Course Information

Details about the course

Timing
Chip timing is being provided this year by Falcon Race Timing of Northumberland, PA. Results will be available shortly after the race at Falcon’s website, linked above. Results will also be posted on this website.

Aid Stations
Each aid station will provide porta-johns, water, electrolyte replenisher, gels, bananas and/or oranges, located in the following areas for each race:

Half Marathon
– Start area (water, gatorade, porta-johns)
– Mile 3.0 South Fork (water, gatorade, porta-johns)
– Mile 6.0 Staple Bend Tunnel parking lot (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks and porta-johns)
– Mile 8.0 Staple Bend Tunnel (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks)
– Mile 10 Franklin Borough ballfield (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks and porta-johns)
– Mile 12 City Brake & Auto Service (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks and porta-johns)

12K
– Start area at Staple Bend Tunnel parking lot (water, gatorade, porta-johns)
– Mile 2.0 Staple Bend Tunnel (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks)
– Mile 4.0 Franklin Borough ballfield (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks and porta-johns)
– Mile 6.0 City Brake & Auto Service (water, gatorade, gels, beans, bloks, bananas, oranges)

5K
– Start area at Franklin Borough ballfield (water, gatorade, porta-johns)
– Mile 1.2 (water, gatorade)

Course Terrain

Half Marathon. The half marathon course is roughly a fifty-fifty combination of paved road and crushed gravel (rails to trails) surfaces. Although the flood waters of the Little Conemaugh all ran “downhill,” there will be portions of the course that will offer ascents – most notably the first two miles of the course into and around South Fork, and the west side of Staple Bend Tunnel on theCoy/McCombie section of the Path of the Flood Trail.

12k. The 12k course is roughly a fifty-fifty combination of crushed gravel (rails to trails) and paved road surfaces. Runners will have a smooth start to and through the Staple Bend Tunnel before a healthy, but short, series of climbs to regain the hillside before heading into the halfway mark. The 5K description applies for the remainder of the course.

5k. The 5k course is all on paved surface and flat except for a short section from Franklin Borough to Woodvale that will cross the Colonel Tominac Bridge on SR271. Runners will get an elevated view of the flood path from the bridge apex!

Marked Course
There will be markers at each mile along the route. The course is fairly intuitive but we will have guides for traffic control and “steering” at the few points that they are required. Orange traffic cones will guide the runners on roughly the last three miles of the route.

Medical Aid
There will be EMT support at the 12K start/Mile 6 of the half marathon at the Staple Bend Tunnel parking lot and at the 5K start. There will also be EMT/medical support at the race finish. Each aid station will have basic first aid materials, Vaseline, etc.