PENNSYLVANIA TRIPLE CROWN

OF MOUNTAIN RUNNING

THE WILDERNESS RACES OF PA

Pennsylvania Triple Crown of Mountain Running

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The Triple Crown showcases the best of Pennsylvania’s ultra mountain-running scene, with a perfect three-race progression of distance and difficulty across the racing season that will challenge you physically and mentally, and enrich you spiritually. These races celebrate the wild beauty of these rugged old mountains, and the vibrant trail-running culture that thrives in them. These are hard, graduate-level routes that will test you to the core, and they aren’t for beginners or casual participants. But if you’re dedicated, if you live to run fast and far over rough terrain in whatever the weather brings, join us for this ultimate test: the crown-jewel races of the Pennsylvania Triple Crown of Mountain Running.

How It Works

It’s pretty simple: complete all three races within their cutoffs and in the same year, and you’ve earned the right to be called a Pennsylvania Triple Crown finisher. A handsome handmade Triple Crown trophy will be mailed to you after the completion of Eastern States 100. Plus there are the bragging rights that go with membership in what we think will be a pretty awesome club. We’ll also name a King and Queen of the Mountain to be determined by using a points system. These honors will earn you a gold crown. There are no extra steps, no additional fees – just enter the races and you’re in the hunt. But a word of advice: don’t wait around to register – these races are likely to sell out.

The PA Triple Crown Points System: determining the King and Queen of the Mountain. For those who can complete all three races, we will determine the most bad ass female and male runner by a simple points system. There were many aspects we had to consider and we believe we have the best system possible after hours of testing and drinking our favorite beers.
 
1. The PA Triple Crown Points System is divided into 2 categories; one for the males and one for the females. We will strictly look at how runners place in their respective gender category and not by overall finishing place. There is no age category included in our calculations.
2. All potential Triple Crown finishers are racing against the entire field of runners at each race.
3. You will receive points equal to your finishing place in your gender category. If you place 10th, you will receive 10 points. Place 4th, you’ll receive 4 points. If you are the 1st place male or female, you will receive zero points as a bonus for winning.
4. After all races have been completed, the male and female with the least amount of points will be declared the winners.
5. In case of a tie, we will look at the runners results head to head for each race.
 
Here is an example of how it might look.
 
Racer’s       Hyner 50k     WEU100k     ES100
Racer A            9th                8th             4th     =  21 pts
Racer B            7th                2nd            3rd     =  12 pts
Racer C            1st                 3rd             8th     =  11 pts
Racer D            3rd               4th             5th      =  12 pts
Racer E            2nd               1st              20th   =  22 pts
 
As you can easily see, being consistent for every race is critical to being crowned. While Racer E started out great, the last race did Racer E in with such a poor finish compared to the other runners. Between Racer B, C and D, the edge is given to Racer C due to the bonus of winning the race.
 

 

Hyner 50k

The granddaddy of the bunch, Hyner has been a rite of passage for a generation of Pennsylvania trail runners, the inspiration for so many other races, and the standard by which all the others are judged. From the first brutal climb up Humble Hill to the View, through the remote beauty of Ritchie Run, to the final screaming descent of Huff Run, this annual celebration of spring in the mountains will either validate your winter training, or serve as a cold, hard wake-up call for the challenges ahead.

  • Registration: SOLD OUT
  • Race: April 21, 2018

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Worlds End 100K

For pure rugged beauty, Worlds End is truly world-class. With brilliant waterfalls and breathtaking vistas around every bend, WEU is the most scenery-dense of the Triple Crown races, and mile for mile one of the toughest and most beautiful courses you’ll find anywhere. It’s a smorgasbord sampling of Worlds End State Park, the Loyalsock Trail, and the surrounding forest – 62 miles of rocky, rooty trail goodness, and a perfect step towards the final challenge.

  • Registration: December 2, 2017
  • Race: June 2, 2018
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Eastern States 100

An ultimate test for the strongest and toughest: the longest climbs, the remotest trails, the most technical terrain, and all in the glorious heat and humidity of August. This circumnavigation of Pine Creek visits some of our most storied trails (like the Mid State Trail and the Black Forest Trail) and accumulates well over 20,000 feet of climbing in the process. You’ll pay a high price for these miles, but you’ll reap a reward beyond measure.

  • Registration: TBA
  • Race: August 11, 2018
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2017 Results

Congratulations to all the awesome finishers of this years PA Triple Crown of Mountain Running! It was again a wild and crazy ride for anyone who attempted to complete the series. We started with 113 runners in contention after the Hyner Trail Challenge 50k, our early season warm-up race. The weather was superb for the 11th running of the race and lots of runners were looking forward to keeping the runner’s high going for the next one in the series. This year’s Worlds End 100k had perfect running conditions and the numbers were cut to only 67 contenders. Runners again had the weather advantage with an unusually cool August weekend to help them conquer the brutal 36 hours of Eastern States 100. The aftermath left 7 women and 30 men standing tall to earn the coveted title of PA Triple Crown Finisher! Race day temperatures ran in the low 80’s with moderate humidity leading to a few mid-day showers. With such determined runners, the 33% finishing rate of last year was turned on it’s head with a record high 60% finishing rate. Unprecedented!

