Laurel Highlands Ultra Races

Fortieth annual 70.5 mile Trail Run

70.5 Mile Team Relay Race

50 Kilometer Trail Race

50k Team Relay Race

June 8th, 2019


70.5 Mile Race 70.5 Mile Team Relay 50 Kilometer Race 50K Team Relay

Here are links to photographs from the 2018 race.

Courtesy of Tim Toogood Photography

70.5 Mile Start

50K Registration

50K Start

Miles 9-11

Mile 46ish

70.5 Mile Finish


For 2019 we will celebrate the fortieth running of the Laurel Highlands Ultra. The race will continue to be dedicated to Paul Butchko, who along with his brother Joe, founded the Laurel Highlands Trail Race four decades ago. Paul's unexpected death in 2017 was truly a sad day for our trail family. Paul and his extended family have been running and volunteering at the race every year. For those of you that have had the pleasure of meeting Paul, you know he will be sorely missed.
Each year, proceeds from the race are donated to the Laurel Highlands Trail through the Pennsylavania Parks and Forest Foundation. The money donated goes directly to the trail to provide material and services for maintenance. Future donations from the race will be made in Paul Butchko's name as a tribute to Paul's love of the trail.


Welcome to the home page for the Laurel Highlands Ultra races. Each year the race is held on the second Saturday in June. 2019 will be the fortieth running of the 70.5 mile race and the fourteenth running of the 50K race. The races will start in Ohiopyle, PA, with the 70.5 mile individual and relay races running the entire length of the trail and the 50K races finishing at the 31 mile point near the intersection of Route 31. All of the races are point-to-point along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
For more information, please click on one of the race links above.


Special thanks to the Pennsylvania state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for allowing the use of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail for this race.

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