Saturday, Oct 2, 2021

Chernisky Ghost Town Trail-a-thon

Ebensburg, PA Marathon, Bike Event, 15 Miler, 5 K

Registration Closed Sun. Sep 19, 2021 @ 11:59 PM

This event is part of the 2021 Cambria County Trails Series

Come spend the day with us on the 2020 Trail of the Year in the final event of the 2021 Cambria County Trails Series!

Friends of the Trails Members Receive $5 Off!

To receive a $5 discount on your registration fee for the Chernisky Ghost Town Trail-a-thon, 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 to receive coupon code. Your 2021 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.

Chernisky Ghost Town Trail-a-thon

The first annual Chernisky Ghost Town Trail-a-thon is a weekend of fun and safe gathering on the Ghost Town Trail!

Registrants are invited to participate in a foot race on Saturday, October 2nd, and/or a bicycle ride on Sunday, October 3rd.

The foot race consists of 3 offered distances:
- Marathon (26.2 miles) - Participants are dropped off at the starting point in Ebensburg, PA and run the full marathon course to end at Duman Lake County Park. The course takes runners down the recent 2 mile extension of the C & I Trail through Revloc and back to the main stem, then spans from Ebensburg to Vintondale along the GTT, right to follow the Rexis Branch/C & I Extension, then extends to the left down the recently constructed trail that connects the GTT system to Duman Lake County Park.
- 15 miler - Participants are dropped off at the starting point in Nanty Glo, PA and run the 15-mile course to end at Duman Lake County Park. The course is the same as the marathon, but starting at a later point in Nanty Glo.
- 5k - Participants run/walk an out and back course both beginning and ending at Duman Lake County Park using the recently constructed trail which connects the Ghost Town Trail system to the park.

Transportation will be available for participants from the finish line in Duman Lake County Park to their respective starting lines for the marathon and 15-miler. Due to pandemic restrictions, we ask that you arrange a personal ride if able, but do require a mask to be worn while on the buses. A post-race festival will be offered for participants to enjoy food, refreshments and entertainment after they finish.

BIKE RIDE
Those registering for the bicycle ride will be invited to join in a leisurely 26 mile bike ride from Ebensburg, PA to Vintondale, PA on the Ghost Town Trail on Sunday, October 3rd. This is an unsupported ride, so please come prepared with water and snacks. Those that wish to participate in both the run and bike ride will be able to add the bike ride to their running order at checkout for a discounted fee of $10.

A commemorative long sleeve shirt for the weekend event will be given to all registrants. All finishers of the running races will receive a finishers medal, and prizes will be available for the top 3 finishers male/female for the marathon, 15-miler and 5k post-race.

Schedule

Saturday, October 2nd

Marathon:
5:00AM-6:00AM Day-of packet pick up available at Duman Lake County Park.
5:45AM-6:15AM Buses loading at Duman Lake County Park to drop off at Ebensburg, PA starting point.
7:00AM Race begins.

15-miler:
5:00AM-7:00AM Day-of packet pick up available at Duman Lake County Park.
6:45AM-7:15AM Buses loading at Duman Lake County Park to drop off at Nanty Glo, PA starting point.
8:00AM Race begins.

5k:
5:00AM-8:30AM Day-of packet pick up and day-of registration available at Duman Lake County Park.
9:00AM Race begins.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Bike Ride:
9:00AM-10:00AM Packet pick up (if you already received a shirt before participating in the running race, you do not need to arrive early to receive a shirt here. One shirt is given for the entire event.)
10:00AM Casual group ride from Ebensburg, PA to Vintondale, PA begins.

Participants of the bike ride may choose to begin their ride at their leisure. We are simply promoting you enjoy the trail this day!

Proceeds

Proceeds from the Chernisky Ghost Town Trail-a-thon will benefit the enhancement and expansion of the Cambria County Trails and the Cambria County Firefighters Training Facility.

Registration Fees

REGISTRATION ENDS SEPTEMBER 19TH AT 11:59PM - RACE-DAY REGISTRATION FOR 5K ONLY

*All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a long sleeve t-shirt. One shirt design is being made for this event, so whether you do the run or bike, or both, you receive ONE shirt. All finishers of the running race on October 2nd will receive a finisher's medal. Shirts and bibs for the running race must be picked up at packet pick-up.

