About the Event
Welcome to Central Pennsylvania’s ridges and valleys! You will experience the best terrain and trails PA has to offer, from gnarly single track to flat and fast double track, heart breaking climbs and quad-busting descents.
The Lost Turkey Trail runs as a point to point trail, traversing the southern portion of the Allegheny Front and culminating at the top of Blue Knob. This year you will experience an ALL NEW event with distances of 50 miles and 7120 elevation gain, 50K (32 miles and 4534 elevation gain) or a Half Marathon (13.1 miles and 2428 elevation gain).
TURKEY DINNER! (Please let Jenn know if you have any dietary restrictions)
As of December 2020, we have capped registration at 150 people across all three events. We are following the CDC guidelines which as of 5/14/2021 state: fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and inside in most situations.
If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive that you stay home.
Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure and can include:
Shortness of breath
Repeated shaking with chills
New loss of taste or smell
Half Marathon Course Description
This course starts and finishes at Chappell Field within Blue Knob State Park. The course begins on the grassy double track section of the Chappell Field Trail and runs toward the intersection with Lost Turkey at the Campground Aid Station. Turn left onto Lost Turkey Trail and head down toward Monument Rd. Bomb down the ridge to the Monument Rd. and turn left onto the hard road. Run a short distance (approx. .2 mile) and get back onto the trail, starting the Fisherman's path. Cross two small streams and continue toward Bob's Creek. This will be your first creek crossing, and you're going to get wet! Navigate the rocks and reach the other side, where you will run a singletrack trail that parallels Bob's Creek. Rejoin the LTT by continuing straight on the Fisherman's Path. Make your way to the wire bridge that crosses Bob's Creek and shimmy across OR cool off in the freestone creek with beautiful native trout! Catch your breath and start the climb out of Bob's Creek. . Then turn right onto the Lost Turkey Trail and head toward Lost Children Aid Station. Turn right down Monument Road then left to go up Lost Turkey Trail toward the Campground again. Turn left at the Campground and continue on with a flat section before climbing toward Herman Point. At Herman Point, turn right on the paved road then left onto the Connector Trail. At the road, you'll arrive at the Hairpin Aid Station. Head down toward Mountain View Trail and make a right onto the Pavia Lookout Loop. At the 4-way, turn left. Catch a view at the Pavia Lookout before continuing on toward Mountain View. Make a left onto Mountain View and enjoy the rocky descent. Turn right onto Rock'n Ridge (Clickety Clack) and arrive at the group camp. Bear left to take Sawmill up toward the road, then turn left onto Chappell's Field trail toward the finish!
50K Course Description
You will be bussed from the Finish Line in Chappell’s Field within Blue Knob State Park to the race start in Winber, PA. The race will begin on a stretch of rocky singletrack that will test your footwork and loosen your legs for what is to come. The trail then turns to grassy doubletrack that will allow you to make up time and stretch out. The LTT will continue to follow the ridge through scenic stretches that will take you past the Highland’s signature bogs, through stands of pine and large swaths of hardwood forests. A water drop will be located at the bridge crossing near Hollow Rd. in Ogletown, giving you the chance to fill your pack for the next small stretch. The trail has a net descent for the first 17 miles, but don’t let that fool you as long steady climbs will keep you working as you head toward the first manned aid station at Buffalo Rd. Make sure you HYDRATE! The double track will give way to beautiful singletrack that will parallel Buffalo Rd. and continue past the first aid station. Following the Buffalo Rd. AS, the trail will be a mixture of single and doubletrack that will continue until you make your way onto a dirt/gravel section that is FAST and relatively flat. This section runs for approx. 3 miles toward the next AS at King’s Field. Fuel up here and have fun with our awesome volunteers before you begin your descent off of the Allegheny Front. This is arguably the most fun section of the race, winding and switch backing down the face of the ridge. Fun, short ridge sections and fast singletrack will drop you off of Round Top into Big Break Hollow, where you will reach a stream and a nice rocky section. This section culminates at our flagship AS at Burnt House. Make it here on time, because this is where the cutoffs start and the work begins!
