2020 Marathon Info
The 2020 full marathon will take place on Sunday May 17th.
At 6:30 am, participants and spectators will take a specially-chartered scenic train ride from the historic train station in Jim Thorpe, PA. Water and restrooms will be available on the train as we travel roughly 25 miles through the gorgeous Lehigh Gorge State park to White Haven, PA.
Participants will de-train and walk a block to the starting area of the full marathon, which will begin at 8:00 am at the corner of Susquehanna and Main Streets (at the trail head of the D&L Trail).
A maximum of 350 runners will run north on the D&L for roughly one mile and then turn to run the rest of the marathon all the way back to the train station in Jim Thorpe.
Aside from a short connection on Main Street in White Haven and another short connection on the road in Lehigh Gorge State Park, the run will take place entirely on the D&L and Lehigh Gorge rail trails. The trails are smooth, hard-packed gravel. From White Haven to Jim Thorpe, the trail is nice, easy 1-2% downgrade nearly the whole way, perfect for a PR. The Lehigh Gorge Trail winds its way alongside the Lehigh River through the gorgeous natural splendor of the Poconos.
Aid stations that include water, sports-drinks, first-aid equipment, and refueling gels and snacks will be placed roughly every 2 miles along the route. Because the run takes place in a rather remote state park restroom access will be limited.
We are currently working with a professional USATF course measurer to map and certify the trail as a Boston Qualifier, and have been assured that the course will be certified well ahead of race day. Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook event page for more updates on the certification and for our official map.
For now, here is the unofficial course map with elevation: