The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club invite you to participate in the 11th Annual Ironmaster’s Challenge.
When: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Where: Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux State Forest
For 10 years, participants have been enjoying this springtime adventure challenge in two separate events, a 50k and 15k, both culminating in a finish-line picnic celebration at the Ironmaster’s Mansion at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the famed halfway point along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. We cannot wait to offer another fun and satisfying day — you will experience the same rock scrambles, grueling ascents, ridgeline vistas, spring wildflowers, rushing streams and lakesides, and epic single track trails through Michaux State Forest.
For those new to the race, the Ironmaster’s Challenge features a 50K Ultra and a 15K Challenge, both of which are open to trail runners and hikers, and feature the beautiful woodlands of Pine Grove Furnace State Park and surrounding Michaux State Forest. Each course is wheel-measured and each event is professionally timed by Pretzel City Sports for instant results. Radio communications, staffed food and water checkpoints, and additional water stations are provided. Every year participants praise the trail course for its challenging features, scenic quality and diversity, and finish-line reception at the charming Ironmaster’s Mansion.
Other benefits included in your registration are a tech t-shirt, a finisher’s premium for the 50K Ultra event, goodie bag, a finishline picnic lunch buffet, and a plentiful supply of local beer provided by our beverage sponsor, Molly Pitcher Brewing Company (Carlisle, PA). Each participant will be provided with instructions, trail maps, check point locations, and water/aid stations.
The Ironmaster’s Challenge is organized as a fundraiser by Central Pennsylvania Conservancy (CPC), the nonprofit land trust for the surrounding five county-region. All proceeds from the race support CPC’s mission to protect natural resources in this region through land acquisition, conservation easements, education, and outreach. Most of its projects seek to protect regional trail resources for public access, recreational use, and permanent protection of the surrounding scenic landscapes.
Registration will open on December 4th, and you have until March 1, 2020 before fees go up. This event tends to sell out before race day, so make sure you get your registration in early to reserve your space in a springtime experience you will never forget!
The first climb that culminated in Sunset Rocks made clear that this was not a day for turning in a speedy PR. I doubt anyone cared, however, because we made a conscious decision not to run a road race this day and the course rewarded our wise decision with natural beauty. It makes sense that this race was hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club. These stewards of our natural treasures knew how to show off the trails that we have in our backyards.
Patrick Cawley - 50K Ultra Participant 2012 - Ironmaster’s Challenge
Regardless of which event you choose, you will have fun. Sunshine, fresh air, and forested trails beckon you to join us … besides, you’ll be supporting a great cause! We hope to see you on the trail. Please contact us anytime with questions you may have.
Please NO pets and NO smoking.