Event Information

Baker Trail UltraChallenge 2009


The fifth annual Baker Trail UltraChallenge will take place on Saturday August 29, 2009. Elite Runners & WalkersThe 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 in Summerville, PA at 6:30 AM. Runners will follow the Baker Trail south for 42 miles to Plumville, then turn north over rolling country roads to Smicksburg and end at a private farm. The deadline for finishing is 8:30 PM.

Relay Teams

If you're a runner looking to join a relay team, check out the Relay Team Organizer page.

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 central and southern sections). All relay team members will receive a special relay medal. Trophies will be awarded for:

  • First, second, and third place male, female, and overall finishers
  • First place Masters (age 40+) male, female, and overall finishers
  • First place relay team male, female, coed, and overall finishers


Click to registerAdvance registrations may only be submitted online, via active.com. Click here to register! We are accepting up to 300 registrations this year. Note that advance registrations will be accepted through August 26 and are non-refundable.


There are no hotels near registration. You may sleep at the private farm in a tent, the barn (no livestock), the house, or your vehicle.


The UltraChallenge needs volunteers! We will need people throughout the day, from morning registration to checkpoints along the course and the finish. People can volunteer for as few as two hours. If you'd like to help out, email your name and phone to volunteer2@rachelcarsontrails.org. What's in it for a volunteer? As a thank-you, all volunteers receive a coveted Marshal t-shirt and the gratitude of hundreds of strangers!