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September 12-20, 2020   - Self-timed, Self-supported


(Answers to your questions are below)

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If you really can't register online, you can download this PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM (PDF) and mail it with your check.

The Step Outdoors TRYathlon, hosted at Hills Creek State Park, is an introductory event that is great for the first-time participant while featuring a course that will also interest the seasoned athlete!

Updates as of 9/4/2020:

Hills Creek Park Concession will offer kayak rentals for the event. Their hours will be 11am-6pm through 9/20/2020. Call them at 570-724-4515 to make your reservation.


Updates as of 9/2/2020:

We are working to create a course orientation video that will be availble by Friday the 11th. This will help clarify locations of the start, transition and finish. Basically, you will start and transition in the same location and in the same location as years before. Finish for both the 5K and for the cycling portion of the TRY will be at the same location as before. 

See downloadable maps below on this page for orientation to the course prior to the video.

The park concession will provide rental boats. If you email, Tim will relay your request. Equipment is limited. They are planning to be open both weekends of the event / series. Other dates and times TBD as this is the end of their season.

Another update: Shirts and finisher medalions will only be available at the park office Mon-Fri 8am-4pm due to a change in staffing. If you have any issues contact 


For many details, see this PRESS RELEASE from 8/12/2020:

Those planning to participate in the COVID 19 Special Edition of the Step Outdoors TRYathlon & 5K Trail Run/Walk must preregister no later than Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 11:59 p.m. to be guaranteed an event T-shirt in the size they order and a medallion if they finish.

Registration will officially close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Each person who registers for either the TRYathlon or the 5K online or by mail will pay a $20 entry fee.

The event will be at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro.

Those who want to solo can do all three legs of the TRYathlon or two or three people can form a team. The event also includes a 5K stand-alone option for runners and walkers who only want to do the 5K.

Due to the coronavirus, this year's TRYathlon and 5K will not be held on a specific day at a specific time. Registrants get to choose the day and time they want to do the TRYathlon or 5K between Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 20.

There is no in-person registration, no check-in time, no electronic timing and no aid or water stations on the course.

“That’s why teams and individuals should bring their own supporters for this event " said Tim Morey, organizer. "Registrants are also asked to be legal on the lake by getting a launch permit for their canoe or kayak, wearing a personal flotation device and carrying a whistle as required.”

Individuals of all ages can participate in the TRYathlon or 5K. While the course remains the same, it will not be well marked, therefore favoring those that have done it in the past.

It is recommended that registrants become familiar with the TRYathlon and 5K routes in advance before taking them on. Course maps and information are available online and in the park office lobby at 111 Spillway Road.

All runners and walkers, whether they are participating in the 5K only or all three legs of the Tryathlon will start at the same location and follow the same course on park roads and trails around the perimeter of Hills Creek Lake. The second leg of the Tryathlon is paddling a canoe or kayak around a 1.75-mile course identified with temporary markers on Hills Creek Lake. The event will end with bikers traveling 8 miles on a course of dirt and hardtop roads in and around the park.

A banner at the finish line will provide an opportunity for participants to take selfies or have someone take their photo. 

After completing the course, registrants can share their time if they self-timed and pick up their T-shirts and medallions at the park office at 111 Spillway Road between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 12 & 13 and Sept. 19 & 20; between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14, 17 & 18; and between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15 & 16. (see note above in 9/2 update)

Those who mail in a registration form must download it, complete it and mail it to Wellsboro Parks and Recreation, Attention: Tryathlon,  227 Nichols Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 in time to ensure it arrives either by Sept. 1 to guarantee a T-shirt and medallion or by Sept. 8. Checks should be made payable to the Step Outdoors Tryathlon.

To register online or to download a printable registration form, for more information about the Tryathlon or 5K, or renting bikes, kayaks or canoes, or for course maps, visit Questions? Call Tim Morey at 570-724-8561 or email


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As the name implies, the focus is on “trying” rather than winning, on camaraderie rather than competition, on personal challenge rather than place of finish.  Assemble a team of two or three people. Run, paddle, and bike your way to the finish! Or, if you feel energetic, complete all three legs of the event as a solo participant. The landscape of the park makes this a great spectator event too!



 Traverse a mixture of park roads and trails around the perimeter of the lake for 5 kilometers. Paddle around temporary markers in the lake for approximately 1.75 miles. Bike on hard top and dirt roads in and around the park for 8.0 miles. All routes will remain the same as in recent years. The new event also includes a 5K stand-alone option that starts at the same time and location as the TRYathlon and follows the same course. 



Since 2015 there are NO CATEGORIES – all participants who finish will be recognized!



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