The 2020 Jim Thorpe Area Running Festival

The 2020 Jim Thorpe Area Running Festival


About the Race
The RUNegades are proud to present The Jim Thorpe Area Running Festival 2020! A portion of the proceeds from the race will go to benefit Turn to Us, Inc., a vital Jim-Thorpe area non-profit that provides assistance to individuals and families impacted by chronic and major illnesses. 

Half Marathon (Sat. May 16th) 
The 2020 half marathon course will take you from the beautiful view atop Flagstaff Mountain to the shores of Mauch Chunk Lake. With breathtaking views, serene woodland paths, a healthy dose of history, and an overall elevation drop of nearly 700 feet, this beginner-level trail run had 2019 runners raving that it was one of the best they'd ever experienced! 
* The half starts at 8 am; we ask that you park by 7 am to catch the shuttle to the mountain-top start

All-New SCENIC RAILWAY Full Marathon and 8-Miler (Sun. May 17th) 
The ALL-NEW full marathon is an ABSOLUTE DREAM for runners a spectators alike, a POINT-TO-POINT BOSTON QUALIFIER with a STEADY 1-2% DOWNGRADE nearly the ENTIRE WAY.

Runners and spectators will TAKE THE FAMOUS READING & BLUE MT. NORTHERN SCENIC RAILWAY for 26 miles from Jim Thorpe to White Haven, PA. After watching the start, spectators will re-board the train, stop on a bridge overlooking the trail at mile 3, and wait to cheer for their friends and loved ones as they run toward them and pass underneath.

After the last runner passes, the train will then take our 8-Mile runners down the trail to their starting point at Old Penn Haven before returning spectators to the finish area in Jim Thorpe. While they wait for their runner to finish, spectators can enjoy the FOOD, FUN, MUSIC, and VENDORS of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration taking place adjacent to the train station!
*Runners and spectators must arrive at the train station by 6:30 am.