Leave Burnt House AS and cross RT. 869 (Burnt House Rd.) to start the first true climb of the race after a small stream crossing. Climb the ridge and be rewarded with a section of doubletrack that gives way to the first “goat path”. Traverse along the edge of the ridge with careful footing and round the edge of the ridge, dropping slightly in elevation. Traverse the second goat path with the same careful footing and catch your breath on the moss covered, gorgeous “green mile”. Cross the stream and make your way toward the LTT as it turns LEFT onto the Fisherman’s Path section that parallels Bob’s Creek for a short time. The trail then reaches Bob’s Creek and the wire bridge that will keep your feet dry as you shimmy across OR cool off in the freestone creek that holds some gorgeous native trout! Catch your breath and climb up the steepest section of trail to the top of the ridge and immediately begin the long, rocky descent to the Cox Monument and your third manned AS. Continue onto Monument Rd. for a short stretch and begin the climb toward the summit of Blue Knob that will last approx. 3 miles. Round the campground and continue on this doubletrack section for 1 mile. Turn right and climb to Blue Knob Rd., which you will then cross and continue your climb to the top. Reach the summit and the white marker stamped with Lost Turkey Trail. At this point, you’ve completed the Lost Turkey Trail, but not the race. A short connector trail winds through a forested section toward the large bend just below the Ski Lodge. Cross the hard road and catch Mountain View Trail, which drops quickly off the top. Hang a right onto “clickity clack” toward the Group Camp and Sawmill Trail. The race will follow Sawmill back to Chappell’s Field, where you will finish strong, catch your breath and eat your turkey dinner!
50MI Course Description
Similar to the 50k, but at Hollow Road, you will turn right onto multi-use trails with a stream crossing. After a few miles, the trail turns left to head north toward the Buffalo Road Observation Deck Parking Area Aid Station. You can stop and enjoy the view at the observation deck before continuing on to the four-way, where you will turn right toward Mountain Road. There will be some mud with a little bit of rocks on this mostly flat, slight descent path. You will cross Mountain Road and then make a sharp left for a climb toward the Skyline Drive Vista. After you've reached the vista, you will carry on Skyline Drive for a short time and then make a left onto the multi-use trail. Enjoy a mostly flat path toward the four-way. At the four-way, turn right toward Buffalo Road, then left onto Buffalo Road. Head down Buffalo Road and then make a right onto the wide service road. Take this down until the three-way, and then make a right to cross through the stream again, as you make your way back up to the Lost Turkey Trail at Hollow Road. Turn right onto the Lost Turkey Trail and head toward the Buffalo Road/Skyline Drive Aid Station.
Following the Buffalo Rd. AS, the trail will be a mixture of single and doubletrack that will continue until you make your way onto a dirt/gravel section that is FAST and relatively flat. This is arguably the most fun section of the race, winding and switch backing down the face of the ridge. Fun, short ridge sections and fast singletrack will drop you off of Round Top into Big Break Hollow, where you will reach a stream and a nice rocky section. This section culminates at our flagship AS at Burnt House. Leave Burnt House to start the first true climb of the race after a small stream crossing. Cross the stream and make your way toward the LTT as it turns LEFT onto the Fisherman’s Path section that parallels Bob’s Creek for a short time. The trail then reaches Bob’s Creek and the wire bridge that will keep your feet dry as you shimmy across OR cool off in the freestone creek that holds some gorgeous native trout! Continue onto Monument Road for a short stretch and begin the climb toward the campground. At the campground, turn right onto Chappell's Field Trail. Cross the street to begin the fun and beautiful descent of the Crist Ridge Trail. Cross the road to continue on Crist Ridge Tr and then bear left onto the Rock'n Ridge Trail. Stop and refuel at the Mowery Picnic Area before climbing RNR. Bear left on RNR and then bear left again. Reach the top and turn left onto Chappell's Field Trail to head back to the campground to continue on to the Lost Turkey Trail. Take the Lost Turkey Trail across Blue Knob Road and continue your climb to the top. Reach the summit and the white marker stamped with Lost Turkey Trail. At this point, you’ve completed the Lost Turkey Trail, but not the race. A short connector trail winds through a forested section toward the large bend just below the Ski Lodge. Cross the hard road and catch Mountain View Trail, turn right to jump rocks on the Lookout Loop before turning left back onto Mountain View. Hang a right onto “clickity clack” toward the Group Camp and Sawmill Trail. The race will follow Sawmill back to Chappell’s Field to finish.
Registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Deferments must be cleared by the Race Director (RD) in advance by:
1) Provide info showing you are called to active duty or reserves.
2) Injured runners may volunteer for the 2021 race day to defer your registration fee one year (to 2022).
Unless the world ends, this race will NOT be canceled. Rain, shine, tornado, volcano and damn the torpedoes! The race will go on!!
Drop bags permitted for 50mi/50k runners at Burnt House Aid Station. No pacers. No outside aid (from crews) other than at the Burnt House Aid Station (mile 17 for 50k/mile 30 for 50mi).<
50K/50mi racers are required to carry a headlamp or other light at the start line. The race staff will have the liberty to pull you from the race if you do not meet the minimum cutoffs or if at any point thereafter you appear incapable of reaching the finish in the allotted time. Race staff have full discretion. If that should happen, you will be at the mercy of the race staff to return you to the finish line when their aid station closes.
Registrations may NOT be transferred to other runners nor may they be deferred unless as noted above.
Aid Stations/Drop Bags
50 Mile AID STATIONS
1. Hollow Road (Cumulative 5.5 mi): Water only; NO cups
2. Buffalo Road Observation Deck Parking (Cumulative 10.5 mi) Water only; NO cups
3. Hollow Road (Cumulative 18.5 mi) Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, PB&J, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
3. Skyline Drive (Cumulative 21.5 mi) Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, PB&J, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
4. Burnt House (Cumulative 31 mi)
6. Lost Children (Cumulative 36.5 mi) Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, PB&J, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
7. Campground (Cumulative 37.5 mi)
8. Mowery Picnic Area (Cumulative 40 mi)
9. Campground (Cumulative 43 mi) Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, PB&J, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
10. Hairpin (Cumulative 45.5 mi) Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, PB&J, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
50K AID STATIONS
Hollow Road (Cumulative 5.5 mi): Water only; NO cups
Buffalo Road (Cumulative 8.5 mi): Water, Tailwind, Chips/Pretzels
Burnt House (Cumulative 18 mi): Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, Grilled Cheese, Grilled deli chicken, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
Lost Children (Cumulative 23.5 mi): Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, PB&J, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
Campground (Cumulative 24.5 mi): Water, Tailwind, Soda, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
HALF MARATHON AID STATIONS
Campground (Cumulative 1 mi) Water, Tailwind, Soda, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
Lost Children (Cumulative 5.5 mi): Water, Tailwind, Soda, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
Campground (Cumulative 6.5mi): Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, PB&J, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
Hairpin (Cumulative 9mi): Water, Tailwind, Soda, Pickle Juice, PB&J, Chips/Pretzels, Candy
50 Mile Drop Bags Permitted at:
Skyline Drive (Mile 21)
Burnt House (Mile 30)
Mowery Picnic (Mile 40)
50k Drop Bags Permitted at:
Burnt House (Mile 17)
No Drop Bags Permitted for Half Marathon
***Drop bags must be dropped off Friday evening at Packet Pickup, given to Scott at the start, or to Jenn at Chappell's Field when buses load hour prior to race start***
Race finish cutoff for 50mi and 50k races is 8:00 PM (16 hours for 50 mi, 14 hours for 50k). Race finish cutoff for Half Marathon is 6:00 PM.
