New Format (Same as 2023)
New in 2022 - In response to the lack of advance guarantee of Summit access, all runners will sign up for the Marathon and if the Summit is available and covered with aid stations on race day, the first 250 runners that want to go to the summit for the full Challenge, and have reached the Parkway Marathon turnaround within the cut-off time, will become Challenge racers and will continue to the Summit.
In a normal year, there are less than 250 runners that reach the Parkway within the cutoff time, so this solution should give anyone who is capable, the chance for a Summit, if it is available to us.
We feel this is a better solution that having to deny folks the chance of a Summit because of a closure at the last minute.
9/1/2022 - Our first running of the new format in 2022 presented every race director's nightmare. A change to the course after the gun had gone off. Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of the safety personnel and their ability to effectively keep the runners safe in extremely variable conditions. We aim to let every runner get everything they want out of race day - But ultimately, safety takes precedence. We look forward to another run at the Highest Summit in the East this February!
9/1/2023 - In our second running of the new format, we again had some nasty changing weather on race day - But working with the Mitchell State Park team, we were able to give Challengers the Summit day they wanted! Now on to 2024!!