PENNSYLVANIA TRIPLE CROWN

OF MOUNTAIN RUNNING

THE WILDERNESS RACES OF PA

Pennsylvania Triple Crown of Mountain Running

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Dramatic

Punishing

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 along with other Triple Crown swag 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 22, 2017

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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: SOLD OUT
  • Race: June 3, 2017
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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: SOLD OUT
  • Race: August 12, 2017
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2016 Results

Congratulations to all the bad ass finishers of this years inaugural PA Triple Crown of Mountain Running! It was a wild and crazy ride for anyone who attempted to complete the series. We started with 258 runners in contention after the Hyner Trail Challenge 50k, our early season warm-up race. The weather was great for the 10th 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. With a mild and wet Worlds End 100k, the numbers were hacked to 66 contenders. Finally, after a brutal 36 hours, Eastern States 100 left only 4 women and 16 men standing tall to earn the coveted title of PA Triple Crown Finisher! Race day temperatures ran in the mid-90’s with oppressive humidity which led to a heat index of 109 degrees. The carnage was high with only a 33% finishing rate (that’s almost exactly 1/3 for you math conversion nuts out there). With a rate like that, the only remaining question for the finishers is what hurts more today – your aching muscles or your tender, swollen, blistered feet? However you’re recovering, we hope you’re doing it while admiring the hard earned buckle.

The Crowning of the King and Queen of the Mountain. After a tight points race with both the men and women, Jess Gockley ran away with the title of Queen of the Mountain while Jonathan Lantz edged out Adam Russell by one point to earn the King of the Mountain crown. The beauty of the series is that until you cross the finish line at Eastern States, it’s anyone’s crown to take home. 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, 2017 is right around the corner!

David Walker

THE 2017 RUNNERS

Special Thanks to Hugh MacMullan IV for compiling the data.

Current Standings

Women

NAME PLACE POINTS
DESERAE CLARKE 1 0
JENNY RODGERS 2 2
JUBY PHILIP 3 3
MICHELLE BENSHOFF 4 4
HELENE STRUTKO 5 5
LORI JOHNSON 6 6
MARY BETH STRICKLER 7 7
APRIL COCKSHUTT 8 8
RHODA SMOKER 9 9
LAURA BOWMAN 10 10
AMY ZBIKOWSKI 11 11
ALLISON SAUNDERS 12 12
ELISA EDGAR 13 13
LAURA HENSLER 14 14
MEG PARKE 15 15
CRYSTAL SHINOSKY 16 16
TRISH BENOIT 17 17
STACY KOTSKO 18 18
JOANNE VAN HORN 19 19
ELAINE COOK 20 20
NICOLE WERNER 21 21
MICHELLE LANDMAN 22 22
RENEE CALVERT 23 23
MISTY TROWBRIDGE 24 24
WANDA VAJDA 25 25
AMANDA BARBER 26 26
HEATHER SIMON 27 27
DANIELLE BARNEY 28 28
STACY MAIER 29 29
AMY MUSSELMAN 30 30
SARAH STIVER 31 31
CANDIE BATES 32 32
RACHEL ADAMS 33 33
JESSICA BRUNDIGE 34 34
EMILY LINN 35 35
JENN WATTS 36 36
MERANDA PIERCE 37 37
BETH SANDMAN 38 38
VALENTINA CHUMAK 39 39
KRISTEN GONYAW 40 40
ADRIENNE JUARASCIO 41 41
AMY FRANK-HENSLEY 42 42
TABBY DUNN 43 43
KEILYNN ALICEA 44 44
CAROLYN TRIOZZI 45 45
JENNI HOLLENBECK 46 46
JENN SNIDER 47 47
LISA ROY 48 48

A Pale Green row means runner is currently registered or on the wait list for both Worlds End 100k and Eastern States 100.

