"Run for the Elk" Half Marathon, 5k, 10k & 2 Mile Sprint

Sat August 8 - Sun August 9, 2020 Benezette, PA US 15821 Directions
It's best in the Wilds!

Run For The Elk Half Marathon

$85 08/09 7:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
Sorry! This event is full. Registration ends August 9, 2020 at 7:00am EDT

Rut Challenge 5k/10k/Half Marathon

$115 08/08 - 08/09 7:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
1 spots left. Registration ends August 9, 2020 at 7:00am EDT

Rut Challenge Jr. 5k/10k/2Mile

$85 08/08 - 08/09 7:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
Sorry! This event is full. Registration ends August 9, 2020 at 7:00am EDT

2 Mile Down Hill Sprint

$40 08/09 7:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
8 spots left. Registration ends August 9, 2020 at 7:00am EDT

5k Saint Marys

$40 08/08 7:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
242 spots left. Registration ends August 8, 2020 at 7:30am EDT

10k Saint Marys

$45 08/08 7:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
248 spots left. Registration ends August 8, 2020 at 7:00am EDT

1 Mile Fun Run

$10 08/08 9:05AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT Registration ends August 8, 2020 at 8:00am EDT

PA Wilds 5k

08/08 7:00AM EDT - 8:00AM EDT
196 2nd Street
Benezette, PA US 15821

"Run for the Elk" Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, 2 Mile Downhill Sprint or Rut and Rut Jr. Challenge 

  • Saturday August 8, 2020 (5k, 10k)
  • Sunday August 9, 2020  (1/2 Marathon, 2 Mile Downhill Sprint)
  • Take the Rut Challenge and run them all.


  • 5k and 10k will take place at Parker Dam State Park at 28 Fairview Road, Penfield, PA 15849
  • 5K will start at 7:00 AM
  • 10k will start at 8:00 AM

Second Saturday Race Information (Parker Dam Race is full.)

  • Location:  Saint Mary's Snowmobile Association located at 264 W Creek Rd, St. Marys, PA 15857
  • Distances:  Call of the Wild 5K/10K
  • Times: 7:30 AM Start Time
  • Courses: Beautiful & Flat West Creek Rail Trail.  Starting/Finishing at 264 W Creek Road, St. Marys, PA 15857
  • Parking: Will be on site.
  • Amenities:  Tech Shirt and race themed medal. Challenge runners will receive 4 medals.
  • Fees: Coming soon.
  • Awards:  Will be the same format as the other events.


  • Run for the Elk Half Marathon and 2 Mile Sprint, Half Marathon
  • Start at 7 AM
  • 2 Mile starting at 7:30 AM
  • 5k
    • $30 until Jan. 1st
    • $35 until May 1st
    • $40 until Race Day 
  • 10k
    • $35 until Jan.1st
    • $40 May 1st
    • $45 until Race Day  
  • 1/2 Marathon
    • $65 until Jan.1st
    • $75 April 1st
    • $80 until June 1st
    • $85 until Race Day
  • 2 Mile Sprint
    • $30 until Jan.1st
    • $35 until May 1st
    • $40 until Race Day
  • Rut Challenge (5k/10k/Half)
    • $85 until Jan. 1s,
    • $95 until April 1st
    • $105 until June 1st
    • $115 until Race Day  
  • Rut Jr. (5k/10k/2 Mile)
    • $70 until Jan. 1st
    • $75 until April 1st
    • $80 until June 1st
    • $85 until Race Day 
  • Walk
    • $10 with NO shirt
    • $20 with t-shirt

No refunds for these races.

We will keep registration open until race day unless it is sold out.

