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Challenge 2010 results posted

by Steve Mentzer last modified Jun 22, 2010 03:27 PM

Split times now available

The times recorded at the start, each checkpoint, and the finish for the 2010 Rachel Carson Trail Challenge are now posted.

Participants are asked to take a brief, one-page online survey about the Challenge here.

Second Chance registration opens at 4PM today

by Steve Mentzer last modified Jun 05, 2010 08:40 AM

Another chance to register for the 2010 Rachel Carson Trail Challenge

At 4 PM today, we will reopen registration for the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge for slots recovered from dropouts. As of this morning, there are 25 spots available for the 34-Mile event, and 10 for the 18-Mile. The registration mechanism is unchanged; use the Register Online link on the Challenge 2010 page to sign up, starting at 4 PM.

Rachel Carson Trail: New route in Springdale

by Steve Mentzer last modified May 15, 2010 10:53 PM

The Trail has been moved off Butler Road in Springdale

The Rachel Carson Trail has been relocated from Butler Road to a new route west of Springdale. Pay close attention to new blazing after you pass by the Springdale High School track field fence (westbound) and after crossing Tawney Run Road (eastbound).

Second Chance Registration

by Steve Mentzer last modified May 05, 2010 06:07 PM

The Rachel Carson Trail Challenge may be full, but there's still hope

On Saturday, June 5 at 4:00 PM EDT, Second Chance Registration for the 34-Mile Rachel Carson Trail Challenge will open. At that time, spots will become available through the normal registration system at

Between now and then, we are offering partial refunds to anyone wishing to relinquish their spot in the Challenge. An email broadcast to all registered participants has been sent with instructions on the refund process.

On the morning of June 5, we will post on the home page the number of spots available, and at 4 PM will be updated to reflect this, and registration will again be permitted until those spots are all taken.

If you're unsuccessful at getting a spot during Second Chance Registration, you will have one final opportunity with Standby Registration.

Please note:

  • Each spot is filled when the registration process is completed, not when it is started. Thus, it's possible that you will fill in your registration information and submit it, only to find all the spots taken by those who are faster typists. So, have a working credit card number and expiration date ready.
  • The fee for the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge during Second Chance Registration is $90.
  • If you wanted to do the Full Challenge but have already signed up for the Homestead Challenge, you may use this process to try to get a spot in the Full Challenge. If you are successful, your Homestead Challenge registration fee would be partially refundable if the Homestead Challenge sells out. The refund won't happen automatically, you will need to request it.

Volunteers Start First

by Steve Mentzer last modified Apr 26, 2010 06:24 PM

Earn a place at the head of the line!

Continuing this year, any volunteer who contributed at least four hours on or after June 20, 2009 (which includes the 2009 Challenge) will be able to start the 2010 Rachel Carson Trail Challenge at the head of the line or immediately upon arriving at the trailhead.

To qualify, simply attend one of the trail work days that will be posted on this site. Or lead a training hike, or help with promotions, or any way you can. If you have a talent and believe it may be useful, let us know! Email (be sure to add <notspam> to the subject) or call Steve at 412-512-4544.

Sorry, due to administrative limitations, this reward is inalienable (can't be transferred) and can only be earned on Conservancy trails or projects.

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