Kinzua Half Marathon & 5k

July 23rd & 24th Mount Jewett, PA 16740 US Directions
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Kinzua Half Marathon

$125 $100 07/24 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Registration Includes: Performance Shirt, Drawstring Bag, Finisher Medal, Custom Race Bib, Free Professional Race Photography & Post Race Refreshments
Open to ages 10+.
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Kinzua 5K

$50 $45 07/23 7:00PM EDT - 9:00PM EDT Registration Includes: Performance Shirt, Drawstring Bag, Finisher Medal, Custom Race Bib, Free Professional Race Photography & Post Race Refreshments
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Tornado Double (Both Events)

$140 $125 07/23 - 07/24 7:00PM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Registration Includes: Special Tornado Double Medal, Performance Shirt, Drawstring Bag, Finisher Medal, Custom Race Bib, Free Professional Race Photography & Post Race Refreshments
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Half Marathon Pacers

$0 07/24 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Pacers must be able to run 15 minutes faster than pace they are assigned. Event staff will email pacers who are selected.
Open to ages 21+.
Kinzua Half Marathon & 5k
Description

The Kinzua Viaduct, built in 1882, was the world's longest and tallest railroad viaduct, measuring 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high. In 2003, a tornado partially destroyed the structure. In 2011, the viaduct was reinvented and transformed into the now 624ft long Kinzua Skywalk at Kinzua Bridge State Park. On the skywalk, visitors can take in breathtaking views of the Kinzua Gorge and gaze down at the incredible destruction from the tornado. In addition, the Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center offers historical information and stunning views. 

 

“One of the World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Skywalks and Viewpoints”  -Culture Trip, U.K.

 

Half Marathon Race Information 

Experience this one-of-a-kind, destination half marathon at Kinzua Bridge State Park. The course is an out and back on the scenic Knox Kane Rail Trail. The race starts & finishes steps from the spectacular Kinzua Skywalk. All participants receive a performance shirt, finisher medal, and drawstring bag, custom bib, and free race photos!   Water stations at ~ miles 2, 4, 6.5, 9, 11. Refreshments provided at the finish.

This race will be disposable bib chip timed with live online results. The course time limit is 4 hours (18 min per mile). Registration fees and donations support the Mt. Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club (MJ2KB) to help support further development of the trail. 

 

Half Marathon Awards

Awards will be given to the Top 3 overall male and female finishers in Open & Masters plus the top 3 finishers in each of the following categories: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over.

 

"25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks" - DCNR

 

5K Race Information

Saturday evening 5K race starting at 7:00. The course is an out and back on the scenic Knox Kane Rail Trail. The race starts & finishes steps from the spectacular Kinzua Skywalk. All participants receive a performance shirt, drawstring bag, custom bib, and free race photos! Water station prior to the turnaround. Refreshments provided at the finish. Stick around after you finish to catch the sunset at the skywalk!

This race will be disposable bib chip timed with live online results. The course time limit is 1.5 hours (approx. 14:30/mile). Race registration fees and donations support the Mt. Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club (MJ2KB) to help support further development of the trail. 

5k Awards

Awards will be given to the Top 3 overall male and female finishers in Open & Masters, plus the top 3 finishers in each of the following categories: 12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over.   

 

"The Kinzua Bridge Skywalk is an engineering masterpiece with a rich history and one of the most stunning views you’ll see in the Pennsylvania Wilds." - PA Wilds

 

Restrooms, Aid Stations, & Parking
  • Portable restrooms will be available in the parking lot area and on the trail. Additional restrooms will be available at the Visitor Center once it opens at 8:00 am.
  • Aid Stations with refreshments and first aid kits will be available along the course. 
  • Race Parking will be available at the Kinzua Bridge State Park overflow lot and in the designated trail parking.
Window Start

All half marathon participants will have the option to start their race at any point from 8:00 am to 8:30 am and all 5k participants will have from 7:00 pm to 7:05 pm. The start will be chip timed so there is no penalty to starting later. All results will be based on net (chip) time.

For more race information, please visit https://wolfcreektrackclub.com/kinzua-half-marathon-5k/

Packet Pickup

Saturday, July 23rd: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Start/Finish area near the Kinzua Skywalk

Sunday, July 24th: 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM at the Start/Finish area near the Kinzua Skywalk

You may also have your race packet shipped to you for an additional $9.99 at checkout. You must register by June 23rd to be eligible for this option. If you choose to have your packet shipped, it will arrive 1-2 weeks before race day.

