Crosswinds at Mid-State Airport and Our Sponsors Welcome...
The Allegheny Front Trail Run
Saturday, July 30, 2016
- 50K Seneca AFTR,
- Half Marathon Hemlock AFTR,
- 7-mile AFT Hike,
- or 1-mile Blueberry Trail Hike
Continued thanks to our 2015 sponsors:
- Appalachian Outdoors
- Black Moshannon Camp Store & Grill
- Black Moshannon Lodge
- CNB Bank, Philipsburg
- Crosswinds of Mid-State Airport Volunteers
- Graham’s Up-in-Smoke BBQ
- Hammer Nutrition
- Lezzer Lumber, State College
- Nature’s Pantry
- Nittany Valley Running Club
- Rapid Transit Sportswear
- Tarps Direct
- Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50
The Allegheny Front Trail was established by Ralph Seeley in 1991. The trail encircles Black Moshannon State Park, traversing 41.75 miles of the Allegheny Plateau, some rocky and rugged, on the way to five mountain trout streams and 11 vistas in the Moshannon State Forest. For a detailed trail description and photos, see Ben Cramer’s Guide to the Allegheny Front Trail. Maps are available at the Black Moshannon State Park Office and state forest offices.
A Family Day:
AFTR takes places just a few minutes drive from Black Moshannon State Park. Event options in 2016 include the 50K Seneca Run (7 a.m. start), Half Marathon Hemlock Run (8 a.m. start), 7-mile AFT Hike, and 1-mile Blueberry Trail Hike. See "Additional Event Details" below for registration links and course maps.
Race day registration and Packet Pickup is from 6:00 a.m.-6:45 a.m. for the Seneca Run, and from 6:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m. for the Hemlock Run. Men’s and women’s technical race shirts are available while they last. Download nearby AFTR Lodging Information (PDF) here
Race headquarters is at the Mid-State Regional Airport, Terminal Building, just 3 miles from Black Moshannon State Park, approximately 9 miles east of Philipsburg (451 Airport Road, Philipsburg, PA 16866). Do not send mail to this address.
Enhanced Courses for This Year’s Race:
The 50K Seneca in 2016 is a course on the northwest section of the AFT. Note that it is long (32.5 miles). The Seneca Run is 100% trail. The Hemlock is a half marathon (13,1-mile), 98% trail, 93% single-track course. Runners start on a ½ mile of airport pavement, then run on dirt/grassy road trail for a ½ mile. Both courses include aid stations/checkpoints and clear route markings. Enjoy!
Post-Race Meal, Massage and Refreshments:
The runner entry fee includes a hot post-race meal and refreshments. Just present your bib number at AFTR headquarters in the airport terminal. Massage will be provided after both races by the D-Stress Station, of Boalsburg.
Start Times/Time Limit/Cutoffs:
The Seneca 50K run starts at 7 a.m. The Hemlock Half Marathon starts at 8 a.m.
Runners in the 50K should plan to maintain a 17-minute/mile pace or better.
The Seneca course will have a 16 minute/mile pace upper limit. Cutoffs will be established at later checkpoints on the course. We encourage those who will be running at a slower pace to run the Half Marathon Hemlock course.
Participants in the 7-mile hike will depart by car from AFTR headquarters at 9 a.m. and the hike will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Fly-in Participants Welcome!
For more airport information, visit the rest of the Mid-State Airport website (you are here). For directions via plane, visit the Mid-State Airport Pilot Information page. The first five entrants to fly to Mid-State by plane get free registration (limit 2 per plane).
Additional Event Details:
- 2016 AFTR Entry Form (PDF) updated Feb 2016
- AFTR Lodging Information (PDF) updated Jan 2016
- Hemlock Half Marathon Course map (PDF) updated Jan 2016
- Seneca (50K) Course map (PDF)
- 7-mile Hike Map (PDF)
Activities for Family:
Questions or to Volunteer: Contact Mike at 814-238-5918 or Mary Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Crosswinds at Mid-State Airport
Crosswinds at Mid-State Airport is a volunteer group that promotes general aviation, recreation opportunities, and trail preservation in the surrounding state park and forest lands. Recent volunteer projects include creating and maintaining the new Blueberry Trail, which connects airport property to the Moss Hanne Trail in Black Moshannon State Park. Crosswinds sponsors fly-ins which can include free flights for children, hiking, and opportunities for Boy Scouts to earn Camping and Aviation merit badges. Crosswinds regularly collaborates with the Civil Air Patrol and Boy Scouts.
The August 2011 Fly-In honored World War II veterans, some of whom were interviewed for WPSU’s Story Corps that day.