Men

NAME PLACE POINTS
CLAYTON BOUCHARD 1 0
ANDREW SIMPSON 2 2
JOSH LITOFSKY 3 3
DANNY MOWERS 4 4
PAUL GRIEVE 5 5
JOEL NOAL 6 6
SCOTT GREGOR 7 7
SCOTT LESH 8 8
RYAN HAYLETT 9 9
STEVEN STOLTZFUS 10 10
DEREK SCHULTZ 11 11
BERNHARD ROHRBACHER 12 12
ERIC KOSEK 13 13
TERRY WALKER 14 14
JOSHUA GAVITT 15 15
MARK FREY 16 16
DYLAN GERATY 17 17
CHRIS REED 18 18
SCOTT SNELL 19 19
ANDY ANDERSON 20 20
WESLEY ATKINSON 21 21
BRETT HOFSTROM 22 22
PRESTON THOMAS 23 23
MICHAEL JAY 24 24
ANDREW WIEWEL 25 25
TONY CARINO 26 26
KELLY KENNEDY 27 27
JEREMY LYONS 28 28
STEVEN HANNA 29 29
MICHAEL BOGGS 30 30
TYLER SNYDER 31 31
TOMAS CASTILLO 32 32
CHRIS CALIMANO 33 33
LEO FUNG 34 34
MICHAEL REED 35 35
RON ROVANSEK 36 36
NICK DROZDIAK 37 37
MICHAE COUPLAND 38 38
GARY EHRMANN 39 39
TODD MCCORMICK 40 40
RYAN CORMIER 41 41
MICHAEL SCHUBACH 42 42
NEVIN ATKINSON 43 43
JASON MARUCCIO 44 44
AARON ILES 45 45
NATHAN SPENCER 46 46
MARTIN DAIGNAULT 47 47
ANGUS LANE 48 48
JEFF SHETLER 49 49
ADAM KOLB 50 50
CORY WEST 51 51
REUBEN LAPP 52 52
JEFF CALVERT 53 53
DAN MUNN 54 54
HANS SCHNEIDER 55 55
THOMAS MCNERNEY 56 56
DAVID BECKER 57 57
ROTH REASON 58 58
PETE GROTH 59 59
CARLOS DARBY 60 60
STACEY HIBBLER 61 61
DOUG RAFALSKI 62 62
MELVIN BEILER 63 63
MICHAEL REAGER 64 64
JIM ABRIOLA 65 65
MICHAEL WINGLER 66 66
MATTHEW WARTA 67 67
JOE MICKEY 68 68
GEORGE CONRAD 69 69
BLAKE COHEN 70 70
STEPHEN HAZLETT 71 71
REED WILLAR 72 72
CLIFF CARRIGG 73 73
JON SCOVELL 74 74
MARK MILLER 75 75
GREG LANGE 76 76
ANDREW SUMMERS 77 77
JONATHAN KUEHNLE 78 78
JAKE STAMEY 79 79
RON RUSSO 80 80
TIM FLAHERTY 81 81
WILL DREXLER 82 82
MICHAEL MCDONNELL 83 83
TYLER RINDOCK 84 84
SEAN MACMILLEN 85 85
JESSE PATTERSON 86 86
GARY JONES 87 87
DON KNIGHT 88 88
TIM AQUINO 89 89
SAMUEL BONIKOWSKY 90 90
STEVE PUTT 91 91
ALEX ROBERTS 92 92
JOHN FARMER 93 93
ERNESTAS GAIDAMAUSKAS 94 94
ROYCE BRENNER 95 95
LEO OCONNOR 96 96
BRANDON MENTZER 97 97
CHRIS YEAGER 98 98
MIKE MEYER 99 99
SCOTT HILDEBRAND 100 100
ADAM MCGINNIS 101 101
JOEL STROUSE 102 102
BENJAMIN MAZUR 103 103
ROB GOLDER 104 104
MICHAEL FRANKS 105 105
JONYULL KOSINSKI 106 106
THOMAS VINCENT 107 107
JAMES BAISLEY 108 108
MAKSYM KURILNYI 109 109
KEITH HEARN 110 110
JASON LONG 111 111
ARIC SPONSLER 112 112
THAD WILL 113 113
TRISTIN FORNEY 114 114
NEAL BARNABA 115 115
PATRICK LABELLE 116 116
AJ LABARCA 117 117
SHAWN BROWN 118 118
ANDRES HERNANDEZ 119 119
RON KAPPUS 120 120
CRAIG ECKENRODE 121 121
ROBERT TIDWELL 122 122
CHRISTOPHER COON 123 123
ELIAS KENNEDY 124 124
ERIN ALTEMOS 125 125
JOSH BAHR 126 126
MICHAEL MEYNADASY 127 127
CURTIS SPENCER 128 128
CHAD WOODRUFF 129 129
ROBERT CAWOOD 130 130
JOSEPH HESS 131 131
RONALD ROSS 132 132
JOHN METZGER 133 133
TYLER KANAGY 134 134
MATT FREMON 135 135
STEPHEN SYWY 136 136
JONATHAN NICHOLSON 137 137
PETER BARBER 138 138
STEVE PIERCE 139 139
RICK HOHMAN 140 140
ROB WAEGER 141 141
BRIAN LOOSE 142 142
PAUL DAVEY 143 143
DONALD PALMER 144 144
GARRETT KERSTETTER 145 145
DUSTIN MUSSELMAN 146 146
IRA BUSH 147 147
ZACHARY MILLER 148 148
JOSHUA MILLER 149 149
BRIAN ROSSER 150 150
DAVID HOELCLE 151 151
MICHAEL CARLSON 152 152
JON CRAYS 153 153
RICHARD BUNDRO 154 154
PAUL JOHNSON 155 155
DOUG SAUNDERS 156 156
LUKAS MILLER 157 157
EUGENE GIGNAC 158 158
BRIAN MULLIGAN 159 159
DANIEL DEMETER 160 160
BRIAN JOLY 161 161
TJ THEIS 162 162
NORMAN RODRIGUEZ 163 163
AZAM POULATOV 164 164
RICHARD MOGAVERO 165 165
MARK GIBSON 166 166
JOSHUA BROCK 167 167
MICK QUEN 168 168
CHRIS WASHBURN 169 169
PARKER BEENE 170 170
SEAN RESENDES 171 171
GARY BOWMAN 172 172
BENJAMIN RONEMUS 173 173
ALEX LAUER 174 174
AMIT GROVER 175 175
BRIAN NAVIGLIA 176 176
DEREK WALLEN 177 177
RICHARD WILKINSON 178 178
SERGEY NIZHEGORODTSEV 179 179
JUSTIN LANA 180 180
TIM SCHLITZER 181 181
MIKE MEAGHER 182 182
STEVE MANUEL 183 183
STEVE BEACH 184 184
SEAN HENSLEY 185 185
DONALD HALKE II 186 186
CHRIS BONANTI 187 187
SAM WACHSMAN 188 188
LEVI SUNDERLAND 189 189
MATTHEW O’MALLEY 190 190
TOM MANGAN 191 191
DANIEL MCCASLIN 192 192
KENNETH ROWE 193 193
TERRY MCCASLIN 194 194
JONATHAN BARBOZA 195 195

A Pale Green row means runner is currently registered or on the wait list for both Worlds End 100k and Eastern States 100.

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

TBA

2018 Finishers

TBA

2019 Finshers

TBA