Rock’n The Knob Trail Challenge

Rock’n The Knob – Pennsylvania’s Highest Trail Race

September 16, 2017: Allegheny Trailrunners Inc. is proud to present Rock’n The Knob – PA’s Highest Trail Race at Blue Knob presented by Subaru and Stuckey Subaru.

NEWS FROM THE ATR HOME OFFICE: Rock ‘N The Knob’s 10k is on the “short list” to becoming the US Track and Field’s 10K National Trail Championship for 2018! This means runners from across the country will be coming to Central PA to what may become one of the best courses in the nation!
FOR THE 10K: We are finalizing the details for a new 10K course worthy of a national championship. For 2017, runners will be running this new course as a “rehearsal” for the possible championship in 2018.
FOR THE 20 MILE COURSE: We may need to “go all in” for the 10K course for the championship in 2018. This means that 2017 might be the last year for the 20 mile course. So this could be the last chance to do the 20 mile challenge we premiered last year.

The race will offer two courses: a 10K course and a 20-mile challenging course for the more experienced. Last years race, runners from 20 states and every section of PA signed up for this event! The courses were changed in 2016: the 5.5 mile was extended to a 10K with the additional mileage at the end. The 20-mile course eliminates Whysong Road (paved) with a new course (all trail) from mile 7 to 14. We also added a couple more challenging climbs and descents like the Scramble Climb at the end.

In Summary:

  • At over 3,100 feet above sea level, it is Pennsylvania’s highest race.
  • A 10K or 20-mile option. Both are more technical (rocky) than our little sister, the Dirty Kiln Trail Race.
  • More that 4,800 feet of climbing or 9,700 feet of elevation change in the 20-mile race.
  • Lodging packages available at Blue Knob All-Seasons Resort, wake up feet from the start and finish.
  • Rock N’ The Knob technical shirts and metal bottle openers for the first few hundred registrants.
  • Post-race food is included with the entry fee.
  • Beer from Furrer Beverage and an exclusive beer from Railroad City made just for the event.

 

 

The view of the Alleghenies from Stembogen Bowl

20 MILE INFO: Runners will start from the Clubhouse at the Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. Racers will then conquer the ski slopes, enjoying beautiful vistas along the route. The 20-mile racers will then be linking with the Lost Turkey Trail to begin their assault on the State Park side of the mountain. The 20-mile runners zigzag up and down the mountain accumulating over 9,700 ft. of elevation change! This race will be one of the most challenging in the area, putting even the most hardened trail runner to the test.

10K RACE: The new course will be more challenging – course fitting for a national championship. But, more importantly we want to have a lot of variety. Winding singletrack yet plenty of passable areas… Fast downhills to test your mettle… Heart stopping uphills… A beautiful eye candy… We want the course to showcase the best of what Pennsylvania trail running can offer. More details of the course are forthcoming.

NOTE: Unlike year’s past, the 10K and 20-miler will share only a minimum of the same course.

START TIME: 20-mile racers will start at 9:30am and the 10K race will start at 10:30am.

10K Course 20-mile Challenge Course Course Maps and Elevation Profile

 

Immediately after each race, there will be an awards ceremony with Rock N’ Knob medallions going to the first three runners for each age group and gender divided by decade (i.e. 20-29, 30-39 etc.). Overall winners will win some prizes.

 

There will be a post-race party after the race at the Blue Knob All Seasons Resort with food, beer and more. Weekend stay packages will also be available.

Check out Blue Knob Accommodations

 

Up Rock “N Ridge Trail on the 30k course

Packet pickup is at the pavilion next to the clubhouse at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort from 8:30am to 10:15am the morning of the race with the 20-mile starting at 9:30am and the 10K at 10:30am.

About Blue Knob State Park:
Blue Knob State Park is in Kimmel, Lincoln, and Pavia townships in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The park is named for Blue Knob, the second highest mountain in Pennsylvania at 3,146 feet. It is the location of Blue Knob All Seasons Resort, the ski slope in Pennsylvania with the highest elevation. Blue Knob State Park is west of Interstate 99 on Pennsylvania Route 869 near the village of Pavia.

Directions to the Start/Finish at Blue Knob Resort

From the South via PA Turnpike, take I-99 North.
Follow I-99(Rt 220) North to the Claysburg/King exit. Follow business Rt 220 N to Claysburg. Turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Ski Gap Road. Follow Ski Gap Road for 3 miles until you reach a stop sign. Veer to your left at the stop sign and go 1/4 mile. You will see a ‘Welcome to Blue Knob’ sign at the bottom of the mountain – make a left. Follow the road up the mountain 3 miles to the clubhouse and condos on the right. The race will begin and end in front of the Clubhouse at the resort.

From the North via I-80 or Route 22, take I-99 South.
Follow I-99(Rt 220) South to the Claysburg/King exit. Follow Business Route 220 North to Claysburg. Turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Ski Gap Road. Follow Ski Gap Road for 3 miles until you reach a stop sign. Veer to your left at the stop sign and go 1/4 mile. You will see a ‘Welcome to Blue Knob’ sign at the bottom of the mountain – make a left. Follow the road up the mountain 3 miles to the clubhouse and condos on the right. The race will begin and end in front of the Clubhouse at the resort.

Address for MapQuest/Google Maps: Blue Knob Resort, 1424 Overland Pass, Claysburg PA 16625.