The Frozen Snot 12-Mile Trail Run

The coldest trail race in Pennsylvania!

Trail Running Difficult

Distance
22 km
Ascent
1.6 km
Descent
1.6 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
203 m
High Point
642 m
Gradient
24˚
The Frozen Snot 12-Mile Trail Run Map

First and foremost, the Frozen Snot is not a race for beginners. Those who show up on race day are faced with some of Pennsylvania's toughest terrain - 12.5 miles with over 5,800-feet of climbing - all, during the coldest part of the year. Traction devices are even required for all racers. The RD (Race Director) also speaks of exposure on the course "where a fall could result in injury or death," and how just days after the 2013 event, an ice storm swept over central PA that later froze over nearby creeks and streams. If you're still reading, here's the rundown on what you need to know to run "The Snot".

Description

As previously mentioned, racers are required to "have available (wearing or in your pack) some sort of traction device, such as Kahtoola Microspikes, Hillsound Trail Crampons, Yaktrax or "screw shoes" (shoes with short sheet metal screws in the sole to provide traction)." Trekking poles and dry socks are also highly recommended, and it's a fair guess to think many returning runners carry additional items such as hand warmers, space blanket, and extra layers to be safe. Temperatures this time of year can lead to hypothermia or frostbite when not properly addressed. Runners should also avoid cotton clothing and the race director "reserves the right to not let a person start if he feels that an entrant is not suitably equipped or dressed.

While the course has changed periodically through the years (often to make it harder), runners can expect a mixture of Pennsylvania's notoriously-rocky trails, rugged climbs, and streamside cruising. "There is no way to tell if the course will have two feet of snow, glaze ice, or no snow," the RD notes. Variations in the exact route may not be reflected on this published route, so bear that in mind if you plan to explore the are during other times of the year. Most of the trails are open year-round, and the Keller Reservoir doubles as a popular summer destination.

As with most reputable trail races, swag is given to all runners and available for pick-up should the event be canceled for weather. Should the event be canceled," entry fees minus any costs we have incurred will be split between the City of Lock Haven Park’s Department fund for watershed improvements for recreation, ReVibe Gear, and Alzheimer's Association." Packet pick-up is available the evening before the race and morning-of. The event is also capped at 250 participants and there is no waitlist as of 2021.

Aid stations are available on-course, all staffed entirely by volunteers. The RD asks participants show respect and patience for volunteers, and to let you know you appreciate them along the way. Many of the trail races around the world wouldn't take place if it weren't for the incredible volunteers who help make them happen.

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Difficulty

Difficult

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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