Combine about 13.5 miles of the toughest terrain in central Pennsylvania with the worst of winter weather. What do you get? The Frozen Snot! It is one tough booger. In 2014, we added 600+ of elevation gain for a total climb of over 5,600 feet over roughly a half marathon length-the 2017 course remains the same. Most people report that is the most difficult trail race they have ever done. Mile for mile it ranks with the most challenging in the nation.
The Next FROZEN SNOT is January 28, 2017. Registration starts November 15, 2016!
READ BEFORE ENTERING THE FROZEN SNOT! The Frozen Snot will be held on January 28, 2017; it will not be rescheduled to a different date due to inclement weather or hazardous driving conditions. In the event that the Governor of Pennsylvania declares a State of Emergency (weather or otherwise) in CLINTON COUNTY, the Frozen Snot will be CANCELED for 2017. If there is a state of emergency elsewhere, but not in Clinton County, the event will NOT be canceled. Because of many factors, it is simply not possible to reschedule.
In the event of cancellation, entry fees will NOT be refunded, but rather go into the City of Lock Haven Park’s Department fund for watershed improvements for recreation. In the event of cancellation, swag will be able to picked up for 15 days after January 28th at a location to be designated. You may pick up swag for friends, but swag will not be mailed.
So what is The Frozen Snot? It is a 13.5-mile trek, trail run, hike, adventure race or what ever you want to call it. In 2015 we started to morph more toward an adventure race as not much of the course is all that runable. We have selected the worst that Bald Eagle Mountain provides and scheduled it during what is usually the coldest week of the year. It is aimed at the hardcore trail runner and hardy hiker. By hardcore we don't mean "elite" or necessarily fast, but rather a person that is ready for the most daunting 13.5-mile course we could devise in these parts. The day could be freezing rain on top of a foot of snow or it might just be a bracing, bright winter's day out on a hard and fast rocky surface.
A fair amount of the route is on established trails used by the Boulder Beast and Eagle Trek. Some of the route, though, travels ground that is really only passable (except to the diehard bushwacker) in the winter. The course will be well-marked, but not "manicured". Expect four stream crossings which may, or may not, be frozen. Check out the Course page for more details.
New this year, you can choose the regular course (about 13.5 miles) or, by popular demand, a "short course" of about 8.3 miles. Choose your preference when you register.
VITAL STATISTICS ("Long Course")
Length: 13.5 +/- miles
Total Elevation Gain: 5,600 + feet
Elevation Gain Per Mile: 407 feet
Toughest Single Climb: 1,300 feet (The Beast - ground distance 2,900 feet)
Aid Stations: ONE at Zindel Park
VITAL STATISTICS ("Short Course")
Length: 8.3 +/- miles
Total Elevation Gain: 3,775 + feet
Elevation Gain Per Mile: 454 feet
Toughest Single Climb: 1,100 feet (Barb's KMA Trail - about 1 mile)
Aid Stations: ONE at Zindel Park
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - The Frozen Snot - U. S. Army Reserve Center, McElhattan, PA
6:00 a.m. - Registration Starts
6:00 a.m. - Breakfast (old fashioned oatmeal, bagels, coffee, hot chocolate)
7:30 a.m. - THE START
11:30 a.m. - Begin post event food and refreshments (chowder, pierogies, salad, pizza, desserts)
4:30 p.m. - Course Closes (all participants off)
Official Sponsor: City of Lock Haven, PA