5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    5K From Hell
    This 5K begins at 9 am in Wernersville, PA. Why is it called the 5K from Hell? Well- a one half mile section of the race has a 20% incline. And, if that wasn't torture enough, a 2/5 mile section of the race has an incline that varies from 11% to 13%. Even with the incredibly hilly, mountain road terrain of this race, male and female winners of this race tend to finish the 5k and 10k in approximately 30 minutes and 60 minutes, respectively.
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    Wernersville 6 May 2017 5Kand10Kfromhell
    Jumping for Java 5K
    This is the fourth installment of this race at Zelienople Community Park. The race, which begins at 9 am, raises money to provide educational opportunities for children that do not have access to an education. The current area of focus is Joconal, Guatemala.
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    Zelienople 13 May 2017 runsignup.com
    Weyerbacher 5K
    Run along the urban hills of Easton, there is a reason this race is also known as the "Hill Challenge."  Although there are short sections of flat and downhill trotting, most of the race is uphill so you begin and end at the Weyerbacher Brewery. This race is the second in the Earn Your Beer series, and early bird registration is $30.
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    Easton 13 May 2017 runlehighvalley.com
    Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure
    The Susan G. Komen Foundation is known as a leader in the fight against breast cancer, and races are held across the country in support of this cause. The Philly 5k edition of this race begins at the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and takes you along a scenic run through the streets of Philadelphia. This race, along with others in support of Komen, raise over $2 million collectively to help find a cure for breast cancer.
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    Philadelphia 14 May 2017 runsignup
    Komen Pittsburg Race for the Cure
    The Susan G. Komen Foundation is known as a leader in the fight against breast cancer, and races are held across the country in support of this cause. The Pittsburgh 5k edition of this race begins at Flagstaff Hill and takes you along a scenic run through Schenley Park. This race, along with others in support of Komen, raise over $2 million collectively to help find a cure for breast cancer.
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    Pittsburgh 14 May 2017 pittsburgh.info-komen
    Run Your Own Adventure Trail Run
    This race is held at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and is reminiscent of the "choose your own ending" stories of your childhood. Although everyone begins this trail race at the same point, along the way there are forks in the road between which runners must choose. This makes the path each runner takes unique- literally! Registration fees range from $35 - $45.
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    Philadelphia 16 May 2017 rootstockracing
    Great Ambulance Chase
    This race supports emergency training for commmunity and children's groups. You can run the 5k alone through the streets of Centronia, or you can also register your favorite Fido to accompany you through the race. Food trucks, entertainment, and prizes are all featured at the finish line.
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    Allentown 20 May 2017 Centronia
    Heart & Soul 5K
    The Heart & Soul 5k begins at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The race course consists of 3 laps around the Wells Fargo Center, and there are a variety of prizes for each age group, including Philadelphia Soul autographed memorabilia. There is also a relay option for completing this race, with teams consisting of four runners.
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    Philadelphia 20 May 2017 runsignup
    Run for the Woods 5K
    This 5k trail race gives runners a scenic running tour of the 600 acre area known as Wesley Woods. Race organizers warn runners that you definitely will encounter mud on this race! After the race, participants and their supporters can enjoy lunch, hayrides, zip line tours, log cabin visits, and live music.
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    Grand Valley 20 May 2017 runsignup
    SummerFest Sweat 5K
    With only a $20 registration fee, this extremely scenic race definitely gives you a bang for your buck. Runners will race along the Trout Island Trail and then across the Shenango Dam. Registration is through May 19, and you can choose between the run/walk or walk only events.
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    Sharpsville 20 May 2017 runsignup
    Dumb Dutchman 5K
    This is truly a race for everyone! The Dumb Dutchman 5k begins at Trooper Thorn's Irish Beef House and takes runners on a scenic tour of Reading. New weight categories, called Clydesdales, are available for runners... but only if your height and weight meet the requirements!
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    Reading 20 May 2017 pretzelcitysports
    Muddy Bloody Run
    This annual event takes place at Tenley Park. It is characterized as an extreme wilderness terrain and includes both natural and man-made obstacles. (obstacles are optional). Participants of all ages are encouraged to join in on the wild fun this race offers. Adult registration is $25, and youth (under 18) registration is $10.
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    Everett 21 May 2017 muddybloodyrun
    Philadelphia Bar Association 5K
    This long running (no pun intended!) race has raised money to support abused and neglected children for almost forty years. There is a choice between a run and a walk, so athletes of all levels may participate. The race begins at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and takes you on a scenic trot through Philadelphia. Registration for the 5k is $35, and registration for the walk is $25.
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    Philadelphia 21 May 2017 sccalaw
    Dormont Dash
    The Dormont Dash raises funds for the Make a Wish Foundation, which fulfills the wishes and dreams of children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses. Beginning at 8:30 am, the race takes runners through a scenic foot tour of Dormont, PA. Participants can choose from the timed 5k race or a 1-mile fun run.
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    Pittsburgh 27 May 2017 dormontdash
    Path of the Flood Historic Races
    This race provides runners with tour of the path of the historic Johnstown Flood that decimated much of this area. It is a hybrid course, so it has both road and trail sections. Registration for this race varies from $25 to $60, and all events are free for youth under 17 years of age.
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    Johnstown 27 May 2017 jaha
    Run Now, Wine Later 5K New Hope 10 September 2017 runnowwinelater5k
    RSG1 Valentine's Day Race Pittsburgh 11 February 2017 rsg1foundation
    Women's 5K Classic Allentown 6 October 2017 womens5kclassic
    Marathon Mortgage 5K for Autism & Community Day ERDENHEIM 7 October 2017 marathonhomeloans

