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Can I run as part of a team?
Yes! Grab your friends/co-workers/fellow fitness fanatics and sign up as part of a social team. We'll have prizes for the largest team of the festival, the most spirited, etc.
When can I pick up my bib?
IN PERSON: All runners can pick up their bibs on Friday May 21st from 12 pm to 7 pm at the Jim Thorpe Train Station.
Full marathon and 7-mile runners can pick up their bibs and train tickets on Saturday May 22nd from 10-2, also at the Jim Thorpe Train Station.
OR BY MAIL: If you can't make it to one of our packet pickup days, you can have your bib and T-shirt mailed to you (additional $12 fee).
**NOTE**There is no day-of packet pick-up for any event. If you cannot pick up your bib in person or have someone pick it up for you, you must have your bib mailed.
If I choose to have my packet mailed, when will I get it?
We will mail out packets in early May.
Can I pick up a packet for someone else?
Yes! You can pick up someone else's packet, as long as you have a copy of their photo ID. A picture of their ID on your phone will do just fine!
Is there a course time limit for the half marathon?
Yes. Participants must complete the half marathon within 4 hours.
Is there a course time limit for the full marathon?
Yes. Participants must complete the full marathon within 7 hours.
Where can I get extra spectator tickets for the Scenic Train Ride to the start of the full Marathon and 7-miler?
As of 2/4/2021, we have sold out of spectator train tickets. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waiting list for spectator tickets.
Does the race accept walkers?
The 7 miler accepts walkers of any pace. The half marathon accepts walkers as long as they can walk at a minimum pace of 18:00 min/mile (roughly a 4 hr. half-marathon). The Full marathon does not accept walkers.
Is the race stroller-friendly?
The half marathon and 7-miler are stroller-friendly. Be advised that the surface is NOT paved, so you will need to make sure you have a sturdy jogging stroller.
Can I run with my dog?
You may run with your dog, but you also must accept full responsibility for you dog. We ask that you only run with your dog if he/she has extensive experience running in groups.
What is the race policy on refunds/deferrals/bib transfers?
We do not offer refunds or deferrals. However, participants can transfer their bibs to other runners through the Run Signup website for a $25 fee.
What is the participant cap?
The half marathon will be capped at 250 runners. The 7-miler will be capped at 100 runners, and the full marathon will be capped at 200 runners.
Will there be restrooms along the route?
For the full-marathon and 7-miler, restroom access will be limited throughout the state park. We will have plenty of restrooms prior to the start and then at miles 4, 11, and 24.
For the half marathon, we will have portable toilets at miles 2 and 11.
Is there a rain date?
Nope. All festival events will happen rain or shine (or snow).
Where can I volunteer?
We need volunteers for every aspect of the race--from Friday bib pickup to Sunday cleanup (and everything in between). If you'd like to volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Tristan Edwards-Wright, at email@example.com OR just e-mail the race.
Where Can I Stay?
Jim Thorpe is a quaint mountain town filled with charm, wonderful shops, and delicious restaurants. It's the perfect place for a family getaway, a running weekend with friends, or a romantic weekend with that special someone. If you're looking for a place to stay, we recommend these fantastic places:
The Inn at Jim Thorpe
24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA
Located in the heart of downtown Jim Thorpe, the Inn is offering 10% off for runners who stay both Friday and Saturday night. Call them to book directly and mention that you're with the running festival!
Hampton Inn, Lehighton
877 Interchange Rd, Lehighton, PA
Country Inn and Suites, Lehighton
1619 Interchange Rd, Lehighton
Pocono Mountain Visitors' Bureau
Looking for alternative options? Click here for information directly from the Pocono Mountain Visitors' Bureau.
