by Brynn Furnace, KTA Program Administrator
What a beautiful day for a hike! We had absolutely perfect weather for the 9th Annual KTA Trail Challenge, a blessing after the extreme weather of the past few years. From the start of the day to the last participant crossing the finish line, we enjoyed a perfect day.
A huge thank-you goes out to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to serve the over 460 registered participants, making the event run smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without the volunteers! We also thank our maintaining clubs that worked many extra hours to ensure the course was in tip-top shape for the race, especially after the big storm that ripped through York and Lancaster Counties just days before the Trail Challenge.
Despite the bee stings and a few scrapes, the participants survived this year’s challenge making incredible time! The first 25k participant came in shortly after 11:00 AM, completing the course in just over 2 hours, with the first 50k participant finishing closely behind in just over 4 hours.
Participants reached the finish line in good spirits after accomplishing an amazing feat. They received a wooden finisher medallion and a cool, purple KTA Trail Challenge tech T-shirt, as well as a delicious picnic provided by Legends Catering.
I had an excellent time at my first KTA Trail Challenge and can’t wait to see everyone back out on the course again next year!
Photos from the event:
Pictures by Nate Nieri
Pictures by Jennifer Kamienski
Keystone Trails Association