Swag

Half Marathon

  • Custom Finisher Medal
  • Premium Short Sleeve Performance Shirt
  • Custom Race Bib With Your Name (must register before June 23)
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Free Professional Race Photos

5k

  • Premium Short Sleeve Performance Shirt
  • Custom Race Bib With Your Name (must register before June 23)
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Free Professional Race Photos

Tornado Double

  • Custom Finisher Medal
  • Custom Tornado Double Finisher Medal
  • Premium Short Sleeve Performance Shirt
  • Custom Race Bib With Your Name (must register before June 23)
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Free Professional Race Photos
Pricing

Half Marathon

First Weekend: $60 (February 5 - February 6)

Opening: $70 (February 7 – February 9)

Early: $85 (February 10 – March 6)

Regular: $100 (March 7 – June 26)

Late: $125 (June 27 – July 23)

 

5k

First Weekend: $25 (February 5 - February 6)

Opening: $35 (February 7 – February 9)

Early: $40 (February 10 – March 6)

Regular: $45 (March 7 – June 26)

Late: $50 (June 27 – July 22)

 

Tornado Double

First Weekend: $75 (February 5 - February 6)

Opening: $85 (February 7 - February 9)

Early: $100 (February 10 - March 6)

Regular: $125 (March 7 - June 26)

Late: $140 (June 27 - July 22)

Prices may change at any point.

Referral Refunds

Refer 4 Friends and Receive a Refund for your Entire Entry Fee!

After registering for this event, you will receive a unique referral link that you can share with your friends. If one of your friends registers for this event through your unique link, you will be credited with a referral. If you reach a total of 4 referrals, you will be refunded your entire entry fee! In order for a registration to count as a referral, it must be a separate transaction from your original registration. If a family of 4 people sign up together at the same time in a single transaction, that will not qualify for a refund. The unique link must be used. 

**Course Improvement Update**

The half marathon course will again be an out & back on the Knox & Kane Rail Trail from the Kinzua Skywalk. The past two years, the trail surface changed from very finely finished crushed stone surface to a double track unfinished former railbed surface at the Mount Jewett trail head. MJ2KB currently projects that the trail surface will be uniformly finished from Kinzua Bridge State Park to the end of the course. 

Course Map

The Kinzua Half Marathon is an out and back course.  It starts right next to the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk and goes South on the Knox & Kane Rail Trail.  As the elevation chart below shows, the half marathon course is relatively flat with only 250 ft. of elevation gain.  The Knox & Kane Rail Trail is well groomed crushed gravel in excellent condition.  

 

 

The Kinzua 5k is an out and back course on the Knox & Kane Rail Trail.  There is 75 ft. of elevation gain and loss on a well-groomed crushed gravel trail.  The start/finish line is less than 200 ft. from the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk!

Course Records

Half Marathon

Male Overall: Shawn Wiler (Columbus, PA) 1:16:04.52 (2020)

Female Overall: Marina Martino (Dallas, PA) 1:34:25.59 (2021)

Male Masters: David Sexton (Charlottesville, VA) 1:28:42.15 (2021)

Female Masters: Dawn Rhee (Pittsburgh, PA) 1:41:30.81 (2021)

 

5k

Male Overall: Owen Sexton (Charlottesville, VA) 19:47.55 (2021)

Female Overall: Cleofe Rose Poloyapoy (Kane, PA) 20:50.76 (2021)

Male Masters: Matthew Coriaty (Shinglehouse, PA) 20:48.60 (2021)

Female Masters: Denise Little (Hummelstown, PA) 25:41.02 (2021)

Local Attractions

(Distance From Start Finish)

Kinzua Bridge Skywalk (0 miles)

Kinzua Bridge Visitor's Center (0 miles)

Zippo/ Case Museum (20 miles)

Rimrock Overlook (31 miles)

Kinzua Beach (31 miles)

Kinzua Dam (34 miles)

Jakes Rocks (35 miles)

 

Travel

Lodging Options 


Flights

Check for flights into these local airports:

International

  • Greater Buffalo International Airport (BUF)
  • Erie International Airport (ERI)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Regional/Domestic

  • Bradford Regional Airport (BFD)
  • Dubois Regional Airport (DUJ)
Wolf Creek Destination Events
Little Sister's Big Rig Food Truck

Little Sister's Big Rig will be on-site before, during, and after the 5k on Saturday and will be opening at 11:00 AM on Sunday. 

FAQs

Is there a course time limit?

  • Yes, participants in the Half Marathon must run or walk under 4 hours. 5k participants must run or walk under 90 minutes.

Is there an awards ceremony?

  • Not in person.  A virtual awards ceremony will be posted on YouTube in the week following the event.  All awards will be mailed.

Can I walk?

  • Absolutely, as long as you can finish the race in the given course time limit.

Will there be race day registration?

  • No.

Are pets allowed?

  • No. 

Are strollers allowed?

  • No.

Does the race course include the Kinzua skywalk?

  • No. The state park does not permit running on the Kinzua skywalk. However, the course starts & finishes just steps from the skywalk!
Place
296 Viaduct Road
Mount Jewett, PA US 16740
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