For the 50 miler the first cutoff will be encountered at the Burnt House Aid Station at 3:00pm. The next cutoff will be at the Mowery Picnic Area at 5:00 PM.
For the 50k, the first cutoff will be encountered at the Burnt House Aid Station at 3:00 PM The next cutoff will be at the Campground Aid Station, 6:00 PM, 10 hours from start. These cutoffs are purposely set to keep runners moving and out of the woods before dark. As long as a training regimen that incorporates hills and trail running is executed in preparation for race day, runners should have no problem attaining these cutoffs.
Cutoffs will be enforced by aid station captains and will be adhered to by all runners. If a runner misses the cutoffs at either aid station, arrangements will be made to return them to the finish line at Chappell's Field.
Stay after the race at Chappell's Field for a turkey dinner catered by Haug, Beef and Bird BBQ and other refreshments! Crew members, family, and/or friends may choose to purchase a post-race meal for $17 each. Payment must be received by Tuesday, June 15th at 12pm. Please contact Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Packet pickup can be done Friday, June 18th, 4pm-6pm at Chappell's Field; Saturday, June 19th, 15-30 minutes before loading the buses, or 15-30 minutes before race start in Windber (50mi/50k).
Camping in Blue Knob State Park
Camping in Blue Knob State Park is right across the street from the 50k/50 mile finish and half-marathon start and finish! You can reserve a site at https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/blue-knob-state-park/PA/880302/overview
Testimonials from Previous Finishers
"The Lost Turkey Trail Marathon made the 52.4 miler I did in Michigan in the spring look like a casual stroll through the woods. Brutal run....I loved it!!!!" - Josiah Poore, Huron, OH
Local time: 12:36 AM
"This race is no joke, failure to prepare is preparing to fail." - Finisher
"Great organized race that was by far harder than a 50 miler I did last year. After Mile 17, get ready to be broken and find out what you are made of. The camaraderie of this race was terrific, and the aid stations were perfectly placed along the course. It feels like you are pretty much a "lost turkey" in the middle of the woods and then at just the right time smiling volunteers appear around the next bend ready to fill your water bottle, throw you some gummy worms, and tell you to, "Enjoy taking your water bottle for a hike up the next hill." - Finisher
"The toughest last 8 miles I ever ran in a marathon." - Bill Serafin, Clymer, PA
"The inaugural LTT was anything but a first time event. It gave the ultra feel of a veteran ultra thanks to the direction of experienced runners who actively sought out and listened to runners beforehand. From the ability to camp in site, to well stocked aid stations, to a post race meal and showers; this event was a joy to run and a perfectly timed race to gear up for the fall racing season." - Shelly Cable, Ruckersville, VA
"This has got to be one of the toughest marathons in PA. It's not the elevation change, almost entirely coming in the last 10 miles, but the terrain in which you run. There are boulders, ankle-biting rocks, severely sloped sections of trail, and it all starts at mile 0. At 26 miles, it may not be an ultra by definition, but your legs won't know the difference." - Finisher
"The people were encouraging and helpful, the aid stations had great food, and the trail was well marked. A great race day experience with a hard earned finish." - Rick Maricle, Cambridge Springs, PA
"I am sure to make this an annual climb to the top." - Jeremy Nelson, Stafford, VA
"I've done some of the tougher courses in PA. This ranks right up there with the best." - Finisher
"This race will challenge you, no question about it and at times you will curse the course but it is a group effort and everyone around you is going through it as well ...making it an amazing experience." - Michael Gerchak, Hollidaysburg, PA
"The name "Lost Turkey" makes the race sound so unassuming, or gentle...maybe even inviting. A ploy from the mind of a maniacal marketing Pennsylvanian! Kidding aside, the race was conducted by great, welcoming, and helpful people throughout. Beautiful trails. Can't wait for the ULTRA!" - Jordan Romanacce, Lake Grove, NY