WE DO NOT ISSUE REFUNDS. If you are no longer able to attend and have already registered, your registration fee will be used as a donation to the trails and firefighter's training facility.

Until July 1 (Early Bird)
$85.00 - Marathon

$55 - 15 miler

$30 - 5k

$20 - Bike Ride ONLY
*participants may add on the bike ride from their running registration at checkout for a $10.00 add-on fee.
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Until September 1st
$90 - Marathon

$60 - 15-miler

$35 - 5k

$25 - Bike Ride ONLY
*participants may add on the bike ride from their running registration at checkout for a $10.00 add-on fee.
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Until September 19th (REGISTRATION DEADLINE)
$95 - Marathon

$65 - 15-miler

$40 - 5k

$30 - Bike Ride ONLY
*participants may add on the bike ride from their running registration at checkout for a $10.00 add-on fee.
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Same-day registration available for the 5k ONLY on Saturday, October 2nd from 5:00AM-8:30AM. Shirts are not guaranteed. Same-day registration fee is $45.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be Friday, October 1st from 1:00PM to 7:00PM at the Up-N-Running store in Ebensburg, PA. Protective face coverings must be worn in the store during packet pick-up. Participants of the running and bicycling events are encouraged to pick up their packets at this time.


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

Aid Stations for Running Race

First aid and EMS will be available at multiple points along the trail. Your safety is our number one priority.

There will be 4 full aid stations, equipped with water, Gatorade, and fruit spaced out along the course. Energy gels will be provided with race packets. There will be 3 water-only stations placed along the course as well. Restrooms are available at various aid stations, spaced out accordingly for participant need.

The following aid stations are listed by mileage of the full marathon. 15-milers begin at mile 11.5 on the list.

Mile 3.5 - C & I Ext. Beulah - WATER ONLY
Mile 7 - Beulah Road - FULL STATION
Mile 11.5 - Nanty Glo Firehall - FULL STATION
Mile 13 - Twin Rocks - WATER ONLY
Mile 16.5 - Vintondale - FULL STATION
Mile 21 - Vic Miller Road - FULL STATION
Mile 25 - Duman Lake/C & I Trail - WATER ONLY *this is the only water stop the 5k will have.

Start/Finish Lines

Ample parking is available at all beginning/ending points for the running and bicycling events. Please try to get dropped off or carpool with another participant that you have already been in close contact with if you plan on transporting yourself.

Morning bus pick up per schedule above:
Duman Lake County Park
157 County Park Road, Ebensburg, PA

Individual Starting Areas by Distance/Event:
Marathon: Young People's Community Center (YPCC), 300 Prave Street, Ebensburg, PA
15-miler: Nanty Glo Firehall, 870 Chestnut Street, Nanty Glo, PA
5k: Duman Lake County Park, 157 County Park Road, Ebensburg, PA

Finish for ALL Running Events:
Duman Lake County Park, 157 County Park Road, Ebensburg, PA

Bicycle Ride:
Begin and end at the Ebensburg Trail head, YPCC, 300 Prave Street, Ebensburg, PA

Restroom Locations

Six restroom facility locations will be available along the entire trail at the following locations.
*Mileages below are based off of the marathon from Ebensburg (Mile 0) to Duman Lake County Park (26.2).

Mile 0 - YPCC in Ebensburg
Mile 7 - Beulah
Mile 11.5 - Nanty Glo Ball Park and Firehall
Mile 16.5 - Vintondale
Mile 21 - Vic Miller Road
Mile 26.2 - FINISH at Duman Lake County Park

Timing, Results and Photos

The running portion of the Chernisky Ghost Town Trail-a-thon will be officially timed via chipped bibs through Falcon Race Timing. Results will be posted at the park as they are received, and will be shared to participants via email by the next day.

Marathon Pace Restrictions

There is a 15 minute/mile pace limit for participants of the marathon. If you are unable to maintain this pace, you will be offered a ride to the finish area. You may continue to participate in your distance, but aid stations may not be available if your pace is less than this requirement.

2021 Cambria County Trails Series

Proceeds of the 2021 Cambria County Trails Series 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 29, 2021 - Path of the Flood Historic Races
June 19, 2021 - Ghost Town Trail Challenge
September 4, 2021 - Jim Mayer Trail 5k/10k
October 2-3, 2021 - Chernisky Ghost Town Trail-a-thon

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