Event Information

Baker Trail UltraChallenge 2017


The thirteenth annual Baker Trail UltraChallenge will take place on Saturday August 26, 2017. The UltraChallenge is a 50-mile ultramarathon on the Baker Trail. Unlike the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, this is a footrace; the "challenge" is for you or your relay team to win, or at least finish in 14 hours or less! This year, the UltraChallenge starts at the northern trailhead in Forest County at 6:30 AM. Runners will follow the Baker Trail south for 40 miles to Summerville, then turn east to Brookville and end at the Brookville YMCA. The deadline for finishing is 8:30 PM.

Participant Information

Important event details and other information for participants is here.

Shirts & Awards

Individual registrants will receive a long-sleeve technical fiber shirt. All relay team members will receive a short-sleeve t-shirt.

All individual finishers will receive the first piece of a unique three-piece medal (a different piece will be awarded in each of the subsequent two years for the north and central sections). All relay team members will receive a special relay medal. Trophies will be awarded for:

  • First, second, and third place male and female finishers
  • First place Masters (age 40+) male and female finishers (Masters have precedence over 2nd & 3rd place)
  • First overall, and first coed relay team finishers


Register here.


These hotels are all within a few minutes drive of the YMCA.

Days Inn(814) 849-8001
Gold Eagle Inn(814) 849-7344
Holiday Inn(814) 849-8381
Howard Johnson Motel(814) 849-3335
Super 8 Motel(814) 849-8840


The UltraChallenge needs volunteers! We will need people throughout the day, from morning registration to aid stations along the course, and the finish. People can volunteer for as few as two hours. If you'd like to help out, review and sign up on the Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities page. What's in it for a volunteer? As a thank-you, all volunteers receive a coveted Marshal t-shirt and the gratitude of many strangers!