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Run Across the Allegheny River!

Belmar Bridge Half Marathon

$75 $50 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Your registration includes a custom finisher medal, drawstring bag, refreshments, online finisher certificate, and online results!
Belmar Bridge Half Marathon
Sandy Creek Trail - Belmar Bridge Trail Head
 ***This event has a participant cap of 150.

Experience the First-Ever Race at the Sandy Creek Trail!

The Sandy Creek Trail, located in Venango County, is a stunning rail trail. The trail was developed from 2000 to 2005 when the former Franklin and Clearfield Railroad was converted to the now 12-mile paved trail. The Sandy Creek Trail winds its way along the Allegheny River and East Sandy Creek. The rail trail travels through the nearly untouched wilderness of Venango County, Pennsylvania. The trail boasts an impressive 7 bridges.

"12 Miles of Beautiful Views" - Pittsburgh Magazine 

The Belmar Bridge is the most breathtaking feature of the Sandy Creek Trail. At 1385 feet long, this wooden deck bridge crosses the Allegheny River and offers sweeping views of the river valley.

"The Belmar bridge over the Allegheny River is one of the most spectacular views I've ever encountered..." -brody TrailLink 

Not only does this trail feature bridges, but it has a tunnel as well – the Deep Valley Tunnel – that is. This tunnel is another focal point of the trail and is 967 feet long. Ten percent of your race registration fee supports the Allegheny Valley Trails Association (AVTA), a volunteer, non-profit organization that continues to maintain and development recreational trails throughout the Oil Heritage Region of Pennsylvania. 

"It’s impossible to resist the urge to stop and take in the view." - Pittsburgh Magazine 


Wolf Creek Drawstring Bag & Custom Belmar Bridge Half Marathon Finisher Medal!

Race Shirts:

A long sleeve performance shirt will be available to purchase during registration. Shirts will ship after the event. Please allow 2-4 weeks for your shirt to arrive. 

Window Start:

Participants may start any time between 8:00-8:30 AM to allow for maximum social distancing. You start when you're comfortable. The start is chip timed so there is no penalty to starting later. Your time starts when you cross the start line. 

Packet Pick Up:

Packet pick up will be available from 3:00-6:00 PM on Saturday, October 3rd at the Belmar Trailhead. 

Race day packet pick up available from 7:15-8:30 AM. 

Mask required at packet pick up. 

Awards Ceremony:

No awards ceremony on race day. A virtual awards ceremony will be posted on YouTube in the week following the event.

Awards: Top 5 overall male & female finishers. Top 5 overall masters male & female finishers. All awards will be mailed following the event. Please allow 2-4 weeks for awards to arrive. 


Out & back on the flat, paved Sandy Creek Trail. Course Time Limit 3.5 hours (16:01 min/mile). Attainable by walking or running. 


The Belmar trailhead is at Belmar Village on the west side of the River. Access is from Route 8, 3 miles south of Franklin. Turn on Pone Lane and drive past Franklin High School to Belmar Road. Turn right and follow it to the parking area at the foot of the hill with the river and bridge in sight. GPS N 41 19.983 W 79 46.467


Available at the Belmar trailhead parking lot and off the side of Belmar Rd. 


Portable restrooms will be available near the Belmar trailhead parking lot and along the half marathon course. 

Water Stations:

Self-serve. 8oz plastic water bottles and 12oz Gatorade will be available. 5 total water stations available along the course (Mile 2, 4, 6.5, 9, 11). 

Host Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Franklin - Oil City (225 Singh Dr, Cranberry, PA 16319) 

Call 814-677-2640 and use code "Belmar Race Block" to receive the special half marathon room block rate. 

Driving Directons to Belmar Bridge

From Franklin Senior High School (246 Pone Ln, Franklin, PA 16323)
Head southeast toward Pone Ln - 0.1 miles
Turn right onto Pone Ln - 1.9 miles
Turn right onto Belmar Rd - 3.5 miles

Arrive at the Sandy Creek Trail Trailhead at Belmar Bridge

Course Map

Experience Historic Franklin, Pennsylvania

Travel Time from Regional Cities

Franklin, PA - 15 minutes

Oil City, PA - 30 minutes

Grove City, PA - 35 minutes

Butler, PA - 60 minutes

Cranberry Township, PA - 70 minutes

Youngstown, OH - 70 minutes

Erie, PA - 90 minutes

Pittsburgh, PA - 90 minutes

Cleveland, OH - 2 hrs 15 min

Morgantown, WV - 2 hrs 30 min

Buffalo, NY - 2 hrs 45 min

Harrisburg, PA - 3 hrs 45 min


At Wolf Creek Race Management, we take COVID-19 very seriously. We will do everything in our power to offer a safe and fun event for all participants. We have taken several steps to ensure the safety of all participants, staff members, volunteers, and spectators. These steps in accordance with PA-state government & CDC guidelines include: 

  • Limiting High Contact Points
  • 30 Minute Social Distance Start Window
  • Encouraging Social Distancing
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces
  • Providing pre-packaged food and drinks
  • Making hand sanitizer readily available
  • Wolf Creek Staff members wearing masks when social distancing is not possible
  • CDC COVID-19 signage displayed at the event

This event was approved during the pandemic and will occur as long as Pennsylvania remains in the green phase. If this event is no longer able to occur due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants will receive a full refund. Refunds for any other reason will not be granted. 

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Sandy Creek Trail - Belmar Bridge Trail Head

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