50 Mile Experience! Option
(Rattling Creek was named an IMBA Epic in 2011)
The 2014 maps have been added! Right here on the Maps page.
Saturday morning (8:30-10am): DCNR Lot/Picnic Area along White Oak Road south of Elizabethville, PA
Map to Start/Finish Location
“The Best Endurance MTB Course in the Mid-Atlantic!”
Camping on Fri. and Sat. Night at Glen Park in Lykens, PA
Fully Stocked Aid Stations with all sorts of good stuff
Post Race meals and refreshments
8:30-10:00 AM – On-site registration
9:00 AM – “Experience” start
10:30 AM – 50 Mile race MTB Marathon race start
10:30 AM – 30 Mile race MTB “Half” Marathon race start (staged just behind Marathon riders)
(Checkpoint cut off times TBD with new course routing)
3:00 PM – 30 Mile Race Awards
4:00 PM – 50 Mile Race Awards
50 mile MTB Marathon: Men, Women, Masters 45+, SS
30 mile MTB Half Marathon: Men, Women, Masters 45+, SS
50 Mile Experience (see below for more)
The 50 Mile Experience Category is for riders who want to give a 50 a go but aren’t sure they’re into the racing bit. You get all the same stuff the racers do as part of the Experience and a couple extra hours to enjoy the incredible Rattling Creek trails. The check point cut offs are still in effect for Experience riders, but you get lots more time to get there by starting 2 full hours before the racers. Note – drop bags for Experience riders will not be available the first time through checkpoint 1.
Special Offers through July 1
All MTB Saturday Events: 55
Pre Registration Pricing through August 7:
All MTB Saturday Events: 65
On-Site Registration on Aug 9-10:
Saturday MTB Events: 75
Why is the cost the same for the 25 and 50? Because everyone gets the same great finisher prizes and post-race food and camping and swag is included with every entry! You get the same checkpoint and same incredible singletrack…you just don’t have to do it twice…
NO pre-registration will be accepted once BikeReg closes.
No Transfers or deferrals starting 1 week before the event
The course is essentially a “balloon on a string” configuration and you’ll be enjoying many of the trails in both directions.
Climb Iron Mine Double Track
West on Rocks Ridge
South on Boundary and Rim Trails
North on Wolf Pond
East on Matter to CP #1 (approx 9.5 miles) at White Oak and Schreffler
South on White Oak Rd
East on Matter/Schreffler/Dry Run/Rattling/Doc Smith
West on Lykens Road
North on White Oak Road to CP #2 (approx 21.5 miles)
East on Matter Tr
South on Wolf Pond Tr*
East on Lukes/Grimm/Fawn Kill/Lykens Rd/Hop Back
Loop Trail counterclockwise
West on Doc Smith/Rattling/Dry Run/Schreffler/Matter to CP #3 (approx 41 miles)
West on Matter
South on Wolf Pond Tr
West on Rim/Boundary
East on Rocks Ridge
South on Iron Mine to the finish line.
*Short course will follow Loop 4 from this point to the finish by turning West (right) onto Rim/Boundary Trail and following the trail to the finish.
There is a possibility that the very front racers and the very back racers will encounter two way traffic on White Oak road at CP1/CP2 and/or at the end of Doc Smith Trail. Please be sure to follow YOUR course markings!
Glen Park in Lykens is open for camping for event participants on Friday and Saturday evening as is the Lykens Community Park.
There is no cost for the camping – it is included in the entry fee for all marathon and half marathon participants!! There is a small fee for non-marathon racing campers of $3/person.
Camping is by way of special consideration from Lykens and Dauphin Co. Parks! Neither park is typically open for camping – this is special just for us!
Please be on your best behavior and Leave No Trace!!
CAMPING OPTION #1
First, get yourself to LYKENS, PA where racers and hangers-on may camp at Lyken’s Glen Park
To get to the Glen Park:
From the traffic light in Lykens at Rt 209 & Market St.
GPS – Longitude 76.696528, Latitude 40.561724
From Main Street in downtown Lykens turn south on Market Street. Go four blocks, cross the creek and bear left onto Park View / Powells Valley Road. The park is on your left.
CAMP AT THE EAST END OF THE GLEN PARK
The easiest way to make sure you’re in the right place is to go to the furthest park entrance furthest from Lykens and turn in there.
If you google “Lykens Glen” or “Lykens Glen Park” you can find it just fine. Also, here is a linky-poo to the Dauphin Co site about the Park
Lykens Glen Park
PA DCNR Map of Rattling Creek area – includes camp sites
NOTE ON ALL CAMPING
You are solely responsible for your possessions
The promoter, staff and Boro of Lykens is NOT responsible for your personal items and belongings.
Please be sure to throw down some coin in the businesses in Lykens and Northern Dauphin County during your visit to show your appreciation for the community’s support!
Long Course – Will see Checkpoints and your drop bag at approximately mile 10, mile 20 and mile 40 of 50 total miles.
Short Course – Will see Checkpoints and your drop bag at approximately mile 10 and mile 20 of 30 total miles.
The checkpoint will be stocked with the usual array of “power” food and some more regular fare. We will have both water and HEED from Hammer Nutrition available at the checkpoint for fluid. The supplies will be a mix of things. If you have particular requirements you should pack your own.
We will transport one aid station bag for each participant. If you are preparing your bag in advance use a 1 gallon ziplock style plastic bag. You will need to put your race number on the bag on race day.
The Rattling Creek Singletrackers (RCST – google “Rattling Creek Singletrackers”) have done a stellar job creating an incredible network of trails on this wide ridge in central PA. RCST got on board with the IMBA way of trail building early on and built a showcase of what can be accomplished when mountain bikers and property owners and governmental organizations work together.
DCNR Rowland Lot/Picnic Area along White Oak Road south of Elizabethville, PA
– Promoter reserves right to make changes as needed to protect trails, improve the event and for pretty much any other reason he deems necessary.
– Event is Shine or Rain – Rain conditions may result in course alterations to protect trails where warranted.
– No refunds or transfers