Event Date: Saturday, July 9th through Sunday, July 10th, 2022
Course Data: 63.15 miles. 7,994 feet climbing and 8169 feet of descent.
(Methodology: We plotted the course using 4 services: CalTop; Hello, Drifter; Plotaroute; and Strava then calculated the average.)
Start time and location: Saturday, 2:00pm at Canoe Creek State Park, Hollidaysburg, PA - Pavilion 2
Cutoff time and location: Sunday, 1:00pm at Greenwood Furnace State Park, McAlevy's Fort, PA - Founders Pavilion (23 hours)
Pacers, Crew and Drop Bags: No pacers are allowed in this race unless approved by the race director for unusual circumstances or medical condition. (i.e. participant suffers from night blindness, advanced age, etc.)
-Crews are ONLY PERMITTED at the Start/Finish Line, AS2 Williamsburg, AS4 Alfarata, AS6 Indian Steps, and AS8 Alan Seeger.
-Drop Bags will be at AS2 Williamsburg, AS4 Alfarata, AS6 Indian Steps, AS7 Little Flat and AS8 Alan Seeger.
Race Shuttle: There will be a race shuttle (bus) from Greenwood Furnace to the start at Canoe Creek prior to the start. Due to the long time frame from the first finisher to the conclusion of the post-race party, there will be no shuttles from the finish line to Canoe Creek (start).
Start: Pavilion 2 at Canoe Creek State Park
-Bib Pick Up: Begins at Noon (2 hours prior to start)
-Pre-Race Meeting: 1:45pm (15 minutes prior to start)
Finish: Founders Pavilion at Greenwood Furnace State Park
-Open: Around 3am (13 hours after start)
-Breakfast: Begins around 6am
-Brunch: Begins around 9am
Registration is first come, first served and there is a qualifying standard. (see below)
2022 Registration Start Date: February 25, 2022 (8PM).
Capacity: 150 runners
Race Management: Ironstone 100K is a Eastern States Trail-Endurance Alliance (Eastern States 100) in partnership with Allegheny Trailrunners, Inc. (Dirty Kiln, Rock N' The Knob). Benjamin Mazur, Race Director.
Eastern States Trail-Endurance Alliance and Allegheny Trailrunners, Inc. are both 501c3 not-for-profit, all-volunteer organizations. Proceeds donated into the communities they serve at the end of each calendar year.
Ironstone 100K Summary
The Ironstone 100K is a point-to-point “Ridge and Valley Appalachian” 100 kilometer ultramarathon in Southwest Central Pennsylvania. Amazing in its terrain and rich in heritage, the ultramarathon starts at Canoe Creek State Park in Blair County and utilizes the Standing Stone, Mid State, and Lower Trails before ending in Greenwood Furnace State Park in Huntingdon County.
With its unforgiving technical terrain, it will be one of the most challenging ultras in the region, on par with races like Eastern States 100, Black Forest 100K and Worlds End Ultramarathon. The most unique feature of the Ironstone 100K is the ridge running atop Tussey Mountain, one of the longest named ridges in the Appalachians - a folded and fractured ridgeline of sandstone and quartzite. Other features include old-growth pines at Alan Seeger Natural Area, Little Juniata Natural Area, the Lower Trail rails-to-trail along the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River and the historic limestone kilns at Canoe Creek State Park.
The difficulty of the terrain means this is NOT an entry-level race. Each potential participant will be reviewed by the race directors after we receive the completed registration. At a minimum, all participants must have completed at least one 50k trail race within the advertised cut-off time before signing up. This must be within 2 years of the registration date. If you have a race that is not a 50k but has a high degree of difficulty, it may be an exception to the above standard, just email us to find out if the race may qualify you. Be sure that your race is an official race with results published on a publicly available website. Timed races (12-hour, 24-hour, etc.) can not be used as a qualifying race. You must have completed a qualifying race before registering.