    About 5k races

    A 5k is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in Pennsylvania? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in Philly?

    There are many to choose from here as the Philly Area is host to many 5k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include the Komen Race for the Cure, Race Your Own Adventure, and the Heart & Soul 5K. These are just a few of the many 5K events in the Philadelphia area.

    What are the best 5Ks in Pittsburgh?

    There are many 5K events to choose from in Pittsburgh, as it has many neighborhoods that host races.   Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include the Komen Race for the Cure and the Dormont Dash. These are just a few of the many 5K events in the Pittsburgh area.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Rock N' Run 4 Kids
    This 10k takes you through Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Runners race through and around the stadium, including areas that only players normally get to access. This 6th installment of this race supports the Salvation Army and helps the organization provide services to abused and neglected children and for adoption support and services.
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    Allentown 13 May 2017 rocknrun4kids
    Pirate 5K/10K
    Aargh matey! This pirate-themed 10k takes runners through the greater Harrisburg area in full pirate gear. There is a costume contest in addition to the race, and runners can enjoy entertainment and food trucks after. The race will also serve as a food drive for the PA Central Food Bank. Registration for this race ranges from $25- $35.
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    Harrisburg 27 May 2017 usroadrunning
    Kreidersville Covered Bridge Challenge
    This race begins and ends at the last remaining covered bridge in Northampton County, the Kreidersville Covered Bridge. There are some steep inclines in this race, but they are balanced by a fair amount of downhill sections. Registration is $30, and in addition to race swag, participants can enjoy food and refreshments afterward.
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    Northampton 3 June 2017 kreidersvillecoveredbridge
    Wissahickon Trail Classic 10K
    This race takes runners through the nation's largest municipal park. The route itself is not only scenic, but also challenging, and takes runners across single lane trail, gravel tow paths, and through rushing water. Every year participants encounter wildlife, so keep an eye out for furry friends! Race organizers recommend arriving extra early to find parking and walk to the race start.
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    Philadelphia 3 June 2017 wissahickontrailclassic
    See Chicks Run Women's 5K/10K
    This race takes runner along Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park. This mostly flat race crosses both road and light trail routes and has multiple water stops. Runners can view covered bridges, water, and a historic hotel along the race route. Everyone receives a shirt, and there is a "rooster" selected for each distance of the race.
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    Philadelphia 4 June 2017 phillygirlsinmotion
    Coventry Woods Trail Run Festival
    If you like races with variety, the Coventry Woods Trail Run Festival has plenty to offer the 10k competitor. The course includes single tracks, double tracks, rock, roots, and water, as long as plenty of inclines and declines. After the race, in addition to race swag, visit the tables and booths of trail shoe companies to see their latest merchandise and even test out some new kicks!
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    Pottstown 11 June 2017 runsignup
    Hell Hath No Hurry
    This race, which takes place in Cayuga Grove of Settlers Cabin Park in Pittsburgh, presents such a challenge that it can be completed as a team, with each member running only one lap at a time. All participants receive socks and can enjoy a barbeque and beer afterward.
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    Pittsburgh 24 June 2017 hellhathnohurry
    Terrain Race: Pittsburgh
    Do you love mud? Do you love obstacles? Do you love Pittsburgh? If you answered yes to all 3, grab some friends and sign up for the Terrain Race: Pittsburgh. This course has over 30 obstacles and plenty of mud, dirt, and water to keep you dirty. Registration is only $25, winners get cash prizes, and everyone has a good time!
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    Pittsburgh 24 June 2017 terrainracing
    Run for the Ages 10K Trail Chase
    This annual race takes place in the Nolde Forest, a beautiful scene in Reading, PA. This year, the race ends in a new way, with an off-trail scramble. There are age-based start times and a raffle afterward for Southwest Airline tickets.
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    Reading 25 June 2017 pagodapacers
    Smith's Challenge Trail Race
    Located at Lancaster County Central Park, this race includes trails, grass, and water features along its course. There is a 7-mile race for men and a 5-mile race for women. Registration fees for both is $27. Both the men's and women's courses begin at the same time and start line, and will finish at the same finish line, but the trail will vary along the route.
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    Lancaster 18 June 2017 runsignup
    Pittsburgh Father's Day 5K/10K
    What better way to celebrate dad than to go on a run with or for him! In addition to being a scenic course that begins along the North Park Boat House, this race supports early detection, education, awareness, and research for prostate cancer. If you register early, there is a $10 discount!
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    Pittsburgh/Allison Park 17 June 2017 Pittsburgh Father's Day 5K/10K
    Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run Slatington 11 November 2017 lgnc10k

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in Pennsylvania? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in the Philly area?

    There are many 10K  races to choose from in the Philly area as the many communities and neighborhoods of the city host race events. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include the Wissahickon Trail Classic and the See Chicks Run races. These are just a few of the many available events.

    What are the best 10Ks in the Pittsburgh area?

    There are many 10K  races to choose from in the Pittsburgh area as the many communities and neighborhoods of the city host race events. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include the Hell Hath No Hurry 10K, Terrain Race: Pittsburgh, and the Father's Day 10K. These are just a few of the many available events.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon
    Register early for this run- it has sold out 10,000 spots each for the previous 4 years! In addition to running a beautiful course through the city of Philadelphia and getting some sweet Philly swag, runners can feel good knowing they help donate an average of $225,000 each year to local charities.
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    Philadelphia 25 March 2018 cgiracing
    Two Rivers Half Marathon
    In search of a PA-based Boston Qualifier? The Two Rivers Half Marathon is it! Run along a beautiful river course in Hawley, Pa. Finishers of this race receive HUMONGO medals, free food and beverages at the finish line. The average number of participants in this annual race is 425.
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    Lackawaxen 24 March 2018 tworiversmarathon
    Scranton Half Marathon
    This annual race takes place in northern PA and begins at Valor Credit Union Field at Memorial Stadium. Unlike many charity-focused races, the goal of this race is to highlight the Scranton area and bring attention to the local businesses in the town. The course is mostly road, but there are a few light trails mixed in, along with some noticeable inclines and declines within the first 3 miles.
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    Scranton 2 April 2017 scrantonhalf
    Boston Trail Half Marathon
    This race begins and ends on the Boston Trail of the Youghiogheny River, which is part of the Great Allegheny Passage. The course consists of level crushed limestone, and has aid stations with water, Gatorade, and energy gels every 2 miles. The race is rain or shine, and participants can enjoy music, food, and beverages after they finish.
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    Elizabeth Township 22 April 2017 thebostontrail
    St. Luke's Half Marathon
    The St. Luke's Half Marathon takes runners through a foot tour of the city of Allentown, beginning at William Allen High School. Participation is limited to 4000 runners, and the minimum age for participation is 13 years of age. This race is broken into corrals based on your estimated finishing time.  The St. Luke's Half also hosts a Race Expo during the day-before bib pick up that features nutritionists, trainers, and other running professionals to help you perform your best.
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    Allentown 23 April 2017 stlukeshalfmarathon
    Spartan Half
    In support of York College Athletics, the Spartan Half takes participants on a run through beautiful Heritage Rail Trail Park. This race is limited to 600 participants and has a time limit of 3.5 hours. The course is fast and flat, having only 470 feet of elevation across the crushed limestone trail.
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    York 29 April 2018 spartanhalf
    Pittsburgh Marathon
    What better way to tour the city of Pittsburgh than on your own two feet? The Pittsburgh Half Marathon will take you through the streets and across the bridges of the city of Pittsburgh, giving you an up close and personal view of everything the city offers.
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    Pittsburgh 7 May 2017 thepittsburghmarathon
    Chester County Half Marathon
    Hosted by the Coatesville Country Club, the time limit for this race is 4 hours. The charity that receives the main support from the funds raised by this race is the Jacinda Miller Education Fund & Domestic Violence Center of Chester County.
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    Coatesville 21 May 2017 chescohalf
    Half Sauer Half Kraut Hallf Marathon
    In support of the HCM Foundation, this race begins and ends at Pennypack Park in Philadelphia. This race is known for its lederhosen clad racers, who also get to enjoy swag, food, and beer at the end. Registration is $69, and this race has been described as celebrating Oktoberfest in June.
