Heather Hoechst will be the featured speaker at the 2016 Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK Pre-Race Dinner. Details below. Seating will be limited. RSVP today!

LOCATION:  TOFTREES GOLF RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER

If you are traveling from outside the local area, we suggest you plan to arrive by Saturday, October 7th so you can have time to relax, review the initial running stages of the course and plan any last minute strategies, attend the expo, pick up your race packet, and attend the Pre-race Dinner.

The Expo, Packet Pickup, and Pre-race Dinner are at the Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center, located at One Country Club Lane in State College, about 10 minutes via bypass from SR322 & Bear Meadows Road, where the race starts and finishes. The Toftrees phone number is 814-234-8000.Toftrees also has a block of rooms reserved at a special rate for race participants.The block is only reserved through Sept. 26, so be sure to make your reservation as early as possible.

Merchandise Expo

An Expo of mOUnTaiNBACK and other fitness manufacturers gear will be set up at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center on Saturday, October 7th at the packet pickup from 5:00pm-8:00pm. See Pre-Race Check-In below for directions. Our gear will also be available at the post-race party.  Merchandise will include various Mountainback items (see the Mountainback Store), along with several other vendors (TBA). 100% of proceeds from sales support Jana Marie Foundation.

Advance Packet Pick-Up and Dropbag Drop-off

The Packet Pickup and Dropbag Drop-off, as welll as the Expo and Pre-race Dinner, are at the Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center, located at One Country Club Lane in State College, about 10 minutes via bypass from SR322 & Bear Meadows Road, where the race starts and finishes. The Toftrees phone number is 814-234-8000. Participants can pick up race packets and drop off drop-bags between 5:00pm-8:00pm the evening before the race at Toftrees. (Race day check-in and packet pickup will also occur at the race site).

Pre-Race Dinner

Heather Hoechst will be the dinner's featured speaker. Heather Hoechst, of Farmington, New Mexico, will be the featured speaker at the 2016 Pre-race Dinner. Heather ran a personal best and won the 2015 Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK women’s ultramarathon race. She is a graduate of Penn State University Dickinson School of Law. In her day job, Heather represents Navajo people in legal matters related to health. She works closely with the Navajo Medical Center. Prior to accepting her current position, she worked in Philadelphia as a staff attorney for Women Against Abuse. Of the running in her new environs, says Heather: “The San Juan mountains are unbelievable and the running around Farmington isn't bad!”

The Pre-race Dinner, as well as the Expo, Packet Pickup, and Dropbag Drop-off, are at the Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center, located at One Country Club Lane in State College, about 10 minutes via bypass from SR322 & Bear Meadows Road, where the race starts and finishes. The Toftrees phone number is 814-234-8000. Toftrees also has a block of rooms reserved at a special rate for race participants.

The mOUnTaiNBACK's Pre-race Dinner has become a highlight of the race weekend.  The dinner is on Saturday October 7th from 6:30pm-8:00pm and is available to all participants and their crews.

The dinner program will also include remarks from Marisa Vicere, from our event beneficiary, the Jana Marie Foundation, and a short video from the race.

Menu: An all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, which includes tossed green and Caesar salad, chicken breasts, choice of two pastas and three sauces (marinara, meat sauce, alfredo), vegetable of the day, rolls, coffee, tea, water, and assorted desserts, including tiramisu. Price: $18. 

Reserve Your Place: You can sign up for dinner when you register, or pay separately. Checks may be sent to MTB50, 103 E. Hamilton Ave., State College, PA 16801. You may also pay at the door, but to ensure an accurate food count you will need to let us know via phone or e-mail no later than 
Sunday, October 1st if you plan to attend the dinner.