The Crowning of the King and Queen of the Mountain. On the women’s side of things, Deserae Clarke wasn’t messing around this year with an early jump in the lead with a win at the Hyner 50k followed with a second place finish at the Worlds End 100k. Rhoda Smoker put up a good fight posting a 3rd and 2nd place at WE100k and ES100 but it wasn’t enough to dethrone Deserae. Hanging in tough for her first 100 mile race, Deserea successfully earned the title of Queen of the Mountain with a 5th place finish at Eastern States 100. The men’s race was very tight with Clayton Bouchard landing the first punch with a win at the Hyner 50k, followed by Danny Mowers in 4th and Joel Noal in 6th. Worlds End 100k was still pretty even with 4th, 6th, and 5th places for the three respectively. The beauty of the series is that until you cross the finish line at Eastern States, it’s anyone’s crown to take home. Danny Mowers dropped the hammer at Eastern States and came away with the crown in a 4th place finish. What these runners endured and how they poured their heart and soul into reaching the top is amazing. What a way to finish the series!

If you think you have what it takes to complete this wild series of mountain races, 2018 is right around the corner!

David Walker

THE 2017 RUNNERS

Special Thanks to Hugh MacMullan IV and Chris Calimano for compiling the data.

Final Standings

Women

Standings Name Hyner Points WE100k Points ES100 Points Total Points
1 DESERAE CLARKE 1 0 2 2 5 5 7
2 RHODA SMOKER 9 9 3 3 2 2 14
3 MICHELLE BENSHOFF 4 4 4 4 10 10 18
4 LORI JOHNSON 6 6 6 6 7 7 19
5 STACY KOTSKO 18 18 10 10 12 12 40
6 HEATHER SIMON 27 27 11 11 3 3 41
7 MERANDA PIERCE 37 37 12 12 13 13 62

 

Men

Standings Name Hyner Points WE100k Points ES100 Points Total Points
1 DANNY MOWERS 4 4 6 6 4 4 14
2 JOEL NOAL 6 6 5 5 6 6 17
3 CLAYTON BOUCHARD 1 0 4 4 19 19 23
4 ERIC KOSEK 13 13 12 12 7 7 32
5 MARK FREY 16 16 9 9 8 8 33
6 SCOTT SNELL 19 19 18 18 10 10 47
7 RYAN HAYLETT 9 9 7 7 41 41 57
8 JOSHUA GAVITT 15 15 24 24 21 21 60
9 TYLER SNYDER 31 31 16 16 18 18 65
10 LEO FUNG 34 34 21 21 22 22 77
11 ANGUS LANE 48 48 25 25 14 14 87
12 JEREMY LYONS 28 28 20 20 44 44 92
13 TONY CARINO 26 26 35 35 35 35 96
14 JOE MICKEY 68 68 13 13 17 17 98
15 CHRIS CALIMANO 33 33 37 37 34 34 104
16 CORY WEST 51 51 32 32 26 26 109
17 AARON ILES 45 45 50 50 33 33 128
18 DAVID BECKER 57 57 30 30 57 57 144
19 JASON MARUCCIO 44 44 48 48 64 64 156
20 TOMAS CASTILLO 32 32 49 49 79 79 160
21 RON RUSSO 80 80 58 58 32 32 170
22 MICHAEL MCDONNELL 83 83 28 28 71 71 182
23 TYLER RINDOCK 84 84 31 31 76 76 191
24 JOEL STROUSE 102 102 45 45 48 48 195
25 BLAKE COHEN 70 70 46 46 83 83 199
26 BRANDON MENTZER 97 97 65 65 54 54 216
27 JASON LONG 111 111 38 38 75 75 224
28 KEITH HEARN 110 110 44 44 77 77 231
29 BRIAN LOOSE 142 142 42 42 91 91 275
30 SEAN HENSLEY 185 185 70 70 87 87 342

2016 Finishers

King and Queen
Jonathan Lantz
Jess Gockley

Women
Jess Gockley
Suzie Spangler
Stacy Kotsko
Cassandra Lizza

Men
Jonathan Lantz
Adam Russell
David Lantz
David Stango
Danny Mowers
Carlos Darby
Phillip Pawlukovich
Ryan Espulgar
Thomas McNerney
Angus Lane
Eddie Carrigg
Krzysztof Jamroz
Michael Schaffer
Larry Creveling
Jack Blanchard
Gary Bowman

2017 Finishers

King and Queen
Danny Mowers
Deserae Clarke

Women
Deserae Clarke
Rhoda Smoker
Michelle Bensoff
Lori Johnson
Stacy Kotsko
Heather Simon
Meranda Pierce

Men
Danny Mowers
Joel Noal
Clayton Bouchard
Eric Kosek
Mark Frey
Scott Snell
Ryan Haylett
Joshua Gavitt
Tyler Snyder
Leo Fungadf
Angus Lane
Jeremy Lyons
Tony Carino
Joe Mickey
Chris Calimano
Cory West
Aaron Iles
David Becker
Jason Maruccio
Tomas Castillo
Ron Russo
Michael McDonnell
Tyler Rindock
Joel Strouse
Blake Cohen
Brandon Mentzer
Jason Long
Keith Hearn
Brian Loose
Sean Hensley

2018 Finishers

TBA

2019 Finshers

TBA