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    Philadelphia 4 June 2017 uberendurancesports
    ODDyssey Half Marathon
    Register early for this race - it has been given the honor of being named Philly's must-do, bucket list half marathon. Registration is capped at 3500 runners. In addition to a run through the city of Philadelphia, participants can enjoy swag, massage tables, free photographs, and a beer garden. Also important to note that this race is planned to occur just 5 weeks after the Broad street run!
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    Philadelphia 11 June 2017 odddysseyhalfmarathon
    Philly Mayor's Cup
    This race has no individuals winners. This is a club/team based race, and the winning club is awarded the Philly Mayor's Cup and is named the Philly Mayor's Club Champion. The Half Marathon of this series is a trail race, and it can be GPS tracked by your fans, who can also send you cheers along the way!
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    Philadelphia 13 August 2017 runsignup
    Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Half Marathon
    The Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon is run along a scenic route and is a Boston Qualifier. It is  a downhill race that takes you through three towns in Pennsylvania- Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. The run is primarily along the canal paths of the Delaware River, and the average time for the race is 3:57.
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    Allentown 10 September 2017 viamarathon
    Rock N' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
    This annual race support the American Association for Cancer Research. This year, the race is expanding its offerings to also have a 10k. Beginning and ending at Fairmount Park, this race boasts a fast, flat course through the city of Philadelphia. Finishers are greeted with a medal, beer, and a concert at the finish line.
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    Philadelphia 17 September 2017 runrocknroll
    Run N' Ride Dorney Park
    Located in Allentown, this race takes runners not only across the through ways of Dorney Park Amusement Park, but also on the rides! All race swag has a Charlie Brown and the Peanuts theme, from the medals, to the T-shirts, to the special park entry tickets. This race is fun for the whole family!
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    Allentown 17 September 2017 runandriderace
    Hershey Half Marathon
    This half marathon takes place in the chocolate capital of America- Hershey! This race takes participants on a scenic tour of Hershey, PA, including stints through Hershey Park and Chocolate Avenue. Participants are required to be at least 14 years old and must maintain a 14-minute pace. Finishers receive lots of chocolate themed swag along with two tickets to Hershey Park After Dark.
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    Hershey 15 October 2017 chocolatetownchallenges
    Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon
    The Gettysburg Half Marathon takes place around the famous Gettysburg battlefields that were a turning point of the Civil War. The race utilizes this battle, designating runners as racing for either the North or the South. Paralyzed Veterans of America is the charity that benefits from the proceeds of this race.
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    Gettysburg 22 October 2017 bluegrayhalf
    Runner's World Half Marathon
    The Runner's World Half Marathon and Festival takes runners on a tour of Historic Bethlehem, including 2 college campuses and the former Bethlehem Steel plant. The time limit for this race is 3 hours and 30 minutes and participants are not allowed to use headphones of any kind.
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    Bethlehem 22 October 2017 rw
    Octoberfest 13.1
    In support of lung cancer research, this race begins and ends at Pennypack Park in Philadelphia. With its Oktoberfest theme, it is not unlikely for you to see racers wearing lederhosen while running this course. Actually- it is encouraged! Awards are given to the best costumes (and the fastest runners, of course).
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    Philadelphia 29 October 2017 uberendurancsports
    Philadelphia Marathon: Half Marathon & Rothman Institute 8K
    This half marathon, which was added to the series in 2006, takes runners along a scenic tour of Philadelphia, including Old City, Fairmount Park, and across the Schuylkill River. Top finishers win cash prizes, and all finishes receive awesome swag.
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    Philadelphia 18 November 2017 philadelphiamarathon

