Perfect. All three courses (25k, 45k, 50 mile) are challenging, but fair. There are plenty of hills for the masochists who love them, but not so many that it's silly (pun intended).

The footing is usually excellent, but there are areas where your ankles will thank you for slowing down and watching for rocks. Patches of sand will slow things down, but much of the course is pleasantly-packed dirt. However, THIS IS NOT A ROAD RACE.  

The terrain will be challenging, and may be very challenging if the weather has been unusually wet or dry.  Speedsters who have visions of blazing fast 50 mile times, may find the course not as cooperative as they think (if basing things solely on the elevation profile).  However, many ultra runners over the years have used Hungerford as their first 50-mile venture, and/or have set PRs here.

The Hungerford course is a pleasant mixture of forest roads, two-tracks, single-track, power lines, and gravel road - with some pavement/road shoulder at the start and finish.

For 2021 and beyone (the foreseable future), based on runner feedback from the 2020 race, we have decided to make the changes to our previous half-marathon and marathon permanent - which results in the (former) marathon now becoming an ultra of 45k (28.3 miles).  All races now start and end at the same location (whereas in previous years runners were shuttled up the course slightly).

Upcoming Races

Sep 24 2022
28.3 Miles
This ultra distance is one loop of the 50-mile course - with a return to the start/finish from Aid Station A.
1,800 1,800 ft.
Single Loop Course
7 Aid Stations
8 :00 Cutoff
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts
Sep 24 2022
50 Miles
Hungerford is a pleasant mix of single-track, two-track, forest road, power lines, gravel road, and some pavement/shoulder at the start and finish. The course is close to a double-loop (runners don't head back to the finish until completing loop 2). Runners will be out amongst the Huron-Manistee National Forest and rural Mid-Michigan countryside.
3,200 3,200 ft.
Mixture Course
13 Aid Stations
15 :00 Cutoff
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts


50 Miles View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result (M) Top Result (F)
09/25/21 33 8:05:36 9:02:04
09/26/20 45 7:19:45 8:12:20
09/28/19 30 6:46:05 8:31:41
09/29/18 35 7:26:39 8:45:13
09/30/17 31 6:26:48 8:45:18
09/24/16 19 7:25:17 9:35:21
09/26/15 11 13:07:50 12:07:17
09/27/14 28 8:49:57 9:36:55
11/09/13 20 7:12:45 8:37:31

28.3 Miles View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result (M) Top Result (F)
09/25/21 24 4:25:07 5:26:36
09/26/20 57 4:14:50 5:00:22
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information. If you see an error, please let us know
Rob Hinton - Dubuque Iowa, heading down the infamous power lines section on loop one of the 50 mile. Laura Waldo becomes the first 5x finisher at Hungerford (2019). Cruising along the power lines. The sign says it all. 2018:  Shelby Pankratz of Zeeland MI, sails down the single-track in route to another top 3 finish Andrew Madsen arrives at Station C. Homemade goodies are a regular feature of most Hungerford aid stations. Headed to some single-track joy from Station C - 2020. Brian Steinberg (350) and Peter Schlemmer (363) rocking up the Power Lines - 2020 Stormy Knight from Alpena, MI - rocking along the power lines - 2020. Majestic view from the top of the power lines - 2020.

Tussey Mountainback 50 Miler

  • Oct 31, 2021
  • Boalsburg, PA
50 Miles