Baker Ultra  2023

Baker Ultra 2023

"Early bird" discount through the end of January.

Registration for the 19th annual Baker Trail UltraChallenge 50-miler (solo or relay!) is now open! 

To thank our loyal, veteran runners as well as encourage first-timers, solo registration will be set to $86 through the end of January. On February 1st, the fee goes to $107.25 with incremental increases in July and August (no change from 2022). 

This year's race is on the scenic North section, which weaves through Cook forest and boasts amazing single-track trails. The race starts at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 26th, at the Baker Trail Northern Terminus, which is located in the Allegheny National Forest. 

Other things to note: 

  1. Training runs. For the second year in a row, we are offering training runs, free and open to the public. These guided group runs provide an opportunity to acclimate to the race course and fine-tune nutrition and hydration strategies. In particular, three runs taking place in July will cover the entire, point-to-point, 50-mile course. (Surprise swag at the run! Last year we gave away limited-edition Baker Ultra pint glasses)
  2. Increased female participation.  In 2022 we celebrated a marked increase in female participation with a rate of 35% women, up from a stagnant 20%. This achievement received national attention with an article featured in Ultra Running Magazine: Courage is Contagious: Women and Ultra Running.  To ensure even more women participate in 2023, this spring we will host raffles among women runners. If your name is drawn you'll receive a complimentary entry to the race.  Contact Amy Nelson for details. (Amy.NLSN@yahoo.com) It should be noted that this is a Trail Sisters Approved race. 
  3. Gorgeous trails.  This year's 50-mile course is nearly all trail and arguably the most scenic of the three sections. With 6,300 feet of climbing, you’ll wind through Cook Forest, pass a waterfall, a landmark fire tower, cross onto the North Country Trail and meander along the Clarion River. The photo ops are endless, making this a popular race for photographers.

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