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Pennsylvania? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in the Philly area?

    There are many to choose from here as the Philly area has many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the Love Run Half Marathon, 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon, and the ODDyssey Half Marathon.  There are many other Philadelphia Area Halfs, so these are just a sampling of the races available.

    What are the best Half Marathons in the Pittsburgh area?

    There are many to choose from here as the Pittsburgh area has many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.  There are many other Pittsburgh Area Halfs, so these are just a sampling of the races available.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Two Rivers Marathon
    In search of a PA-based Boston Qualifier? The Two Rivers Half Marathon is it! Run along a beautiful river course in Hawley, Pa. Finishers of this race receive a HUMONGO medal, a Hawaiian lei, a long sleeve shirt as well as free food and beverages at the finish line. The average number of participants in this annual race is 425 ,and winners generally finish in 2 hours, 45 minutes. Can't make it to the marathon on Saturday?  No problem.  They hold a marathon on both Saturday and Sunday.
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    Lackawaxen 24 March 2018 tworiversmarathon
    Gettysburg North-South Marathon
    The Gettysburg North-South Marathon takes place around the famous Gettysburg battlefields that were a turning point of the Civil War. The race utilizes this battle, designating runners as racing for either the North or the South.  The race is a scored event and the winning side takes home a commemorative beer glass with the event logo and quote from the Gettysburg Address. Paralyzed Veterans of America is the charity that benefits from the proceeds of this race. Register for the 12 week training plan from 2L Coaching Services and get free entry into the race.  Course is USATF certified.
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    Gettysburg 23 April 2017 gettysburghnorthsouthmarathon
    Pittsburgh Marathon
    What better way to tour the city of Pittsburgh than on your own two feet? The Pittsburgh Marathon crosses three rivers over three bridges, giving you spectacular views of the city of Pittsburgh.  You will be greeted by spectators and residents as you pass through 13 different neighborhoods, each featuring music, festivals and "cheerathoners" to motivate you through your 26.2. Not only will water, gels and sports drinks be provided at the aid stations, but salty snacks, such as chips and pretzels, will also be available. Runners must maintain a 14 minute mile pace in order to finish.  Headphones are strongly discouraged.
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    Pittsburgh 7 May 2017 thepittsburghmarathon
    York Marathon
    This marathon, limited to 450 participants, supports the York County YMCA. It begins at the YMCA, and ends there as well. It is a hybrid race, beginning with road portions, then switching to the rail trail, then back to road for the finish. This is a Boston Qualifier. Post race food will be provided in the YMCA Gymnasium.  Runners who enter before April 21st are guaranteed a shirt.  All finishers receive a medal. The course is certified by the USATF and it is a Boston Qualifier.
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    York 14 May 2017 yorkcoymca
    Half Sauer Half Kraut Marathon
    In support of the HCM Foundation, this race begins and ends at Pennypack Park in Philadelphia. Watch out for "Mount Cuckoo" at mile 6, which is a challenging 1 mile trail section that features rolling hills, rocks and dirt.  This race is known for its lederhosen clad racers, who also get to enjoy swag, food, and beer at the end. This year's swag includes a 1/4 zip long sleeve pull over and is guaranteed to preregister runners. Registration is $69, and this race has been described as celebrating Oktoberfest in June.  Race day temps can start in the 70s or 80s so be prepared for a hot, challenging marathon.
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    Philadelphia 4 June 2017 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut
    Erie Marathon at Presque Isle
