The unsupported backpacking adventure is put on by the Allegheny National Forest Chapter of the North Country Trail. It’s not a race against other hikers, but a test of stamina and skill, with the goal to finish the 100-mile hike within 50 hours. There also are 25-mile, 50-mile and 75-mile options. There are no first-aid or watering stations on the route, which ran from just south of Marienville to just shy of the New York border at Willow Bay, McKean County. The route will run north to the south for the next two years.
Organizers had 100 preregistered hikers within six weeks of opening entry to the event. There also were 19 walk-ins. Registered participants received membership in the North Country Trail Association, trail shuttle service and a T-shirt.
The goal of the Allegheny 100 challenge is to promote awareness of the North Country Trail, Allegheny National Forest and McKean, Warren and Forest Counties.