“The Toughest Little Marathon in the East!”
The Mt. Nittany Marathon is a scenic 26.2 mile certified course (a “Boston Qualifier”) winding around the area of its namesake – Mt. Nittany. Utilizing local bike paths and roadways, the marathon is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend when historical temperatures range from a low of 50 degrees to a high of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Start time is 7:00 AM. Read comments from runners of the Inaugural Marathon HERE.
Start & Finish: Medlar Field Baseball Stadium on the Penn State University main campus (across Porter Road from Beaver Stadium) — State College, PA. Google map HERE. The Stadium is a beautiful facility with plenty of restrooms and a covered concourse in case of inclement weather. There are lots of seats with a great view of Mt. Nittany for those waiting for runners to finish. Post-race food and refreshments will be available here.
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 AM Course timing stops at 1:00 PM.
Course Map: The course is a challenging certified course (USATF Certification Code: PA14045WB). Click HERE for a complete map with turn-by-turn directions. For an elevation profile of the course, click HERE to access a map on MapMyRun.com. If you would like to read the Race Director’s thoughts on the course, click HERE. As it is a certified course, this race is a “Boston Qualifier.” We report all results to the Boston Athletic Association after the race.
Entry Fee: $85.00 through August 23, 2015.
Hotels: Need a place to stay? Many local hotels are offering SPECIAL RATES for Marathon weekend. Click HERE to be directed to the list.
Pasta Meal before the race! — Saturday, September 5, 2015 in downtown State College! Registered Marathon Runners receive a coupon for a FREE pasta meal consisting of a pasta dish, bread and a non-alcoholic beverage (or a $7.50 credit towards a higher-priced meal) at a participating restaurant.
Marathon Entry Fee Includes:
- Long-Sleeve Synthetic Shirt
- Pasta meal the day before the race
- Finisher Medal
- On-Course Refreshments (Water and “ade” drink; Gels at selected Stations)
- Post-Race Food and Refreshments
- Souvenir ChampionChip timing chip and Racing Bib
New for 2015 – 5K Option at 9:00 AM! Click HERE to go to the Mt. Nittany 5K page.
Eligibility: To compete in the Mt. Nittany Marathon you must be at least 18 years of age.
Pacing Requirements: All athletes entering the Marathon must maintain a 14-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race and finish within 6 (six) hours. Anyone not able to maintain a 14-minute per mile pace may continue the course, but be there is no guarantee of aid station, course marshal or police officer availability. Click HERE for a chart of the mile and water station splits necessary to maintain this pace.
Packet Pick-Up Location & Times:
- Saturday, September 5, 2015: 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center, 800 Park Ave., State College, PA 16803 (corner of Park Ave. & Porter Road – enter parking lot from Porter Road)
- Sunday, September 6, 2015: Race site (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park) starting at 5:30 AM.
Race Day Parking: There is plenty of free parking in paved lots around Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Medlar Field, all within a hundred yards of the Start/Finish line.
Cancellation Policy: Registration fees for the 2015 Mt. Nittany Marathon are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Safety Reminder: For the safety of yourself and the other participants, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks and animals of any kind are prohibited from starting the course. Headphones are HIGHLY discouraged due to traffic patterns throughout the course that require complete attention to ensure your safety.
Bib Numbers: Each runner will be issued a bib number at Packet Pick-Up. It is the responsibility of the runner to wear the bib number during the race. The bib identifies you as a runner to volunteers, law enforcement, and safety officials.
Timing & Results: The Mt. Nittany Marathon is a timed event. The disposable ChampionChips timing system will be used with both a start and finish sensor to provide an accurate result for every participant and to eliminate a need to rush the start. A link to results will be posted on this page following the conclusion of the race.
Weather: The race will be held rain or shine. However, if there is lightning in the area the race will either have a delayed start or, depending on the intensity of the weather, be cancelled. The determination will be made by the Marathon organizers. Runner and Volunteer safety will not be compromised.
Awards: Top 3 Overall Male and Female winners will receive awards at a presentation at approximately 11:00 AM inside Medlar Field.
VOLUNTEERS!! We need YOU!! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Water Stations, Course Marshalls, Bicyclists, Loaders — we have an opportunity to fit you. Volunteer for the marathon, help preserve Mt. Nittany, AND get a FREE T-shirt! Download a packet with all the volunteer opportunities HERE. Email John Hook at John@MtNittany.org and we’ll get you signed up!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION or QUESTIONS: Contact John Hook, President of the Mount Nittany Conservancy at John@MtNittany.org.