SKIPPING TRAIN RIDE--DRIVING TO FULL MARATHON START
7-mile runners CANNOT skip the train ride. However, they will be given the option to get off the train at their starting area at Old Penn Haven on the way up to White Haven (around 7:10 am). Those who choose to do this will be allowed to start the 7-Miler at 7:30. Those who choose to remain on the train will start the 7-miler according to the regular train schedule. The 7-miler is chip-timed, so your time will not start until you cross the starting mat. Awards will not be finalized until the last 8-mile runner crosses the finish line.
Full Marathon runners who decide to skip the train ride can:
1. Be dropped at the starting line.
2. *Park near the starting line in state parking lot at the end of Main Street in White Haven by the G&A Hardware store.
*You will be responsible for arranging transportation back to your car from the finish area in Jim Thorpe, PA.
MARATHON and 7-MILER BAG DROP
Marathon and 7-mile runners will be able to leave a bag at the front of their train car. Bags will be collected and made available at the finish area. This service is a courtesy for our runners and we cannot guarantee the safety of bags or their contents. *We strongly recommend that do NOT leave any valuables in your bag.
Our hydration stations will be CONTACTLESS. Small bottles of water will be left on tables for you to grab as you pass. Trash cans will be located some way down the trail. PLEASE DISPOSE OF YOUR WATER BOTTLES IN TRASH CANS. You can always carry the bottle to the next water stop.
Gatorade will be available at every-other hydration station for the full marathon.
The Lehigh Gorge Trail is a remote trail through the beautiful wilderness. Restrooms will be limited. For the half marathon, they will be located at the start/finish and at miles 2 and 11.
For the marathon, they will be located at the start/finish areas and (roughly) miles 4, 12, and 24.
For the 7-miler, they will be located at the finish area and mile 5.
For the half marathon, spectators can safely watch runners pass through the Glen Onoko parking area at Lehigh Gorge State Park in Jim Thorpe (miles 2 and 11) and at the start/finish area.
For the full marathon, spectators who do not take the train can drive to the Rockport Road trailhead in Lehigh Township and watch runners pass at roughly mile 12. They can also watch runners pass through the Glen Onoko parking area at Lehigh Gorge State Park in Jim Thorpe (mile 24) and at the start/finish area.
For the 7-miler, spectators can watch runners pass through the Glen Onoko parking area at Lehigh Gorge State Park in Jim Thorpe (mile 5) and at the start/finish area.
ADDITIONAL COVID MEASURES
*We have severely capped the number of runners on each day to remain in compliance with PA "green phase" guidelines.
*All participants will be expected to wear face coverings in the starting area and to maintain a 6-foot distance from all runners not in their household or social-distancing “bubble”. It is up to you whether you wear one along the course.
*RESULTS will be posted IMMEDIATELY online and will be available on your phone (no results kiosk available at the finish line).
*We will NOT have an awards ceremony. Age group awards certificates will be e-mailed following the race. Overall and Masters’ division awards will be shipped to winners. (There will be no master’s division for the 8-miler). PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS IS CURRENT.
Half Marathon: 4 hours
Marathon: 7 hours
**A few slower runners have asked if they can start the marathon early. You are welcome to start anytime after the trail opens at sunrise (6:56 am). However, if you do so, you must understand that the starting mat and the hydration/fuel stations will NOT open until 7:50 am. You will also NOT be eligible for any awards. To have your time listed on our results page, you must inform the timer at the end of the marathon of your starting time.
The Full Marathon will take you down the D&L and Lehigh Gorge rail trails. These wide, smooth trails are hard-packed earth and gravel and, because they are former railroad lines, maintain a steady downgrade of 1-2% nearly the entire length of the marathon. One of our RUNegades’ ultra runners ran the course and says trail shoes are not necessary, but runners may want to wear gaiters to prevent small pebbles from entering their shoes.
Half Marathon and 7-Miler will take you through the last portion of the Full Marathon course, on the wide, smooth, hard-packed Lehigh Gorge Trail.
Want to be a part of the fun but don't want to run? Contact Mike and Tristan at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign on as a volunteer! All volunteers will get a unique race T-shirt and other race perks and goodies!