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Rachel Carson Trail Challenge 2021

  • 06/19/2021

Hosted by the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy


The twenty-fourth annual Rachel Carson Trail Challenge is on Saturday June 19, 2021, the Saturday nearest the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The Challenge is a 35-mile long, one-day, sunrise to sunset endurance hike on much of the brutal Rachel Carson Trail. Unlike a footrace, the "challenge" is not to "come in first" or "win", but to endure, to finish the hike in one day. This time, the Challenge starts in Harrison Hills Park ends 35 miles later in North Park.

There are three events to choose from that day, all taking place on the Rachel Carson Trail:

Full Challenge
35 Miles
The traditional Challenge. It begins in Harrison Hills Park and ends in North Park. Starts at 5:30 AM, finish deadline is 8:54 PM, or 15 hours 4 minutes, whichever comes first. Limit 600 participants, minimum unaccompanied age 12.
Homestead Challenge
18 Miles
Also known as the "Half Challenge", it begins at the Springdale High School, near the Rachel Carson Homestead, and ends in North Park. Starts at 10:00 AM, finish deadline is 7 hours 47 minutes. If you ever thought about trying the Challenge but never thought you could go 35 miles, this may be for you. Limit 300 participants, minimum unaccompanied age 12.
Friends & Family Challenge
7 Miles
This begins in Hartwood Acres Park in Indiana Township and ends in North Park. Starts at noon. It's intended for groups of up to 5 members, and the minimum unaccompanied age is 12. Limit 50 groups.

There'll be a picnic at the finish in North Park for everyone.

Check out the website for more.

Adopting the motto "Research, Education, and Adventure" in 1947, for three generations the ECP has provided the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends who share a willingness to accept the physical and mental challenges of outdoor exploration and adventure.

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