Tussey Mountain Back 50M Relay and Ultra

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Oct 11, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Tussey Mountain Back 50M Relay and Ultra

Boalsburg PA,


Entry Fee $50
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 50M

Type: Ultra

Participant Limit: 200

First Year of the Event: 2000


The race starts and finishes at Tussey Mountain Ski and Family Fun Center, just south of Boalsburg on state route 322, whose address is 301 Bear Meadows Road, Boalsburg, PA 16827. The race is easily accessed by air (University Park Airport) and interstate (I-80 and I-99). Visit the Accommodations page for suggestions on where to stay.

The ultra division event will start at 7 a.m. The relay division start will begin at 8 a.m. There will be a staggered start for the relay based on overall team pace. Finish time: no later than 7 p.m. Because the relay start includes several waves, runners participating in the relay should plan to have the whole day available. We regret that we cannot plan the start based on personal schedules.

The 2019 race will be run in the clockwise direction (first used in 2018). USATF-certified, 50-mile single-loop mostly unpaved course through central Pennsylvania’s scenic Rothrock State Forest during peak foliage season. Ultramarathon: Support vehicle and drop bag options. Stocked, staffed aid stations available to all ultra participants are provided at predetermined locations every 2.9 to 5.6 miles along the course. Relay: The relay consists of 12 pre-determined legs of lengths varying from 2.9 to 5.6 miles. Relay teams select a specific runner rotation order, rotating to the next runner at each transition point, and maintain that exact order through all 12 race legs. All teams must provide ONE team vehicle to transport runners to transition points where the batons are exchanged. Teams of 7 or more must use a single vehicle.

The race takes place on mostly unpaved roads (82% dirt, 18% paved) in Rothrock State Forest. Terrain includes uphill, level and downhill grades, with shaded and open segments and some overlook vistas. The course takes in Whipple Dam State Park, Alan Seeger Natural Area, Penn Roosevelt State Park, Colyer Lake and Bear Meadows Natural Area. Total Elevation gain: 5,485 ft. See the Course Maps link or Elevation Profile link for a more detailed description and an elevation profile. See the Course and Leg Description page for a description of each of the course segments.


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Event Dates

Held on Oct 11, 2020

Held on Oct 27, 2019

Held on Oct 07, 2018

Held on Oct 08, 2017

Held on Oct 30, 2016

Held on Oct 25, 2015

Held on Oct 19, 2014

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Held on Oct 21, 2012

Held on Oct 23, 2011

Held on Oct 16, 2010

Held on Oct 03, 2009

Held on Oct 11, 2008

Held on Sep 22, 2007

Held on Oct 07, 2006

Held on Oct 15, 2005

Held on Oct 16, 2004

Held on Oct 11, 2003

Held on Oct 05, 2002

Event Results