Mt. Nittany Marathon 2013

The 2013 Mt. Nittany Marathon is in the books!!!!  Congratulations to all the runners and THANK YOU to the hundreds of wonderful Volunteers and our fantastic Sponsors!!

Race results are posted on the Nittany Valley Running Club website HERE.

Volunteer Jerry Harrington took pictures of most of the runners between mile 16 & 17.  They are posted on Filckr HERE.

Photographer Richie Sherman took photos along the marathon route.  They are posted on SmugMug HERE.

Runner Tom Shakely blogged about his experience HERE.


The Mt. Nittany Marathon is a scenic 26.2 mile certified course winding around the area of its namesake – Mt. Nittany. Utilizing local bike paths and roadways, the inaugural marathon is on a Sunday morning in September when historical average temperatures range from a low of 50 degrees to a high of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Based on current qualifying dates, the Mt. Nittany Marathon will also serve as a last-chance qualifier for the 2014 Boston Marathon (USATF Certification Code: PA13044WB.  Certified course map available here:

Marathon1Start & Finish: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the Penn State University main campus near Beaver Stadium,  State College, PA.  Google map HERE.

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM

COURSE MAP: Click MtNittanyMarathonCourse (Other versions: One-Page color with Water Stations Marathon_Course; or click the following for a MapMyRun version:

Cost: $50 before May 31, 2013; $75 from June 1 – Aug. 16, 2013. Deadline is August 16, 2013.

Registration is Closed (Entry Deadline was August 16, 2013 — See you next year!)

Registered Runner List: Click HERE

Need a place to stay?  Click HERE for a list of local hotels and B&B’s that are offering SPECIAL RATES for Marathon weekend!

Pasta Dinner before the race! — Saturday evening, August 31, 2013 is America’s Longest Pasta Table in downtown State College!  Come be part of the record!  Registered Marathon Runners receive a 50% discount — only $5.00 per person.

VOLUNTEERS!!   We need YOU!!  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!   Volunteer for the marathon, help preserve Mt. Nittany, AND get a FREE T-shirt!  Click Marathon_Volunteer_Needs to see the different opportunities available, then email John Hook at with your preference and we’ll get you signed up!

Marathon Entry Fees Include:

  • Long-Sleeve Women’s or Men’s Tech Shirt
  • Commemorative Inaugural Mt. Nittany Certificate
  • On-Course Refreshments (Water and Gatorade at every “Station”; Gel at Stations 3/5) and Post-Race Food and Refreshments
  • Disposable ChampionChips with bib identifiers

On Course Refreshments/Aid Stations: Approximately every other mile starting at just beyond the 3 mile mark.  11 stations total: 3.5 miles; 6.1 miles; 8.6 miles; 11 miles; 13.6 miles; 15 miles; 17.1 miles; 19 miles; 21.5 miles; 23.1 miles; 24.9 miles.  Porta-Potty(ies) available at 3.5 miles, 6.1 miles, 21.5 miles & 23.1 miles.

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 16-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race and finish within 7 (seven) hours. Anyone not able to maintain a 16-minute per mile pace may be picked up and transported to the finish. You may be picked up at any point along the course for not maintaining a 16-minute per mile pace. We suggest you train for a 15-minute per mile pace or faster to allow time for breaks (restroom breaks, refreshment stops, etc.).

Packet Pick-Up Location & Times:

  • Saturday, August 31, 2013: 1:00 – 4:00 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)
  • Saturday, August 31, 2013: 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Registration tent at America’s Longest Pasta Table, corner of Pugh Street and Calder Alley, downtown State College
  • Sunday, September 1, 2013: Race site (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park) starting at 6:00 a.m.

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 few hundred yards of the Start/Finish line.

Waiver/Packet Pick-Up: To pick up your race packet prior to race day, you must bring a Photo ID. No exceptions will be made. If someone else is picking up your packet, the individual picking up on your behalf must provide his/her Photo ID and a copy of your Photo ID.

Cancellation Policy: Registration fees for the 2013 Mt. Nittany Marathon are non-refundable.

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 the course. If you are seen in violation of one of these you will be removed from the course and transported to the finish. Headphones are 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. If a runner is seen without their bib number while running on the course, they will be removed from the course for security and safety reasons.

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. 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.

Lightning Policy: Marathon operations will shut down when lightning is 5 miles out from the event areas. Operations will not resume until the lightning is 5 miles out moving away from the event areas. Marathon organizers will determine this using the “Flash to Bang Rule” and weather radar. The Organizers will determine a course of action: to operate in the weather, delay the event, or cancel the event. The “Flash to Bang Rule” is applied by measuring the time (in seconds) between a visual lightning “Flash” and hearing the resulting “Bang”. This time is then divided by a factor of “5” to obtain distance in miles. For example, 25 seconds between “Flash” and “Bang” divided by “5” equals 5 miles.

Awards: Top 3 Overall Male and Female winners will receive awards at a presentation at the conclusion of the race on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Please note overall awards are based on Gun Time.

Age Group and any additional awards will be distributed by mail after the event. (Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.) Age Group and any additional awards will be based on Net Time. A runner will not receive two awards for the same race result.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION or QUESTIONS: Contact John Hook, President of the Mount Nittany Conservancy at