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Race a locomotive. The 3M Challenge on the Great Allegheny Passage

Sign up today! Think you have what it takes to cycle faster than a speeding train? Cyclists are invited to challenge the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s (WMSR) 1309 steam engine as it climbs Mt. Savage in this face-off between muscle, machine, and mountain. Mountain Maryland Trails will host the 3M Challenge on Saturday, September 9, 2023.

A timed challenge between cyclists and the train, the 3M Challenge will follow a 15.3 mile stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP Trail) alongside the WMSR railroad tracks, from Cumberland, MD, to Frostburg, MD. Teams of up to six riders per team or individuals can enter the challenge, and funds raised will support maintenance and development projects in the Maryland portion of the Great Allegheny Passage as well as new trail development opportunities.

Riders will depart from the Western Maryland Railway Station every 10 minutes, starting at 8 AM. The train will depart from the station at 11:30 AM and will be timed. Teams are challenged to have a better climb time than the train. Teams and individuals who beat the train’s time will receive a prize, and all participants will receive a souvenir gift.

For more information and to register individually or as a team for the challenge, visit


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