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Kinzua Half Marathon & 5k

July 27-28, 2024 Mount Jewett, PA 16740 US Directions

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Kinzua Half Marathon

$125 07/28 8:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT Registration Includes: Performance Shirt, Commemorative Finisher Medal, Personalized Race Bib, Bumper Sticker, Free Professional Race Photography & Post Race Refreshments
Open to ages 10+.
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Kinzua 5K

$50 07/27 7:00PM EDT - 10:00PM EDT Registration Includes: Performance Shirt, Commemorative Finisher Medal, Personalized Race Bib, Bumper Sticker, Free Professional Race Photography & Post Race Refreshments
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Tornado Double (Both Events)

$145 07/27 - 07/28 7:00PM EDT - 2:00PM EDT Registration Includes: Special Tornado Double Medal, Performance Shirt, Commemorative Finisher Medal, Special 5th Anniversary Swag Item, Bumper Sticker, Personalized Race Bib, Free Professional Race Photography & Post Race Refreshments
Open to ages 10+.
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Half Marathon Pacers

07/28 8:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT Pacers must be able to run 15 minutes faster than pace they are assigned.
Open to ages 21+.

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 a point-to-point finishing on the scenic Knox Kane Rail Trail. The race finishes steps from the spectacular Kinzua Skywalk. All participants receive a performance shirt, commemorative finisher medal, personalized bib, and free race photos!   Water stations at ~ miles 4.5, 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, 60-69, 70 & Over.

 

"25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks" - DCNR

 

5K Race Information

Saturday evening 5K race starting at 7:00. The course is a point to point on the scenic Knox Kane Rail Trail. The race finishes steps from the spectacular Kinzua Skywalk. All participants receive a performance shirt, commemorative finisher medal, personalized 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, 60-69, 70 & 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
  • 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. 

Packet Pickup

Saturday, July 27th: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Finish area near the Kinzua Skywalk

Sunday, July 28th: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM at the Finish area near the Kinzua Skywalk

Parking & Shuttle

There is plenty of parking by the Finish at the Kinzua Bridge State Park overflow lot and in the designated trail parking.  Parking is not permitted at the Start on Riterville Rd.  A shuttle will be provided to transport participants to the start before the race.

Swag

Half Marathon

  • Commemorative, custom-crafted Finisher Medal
  • Premium Short Sleeve Performance Shirt
  • Custom Race Bib With Your Name (must register before July 10)
  • Kinzua Half Marathon Bumper Sticker
  • Free Professional Race Photos

5k

  • Commemorative, custom-crafted Finisher Medal
  • Premium Short Sleeve Performance Shirt
  • Custom Race Bib With Your Name (must register before July 10)
  • Bumper Sticker
  • Free Professional Race Photos

Tornado Double

  • Commemorative, custom-crafted Finisher Medal
  • Special, Custom Tornado Double Finisher Medal
  • Premium Short Sleeve Performance Shirt
  • Custom Race Bib With Your Name (must register before July 10)
  • Bumper Sticker
  • Free Professional Race Photos
  • SPECIAL 5th Anniversary giveaway (exclusively for Tornado Double participants)

Course Records

Half Marathon

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

Female Overall: Melina Terranova (Buffalo, NY) 1:27:26.92 (2023)

Male Masters: Gary Pate (Alliance, OH) 1:23:51.77 (2023)

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

 

5k

Male Overall: Terry Beacom (Tarentum, PA) 18:40.97 (2023)

Female Overall: Brenna Wendell (Castle Rock, CO) 20:12.10 (2022)

Male Masters: Terry Beacom (Tarentum, PA) 18:40.97 (2023)

Female Masters: Malissa Terry (Dayton, OH) 21:54.07 (2022)

Media

Running the Kinzua Half Marathon at Kinzua Bridge State Park - Still Going Far, August 2023

The Most Adventurous Half Marathons in the World - Halfmarathons.net, January 2023

Kinzua Half Marathon highlights PA summer race slate - Olean Times Herald, June 2020

 

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.

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!

Local Attractions

(Distance From Finish)

Kinzua Bridge Skywalk (0 miles)

Kinzua Bridge Visitor's Center (0 miles)

Stroup's Maple Syrup (2 miles)

Zippo/ Case Museum (20 miles)

Rimrock Overlook (31 miles)

Kinzua Beach (31 miles)

Kinzua Dam (34 miles)

Jakes Rocks (35 miles)

 

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Place

296 Viaduct Road
Mount Jewett, PA US 16740

Race Contact Info

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RUN FOR JUST $1

Want to reduce your registration fee to just $1?

Become a fundraiser and support the MJ2KB Trail Club the non-profit organization that maintains and improves the section of the Knox Kane Rail Trail that the Kinzua Half Marathon & 5k is held on each year! Each person who raises a minimum of $250 on their personal fundraising page has the option of getting their registration reduced to a dollar in our "Run for $1!" incentive program. Once you raise at least $250, an automatic refund of your registration fee minus $1 will be triggered. 

To learn more about the great work that MJ2KB does, please visit their website here.

 

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