Race Day Info MARATHON
Welcome to the Marathon at the Jim Thorpe Area Running Festival!
Race-Day Information Sheet (please read)
**YOUR GPS DEVICE WILL NOT BE ACCURATE ON THE TRAIL! The course snakes through the Lehigh Gorge. We have found that NO GPS device is accurate. It will make you think the course is long. It is not. It has been measured by hand (or foot, really) by a professional course master and certified by the USATF as a Boston Qualifier.
Directions: The train leaves and the race finishes in the Carbon County Municipal Parking Lot next to the Jim Thorpe Train Station. Enter “Jim Thorpe Municipal Parking” or “12 Lehigh Ave, Jim Thorpe” into your GPS.
Parking: Parking will cost $12 per car. Everyone who parks will be required to visit one of the many kiosks newly installed in the parking lot BEFORE YOU RUN. You must put your receipt on your dashboard. It will say that it expires at 7:30am but as long as it is on your dashboard, you will not receive a ticket. Parking is very limited in Jim Thorpe and we strongly encourage carpooling and arriving early. THE LOT WILL OPEN AT 5:30 am.
Train Ride: The train leaves at 6:30 AM. Water and bathrooms will be available in all train cars. Masks are required on the train.
Staggered Start: You will move slowly through the starting arch in bunches of 4 or 5 runners. There is a short walk from the train drop-off to the start of the marathon. We ask that elite runners head down to the starting line to start first. All other runners will line up in small groups. The race is chip-timed, so your time will not start until you cross the starting mat.
Remote Area: Cell phones will not work on the trail. Bikers will be monitoring miles 12-26. Flag them down if you have an issue and need to be picked up. They will alert our ATV team or the closest stationed EMS team.
Hydration/Fuel: We will have stations at miles 2, 4, 6.5, 9, 11.75, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24. Every station will have a first aid kit for basic needs and water. Gatorade will be at every other station starting at mile 4. We will have pretzels, chips, and bananas at miles 6.5, 11.75, 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24. We will have Gu gels at miles 14, 18, 20, and 22.
DO NOT DISCARD ANYTHING ON THE TRAIL: Trash cans will be available roughly 75 yards past every water station. If you are spotted discarding anything on the trail, you will be disqualified, you will not receive a time, and you will not be allowed to register for any future RUNegades’ events. We apologize for the harsh language, but the natural beauty of the park (and our permits) are very important to us.
Bag Drop: When you exit the train, place a small bag marked with your name in the front row of the train car. It will be taken back to the finish area. We ask that you shed any clothing when you run past the starting line again at mile 2. Those items will be collected and brought back to the finish area as well. These drops are a courtesy for our runners and we cannot guarantee the safety of any items. We strongly advise against leaving anything of value in your bag.
Spectating Spots: Spectators are NOT ALLOWED AT THE START and will not be allowed off the train. Those 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.
Public on Trail: The marathon takes place on the public Lehigh Gorge trail. Please be respectful of any and all bikers, hikers, dog-walkers, etc.
Our major sponsor, Muggles’ Mug Coffee Shoppe has incredible coffee and snackables. They are offering 10% off for all runners. Just bring your bib into Muggles’ Mug: 79 Broadway, Jim Thorpe
Our small business sponsor, Trend & Source Marketplace is also offering a discount for our runners. Bring your bib to our shop at 101 Broadway for 25% off our popular Turkish Towels or 10% off any ONE item (some exclusions apply)! Offer is good Thursday, May 20 through Sunday, May 23.
(ROUGH) SUNDAY TIMELINE FOR THE FULL MARATHON and 7-MILER
*5:30 AM: The JT Municipal Parking Lot next to train station opens. Porta-potties will be available in the parking lot. We ask that all runners and spectators board the train by 6:30.
*6:30 AM: The train leaves the Jim Thorpe Train Station and travels to White Haven.
*7:10 AM: The train makes a 5-minute stop in Old Penn Haven. 7-Miler participants will be given the option to get off the train at this point and start their run after our timer sets up the starting area.
*7:45 AM: The train arrives at the White Haven Library. Runners ONLY will disembark and walk a block to the starting line. Spectators will be asked to remain on the train. Portable toilets will be available in the library parking lot.
*7:55 AM: The train will depart for the overlook point at mile 2.8.
*7:55 to 8:05 AM: Marathon runners will be asked to start in spaced waves. The fastest runners will be asked to start first. The race is chip-timed, so your time will not start until you cross the starting mat.
*8:45 AM (or as soon as the last runner has passed the 2.8 mile mark): The train will depart the overlook point and head for the 8-mile starting point in Old Penn Haven.
*9:25-9:35 AM: 7-mile runners will disembark in Old Penn Haven and begin the 7-mile race.
*9:40 AM: The train will take spectators to the finish line at the Jim Thorpe Municipal Parking Lot.