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Lost Turkey Trail Marathon
Sat, Aug 1, 2015
Running-Marathon - Individual Age group/open
About This Activity
We run a stretch of the between the Laurel Highlands and the Appalachians that we know will challenge even the seasoned trail runner. Where the first half is runnable... and the second half will require you to reach deep into your core and find yourself on the trail. where the elevation gain continues to increase as your tired legs burn and your lungs fight to keep up. This trail begs you to test your limits with a serious 4650-ft of elevation gain - mostly at the tail end!
There will be no crews. No pacers. No hand-holding. But there will be awesome aid stations. There will be the best volunteers that money can buy [insert laugh]. There will be race shirts and finisher awards to proudly display your accomplishment. Runners who are fast enough to make the 9-hour cutoff can celebrate with their families and friends at the finish line. Runners who are not will be fed to the bears. And mountain lions. And yes, there are mountain lions here.
This 26.2 mile event is a point-to-point race. All runners will park at the Blue Knob ski resort, check in, board the busses and be shuttled to the start line. Race will begin at 7:30 a.m. The first half of the course is mildly technical and runnable. But the second half will challenge even the most seasoned trail runner.
The Lost Turkey Trail is 26.28 miles long and marked with red paint blazes. The trail varies from double track to single track to simply a few blazes along the side of the steep ridges. The number of stream crossings in August will simply depend on the rainfall, but the cable bridge over Bob's Creek will certainly save you from swimming. From its southwestern terminus, the Lost Turkey Trail winds 14 miles through easy to moderately challenging terrain along Pot Ridge. It then meets Little Break Hollow in the crest of the Allegheny Front, and the hiking becomes very challenging and much more technical for the remainder of the course. The trail descends to the Burnt House picnic area, crosses PA Route 869, and follows the edge of Forks Ridge above an impressive canyon. Don't look down. It then descends to beautiful Bobs Creek, climbs steeply up and down Hogback Ridge, and at mile 24 reaches a monument to two pioneer children were lost mysteriously in 1856. As if Forks Ridge and Hogback Ridge weren't enough of a test, the trail begins a challenging climb to the top of Blue Knob where the finish line awaits the victorious.
We encourage you to bring food and beverages to share at the finish. We'll celebrate with a bonfire; weather permitting! Blue Knob state park offers a variety of outdoor options to keep your family and friends busy while you run - trails, vista views, a public swimming pool and the nearby Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. We'll also have a park naturalist onsite to entertain your family and friends while they wait.
Event details and schedule
Arrive and park at the Blue Knob Ski Lodge within Blue Knob State Park (at the top of the mountain!). A shuttle will take all registered racers west to the beginning of the trail for a 7:30 am start. Shuttle is free and for runners only. Runners will complete their 26.2 mile treck and end up back at Blue Knob. Packet pickup will occur the morning of the race. More information will be posted on the webiste www.lostturkeyultra.com.