The Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival Races
The Arts Festival Races are the oldest races in Central Pennsylvania. First run in 1975 as a 10-mile race, the Arts Festival race was shortened to a 10K race in 1986. In 2005, race organizers added a 5K and created a new course that combines the best of Penn State’s the East and West Campuses.
In 2006, after the death of local running legend Sue Crowe, the Arts Festival races were renamed in her memory. In addition to being a runner of note, Sue gave back to the running community through her work coaching young competitors. Sue and her family were fixtures at the Arts Festival races, and she was a repeat race winner at both 10K and 10-mile distances.
The 2018 races will be held on Sunday morning, July 15, 2018 with the 10K starting at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. There is no 10-mile race this year. The race headquarters will be at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, home of the State College Spikes, with start and finish lines nearby.
A kids Fun Run will take place at approximately 10:00 a.m. There will be a quarter mile race for kids 5-8; and a half mile race for kids 9-12.
Race proceeds benefit youth running activities in Centre County and the continuing operations of the Nittany Valley Running Club.
Registration is $25 by mail, online through IMAthlete.com, in person July 14, and on race day. Nittany Valley Running Club members receive a $2 discount.
Participants may pick up race packets or register on Saturday July 14, 2018 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, 800 East Park Avenue, State College.