Saturday, Jun 15, 2019 @ 7:00 AM
This Event Took Place Sat. Jun 15, 2019

This event is part of the 2019 Cambria County Trails Series.

Friends of the Trails Members Receive $5 OFF!

To receive a $5 discount on your registration fee for The Ghost Town Trail Challenge, become a Friend of the Trails today. Simply select the "Friends of the Trails" add-on at the end of the checkout process. Email clusk@co.cambria.pa.us or call 814-472-2110 to receive coupon code. Your 2019 tax-deductible membership donation will go towards enhancing, maintaining, and preserving the Cambria County Trails, including The Ghost Town Trail, the Path of the Flood Trail, and the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail.

The Challenge

The 4th Annual Ghost Town Trail Challenge, hosted by the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority, will be on June 15, 2019, the Saturday before the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. The Challenge is a 32-mile long (50k), endurance hike along the entire length of the Ghost Town Trail from Blairsville, PA to Ebensburg, PA. Participants begin at sunrise and are challenged to complete the entire 32 miles by foot before sundown. This is not a race, but rather a challenge, which tests your mental and physical ability to journey this distance. The Challenge starts at Saylor Park in Blairsville, PA and ends 32 miles later at the Young People's Community Center in Ebensburg, PA.

There are three Challenge events to choose from on June 15, all taking place on The Ghost Town Trail:
- Full Challenge (32 Miles - 50k) - It begins at 7:00 a.m. at Saylor Park in Blairsville and ends at the YPCC in Ebensburg.

-Half Challenge (16 Miles - 25k) - It begins at 7:00 a.m. near the Wehrum Trailhead and ends at the YPCC in Ebensburg.

- Friends/Family Challenge (7.5 Miles - 12k) - It begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Nanty Glo Trailhead and ends at the YPCC.

Shuttle services to all start lines are provided for free to all Challenge Participants, courtesy of First Student Ebensburg.

Schedule

6:00 a.m.
Shuttle buses leave Young People's Community Center (YPCC, 300 Prave St. Ebensburg, PA 15931) to bring participants to start lines for all distances.

7:00 a.m.
Begin Full 32-mile GTT Challenge at Saylor Park (1284 Old Indiana Rd. Blairsville, PA 15717)
Begin Half 16-mile GTT Challenge at Wehrum Trailhead (2415 Wehrum Road, Vintondale, PA 15961)
Begin 7.5-mile Friends/Family Challenge at Nanty Glo Trailhead (809 McCoy Street, Nanty Glo, PA 15943)

The GTT Challenge for all distances finishes at the Young People's Community Center in Ebensburg, PA.

Challenge Proceeds

ALL proceeds from the Ghost Town Trail Challenge will benefit the enhancement and expansion of the Cambria County Trails. The 2019 Cambria County Trails Series and our Friends of the Trails Membership program provide sustainable funding for improved trail accessibility, beautification, and extension projects on the Ghost Town Trail, the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail, and the Path of the Flood Trail. To receive $5 off your race registration, become a Friend of the Trails when you register (at checkout) or by visiting our website: www.cambriaconservationrecreation.com.

Registration Fees

REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 12TH AT MIDNIGHT - NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
*All pre-registered participants by May 31st are guaranteed a tech shirt.
All finishers will receive a finishers medal.
*Commemorative growlers will be guaranteed to the first 192 pre-registered participants. Additional may be available based on registration trends. We will update this number here and on our Facebook as necessary. Growlers can be taken for a complimentary fill-up of locally crafted beer for those 21+ after the event. Shirts and growlers must be picked up at packet pick-up, they will not be mailed.

Until March 1 (Early Bird)
$45.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge)
$40.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge) for 2019 Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)

$37.00 - 25k (Half/16 Mile Challenge)
$32.00 - 25k (Half 16 Mile Challenge) for Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)

$32.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge)
$27.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge) for Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)
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Until May 1
$48.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge)
$43.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge) for 2019 Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)

$40.00 - 25k (Half/16 Mile Challenge)
$35.00 - 25k (Half 16 Mile Challenge) for Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)

$35.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge)
$30.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge) for Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)
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May 1 through June 12
*If you register after June 1 you are NOT guaranteed a tech shirt.
$53.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge)
$48.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge) for 2019 Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)

$45.00 - 25k (Half/16 Mile Challenge)
$40.00 - 25k (Half 16 Mile Challenge) for Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)

$40.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge)
$35.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge) for Friends of the Trails Members (you can become a member at checkout)

Swag/Goodies

All pre-registered participants by May 31st are guaranteed a tech shirt. All finishers receive a finishers medal. Commemorative growlers will be guaranteed to the first 192 pre-registered participants. Additional may be available based on registration trends. We will update this number here and on our Facebook as necessary. Growlers can be taken for a complimentary fill-up of locally crafted beer for those 21+ after the event. Shirts and growlers must be picked up at packet pick-up, they will not be mailed.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be Friday, June 14th from 4-7 p.m. at the Up-N-Running store in Ebensburg, PA.

