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Old Turnpike Half Marathon

June 8, 2024 Waterfall, PA 16689 US Directions



Old Turnpike Half Marathon

$55 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Registration Includes: Performance T-Shirt, Finisher Medal, and Headlamp!
Open to ages 18 - 120.


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+.


3005 Pump Station Road
Waterfall, PA US 16689


The Old Turnpike Half Marathon takes place at the one-of-a-kind Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike! Featured in a movie, once billed as the “World’s Greatest Highway”, and surrounded by the stunning scenery of Buchanan State Forest and the Allegheny Mountain Range, this half marathon is a must! Run through the 1.26 mile long Sideling Hill tunnel and the kilometer-long Rays Hill tunnel. 

Restrooms & Aid Stations:

  • Portable restrooms will be placed in the Cove Valley Travel Plaza parking lot and along the course. 
  • Aid Stations with refreshments and first aid kits will be available along the course.

Race Parking:

  • Available at the Cove Valley Travel Plaza alongside the Old PA Turnpike. The start & finish line is less than 200 meters from this parking lot.

Packet Pickup: 

  • Friday June 7: 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Express Breezewood (16503 Lincoln Hwy, Breezewood, PA 15533)
  • Saturday June 8: 6:45 - 8:00 AM at the Start/Finish area (3005 Pump Station Road, Waterfall, PA 16689)


Awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female Open & Masters Finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in the following age groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

Start time:

8:00 AM

Runners & Walkers welcome.

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 Records

Male Overall: Peter Weida (Lancaster, PA) 1:17:02 (2020)

Female Overall: Marianne Abdalah (Wexford, PA) 1:30:40 (2023)

Male Masters: Craig Polakoff (Philadelphia, PA) 1:23:36 (2023)

Female Masters: Naomi Pennington (Altoona, PA) 1:42:21 (2021)


Pictured above is an example that includes the 2022 4" x 4" finisher medal and the 2022 short sleeve performance race shirts!

Course Safety Statement

Please be aware that this stretch of road has not been recently paved, therefore, parts of the pavement are rough at times. In addition, head lamps are required to be worn when running through the tunnels (headlamps are included with registration). These tunnels are dark, can be slippery, and running through them without a head lamp can be dangerous. Wolf Creek Race Management staff will remove as much debris as possible from the road prior to race day. Portions of the road have significant graffiti. Warning: Some of this graffiti contains obscene language and graphics. Participation among children 17 & Under is prohibited.  


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Nearby Lodging:
Omni Bedford Springs Resort (2138 Business 220, Bedford, PA 15522)
Quality Inn (16621 Lincoln Hwy, Breezewood, PA 15533)
Days Inn (16407 Lincoln Hwy, Breezewood, PA 15533)

Course Map

Click for Interactive Course Map

The elevation profile is currently incorrect on the interactive map. The mapping software doesn't understand that the course travels through the mountains and not over them. 


Wolf Creek Events


  • Would you recommend trail running shoes or road running shoes? Road running shoes
  • Is there a course time limit? Yes, participants must complete the course by 12:00 PM (4 hour time limit).
  • 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.

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