Ultramarathon Division

Cash Purse Awards

The 2019 mOUnTaiNBACK is host of the 2019 USA 50 Mile Road Championships. The race will offer an Ultramarathon prize purse of over $5000, with cash awards going to the top finishers as follows:

  1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place
Men's Open $500 $400 $300 $200 $150
Women's Open $500 $400 $300 $200 $150
Men's Masters $200 $180  $160  $140  $120 
Women's Masters $200 $180   $160  $140 $120 

Masters runners are allowed to win awards in both open and masters categories. A masters entrant that wins the overall title wins both the Open and Masters cash purse.

Athletes may double dip (e.g., masters man is third overall, also gets age group master award).

Course Records

$200 bonus will be awarded for a new men's or women's open course record and $100 bonus for a new men's or women's masters course record.

Non-Cash Awards

Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK winner's plaque to the top Men's and Women's Open, Masters, Active Military and ROTC Ultra finisher.

All Ultra runners who complete the race will receive a mOUnTaiNBACK Finisher's medal.

Relay Division

The Relay Division offers the following awards:

Overall Winning Team

A course record by the overall first place team earns $100.

Category Awards

Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK winner's team plaque and individual runner medals are awarded to the top Men's, Women's and Mixed Supra (2-person) and Tri/Quad (3-4 person) teams, the top team in each division of the Standard (5-6 person) and Mega (7-8 person) categories, and the top Military team (see below).

Military Awards

The mOUnTaiNBACK has enjoyed spirited and talented participation by ROTC teams from Penn State University and Virginia Military Institute (see ROTC history) and sees a great opportunity for expanded military participation and competition. In recognition of the many fine military athletes throughout the region, the race has implemented team awards for the following military categories. All military teams are 8-person teams and must include at least one female runner. The winning team in each category receives a team champion plaque and each team member receives a custom mOUnTaiNBACK medal. Military teams are also eligible to win the overall Mega (Men's, Women's and Mixed) category awards.

  • Active Military
  • ROTC

Course Records

An overall relay course record earns $200. A $100 award will be awarded for a new women's or mixed relay team course record.

To All Runners

Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK Performance Shirts to all registered runners.

To All Participants and Supporters

Runners, support crews, family and volunteers are invited to the mOUnTaiNBACK post-race party and awards presentation. An official invitation and directions will be provided to all registered runners.