
South Park, PA 15129
Make checks payable to: Laurel Highlands Ultra

There will be no refunds or deferrals for any reason once your entry has been accepted.


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