    More than 30% of participants in this race qualify for Boston. The course is fast and flat, and provides incredible views of Lake Erie as you run.  The marathon takes place at Presque Isle State Park. Runners will also run along side the coastline beaches, marshes as well as wooded paths.  The time limit for this race is 6 hours, and is capped at 2200 participants. You may not run with strollers, bikes, or non-registered family members. Aid stations will be stocked with GuBrew and energy gels. Course records are held by Terrence L. Stanley 2:19:27 for men in 1978 and Laura Kaulen 2:42:12 for women in 2014.
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    Erie 10 September 2017 eriemarathon
    Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon
    The Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon is run along a scenic route and is a Boston Qualifier. It is a downhill race with an elevation drop of 240' that takes you through three towns in Pennsylvania:  Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. This scenic (and shady) run is primarily along the canal paths of the Delaware River, and the average time for the race is 3:57.  The marathon is capped at 2500 participants.  Just over 27% of participants qualify for Boston.  Aid stations feature water, Gatorade, Power Bars and Power Gels.  Food and drink will be available for all runners and volunteers at the Finish Festival.
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    Allentown 10 September 2017 Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon
    Gettysburg Battlefield Marathon
    The Gettysburg  Battllefield Marathon begins at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and is hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation and the  YMCA of Gettysburg & Adam County.  Runners will pass historic sites like the Pennsylvannia Monument, the Sachs Covered Bridge and the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. The field is limited to 1000 runners.  Entrants receive a long sleeve tech shirt  and tickets to the "New Birth of Freedom" movie at the visitors center, as well as other swag.  All finishers will receive a medal.  There is a 6 hour time limit. Pre-race pasta dinner will be held at the Gettysburg Area Rec Park and is included with registration.
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    Gettysburg 5 November 2017 Gettysburg Battlefield Marathon & Half Marathon
    Harrisburg Marathon
    You are sure to get a PR on the fast, flat course! This race has been nicknamed "The Mini-Boston" by many racers. The flat course is a Boston Qualifier and takes you through scenic Harrisburg, Pa.  The course crosses over two different bridges that go over the Susquehanna River and makes it way pass Fort Hunter.  Runners go will get a "second wind" on Second Street AKA "Restaurant Row" with plenty of people cheering and music playing before making their way to the finish line. After the race, participants and their supporters can chow down and relax at the Marathon Red Block Party in downtown Harrisburg.
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    Harrisburg 12 November 2017 ymcarun
    Philadelphia Marathon
    This marathon takes runners along a scenic tour of Philadelphia, including Old City, Fairmount Park, and across the Schuylkill River, among many other historic neighborhoods.  The course is relatively flat and features thousands of spectators. Pace teams are available to follow, which can be especially helpful for first time marathon runners. Top finishers win cash prizes, and all finishes receive awesome Philadelphia-themed swag. There are twenty cheer zones for spectators to keep runners motivated. Don't forget to finish your race charging up the stairs of Philadelphia Museum of Art, just like Rocky!
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    Philadelphia 12 November 2017 Philadelphia Marathon

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2107 there are currently more than 800 events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

     How did we choose the best Marathon events in Pennsylvania? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Marathons in the Philly area?

    There are many marathons to choose from in Philly! Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Marathon running events include the Philadelphia Marathon and the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Marathon, to name a few.

    What are the best Marathons in the Pittsburgh area?

    There are many marathons to choose from in Pittsburgh! Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Marathon running events include the Pittsburgh Marathon and the Erie Marathon, to give you a few ideas. There are many more to choose from!

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