***2023 Eagleton Trail Challenge*** Saturday, April 8th, 2023
The Eagleton Trail Challenge – A Historic Race Through The PA WILDS!
10KM | 25KM RUCK /RUN | 50KM
- The 50k starts at 8:00am
- The 25k RUCK starts at 9:00am
- The 25k RUN starts at 10:00am
- The 10k starts at 11:00am
2022 EVENT PARTNERS
Choose from a 10km, 25km, or 5okm challenge. All distances follow a loop course and share the same first/last 5km.
Start/Finish: Sons of Italy Campground
44 Sons Road, Lock Haven PA CLICK TO VIEW MAP
GPS Address: 44 SONS ROAD, MILL HALL, PA
Event capped at 250 participants.
Registration closes March 21st
Saturday, April 8th 2023
Start time: 8:00am ( 10 hr max finish time)
This course will take trekkers from the starting area, heading alongside Rt120, up the S.A.W trail, and then to the first aid station @ the Eastern Trailhead of the Eagleton Mine Camp Trail. Following the course, trekkers will make way to the Western Trailhead, and along several other trails, eventually coming back into the Eastern Trailhead before hitting the return trail, towards the Eagleton Demonstration Forest Trail, then onto the finish.
There are several stretches of the course, including the first & last 5km, which are fairly technical. Most of the course is very runnable.
Approx. elevation: 4000ft
Total aid stations: 6
Interactive Maps Provided by Trails Collective
Conceived in 2018, and launched in February, 2020, the Trails Collective provides regional coverage of trail events and updates, volunteer opportunities, links to entities forming the Collective such as coaches and shops, gear reviews, an event calendar with mapping integration, communication message boards, and multiple video channels celebrating all of the above.
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The Eagleton Mine Camp Trail
This trail is named for the mining village of Eagleton that existed in the area from about 1845 to 1870. Eagleton Coal and Iron Company, under the supervision of George Armstrong, built the village to house miners working in the Eagleton bituminous coal fields. During this time period, several mining villages existed in the Tangascootac watershed, some of which were funded by the royal family of Spain. Eagleton was distinguished among the villages by its railroad. The Eagleton Railroad climbed from the Tangascootac Valley to the village on the plateau top. It made the climb on a series of switchbacks that were known as the “Seven Switches”. A section of the Eagleton Mine Camp Trail follows this old railroad grade.
Eagleton was also distinguished as the site of the first labor strike in Central Pennsylvania’s bituminous coal fields. In 1865, approximately 200 workers revolted against unfair wages. Sheriff John Smith of Lock Haven arrived with twenty riflemen and defused the situation in a few days.
Another historical point of interest connected with this area is that site of one of Prince Farrington’s stills. Farrington was a legendary Prohibition-Era bootlegger in Clinton and Lycoming Counties. He continued bootlegging after Prohibition was repealed to avoid paying taxes. In April of 1925, federal and state Treasury Agents and PA liquor Control Board agents raided his still and arrested Farrington.
Information provided by Forest District 10, Sproul State Forest, Renovo, PA