Sweat for Vets Powerclimb 10k/5k

About the Run:

Thank you everyone so much for participating at Sweat for Vets! Be sure to check out all the photos, posts, acknowledgements and more on our Facebook Group Page at Allegheny Trailrunners.

On Sunday, November 6, 2016, runners and hikers will take on a unique 10K event and a 5K race. Participants will begin at 1pm from the Brush Mountain Sportsmen’s immediately off the Pinecroft Exit of I-99 in Antis Township, Blair County, PA about 5 miles north of Altoona.

Serviam Construction will be offering a cash award of $100 will go to the overall male and female of the 10k race and a $25 award for both the “King” and “Queen of the Mountain” for the 10k race. Will be providing dog-tag awards to the top age group awards for both races. All finishers will earn a “challenge coin” for completing the event!

After the run, runners will be treated to a post-race celebration at Brush Mountain Sportsmen’s Club with food, drink, music and family-orientated activities. All net proceeds from the event will go directly toward caring  of local veterans here in the Alleghenies.

Your entry fee includes:

  • A premium, gender-specific, technical race shirt
  • Finishers medal (for this race, a military-spec “challenge coin”)
  • Free post-race food from hot wings, hamburgers from Outback Steakouse, Best-Way Pizza and pasta and drink provided by Furrer Beverage.
  • Post-race music entertainment
  • A kids race and activities like a Christmas card station during and post-race

Race Time is Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 1pm.

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Directions and Parking:

Tim Sheehan runs under a flag at the top of Brush Mountainn

The race will start and end at The Brush Mountain Sportsmen Club 5 miles north of Altoona along Interstate 99 at the Pinecroft Exit. From the south (Altoona, Bedford), turn right after exiting the interstate: turn left if traveling south from Tyrone, State College. The entrance to the sportsmen’s club is on the right. Parking is first come, first serve with parking guards directing you where to park. Parking will be available first at The Brush Mountain Sportsmen’s Club, then the Boy Scout Camp adjacent to the sportsmans club, then the Pinecroft Park and Ride, then along Brush Mountain Road then across the interstate at Furrer Beverage, Comfort Suites and finally the Assembly of God Church. (This means the earlier you get there, the closer you are to the start/finish.)

GPS: 100 Brush Mountain Rd, Altoona, PA 16601


The Course:

There is an all trail course!  The 10Kcourse will be behind the sportsmen’s club for mile before turning onto the Pinecroft Powerline Trail. Then the trail makes its 1 mile, 1150 feet hill climb that makes it its namesake. Participants will then run along the ridge top then down Brush Mountain back to the trail at the base of the mountain and back to the finish line back at the Brush Mountain Sportsmen’s Club. The distance of the run will be just under 10k with an elevation change of over 2750 feet!

NOTE 11/4/16: There will be a last minute course change for 2016! A new technical, singletrack route will be taking you up the mountain. More details will be in your email box and on race day.

There will also be a 5K course that will remain at the base of Brush Mountain with a mix of single and doubletrack and dirt service roads.

Our 2016 Beneficiaries
This year we selected two local beneficiaries:

  • US Armed Forces Mothers, Squad 41: First organized locally in 1985. the US Armed Forces Mothers is a non-profit organization made up of women with sons and/or daughters serving in all branches of the United States Armed Services.  Their primary mission has been to provide support to all of our sons and daughters as they serve our country far from home, often times in very dangerous places. They hope to enhance awareness of military life on behalf of those stationed at home or abroad during times of war or peace, and to demonstrate community support through our activities for those who serve us daily.
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, Hainley-English Chapter 967 of Greater Blair County strives for individual and group empowerment and locally originated action to assist veterans and other needy members of their communities. These volunteer programs offer unique and innovative services to an ever-widening population. They include: support for homeless shelters; substance-abuse education projects and crime-prevention campaigns; sponsorship of youth sports, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and relief to other communities affected by natural disasters and chronic poverty.


From Last Year
On Feb. 15, 2016, we presented a check for $20,000 to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home. The $20,000 donation is from proceeds at our 2015 Sweat for Vets. Each resident at the Veterans Home will get a $45 gift card and the rest of the money will go toward programs and activities for the residents.

The check presentation to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home on Feb. 15, 2016.