“The event is divided into sections called loops. Each loop is identified by the name of the rock nearest the route.”
— Matthew S.
Featured Race Aug 5, 2017
This race course, compared to other mid-PA race courses, plays better as the long hills are more runnable and are positioned more towards the front half of the race with the only HARD hill being just over halfway through. There are beautiful rock formations along the course as well.
The event is divided into sections called loops. Each loop is identified by the name of the rock or of the location nearest to which you are running.
Grandfather Rocks Loop
The starting loop taking you out of town and onto State Game Lands will have participants traveling a distance of 2.6 miles with an elevation gain of 812 feet. The maximum grade is 37.2%. This loop passes the rock formation known as “Grandfather Rocks".
Umbrella Rock Loop
The second loop leads deep into the forest and travels a distance of 3.63 miles with an elevation gain of 698 feet with a maximum grade of 40.7%. This loop will have participants experiencing the AWESOME Umbrella Rock formation. The end of the loop heads down Rattlesnake Hill into Island Run.
Island Run Loop
This third loop does not contain any named rock formations, but after the long trek to the top which is the highest point of the course, participants will enjoy an easy downhill run back to the entrance of Island Run. This may be the most beautiful part of the entire course because of the view of the forest. This loop travels 4.9 miles with an elevation gain of 901 feet with a maximum grade of 21.7%. Coming downhill participants can enjoy random boulders and rock formations off to the left.
Devil's Den Loop
This fourth loop begins at the entrance to Island Run. Entering at the base and climbing to the top of Devil’s Den, this loop takes participants deep into the forest traveling a distance of 4.2 miles with an elevation gain of 940 feet. The view from the top provides a beautiful, panoramic view of the state game lands. The maximum grade is 32.2%.
Miles Rocks Loop
This final loop connects the Devils Den Loop to the finish line. Here you'll have a spectacular view of Miles Rocks. During this loop you'll travel a distance of 4.1 miles with an elevation gain of 868 feet and your maximum grade will be 30.7%.
The total elevation gain for this run is a whopping 4219 feet, with a maximum slope of 40.7%. *Please note these numbers are all approximate based off of GPS findings of our runs on the trail.