MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU!

For runners interested in training on the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon course, or just some beautiful runs on rolling forest roads, this staged series of weekly runs covers the 12 legs of the relay, one or two at a time. The 8-week schedule is provided below. There are no trails on these runs or on the 50-mile race course.

BECAUSE THE COURSE WILL BE RUN IN THE CLOCKWISE DIRECTION AGAIN THIS YEAR, THE DISCOVERY RUNS WILL ALSO USE THAT DIRECTION.

DRIVING NOTES: Allow extra time for travel to each run. With road construction near Potters Mills, it may be quicker for runs 2 thorugh 4 to drive to Tussey Mountain and drive on the course to get to the run site rather than using 322. Otherwise allow extra time.

Runs are on Saturday mornings, and runners meet at the Tussey Mountain Ski Lodge parking lot and at other locations as noted below. Runners will meet at the place noted at 8 AM. The runs either begin at that spot or runners will car-share to the starting spot and finish at that spot. Transportation to the run locations and back is coordinated by participants using available vehicles. Vehicles are key to getting to, or getting back to, the starting point for most weeks, so help out if you can. This will be explained at the first run (where vehicles are not needed).

You can view a course map here or an elevation profile of each leg of the course here

For more information, contact Mike Casper at 814-238-5918 or email info@tusseymountainback.com.

Runners who can help shuttle the group are key to this series! See details below:

Date

Course
Leg(s)

Distance (mi) /
Difficulty Rating

Meeting
Location*

Arrive
By

Run Start
Time

Shuttle Drivers
Location/Time

Aug 31
Run#1

Leg 1

8.0 - moderate/easy

GPL

8:00

8:00

Out and back on Leg 1, 4 miles each way. No shuttles needed for this run.

Sep 7
Run#2

Leg 2

5.3 - easy-moderate

CL

8:00

8:20

CL 8:00 - take runners to start of
Leg #2 (Bear Meadows)

Sep 14
Run#3

Leg 3

5.5 - moderate-hard

CL

8:00

8:00

Drop off vehicles at PRSP by
7:30, carpool back to CL

Sep 21
Run#4

Legs 4 & 5

7.2 - easy/hard

PRSP

8:00

8:00

Drop off vehicles at TZ#5 by
7:30, carpool back to PRSP

Sep 28
Run#5

Legs 6 & 7

7.8 - hard/easy

ASNA

8:00

8:20

ASNA 8:00 – take runners to 
start of Leg #6

Oct 5
Run#6

Legs 8 & 9

9.0 - easy/moderate

WDSP

8:00

8:20

WDSP 8:00 – take runners to 
start of Leg #8 (ASNA)

Oct 12
Run#7

Legs 10 & 11

7.8 - easy/hard

WDSP

8:00

8:00

Drop off vehicles at TZ#11 by
7:30, carpool back to WDSP

Oct 19
Run#8

Leg 12

6.4 - moderate/easy

TMSL

8:00

8:00

Out and back on Leg 12, 3.2 miles each way. No shuttles needed.

*Directions to Meeting Locations:

GPL = Galbraith Parking Lot Mountain Ski Lodge – Drive 1/4 mile past  Tussey Mountain Ski Lodge to trail parking lot on left. (we don't park at TMSL due to Wing Fest that is normally this weekend)

TMSL = Tussey Mountain Ski Lodge – park in second (far) parking lot on left.

WDSP
= Whipple Dam State Park parking lot – access via SR 26 south; after turning in the park driveway, take the first right.

ASNA = Alan Seeger Natural Area parking lot - access via US-322 east; turn right onto Bear Meadows Rd for 9.2 miles, left on Stone Creek Rd, immediate left into parking lot; OR access via SR-26 south; turn left onto Miller Rd, becomes Slate Hill Rd, becomes (left?) Alan Seeger Rd, becomes Stone Creek Rd (5.9 miles); left into parking lot just past Bear Meadows Rd. NOTE: There is bridge work in progress on Alan Seeger Road WEST of the intersection with Bear Meadows Road. This is scheduled to be completed before race day.

PRSP
= Penn Roosevelt State Park - access via SR 322 east, through Potters Mills, turn right onto Crowfield Rd. (at start of 4 lane) and travel 5.8 miles to the park (veer left at Crowfield & Boal Gap intersection).

CL = Colyer Lake - access via SR 322 east, turn right onto Taylor Hill Road (shortly after Shaner ball fields), right onto Church Hill Road, right on Bubb, right on Lake Road, follow to parking lot on right (park in back of lot).

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