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Apr 27
Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe Running Festival
Saturday, Apr 27
@ 8:00 am

Join this gorgeous mountain town for one of the most beautiful runs in the Northeast!

Half Marathon (Sat. 4/27) 8 am:
The 2024 half marathon will be run on the same gorgeous, out-and-back course as 2023. Participants will start in the parking lot at the Jim Thorpe Train Station and run the FLAT, FAST rail-trail into Lehigh Gorge State Park. The route runs parallel to and even crosses over the Lehigh River and into breathtaking scenery of Lehigh Gorge.

Boston Qualifying Full Marathon (two start corrals: 7:15 am and 8 am): (Sun. 4/28)
The full marathon is an ABSOLUTE DREAM for runners a spectators alike, a POINT-TO-POINT BOSTON QUALIFIER with a SLIGHT, STEADY 0.5% to 1% DOWNGRADE nearly the ENTIRE WAY. 7:15 am runners can get dropped off or park near the start and take a free shuttle bus back to their cars after the race. 8 am runners can take the scenic train from Jim Thorpe to White Haven (train leaves at 6:30 am).

**RUNNERS WHO SIGN UP FOR THE 7:15 AM start may begin the race any time between 7:15 and 8:00 AM. Parking shuttles will run from the park-and-ride to the starting line until 7:45 AM.  We allow this because the train ride to the 8:00 AM start tends to sell out by early January.

7-Miler With Scenic Train Rides to the Start (Sun. 4/28): (train leaves at 6:30 am)
The final 7-miles of our gorgeous marathon course! All 7-Mile runners must take the train that leaves Jim Thorpe Station at 6:30 am. 7-Mile runners will have the option to start early (when the train first stops on the way to the marathon start) or later (after training to the marathon start and back again).