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.”

Mark your calendar for the next Diakon OAC on September 19, 2020!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the 2019 Diakon Outdoor Adventure Challenge! More than $55,000 was raised for Diakon Youth Services. To view the race results, please click here!

You can view photos of the event here.

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 8/24/19), lunch, and use of zip line, rock climbing wall, Alpine tower, Giant Swing and high ropes course located on campus. NEW this year: Half-mile Kids Fun Run and the Kids Corner with a giant inflatable slide, petting zoo, horse rides and face painting!

Children ages 3 and under are free, however you must register them and sign a waiver by emailing here.


  • 5K trail run (includes 5K, lunch, t-shirt, and all amenities) -
  • All the fun without the 5k run (includes lunch and all amenities, but no 5K or t-shirt)
  • All the fun without the 5k run + shirt (includes lunch, t-shirt, and all amenities, but no 5K)

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 50-59
  • Ages 60 and older (NEW this year!)

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.

Packet Pick Up

Avoid the line at registration on race day! We will be holding an early packet pick up at Appalachian Running Company, 290 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle on Friday, September 13 from 4-6 p.m.

Schedule of Events

7:30 a.m. - Registration opens

8:00 a.m. - Kid's Corner opens

9:00 a.m. - 5k trail run/walk starts and adventure elements open

10:00 a.m. - Awards ceremony for 5k

10:15 a.m. - Half-mile Kids Fun Run begins (ages 12 and under) followed by lunch opening

Noon - Petting zoo closes and 50/50 winner announced

1:00 p.m. - Event ends

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