Up-N-Running
208 W. High St.
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Shuttle Services & Parking

Shuttle services to the start lines of all three events will be available and free to participants, courtesy of First Student Ebensburg. Shuttle buses will leave at 6:00 a.m. from the Young People's Community Center in Ebensburg, PA (300 Prave Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931) to take participants to the start lines. Participants may park at the gravel parking lot near the Young People's Community Center Trailhead.

*Participants do not have to ride the shuttle in the morning from Ebensburg to Saylor Park if they can provide their own transportation back to Saylor Park when they finish. Please email Caytlin Lusk at clusk@co.cambria.pa.us if you will NOT be riding the shuttle bus.

Aid/Fuel Stations

There will be 6 Aid/Fuel stations, spaced out every 5-6 miles, complete with refuel food, gatorade, water, and First Aid, for participants of every event along the entire 32 Miles of The Ghost Town Trail. *Mileages below are based off of the 32 mile Full Challenge from Blairsville (Mile 0) to Ebensburg (Mile 32).

Mile 6.5 – Heshbon Rd. Trailhead
Mile 13 – Dilltown Trailhead
Mile 19 – Vintondale Trailhead
Mile 25 – Nanty Glo Trailhead
Mile 29 – Beulah Rd.
Mile 32 – YPCC Trailhead (Ebensburg) – Finish Line

Items that will be available at Aid/Fuel stations include PB&J & PB&honey (white & wheat bread), Boiled potatoes w/ salt/pepper, Fruit, Gummy worms, Chocolate candy, Pretzels, chips, Gu gel packets/Clif Shots, Gatorade, Water. First Aid items are also available, including moleskin, salt tablets, band-aids, sunscreen, duct tape, etc.

Start/Finish Lines

Addresses of Start/Finish lines:

Shuttle Pickup at 6:00 am
Young People's Community Center (YPCC)
300 Prave Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Full 32 Mile (50k) Challenge Start:
Saylor Park
1284 Old Indiana Rd.
Blairsville, PA 15717

Half/16 Mile (25k) Challenge Start:
Wehrum Trailhead
2415 Wehrum Road.
Vintondale, PA 15961

Friends/Family 8 Mile (13k) Challenge Start
Nanty Glo GTT Trailhead
Nearest Parking: Nanty Glo Borough Baseball Field
809 McCoy Street
Nanty Glo, PA 15943

Finish for ALL Events
Young People's Community Center (YPCC)
300 Prave Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Restroom Locations

Eight restroom facilities will be available along the entire trail at the following locations.
*Mileages below are based off of the 32 mile Full Challenge from Blairsville (Mile 0) to Ebensburg (Mile 32).

Mile 0 - Saylor Park in Blairsville (50k Start)
Mile 4 – on the Ghost Town Trail
Mile 6.5 – Heshbon Rd. Trailhead
Mile 13 – Dilltown Trailhead
Mile 16 – Wehrum Rd. Trailhead
Mile 19 – Vintondale Trailhead
Mile 25 – Nanty Glo Trailhead at the Nanty Glo Boro Baseball Field
Mile 32 – Young People’s Community Center Trailhead (Ebensburg, PA)

Course Elevation

There is an approximate 1000 ft elevation gain over the course of 32 miles from Blairsville, PA to Ebensburg, PA. The elevation gain is very gradual in the first 19 miles, with a more noticeable uphill grade in the last 5-7 miles. We end on an uphill because we want to end the Challenge in Cambria County so that Ebensburg Area businesses may benefit from participant patronage. The elevation is all part of the challenge!

Exact elevation numbers can be found here: http://www.indianacountyparks.org/downloads/ghosttown-trail/ghosttowntrailmileagechart.pdf

Timing, Results, & Photos

All Ghost Town Trail Challenge events will be officially timed via UltraSignUp. Results and photos from The Ghost Town Challenge will be linked on our website (www.cambriaconservationrecreation.com).

Preparation

Make sure that you are properly trained and physically prepared to participate in this event. Go on regular training hikes, and gradually improve your endurance by increasing the length of your hikes week by week. Start training early - 3 or 4 months in advance at least.

Keep in mind - If you hike 3 miles per hour, you will finish the challenge within 11 hours. Keep in mind that this does not include time for breaks, food, and rest along your journey. Sunset is around 8:30PM on this day, so you have 13.5 hours to complete the challenge.

Challenge Day Preparation
It is STRONGLY recommended that you wear a hydration pack or bring a large water bottle or 2 with you on the trail. Aid/Fuel stations will only be available every 5-6.5 miles. Also, make sure that you are wearing comfortable walking or running shoes that you have already broken in. Wearing sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and moleskin are also highly recommended.

2019 Cambria County Trails Series

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Trails program, which exists to enhance and expand the Cambria County Trails. For details and to register, visit www.cambriaconservationrecreation.com/trail-events/.
May 25 - Path of the Flood Historic Races
June 15 - Ghost Town Trail Challenge
Sept. 7 - Jim Mayer Trail Family Fun Run

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