2020 Half Marathon Info
ACCESS THE UPDATED 2020 HALF MARATHON COURSE MAP HERE (The Elevation is not correct. It is fast and FLAT. It runs through a gorge, so the MapMyRun feature picks up phantom hills when it does not perfectly follow the trail).
Here’s a QUICK SUMMARY OF MOST IMPORTANT INFO:
1. Park @ Jim Thorpe Municipal Lot next to Train Station. 12 Lehigh Ave, Jim Thorpe PA.
2. Rolling start window between 7:00 and 8:30 (chip-timed).
3. Contactless Water Stations with water and fuel. No Sports drink on half course.
4. We have worked very hard with park officials to get the permits for this race. *If you do not put your water station trash in a trash can, you will be disqualified, will not receive a finishing time, and will not be allowed to register for future festivals. (We apologize for the harsh measures, but this is incredibly important). Trash cans will be located roughly 100 yards past every station.
5. Face coverings are required in the race staging area (before you start and after you exit the finishing chute). They are optional on-course.
6. If you are sick, or with someone who is sick, please skip this year’s festival.
TO ENSURE PROPER SOCIAL DISTANCING WE HAVE MOVED THE HALF MARATHON COURSE.
Runners will park at the lot right next to the Jim Thorpe Train Station and run an out-and-back course on the Lehigh Gorge Trail. It is FLAT and FAST, a hard-packed dirt and gravel trail that will run you through the foliage right next to the rippling Lehigh River. It is the same trail on which we are running the ends of Sunday’s marathon and 8-miler. Our original half course had runners taking a shuttle to the starting line and a shuttle back to the parking lot after the run. The new route allows runners to park directly at the start/finish area and avoid the shuttle.
PARKING FOR BOTH DAYS WILL BE IN THE MUNICIPAL LOT RIGHT NEXT TO THE JIM THORPE TRAIN STATION.
Parking will be free for runners. Spectators who drive their own cars will be asked to pay the $10 parking lot fee at one of the kiosks.
On SATURDAY THE LOT WILL OPEN AT 6:30 am for the half marathon. THE LOT WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL 6:30 am. To maximize social distancing, the starting line will open at 7am. Runners will be allowed to start anytime between 7am and 8:30am. The race is chip timed, so your time will not start until you cross the starting mat.
On SUNDAY THE LOT WILL OPEN AT 5:30 am for the full marathon and 8-miler. We ask all runners to board the train by 6:30 am.
BIB PICKUP HAS BEEN MOVED OUTDOORS TO THE TRAIN STATION.
All runners can pick up bibs on Friday September 25th from noon to 7pm.
Marathon and 8-Mile runners can pick up their bibs on Saturday September 26th from 10am to 2pm.
THERE IS NO DAY-OF PACKET PICKUP.
A friend may pick up your bib with a copy of your ID. A picture on a phone will suffice.
BIB MAILING—PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS IS CURRENT!
For those who opted to receive their bibs via mail, bibs will go out in the mail by mid-September, in plenty of time to arrive at your shipping address, but not early enough to get lost amongst the shuffle. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BIBS. We will have limited replacement bibs on hand and original bibs will be voided. Anyone who starts with a voided bib will be immediately removed from the course. (We apologize for the harsh tone here, but we have a long waiting list and we cannot mess around with Covid restrictions).
The window for deferrals and refunds is NOW CLOSED. Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, we left that window open for as long as we could. Now, custom bibs and shirts have been ordered. IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO RUN, YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS:
1. Officially transfer your bib to someone you know. Do this through the Run Signup system. Login to your Run Signup Account, go to your profile page and click “manage registration” under the Jim Thorpe Area Running Festival. The recipient of the bib transfer will be asked to pay a $25 transfer fee. The transfer window will close at 11:59pm on 9/12.
2. If you do not transfer your bib but still plan on not running, please let us know that you will not be attending. We have a lengthy waiting list. We will remove your registration and allow someone else to signup in your place.
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.
We are currently waiting for health officials to make a determination on sports-drinks (i.e. Gatorade) which does not come in small bottles. We cannot pour from a community water jug, so we are exploring other options. There is a chance that we will not be able to provide sports-drinks and runners are encouraged to bring their own. We will let you know ASAP.
We will also make a determination this week regarding the type of fuel that will be available on-course. Look for an e-mail and an update regarding the fuel and sports-drink situation.
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.
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
The Half Marathon will take you through the last portion of the Full Marathon course, on the wide, smooth, hard-packed Lehigh Gorge Trail.