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Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge

2018 Race Winners 2018 Race Winners


The 7th Annual Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge will feature a 14k run, 7K run and 2 Mile Fun Walk. The event will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 and will begin at 9 A.M.

WHERE: The event will be run on the Laurel Mill Trail in Allegheny National Forest, near the town of Ridgway, PA.

DIRECTIONS: From Ridgway, follow Main Street/Laurel Mill Road west approximately 3.6 miles to the Laurel Mill trailhead and parking area. (GPS Coordinates: 41° 26’ 26.4” North and 78° 47’ 18.9” West)

COURSE: The Laurel Mill Trail was designed specifically for cross-country skiing and hiking. The rolling and looping forest trail offers a surface covered in grasses, ferns, rocks, dirt, mud, gravel, sticks and windfall branches. The course has approximately 400-feet of elevation gain/loss. Watch out for the bears, snakes and skunks! The course will be well marked with signs and/or volunteers at trail intersections to assist you.  The 14K course is two laps of the 7K course.


AGE GROUPS: Male and Female Divisions:  14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over

AWARDS: First overall male and female in each of the 14k and 7K runs. Awards to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female in the 14k run and 7K run age groups. The 2 mile walk is a “fun walk” and is non-competitive.

SHIRTS: Each pre-registered participant will receive a race t-shirt (adult unisex sizing). Extra shirts will be given out as supplies last after the pre-registration deadline and on race day. Shirts are not guaranteed to anyone registering after the pre-registration deadline.

FACILITIES: A rest room facility (pit toilet) will be available at the trailhead. Water will be provided at a few locations along the trail.

REFRESHMENTS: Post-race snacks and beverages will be provided.

INFORMATION: Phone: (814) 776-5373 or email the race director, Steve Putt, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click Here for Race Registration Form (Paper Mail-In Form)
Click Here for Online Registration through UltraSignUp (additional processing fees apply)

2018 Event Sponsors:

2018 Race Results:

7K Results

Male Winner: Rick Gabler St. Marys, PA 35:36
Female Winner: Megan Quesenberry St. Marys, PA 38:26


14K Results

Male Winner: Leroy Kopp St. Marys, PA 1:07:37
Female Winner: Lucy Anthony St. Marys, PA 1:18:11


2018 Event Photos


Previous Race Results:

2012 2013 2014  2015 2016 2017
5K Results 7K Results 7K Results  7K Results 7K Results 7K Results
16K Results 14K Results 14K Results  14K Results 14K Results 14K Results
2012 Event Photos 2013 Event Photos 2014 Event Photos  2015 Event Photos    

14K and 7K Course Records


About Les Haas:

Les was a US Army veteran and served as a Waterways Conservation Officer with the PA Fish & Boat Commission for 20 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Elk County Conservation District for 8 years. Les was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the NRA, PA Federation of Sportsmen, St. Marys Sportsmens Club, B.A.S.S., Buckmaster Whitetail Deer Hunting Association, National Trappers Association and Christian Sportsman Fellowship. Les devoted his life to conservation efforts and was actively involved in many Conservation District activities, including the annual Elk County Envirothon. Les passed unexpectedly on February 24, 2012. In Les’s honor, proceeds from this event will be used for environmental education efforts within Elk County.


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