Frequently Asked Questions (these pertain to a live event, not the 2020 virtual event)


Is this an obstacle course race?  

No! 5K-racers can participate in the adventure elements after the race, but they are not incorporated into the actual trail run. The minimum weight for the zip-line is 50 pounds and the maximum is 250 pounds.


What is the “wave time” when I register?

During registration you will be asked to pick a wave time for the High Ropes Course.  This allows us to reduce waiting time for this attraction. You are welcome to enjoy the Burma Bridge, Alpine Tower, Giant Swing and Rock Climbing Wall at any time throughout the event, but we ask that you arrive for the High Ropes Course during your chosen wave time.  If you are not participating in the 5K, we urge you to sign up for the 9 a.m. wave time so non-runners can get through the lines while the race is in progress. You will receive a colored wristband in your race bag or at the race day registration table to indicate your wave time.


Can I bring my kids?

Yes! We have kids of all ages participate in our 5k trail run! As long as your child is at least 8-years old and fits in the safety harness (50 pounds minimum), he or she can also participate in the adventure elements. This year we added a half-mile Fun Run and a Kid's Corner with a petting zoo, horse rides, inflatable slide and face painting. Pricing is the same as the adult price if children want to participate in the full 5k trail run activities, $20 for "All the Fun without the 5k Run" option or children 3 and under are free.


What is the course like?

The course has some single track and steep inclines.  It is challenging but not overly-technical. We have a few small changes to the course this year. Click here for the updated course map!


What am I supporting with my entrance fee?

Diakon Youth Services provides a range of programs for at-risk youths from three primary locations—the Diakon Wilderness Center near Boiling Springs, Pa., and sites in Lancaster and Media, Pa. Since the 1970s, Diakon Youth Services, formerly known as TresslerCare, has been a leading provider of specialized services for children and youths from across Pennsylvania. Primarily serving individuals referred by county juvenile probation departments and children and youth services, as well as programs responsible for young adults ages 18 to 25, Diakon Youth Services offers a unique and rich array of services designed to help:

  • Dependent youths attain permanency, safety, and well-being, and
  • Delinquent youths learn the need for accountability, community protection, and the development of competencies for responsible, successful living embodied in the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice.
  • Young adults break cycles of addiction and dysfunction as they interact with family and the community to accept accountability for actions and to lead a crime-free life.

Diakon Youth Services’ goal is for every student to be a successful graduate and a productive, connected and law-abiding member of society and the community. Your sponsorship and registration fees for the Diakon OAC helps us do that!