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The Ironmaster's Challenge

Propel along pine-shaded winding single track, pass pure white quartz spires and quartzite outcrops, squeeze through tight mountain laurel tunnels, streak across low-bush blueberry glades, hobble over boulders, hopscotch gurgling mountain streams trimmed in dark rhododendron groves, wind through the monolith maze, observe inspiring far-reaching viewpoints from rock promontories, and scramble up an 80 degree rock slab. Designed to test the seasoned or serious hiker and trail runner.

When: May
(This trail race takes place in May each year. Visit race website link below for details.)

Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Geographic Area: Michaux State Forest
Nearby City: Gardners

Event 1:
Race Length: 26.6 miles (42.8 km)
Elevation Gain: 3,900 feet (+147 ft/mi)
High Point: 1,900 feet
Low Point: 700 feet
95% dirt trails, 3% dirt roads, 2% paved
Event 2:
Race Length: 9.7 miles (15.6 km)
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet (+216 ft/mi)
High Point: 1,900 feet
Low Point: 900 feet
85% dirt trails, 5% dirt roads, 10% paved
Additional Information

Website URL: http://ironmasterschallenge.com (opens new window)
Race Director: karenhbg
Phone: 717-232-3708

Proceeds fund the restoration of the Ironmaster's Mansion in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

The shorter event is the March for the Mansion, a less demanding course suited for the more leisurely pace of fitness walkers and moderate-distance hikers. The route overlaps must of the second half of the “Challenge” offering gurgling mountain streams through Pine Grove Furnace SP and several vistas in Michaux SF.

Relax after your event with fellow adventurers by enjoying a smorgasbord of food and beverages, including wine and local beers, on the lawn of the historic Ironmaster's Mansion.



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Submitted On: 4/14/2011
By: karenhbg (Race Director)



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