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(IN-PERSON EVENT) Half Marathon

$50 04/11 9:00AM EDT - 3:30PM EDT Registration Opens February 7, 2021 at 9:00am EST

(IN-PERSON EVENT) 5K-ish Race and Fun Run

$35 04/11 9:30AM EDT - 3:30PM EDT Registration Opens February 7, 2021 at 9:00am EST

(ON-SITE VIRTUAL EVENT) Virtual Half Marathon on BRB Course

$50 Registration Opens February 7, 2021 at 9:00am EST

(ON-SITE VIRTUAL EVENT) Virtual 5K on BRB Course

$35 Registration Opens February 7, 2021 at 9:00am EST

(RUN ANY TRAIL VIRTUAL EVENT) TRAIL Half Marathon in your 'hood

$50 Registration Opens February 7, 2021 at 9:00am EST


$35 Registration Opens February 7, 2021 at 9:00am EST
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Trail racing is still alive folks! I’m happy to offer three flexible racing options for my awesome Buck Ridge Burners this year!

Our 2021 IN-PERSON event will send you out into the woods of the Michaux State Forest to test your trail grit on one of two challenging courses. What better way to shake out those winter legs than to leap over logs and splash through April creeks? Come play in the woods with us and feed your soul! 

A little shy of crowds during this time but still wanna get on that sweet Buck Ridge Burn course? I’m offering a post-live event VIRTUAL option….leaving course markings up for a week after the race to allow you to run the course and earn your awesome BRB swag and coaster. There will be a limited number of registrations for this On-site Virtual event, so if you want it, GET IT!

Don’t want to or can’t travel to the Michaux for the event? Want your sister in California to race with you from across the country? Find a favorite trail course by you and submit your virtual results to earn your BRB swag and be a part of our awesome BRB community!! Again, there will be a limited amount of registrations for this option, so sign up early!

The Courses

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In the mood for a quick trail fix or trying out the trail scene for the first time? The 5K course will leave you feeling satisfied with rolling, muddy double-track, winding single-track, and refreshing April creek crossings.

Looking for a different challenge? Take on the grit-testing Half Marathon! There’s a little bit of everything on this course: creek crossings, mud, roots, rocks, grinding climbs, grassy rolling double-track, and swift, snaking single track. The course is extremely well-marked with a generous 4 hour time limit, but the course record is HOT and hard to beat. Come have a crack at it!

Who can enter?

Anyone 0-100 years old with a reasonable sense of direction and/or ability to follow brightly colored flags within a practical amount of time may enter the 5K.

The Half Marathon will be limited to runners aged 16+, although we will allow runners 15 and under who will be accompanied the ENTIRE DISTANCE by an adult. This adult may register as an entrant for regular price, or accompany the child for free but will be ineligible for competitive prizes and receive no race shirt. (This "free" option  is in place to encourage younger runners with less trail experience to challenge themselves. There is NO ADULT "PACING" OPTION.)

We will only be accepting the first 315 applicants, so register soon!

We will NOT be accepting race-day registrations for the 5K or Half Marathon this year. Registration will close March 22nd at 11:59pm.  Check the Participants List here. DON'T MISS OUT!!!  REGISTER EARLY!!!.

How much does it cost?

5K -     { Register by 3/1 , $35 }      { 3/2 - 3/22, $45 }     

Half Marathon -  { Register by 3/1 , $50 }      { 3/2 - 3/22, $60 }       

Registrations must be RECEIVED by 3/22 to guarantee your technical shirt! (**Guaranteed shirts are only guaranteed until 8:30am on race day. If you do not show up to the race, you forfeit your shirt.**)    Mail-in paper registrations must be RECEIVED by March 21st in order to be considered for entry, but we will accept online registration here on RunSignUp until 11:59pm on March 22th.. 


We will NOT be accepting race-day registrations for the 5K or Half Marathon. Registration CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON MARCH 22nd. STAY INFORMED! Check the Participants List  here. DON'T MISS OUT!! REGISTER EARLY!!!.

Awards and Swag

For the top three male and female finishers of both races, as well as the top two in 6 age categories (0-19, 20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60+) we will have handmade finisher's medals and prizes.  Of course all participants who sign up by March 22nd will be guaranteed a beautiful technical T-shirt,  long-sleeve for Half Marathoners and short-sleeve for the 5Kers. (**Guaranteed shirts are only guaranteed until 8:30am on race day. If you do not show up to the race, you forfeit your shirt.**)

!!!EVERY FINISHER with receive a special handmade finisher's award!!!  When you cross the finish line, you will receive a handmade, hand-branded (with  original artwork), uniquely stained Finisher's Coaster! 

And to celebrate our 10th Anniversary, there will be a bonus gift for every registrant!!!  Details to come!!

You can pick up your shirt, swag, and bib on Race Day from 7:30-8:30am, but if you want to save  a trip to your car on Race Day, come get your swag ahead of time at The Appalachian Running Company! As an extra bonus, the first 20 people to come in for Pre-Race Pickup will receive a hand-etched Buck Ridge Burn pint glass!! A new design for 2020! Make sure you get one!

Saturday, April 4th from 9a-12p at the Appalachian Running Company-Carlisle located at 290 E.Pomfret St., 17013.

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
NO Refunds & NO Bib Transfers

You may see this at other races, but not this one! We do not process refunds. Please do not ask. We also do not allow bib transfers. You may NOT offer your spot to a buddy. Encourage your buddy to sign up before it fills or closes!

NO Race Day Registration

The entry process closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 22nd or when the race fills, whichever comes first! There will be no more public registrations after this time! Please don't ask!!

Race Shirt Guarantee

Please remember that your slinky, technical race shirt is only guaranteed until 8:30 a.m. on race day!

NO Banditing

For sooooo many reasons you may not even dream of, besides the fact that it is considered Theft of Services, banditing is not cool. DON'T DO IT!!! You wanna run the course but missed registration? Email me! I'll run or hike it with ya sometime! :)

Distance Switching

If you ABSOLUTELY must switch distances in order to get your boodie to the race, I will allow it this year as a trial. In order to switch, you MUST officially switch your registration through RunSignUP. You can find instructions on how to do this here.  Please note: If you switch DOWN, there's no refund of the price difference. You can also expect to incur processing fees. Email me directly if you registered by mail.  NOTE: There will be ABSOLUTELY no distance switching after 11:59 p.m. on March 22nd.  


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Both the In-Person races and the On-Site VIRTUAL races start and finish at the Furnace Stack Pavilion within Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Follow directions to 1100 Pine Grove Rd., Gardners, PA 17324. In-Person Race Day registrants will park at the Fuller Lake Day Use Area and walk the paved, white-blazed Appalachian Trail south to the Furnace Stack Day Use Area. On-site VIRTUAL registrants (i.e. NOT racing April 11th from 9am-2:30pm) may park at the Furnace Stack. The Buck Ridge Burn website has a nice PDF parking map if you need more details or you can download the DNCR park map at

RUN ANY TRAIL VIRTUAL event registrants...well, run anywhere! You choose the location! #BRBvirtual


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