The Outdoor Adventure Challenge

The Outdoor Adventure Challenge is a competitive 5K trail run that includes use of the Diakon Wilderness Center's amenities. That's right . . . your registration fee includes free use of the zip line, Alpine tower and high ropes course plus a wonderful lunch! The event also incorporates a “fun-run” for participants who prefer to run or walk the course in a less competitive atmosphere.

As one past participant said in describing the Outdoor Adventure Challenge: "The Diakon Outdoor Adventure Challenge totally exceeded my expectations! The course was challenging, the surroundings were beautiful, and the lunch was much better than your typical post-race spread. But the best part was definitely challenging myself on the Alpine tower and flying down the zip-line.”

In 2018, Diakon is celebrating 150 years of caring for our neighbors! Please click here to learn more about our local events being held and a look back on our history!

Mark your calendars for Sept. 15, 2018. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts prompty at 9 a.m. Click here to register online!

LOCATION: Race takes place on a beautiful, wooded 170-acre campus at The Diakon Wilderness Center, 571 Mountain Rd., Boiling Springs, PA.

COURSE: The course is off-road and includes some steep inclines. Finish line and chip timing service by Pretzel City Sports. 

AMENITIES: All pre-registered participants receive a T-shirt (guaranteed if registered by 8/15/18), lunch, free parking, and use of zip line, Alpine tower, Giant Swing and high ropes course located on campus. Awards ceremony at approximately 10:15 a.m. 


  • 5K trail run (includes 5K, lunch, t-shirt, and all amenities) - $35 ($45 after 8/15/18)
  • All the fun without the run (includes lunch and all amenities, but no 5K or t-shirt) - $15
  • All the fun without the run + shirt (includes lunch, t-shirt, and all amenities, but no 5K) - $25

Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in each of the following categories:

  • Ages 12 and under
  • Ages 13-19
  • Ages 20-29
  • Ages 30-39
  • Ages 40-49
  • Ages 50 and older

Top three overall male and female will receive medals as well as gift cards from Appalachian Running Company: 1st place - $50; 2nd place - $30, 3rd place - $25.
Top three male and female ages 12 and under will receive medals as well as a t-shirt and free jump pass at Get Air.
Top three male and female in all other age group categories will receive medals.

For questions, please contact Alex Dapkewicz or call (610) 682-1232.