Wed November 2 - Sat December 31 New Florence, PA 15944 US Directions

5k run

12/18 10:00AM EST - 11:30AM EST

5k walk

12/18 10:00AM EST - 11:30AM EST

Ruck Division

12/18 10:00AM EST - 11:30AM EST
177 13th St.
New Florence, PA US 15944

Come celebrate Festivus with the rest of us while completing an awesome 5k course. 


We are back for the 2nd year. We had a outstanding turnout last year. Tons of fun was had by all. We look forward to making the experience even better this year.


All proceeds go directly to the New Florence Volunteer Fire Company.


Festivus 5k packet pickup will be at the New Florence Firehall morning of the race starting at 9 am. Registration will close at 9:45 am to allow Smiley Miles Timing to put names into the system without delaying the start of the race of those who sign up day of. 


Race day registration increases to $30 day of, so register early to save some money. 



New Florence Firehall Address
177 13th St, New Florence, PA 1594


Awards 5k:

Top 3 M & F overall, top 3 in each age group: 10 and under, 11-14,15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Top 3  M & F overall only for walk
Top 3  M & F overall only for ruck division
(no duplicates, awards will not be mailed) 

*children 10 and under must run race under their own power to be eligible for age group awards. Having been pushed on a stroller or carried by someone will not qualify.  

Time limit is 1 hour 15 minutes so a 24:08 pace


Schedule of events:
9:00 am registration opens
9:45 am registration closes
10:00 am race starts
11:15 race ends (must be across mats by 11:15 to be included in results)
11:20 awards ceremony


WHATS INCLUDED: custom t-shirt if preregistered by December 1st at 11:59pm, No Exceptions, custom race bib, chip timing with results posted online. Snacks after the race as well, safe environment, and a chance to make lasting memories. Sticker specific to the race.



Race starts right in front of the former New Florence ambulance garage which is right beside the firehall. We will run up a block make a left head towards the New Florence Manor. Then quickly jumping on route 711 for about a tenth of a mile before hitting Boswell road. From there you run out towards the state gamelands running by the Laurel Hill Iron Furnace before turning around. From there you run back a couple tenths the same way you just came until you Pick up Furnace lane and head back towards town. Then you don’t have to make any turns for almost a mile when you make a turn on Mulberry Street run a couple blocks down to 15th street where you turn left and finish out the last tenthish mile the same tenthish mile how you started, finishing back in front of the old ambulance garage. 

We will have someone stopping traffic as you cross 711. Also to slow traffic down the tenth of a mile you are on 711 before hitting Boswell road. It’s not a closed course but traffic is very minimal. We do ask you to be cautious and be aware of your surroundings. 

The course is exactly 3.10 miles. I measured it numerous times. While measuring I made sure to run the most efficient route so that means running the tangents to you take the most direct line as a professional would. The course has a net gain in the first half of the race and net decline the second half. 

There is one water stop on the course it will have water and gatorade (flavor to be determined), its located past the furnace right before the turn around there. Right at the 1.45 mile mark. Please keep all cups/trash located to that area. There will be a trash can there to throw cups in. Do not throw trash down the road.


We ask that no pets be brought on the course or into the firehall or around the event. We love animals but not everyone is comfortable around them. This is for safety and insurance reasons.

We DO NOT mail awards. Stick around to receive your award. We do not allow you to come and pick it up at your convenience either. We understand you may have to leave early for work or family obligations so please be an adult and get with us beforehand if you absolutely must leave early. We highly discourage having someone pick yours up during the awards because again you should have seen us before leaving and not everyone has that luxury to have someone there. We believe as a running community we all need to support one another in this community as it grows with each race. That support includes all the way through the award ceremony. We all need to celebrate the accomplishments of every participant at all events we attend and the hard work that goes into each persons training to get them from start to finish. That's why we want you to stick around. Also its nice to have people cheer others on as they finish. 

Headphones are allowed, we ask you to please be courteous to fellow runners and that you listen to your audio at a reasonable volume so you can hear other runners coming or calling out if they are passing you. Also so you can hear those directing traffic or traffic coming, again it is not a closed course. If you are pushing a stroller please be aware of other runners and vehicles give them the right away.
We will do our best to make sure the roads are in good condition for the race, being a December race be prepared and dress appropriately for the conditions that may be present. 

