Chilli Challenge

Chilli start 2010


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Montour Preserve, Danville, PA





September 30, 2017


9:00am start; check-in 7:30am – 8:45am


Montour Preserve, 700 Preserve Rd, Danville, PA 17821 USA

Note: pets are not allowed at the Montour Preserve. As much as we love pets too, we ask that you leave them at home during the race. Please don’t leave any pets in vehicles during the race.


Montour Preserve Heron Cove Picnic Area





200 (no day of race registrations)


  • Custom t-shirt (register by noon on August 30 to get your t-shirt.  Those registering after noon on 8/30 WILL NOT receive a shirt!)
  • Full race support (aid stations, restrooms, volunteer/staff support, bike sag support, water rescue units)
  • Awards for overall individual male and female, 2-person team, 3-person team and 4-person Ironman team
  • Hot coffee pre- and post-race by Bason Coffee Roasting
  • Hot soups and foods post-race (included in race registration fee; no separate purchase necessary)
  • Professional chip timing by Falcon Race Timing
  • Medical support provided by the Geisinger Sports Medicine/Orthopaedic Institute
  • Professional race management by the Montour Area Recreation Commission
  • Kayak rentals and support available through Canoe Susquehanna
  • Free parking


Promoters have designed the race routes and distances to encourage the beginning racer while challenging the higher level participants. Participate individually or form a team that lets you focus on your strengths and interests. However you participate (or come as a spectator) there is much to do and see at the Chilli Challenge!

Bike: roughly 19 miles of back country roads through the farmlands of Montour and Columbia Counties
Paddle: 2.2 miles around Lake Chillisquaque
Run: 4.7 miles on the Chillisuagi and Ridgefield Point Loop Trails, taking you through meadows, deep woodlands and four bridge crossings

Categories for the race are as follows:

INDIVIDUAL – each individual bikes, paddles and runs
2-PERSON RELAY TEAM – one person bikes and paddles, the other paddles and runs
3-PERSON RELAY TEAM – one person bikes, one person paddles, and one person runs
4-PERSON IRONMAN TEAMS (CHILLI CUP) – each teammate bikes, paddles and runs. Fastest combined time wins. ALL IRONMAN TEAMS MUST BE COED.


Chilli Challenge 2017 bike course map

Chilli Challenge bike route directions


To view Google Maps formatted versions of the bike, paddle and run courses, as well as other race features, please click here.

For an overview map of the Montour Preserve, please click here.


The following tips are offered to help both seasoned veterans and first-timers prepare for the ‘Chilli’.

Bikes:  It’s back to the classic Chilli Challenge bike course in 2017!  Whether you love or love to hate the grueling gravel climb of Wolf Hollow, it’s back!  Most racers will probably use road bikes for the course, but every year we have a number of Cyclocross and mountain bike riders successfully complete the course.  Whatever you ride, bring tube patches and basic tools, just in case.

Paddle:  We allow any safe watercraft.  A SUP perhaps?  Sure, just know that you’re going to get smoked by just about everyone else.  Regardless of your choice of watercraft, ALL RACERS MUST WEAR A PFD (LIFE VEST) THAT IS PROPERLY SECURED AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN YOUR WATERCRAFT – no exceptions, no excuses.

Run:  Bring your cross-country running shoes.  The course will be wood chips, gravel, mud, grass, roots, dirt, and some blacktop.

Misc:  You might want to bring layered clothes (it can be cold), rain gear, bike repair supplies and a change of clothes.


Congratulations to all the Challengers who braved the classic Chilli Challenge weather today and enjoyed a great race.  Despite the mud, wind, rain and cold conditions, we had a great time and a solid field of racers.  Semi-final results are already posted on the PARunners website .  As of 7:30pm, our race photos are being uploaded to our River Towns Race Series SmugMug gallery.  With roughly 150 photos in the gallery, you’re sure to find a good one of yourself or your favorite racer.

Results will be considered unofficial for 72 hours, pending any corrections that may need to be made.   To dispute a result or to report missing information, please email Bob Stoudt at [email protected] by no later than 8:00pm EST on Tuesday, October 7.  Final results and River Towns Race Series points information will be posted to this site on October 8th.

On behalf of the Montour Area Recreation Commission, thanks again to our sponsors, volunteers and medical/EMS/Fire Police support personnel who make this race possible.  Finally, our most sincere thanks to PPL and the men and women of the Montour Preserve for their continued support.

– Bob


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.  Can I bring my dog or other pet to the race?

A. No, pets are not allowed at the Montour Preserve. As much as we love pets too, we ask that you leave them at home during the race. Please don’t leave any pets in vehicles during the race.


Q.  I don’t have a kayak.  Where can I get one?

A.  Canoe Susquehanna, one of our long-time race partners, will be glad to assist you.  They’ve got a variety of kayaks available to suit your needs.  You can learn more about what they’ve got to offer by visiting


Q. Are SUPs (stand-up paddle boards) allowed?

A. Yes, SUPs are allowed, as long as you wear your PFD/life vest and as long as you understand you’re likely to get lapped by the kayaks and faster boats. As long as that’s okay with you, it’s okay with us.


Q.  I’m confused by how the 2-person relay teams work.  Do both teammates paddle?

A.  Yes, both teammates must complete the paddle portion of the race.  You can do so together in a two-person watercraft or you can do it in separate vessels, but both teammates must complete the paddle course before the runner may take off.


Q.  I preregistered, but now I can’t make it to the race. Can I get a refund?

A.  Refunds will be issued only if the race in cancelled by the organizers.  Otherwise, once fees are paid, they will not be refunded for any other reason.


Q.  If I can’t get a refund, can I transfer my entry to another person (allowing for a substitution of athletes)?

A.  Yes, provided this transfer is made at least 5 days prior to the event.  If the substitute person does not attend on race day, no refunds or credits of any kind will be available.  To request a transfer, contact Bob Stoudt at [email protected]


Q.  Are races ever cancelled, and if so, how do I find out the latest news?

A.  Yes, it’s possible to have a cancellation or weather related postponement, though that is extremely unlikely. The Chilli goes rain or shine.  Cancellations will be posted on this website and emailed to all registered racers.


Q.  I left something at the race. What should I do?

A.  Either contact us or wait a day or two and check the race website.  We’ll likely post a “Lost & Found” page on the race updates page.  There you can browse photos of items left at the race and see if your missing item is among the photos.


Q.  What if I get hurt?

A.  Racing is DANGEROUS!  There’s a better than average chance of having at least one boo-boo before you’re done with the Chilli.  No person should enter a race of any type without carefully considering the risks involved.  Your consideration should include factors that are completely out of the normal range of consideration.  You could be hit by a car.  You could fall.  You could be hit by lightning.  Although the organizers of the race spend months putting systems in place to make the race as safe as possible, there are ALWAYS RISKS.  You should participate in each race at a level that keeps you in control of your safety.  Always exercise caution and restraint on the course.  Any racer found by the Race Director to be behaving irresponsibly will be disqualified immediately and asked to leave the race.  WHEN YOU SIGN-UP FOR AN RTRS RACE, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE POTENTIAL FOR INJURY AS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE.  You are saying that you alone accept this potential risk and are willfully participating at your own risk.


Are you coming in from out of town and need somewhere to stay?  The River Towns Race Series is proud to partner with the Pine Barn Inn in Danville as our official lodging partner.  Mention the promotional code ‘MARC‘ when making your reservation by phone or online and you’ll save 20% off your room rate!

Pine Barn Inn logo

Do you need recommendations for somewhere else to stay or eat? Maybe you’re looking for somewhere else to play while you’re here? The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau will help you find just what you need.