Saturday, Jun 20, 2020
Registration closes: Mon, Jun 1 @ 11:59PM

This event is part of the 2020 Cambria County Trails Series.

Come spend the day with us on the 2020 Trail of the Year!

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 2020 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 5th Annual Ghost Town Trail Challenge, hosted by the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority, will be on June 20, 2020, the day of the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. The Challenge is a 32-mile long (50k), endurance hike/run along the entire length of the Ghost Town Trail, DCNR's 2020 Trail of the Year, 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 20, 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 8:30 a.m. near the Wehrum Trailhead and ends at the YPCC in Ebensburg.
- Friends/Family Challenge (7.5 Miles - 12k) - It begins at 9:15 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.

If you are considering attempting the 50k but have never participated in an endurance hike/run, we suggest starting with the 25k. There are cut off times at each aid station for the 50k, please see further down the page for more information.

Schedule

50k:
5:30 a.m. Shuttle buses leave Young People's Community Center (YPCC, 300 Prave St. Ebensburg, PA 15931) to bring participants to start line.
7:00 a.m. Begin Full 32-mile GTT Challenge at Saylor Park (1284 Old Indiana Rd. Blairsville, PA 15717)

25k:
7:30 a.m. Shuttle buses leave Young People's Community Center (YPCC, 300 Prave St. Ebensburg, PA 15931) to bring participants to start line.
8:30 a.m. Begin Half 16-mile GTT Challenge at Wehrum Trailhead (2415 Wehrum Road, Vintondale, PA 15961)

12k:
8:15 a.m. Shuttle buses leave Young People's Community Center (YPCC, 300 Prave St. Ebensburg, PA 15931) to bring participants to start line.
9:15 a.m. Begin Friends/Family 7.5-mile GTT 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 2020 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 1ST AT MIDNIGHT - NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
*All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a tech shirt.
All finishers will receive a ghost plasma cutting to commemorate the 5th year of the challenge. Due to ordering timelines for the growlers, you must sign up by Sunday, May 17th to receive a growler with complimentary fill up. Shirts and growlers must be picked up at packet pick-up, they will not be mailed.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations.

Until March 1 (Early Bird)
$57.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge)

$47.00 - 25k (Half/16 Mile Challenge)

$37.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge)
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Until May 1
$62.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge)

$52.00 - 25k (Half/16 Mile Challenge)

$42.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge)
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May 1 through June 1
$67.00 - 50k (Full 32 Mile Challenge)

$57.00 - 25k (Half/16 Mile Challenge)

$47.00 - 12k (Friends/Family 7.5 Mile Challenge)

Swag/Goodies

All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a tech shirt. Participants will have the option during registration to upgrade to a light weight long sleeve hoodie instead of a t-shirt. Please note your size when asked for t-shirt size. All finishers receive a finishers plasma cut ghost to commemorate the 5th year of the challenge.Due to ordering timelines for the growlers, you must sign up by Sunday, May 17th to receive a growler with complimentary fill up. Shirts and growlers must be picked up at packet pick-up, they will not be mailed.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be Thursday, June 18th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday, June 19th from 11 a.m. - 8 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 various times depending on distance.

50k shuttle begins at 5:00 a.m. and leaves promptly at 5:30 a.m.
25k shuttle begins at 7:00 a.m. and leaves promptly at 7:30 a.m.
12k shuttle begins at 7:45 a.m. and leaves promptly at 8:15 a.m.

All shuttles leave 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 ALL Aid/Fuel stations include PB&J, boiled potatoes w/ salt/pepper, gummy worms, chocolate candy, bananas, oranges, vanilla cookies, pretzels, chips, Gu gel packets/Clif Shots, Gatorade, water and soda. Hot dogs will also be available at Mile 19 (Vintondale) and 25 (Nanty Glo). First Aid items are available at aid stations, including moleskin, salt tablets, band-aids, sunscreen, duct tape, etc. First Aid patrollers will be available at aid stations and by bicycle along the course.

PIZZA at the finish!

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 7.5 Mile (12k) 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

Nine 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 29 - Beulah Trailhead down the hill from trail
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 the steepest and most noticeable elevation change between mile 19 and 22. Please note that the entire course is a constant elevation gain. 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) and will also be available on our Facebook Page (Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority).

Preparation

Make sure that you are properly trained and physically prepared to participate in this event. For beginners, we suggest going on regular training hikes, and gradually improving your endurance by increasing the length of your hikes week by week. Start training early - 3 or 4 months in advance at least. Please research a training plan that best suits your personal needs.

If you hike 2.5 miles per hour, without injury, you should finish the challenge by 8:30 p.m. 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
Every person is different, so we cannot tell you what does and does not work. 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.

Cut Off Times for 50k

We will begin enforcing cut off times at Mile 13 (Dilltown). A vehicle will be available to take you back to the finish line if you encounter any issues. Please seek assistance from a volunteer along the trail if you are needing assistance before you reach the next aid station. Those not reaching the below times after Mile 13 will be marked as DNF (Did Not Finish). Those marked as DNF will not receive the finisher's plasma cut ghost.

Cut Off Times by Aid Station:
Mile 6.5 Heshbon - 9:44 a.m.
Mile 13 Dilltown - 12:44 p.m.
Mile 19 Vintondale - 3:01 p.m.
Mile 25 Nanty Glo - 5:32 p.m.
Mile 29 Beulah Road - 7:14 p.m.

By meeting these times, and without serious injury, you should be at the finish line by 8:30 p.m.!

2020 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 23 - Path of the Flood Historic Races
June 20 - Ghost Town Trail Challenge
Sept. 5 - Jim Mayer Trail 5K/10K

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