Also no smoking, alcohol or drug use is permitted in any area the race will be using this includes parking lots, staging area, race course or restrooms. These are our rules. Remember this is a kid friendly event where young lungs are at play along with the possibility of adults with health issues. we are trying to make this event safe and comfortable for everyone.

No throwing any trash/garbage along the course. Whatever you start with you have to end with. The only exception to throw trash away is at the water stop at that garbage can there.



This is a official GoRuck sponsored division event. That means all those who ruck the course will get a official GoRuck Patch upon completion. You are also still eligible at a shot for the top 3 awards within the ruck division. We will give out awards to top 3 male and top 3 females who cross the finish line with a ruck on. The requirements are to have at least 20lbs for males and 10lbs for females. Must finish within the 1:15 time frame. The ruck must be in the form of a backpack (ruck), it must be on your back. Weight vests or duffel bags or other means to carry the weight do not qualify as a ruck. 


We will be awarding the top 3 overall male and top 3 overall females who are in the walk division. You must also finish within the 1:15 time frame. There is no running allowed. You will be disqualified if caught running and your signed up for the walk. There will be serious race walkers present so running even as you see the finish line come into view will be grounds for disqualification.


Virtual Option

The Virtual Option is now open. There were numerous people asking if they can run it virtually when they have free time because of prior commitments. We listened and opened up the option to do it virtually. You will be able to upload your results online until 12/30/22 at 11:30am. Once you register you will have from the time you register till 12/30/22 at 11:30am to upload your results.

You will get the Festivus For The Rest Of Us custom bib, and Festivus For The Rest Of Us sticker in the mail after the in-person race because the timer already has the bibs to put into their system. If you registered before the shirt deadline it will also be sent at that time. The items will be mailed within 2 days of the actual in person race, this will give you plenty of time to receive them and run with bib on if you choose to do so. If you choose the ruck virtual option you will also be sent a go ruck patch. We thank you for your support and hope to see you at future events. Please submit pictures to us so we can post them along with the others.

*The Virtual Option is the Exception to mailing Items to participants for the obvious reason they will not be attending in person.


Parking will be at the New Florence Firehall, additional parking will be available at the New Florence Playground which is 50 yards away, the far end of the playground which is 150 yards away, along the main street of New Florence. Please DO NOT PARK in any business parking lots, or block anyone’s driveway. We are not responsible if you get towed for doing that.


Shirt Policy:
To receive a shirt registration must be complete by December 1st at 11:59pm no exceptions. Extras will not be ordered. After the race, shirts of runners that did not show up will be given to those runners that signed up race day. No shirts will be ordered after the race. No shirts or swag will be mailed.


We do not offer refunds, cancellations or transfers at this time. This event will go on no matter the weather unless by some chance a state of emergency is declared. If that happens we kindly thank you for your donation and we will see you the following year. Remember this is to raise money for the fire company and all proceeds go to them. We cant just refund entry fees.

Any questions please reach out to us so we can get you the correct answer.

The official facebook event page will have the most up to date information. This will include course maps, elevation charts, shirt design, where to park along with any other info. This is a Only Eye Athletics event to benefit The New Florence Volunteer Fire Company. All proceeds go directly to the Fire Company. 



Gun Timing unless there is a strict covid restriction policy then the race will go to a starting mat time trial event with runners being spread out at the start. Race will not be cancelled unless a natural disaster. You bibs will have a chip on the back so time is accurate once you cross the finish line. For the timing mats to reads your time properly have bibs placed on the front of your body. If bibs are placed on your back it will not get read properly.



We will provide water and gatorade at the water stop. Flavor to be determined. There will also be post race snacks, ill try to have nice standard variety. There will also be water and gatorade at the finish along with bottle water.



Bathrooms are located inside the firehall and will be there to use before and after the race.

There will be a photo Op area inside the firehall for you to take pictures to remember the fun you had and to share the experience with your friends.



For More info check out the "OFFICIAL" Facebook event page.

Youtube: Videos of the course and where to park

Video of the course:





We hope to see you there and that you choose to celebrate FESTIVUS with us.

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