Race Information

Worlds End Fall Classic

The Worlds End Fall Classic has a reputation as one of the toughest and most scenic trail half marathons in the state.

The Worlds End Fall Classic is a challenging half marathon that explores Worlds End State Park and Loyalsock State Forest in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. The route is mostly rugged, scenic-dense single-track trails with multiple waterfalls and vistas of the beautiful Endless Mountains and has an elevation gain of 3,200 ft. We support you with 2 aid stations and challenge you with a strict 5 hour cutoff. Though this race has no qualification standards or registration restrictions, be aware that this is not an entry level course for a trail novice. You should have some trail experience before attempting this course.

Worlds End Fall Classic Details:
Event date: Saturday September 28, 2024
Start time: 10:00AM
Cutoff time: 3:00pm (5 hours)
Start/Finish: Cliff Pavilion at Worlds End State Park
Bib Pick Up: Saturday 8:30AM to 10:00AM

Registration is first come, first served.
Registration Date: December 2, 2023 at 7PM
Registration Deadline: September 25, 2024.
Capacity: 225 runners

Non-Competitive and Competitive Fields:
This year we are trying something new by introducing a competitive field with the hope of starting a competitive series for 2025. We are calling it the East Coast Smackdown! The East Coast Smackdown runs the same course at the same time as everyone else but the extra payment goes into the pot for awards. The Fall Classic is our non-competitive field.
Fall Classic (non-competitive) $65
East Coast Smackdown! (competitive) $75


We will refund 50% of your entry fee minus any processing fees until September 16, 2023. Race registrations are not transferable to other participants or future races. Please consider these factors very carefully before registering. Please use your registration profile to request a refund. Due to maintaining a waiting list, we do not do deferrals or bib transfers.

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Driving Directions

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Driving directions to race parking

Course Information

Below you will find the official elevation profile, course map, and aid station planner. Use the yellow button to view the PDF file. You can download it to your computer and print it if you so choose to do so. You can also view this map online at https://caltopo.com/m/3N24

Race Photos!

Check out all the action from the Worlds End Fall Classic Half Marathon!

Course Record Holders

Fastest course times for the Worlds End Fall Classic!


Matt Lipsey

Men's Course Record
1:55:29 ('16)


Nicole Yokum

Women's Course Record
2:21:46 ('19)

Aid Station Information

In an effort to be more sustainable and friendly towards the environment, the Worlds End Fall Classic Half Marathon is a cupless races. All runners will need to carry their own reusable cup throughout the race to use at aid stations.

The use of Ibuprofen or Naprosyn can lead to kidney problems when used in abundance and/or under stressful conditions. Aid stations will not provide these medications to any runner. If you feel the need to bring and use your own pain medications or anti-inflammatories, then you are willing to assume the responsibility for their use.

The first aid station is lightly stocked with fluids and a variety of light foods. The second aid station will be more robust. The fluids that are generally available are: water, hydration/energy drink, ginger ale and cola. The foods that are generally available are: salt replacement foods such as saltines, pretzels, chips; fruits such as oranges, bananas, and melons; cookies, candies, sandwiches, etc.

Race Rules

As it is in many trail races, the Worlds End Fall Classic has its own rules and practices. Please read carefully the race rules and warnings before the competition.

  1. No unofficial or unregistered runners are permitted.
  2. Every runner's bib must be clearly visible on the front of the body at all times.
  3. Runners must follow the marked course at all times. It will be clearly marked with orange survey ribbon and directional arrows may be used where needed. Any runner that departs the marked course must return to the point of departure before continuing. Cutting the switchbacks is considered cheating.
  4. There is no mandatory gear needed for this race but we suggest a good pair of trail shoes, a small water bottle and maybe some bug spray.
  5. Hiking poles, headphones, GPS devices, heart rate monitors, and similar devices are allowed – but ONLY IF you use them safely and responsibly (so you are aware of what’s around you and not a danger to yourself or others).
  6. No one is allowed to drop or store supplies along the race route, and runners are not allowed aid between checkpoints unless it is an emergency.
  7. We love trail dogs, but not during a race. Please no pets on the course. (Pets are welcome as part of your crew, and at the start/finish area, but they must be under control and they must be on a leash while within the state park.)
  8. You can either carry your trash or dispose of it at the aid stations. We are operating under permits from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and litter could threaten future permits. Anyone caught intentionally littering along the trail will be disqualified.
  9. The course uses many popular hiking trails, so please be respectful of all trail users and yield as needed. Be careful, courteous, patient, and safe while passing competitors or other trail users. Communicate your intentions clearly (“Passing on your left”), and remember that it’s much more fun when everyone uses their manners.
  10. Both aid stations will have bathroom facilities nearby, either a permanent structure or a port-a-john. If you have to pee, find a tree. Anything else, use the outhouse.
  11. We’ll be tracking your progress around the course – it’s your responsibility to make sure your race bib is visible, and to check yourself IN of each of the aid stations (even if you are just passing through without stopping). The communications team at the aid stations will record your arrival and departure, and relay your progress to race HQ.
  12. Aid station captains will strictly enforce the cut-off times that are posted for designated aid stations. Aid station captains also have the authority to pull you from the course if it is clear that you are physically unable to continue in a safe manner. Their decisions are final, and if you refuse to vacate the course when directed, you’ll be disqualified.
  13. If you can’t complete the race, you must notify an aid station captain and surrender your race bib, which will officially withdraw you from the race. If you leave the race and don’t show up at the next aid station within a reasonable time, we’ll assume you’re lost and will notify authorities. This could threaten the race’s future permits. Leaving a race without informing an aid station captain means automatic disqualification and restriction from entry in future races.
  14. When you sign up for the race, you are signing up to run/race at the event. We have an obligation to our participants who actually show up to the race, and we guarantee to provide a race bib, event timing, start line, a marked course with aid along the way, finish line, and results posted online through our timing company. Anything not listed above is a bonus provided by the race and is not included in your registration fee.
  15. The race will do everything they can to provide an adequately marked trail, but it is necessary for runners to continually remain alert as they run the course. On occasion, weather, animals, and persons not associated with the event can alter or remove course markings. A working knowledge of the course is highly encouraged. You are ultimately responsible to follow the correct course. You can also carry the course using your phone’s built-in GPS to see your location on the course at all times even while in airplane mode or without cell coverage. Cell coverage is poor or nonexistent in portions throughout the course.
  16. All runners are responsible to know the rules prior to participating on race day.
  17. Any runner who crosses the finish line after the 5 hour limit will not be an official finisher