Allegheny 100

Allegheny 100 mile hiking challenge

Join us June 8-10, 2018 for the 9th annual Allegheny-100 Hiking Challenge!

The A-100 lottery is now closed. The drawing will occur at the ANF Chapter’s March monthly meeting on Monday, March 19th. Notification of the lottery winners will be by email on Tuesday, March 20th with instructions on finalizing your registration, along with payment for the event.  There will be a requirement that you finalize your registration by 10:00 PM EDST on Thursday, March 22nd.

*New this year! Free, downloadable PDF maps for the Trail through the Allegheny National Forest. We encourage you to use Adobe Reader or Acrobat (not Google Chrome) for the best experience viewing and printing these maps sets. Click below to download this map set!

 

The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) will hold its ninth annual Allegheny-100 (A-100) challenge on June 8-10, 2018.  The A-100 is an unsupported endurance hiking challenge with no timekeepers, no aid stations, and no finish line other than the one hikers set for themselves.  The event challenges hikers to traverse 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles along the North Country Trail (NCT) through the ANF in 50 hours, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and ending at 8 p.m. on Sunday.  This year it will start in the south at the Route 66 crossing near Vowinckel, PA, and go north to Route 346.  The direction changes from year to year to give hikers a chance to see the whole trail.

Last year, a record number of 152 hikers signed up to hike the various distances, with 77 signed up to attempt the 100-mile trek.  Each year, more than half the participants sign up to attempt the 100 miles, but of those who do, only about 20% are able to reach their goal.  Most who fall short of the 100 miles complete their hike at the 50-mile mark for various reasons including injury, time, and energy.  The ANF chapter encourages participants to consider carefully their chosen mileage goals, as no transportation is guaranteed except the shuttle from your chosen end point to the starting line.

Any hiker who is less than 18 years old by June 8th must hike with an adult (18 or older) during the A-100 Challenge.  Minor registrants must provide that adult’s name at the time of registration.  Additionally, the event waiver must be signed by the parent or guardian.

Questions can be directed to:  anf@northcountrytrail.org or on the ANF Chapter Facebook page www.facebook.com/ANFChapterNCT/

Please review the Allegheny-100 Hiking Challenge Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

photo credit: Mike Henderson

Please note! Registration filled up within 7 hours of opening last year. There is no waiting list. Walk-ins the day of the event will be accepted, but you are entirely responsible for your own transportation. Walk-ins may or may not get a shirt depending on size availability; we order a few extra of every size each year, but depending on the number of walk-ins these may run out. Each shuttle bus has a list of participants that are to be on that bus, and space is extremely limited. No one who has not preregistered will be allowed on the shuttle bus.  If you sign up to take a shuttle, changes to the rosters can’t be made after May 11th.

The ANF Chapter will again host a series of training/preview hikes in the spring before the event to help potential participants familiarize themselves with the trail.  There will be six “beginner” hikes that will traverse shorter distances, and will all be in the southern half of the trail.  The beginner hikes are geared towards those contemplating the shorter distances of the A-100.  There will also be six “advanced” hikes that will cover longer stretches of trail in both the northern and southern halves of the trail, including two night-hikes.  The advanced hikes are geared towards those planning to do the longer distances of the A100.  Both the beginner and advanced hikes are open to everyone, and no one will ever be left behind.  Hike dates, times, and locations will be announced on our Facebook page and on the North Country Trail Hikers of PA Meetup page.

2017 A-100 Challenge participants

Pre-register to receive a membership to the North Country Trail Association, shuttle service to the start of the hike, and a T-shirt.

2018 Registration price:  $65. 

Below are links to information for participants. Please read through the FAQ’s and Trailhead Parking GPS Coordinates.

The waiver form must be filled out and submitted at check-in.

If you have any questions, please e-mail anf@northcountrytrail.org.