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Sunday, April 26, 2020 -- Hopwood, PA / Hopwood Volunteer Fire Department
Mount Summit Challenge (iPO Event Id#: 17317)

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The Mt. Summit Challenge is one of the premier races in Fayette County averaging over 600 runners and walkers the last 5 years. This race is one of the toughest races in Southwestern Pennsylvania! Race starts at 9:00 am.

2020 Registration

  • Entry Form coming soon!

    Mount Summit Challenge
    Great event for family and friends!

    It is a 3.5 mile race that starts on the National Road (Route 40) in Hopwood that climbs over 1200 feet to the historic Summit Inn Resort. This race will test your mental and physical strength. Please remember this is a point-to-point race and transportation after the race is not provided back to Hopwood or the post race party.

    Location . . . Race & Registration

    Hopwood VFD Social Hall
    118 Old Furnace Road
    Hopwood, PA 15445 . . . [ Google Map ]

    Packet Pick-Up . Race Day Registration

    Registration and Packet Pickup will be from 7:00-8:30 AM at the Hopwood Social Hall in Hopwood. Participants are encouraged to register and/or pick packets up on Saturday April 9th, from 4:00-7:00 PM at McMillen Engineering Inc., 115 Wayland Smith Drive near Pasta Lorenzo's, which is across from Uniontown Holiday Inn.

    Post Race Party . . . Starts at 10am at the Uniontown VFD Social Hall

    The Fayette Striders will host a post-race party including pizza, snacks, drinks, DJ Chaz, prizes, and awards ceremony! The party will be held at:

    Uniontown VFD Social Hall
    58 Dunbar Street
    Uniontown, PA 15401 . . . (adjacent to Bailey Park)

    Awards (Runners and Walkers)

    • Top 3 Male/ Female overall and top 3 in age group

    • Age Groups Awards: 14-U; 15-19; 20-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70-over

    • Heavyweight (Male Runners ONLY): Top 3 in each division (Cruiser 175-199; Clydesdale 200/over). Registering as a heavyweight requires weigh-in and forfeits eligibility for age group awards.

    Race History

    The race started as a challenge between two friends, who were both talented runners. Rumor has it, that they were challenged by a group of guys to run the summit, from Uniontown, PA. And they took them up on the challenge. Turns out it was in the middle of night and in February!

    Today, the race is held on Sunday morning, mid to late April, based on scheduling. There are one to two water stops depending on temperature. There is no support back to Hopwood, a lot of participants run back down, others plan on family and friends to drive them back down.


    Provided by the professionals of SERJ Racing Services.

    To Benefit

    The proceeds of the race will support the Fayette Striders Cross-Country and/or Track & Field Scholarship fund.

    Start Date: 2020-04-26     Start Time: 9:00am
    Event Name: Mount Summit Challenge
    Location(s): Hopwood, PA 15445
    Hopwood Volunteer Fire Department
    Event Type(s): Run
    Event Distance(s): 3.5mi
    Contact(s): Joe Thomas (Fayette Striders Running Club)
       Phone: 724-438-0628 evenings
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