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

Sat August 7 - Sun August 15, 2021 Emporium, PA 15834 US Directions
It's best in the Wilds!

Run For The Elk Half Marathon

$85 08/08 7:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Price increases after June 8, 2021 at 7:00am EDT

Rut Challenge 5k/10k/Half Marathon

$105 08/07 - 08/08 7:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Price increases after June 4, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

1 Mile Fun Run

$10 08/08 7:30PM EDT - 8:00PM EDT Registration ends August 8, 2021 at 8:00am EDT

PA Wilds 5k

$40 08/07 7:00AM EDT - 8:00AM EDT Registration ends August 7, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

PA Wilds 10k

$45 08/07 8:00AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT Registration ends August 7, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT


$90 08/07 8:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT Registration ends August 7, 2021 at 7:00am EDT

virtual half

$65 Registration ends July 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

virtual 5k

$25 Registration ends July 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Parker Dam State Park
Emporium, PA US 15834

"Run for the Elk" Half Marathon, 5k, 10k

  • Saturday August 7, 2021 (5k, 10k) morning
  • Sunday August 8, 2021  (1/2 Marathon)
  • Take the Rut Challenge and run them all.

Saturday-Parker Dam-PA Wilds 5k/10k

  • 5K will start at 7:00 AM
  • 10k will start at 8:00 AM
  • Marathon- Emporium Rail-Trail 7:00 AM

Sunday-Half Marathon & 2 MIle Sprint

  • Start at 7 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                       
  • **NEW** Marathon
    • $59 Feb 1st
    • $85 April 1st
    • $90 until Race Day
  • Rut Challenge (5k/10k/Half)
    • $85 until Jan. 1s,
    • $95 until April 1st
    • $105 until June 1st
    • $115 until Race Day
  • Walk
    • $10 with NO shirt
    • $20 with t-shirt

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


Saturday, Parker Dam 5k & 10K (PA Wilds 5k & 10K)

    • 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. There are few places in Pennsylvania can compare to the Wilds.

Sunday-Half Marathon,  Saturday-Full Marathon

  • 1/2 Marathon & Full Marathon will be on the West Creek Recreational Trail in Emporium, PA, on the backside of the state gamelands. 
  • This is a beautiful and flat, out and back race on the rail trail. 


  • 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.) 


  • Time Limits
    • 1/2 Marathon / 5 hours 
    • 5k / 1 hour
    • 10k / 90 minutes


  • Aid Stations
    • All aid stations will be unmanned
    • We encourage all runners to bring your own hydration and fuel
    • There will be bottled water at the stations
    • There will be stations approximately every 2 miles for the half marathon (including 2 stations with Gatorade)
    • There will be 1 station for the 5k
    • There will be 2 stations for the 10k
  • Saturday-PA Wilds 5k/10k at Parker Dam State Park
    • Parker Dam State Park on site near the Start/Finish for both the 5k/10k & 1 Mile near pavilion 6.
    • 28 Fairview Road, Penfield, PA


  • Sunday half marathon
    • parking is located on both sides of the rail trail at the start/finish
    • 599 East 2nd St. Emporium, PA 15834
    • Street parking is also available (free).


  • 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.


  • Half marathon,  5K & 10k
  • 19 and under, 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.  We will also have an additional medal for those running the Rut Challenge. You could earn up to 4 medals!


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


Four destination races will all be located in the PA Wilds. Races will consist of  the "Great Allegheny" Ohiopyle April 18th, 19th (RESCHEDULED); 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.Benezette is in the middle of Parker Dam and Emporium! 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! 

Race Contact Info
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