  • Run will be right through the heart of the Wilds.
    • The 5k will be a pretty easy out and back course along Mud Run Road (paved road). Approx.150 feet of elevation change.
    • The 10k will follow the 5k course then go another 1.55 on the other side of the lake (Fairview Road). It will be a paved/dirt road right through the forest.
    • The courses will be very scenic and sure to please. Few places in Pennsylvania can compare to the Wilds.
  • 1/2 Marathon will be a point to point race.
  • Race will pass the famous Winslow Hill viewing area and will end at The Benezette Winery. (196 2nd St, Benezette, PA 15821)
    • The route will have some elevation with a 1.2% grade and a 2.4% grade in spots.  However, it will net an over all decent. 
    • Runners will also have a pretty good chance to see the elk herd while running.
  • The 2 Mile Down Hill Sprint will start at the Winslow Hill viewing area and follows the last two miles of the 1/2 marathon course which is also the biggest decent. Approx a -500 foot elevation loss.) 
  • Both courses feature all paved roads through the heart of the Wilds with extremely unique and scenic stretches. The unique location helps to set comfortable temps for a longer summer race. Average temperature for this time of year is in the mid 60-70
  • Rut Challenges
    • 5k/10k, Half Marathon
    • Rut Jr.  5k/10k, 2 Mile
    • The Rut (mid-September to mid-October, the elk rut is a time when male elk, or bulls, vie for the hearts of their female counterparts.) 
  • Aid Stations
    • There will be stations with first aid, water and gatorade / approximately every two miles of the 1/2 marathon. Some stations may even have a few treats. We will also have paramedics and porta pots on the course. The 5k will have one and the 10k will have two stations.
  • Time Limits
    • 1/2 Marathon / 5 hours 
    • 5k / 1 hour
    • 10k / 90 minutes
    • 2 Mile / no limit
  • Saturday's registration will open at 6 AM with bib pickup for that day located right near the Start/Finish Line.
  • You will also be able to pick up Sunday's Half & 2 Mile bib here as well.
  • Bib Pickup will also take place Saturday afternoon from 1-5 PM at Benezette Winery, located at 196 2nd St, Benezette, PA
  • You may also pickup your Bib on Race Day Sunday near the Start/Finish.
  • Parker Dam State Park on site near the Start/Finish for both the 5k/10k & 1Mile
  • Shuttles will take participants to the starting line on Dent's Run Rd.


  • Very unique race themed awards. Top 3 male and female to go with top masters male and female (40+)
  • There will also be age group awards for both male and female runners.
  • Special elk themed awards to the top 3 teams with the most participants and top 3 fastest.


  • Both half marathons,  5K & 10k, 2 Mile
  • 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Race themed short sleeve tech shirt.

Unique medals pertaining to the PA Wilds will be awarded to all participants in the 5k/10k, Half Marathon & 2 Mile. We will also have an additional medal for those running the Rut Challenge and Rut Challenge Jr.  You could earn up to 4 medals!


Live DJ/Entertainer at the start/finish area during the duration of the races.  Sunday will also feature a great selection of food post race to go with a little bit of the bubbly. One complimentary glass of wine (sangria) or hard apple cider to EVERY RUNNER 21+.


Part of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Parker Dam State Park.


Do you need a little extra help and motivation? We also offer a 14-week individual training plan with one on one coaching (if needed) upon registration. Please contact us @ schuylkillriverrunners@gmail.com for more information. Check us out @ www.SchuylkillRiverRunners.com Email:  schuylkillriverrunners@gmail.com


Four destination races will all be located in the PA Wilds. Races will consist of  the "Great Allegheny" Ohiopyle April 18th, 19th; Conquer the Canyon July 25th & 26th; Run for the Elk August 8th, 9th.  Plus a fall event on October 25th and 26th 2020 at Promised Land SP and Bushkill Falls, PA.  Participants that run ALL 4 will receive a SPECIAL Medal at the end of the year.

Benezette is the ”Elk Capital of Pennsylvania” and is located in the heart of the state’s wild elk herd, now numbering almost 1,000 majestic animals. One of the best spots to start an elk viewing adventure is at the Winslow Hill viewing area. The Mt. Zion Historical Park near Benezette is a beautiful and quiet place with an honor walkway and Civil War, Veterans, and Boy Scout memorials. The nearby Quehanna Wild Area features a spectacular White Birch grove in the Marion Brooks Natural Area.  Plus, the town has some amazing gift shops and stores. See why 480,000+ flock to this area annually. We'd be honored to have you join us as we RUN with the ELK and earn some amazing bling! 

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