The South Ridge Trail Challenge is the region's premier early summer trail race. Taking place on the South Ridge of North Park in Allegheny County, it offers a spectacular array of trails for runners and hikers of all abilities. This race will offer distances of 5k, 10k and 20k over loose dirt/gravel roads as well as beautiful rocky and root-covered single-track trail. Participants can pick their distance, and NEW IN 2024, can also choose to be part of the "MAX VERT" challenge. Details below.
The course will begin and end near the historic North Park swimming pool, which at one time was the largest public pool in the United States. Runners and walkers will then make their way up, down and around the South Ridge Plateau exploring all the beauty of early summer in Western PA.
Come join GCXC at their 3 premier summer trail races and take on the "MAX VERT" Challenge
This unique challenge is not for the faint of heart. With trail segments like Suffer This, Throat Punch, Straight Up the Mountain, and many more, this challenge will surely bring out the best in runners of all abilities.
The challenge is simple. Sign up for all 3 events at once, pick your distances at each race, and you are registered for the challenge. And the best part is, YOU CREATE YOUR OWN CHALLENGE! There are 18 different combinations to choose from. Pick the challenge that works for you!.
All participants who complete the challenge will:
Great question. Since some of you may be unfamiliar with these courses, we are here to help. If you take a look at the chart below, you will see what your expected "MAX VERT" would be by selecting different distances.
So what are you waiting for? Join the GCXC "MAX VERT" Challenge and we will see you at kick-off on June 2nd at the South Ridge Trail Challenge!
In addition to earning the awesome "MAX VERT" challenge medal, we have added two "MAX VERT" scoring challenges as well. These scoring challenges require you to run in one of 2 distinct race series: 30K MAX VERT SERIES or 60K MAX VERT SERIES. There will be awards for the top 3 male and female in both series after the Two Face 10K on August 3rd.
HOW WILL THE SCORING WORK
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