Mark your calendars! The 2015 Arts Festival is July 9-12. Children and Youth Day is July 8. BookFest is July 11.

The Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival Races

Sue Crowe Memorial Race

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 East and West Campuses. The 10 mile race was reinstituted in 2013 giving participants the chance to experience “Arts Festival weather” for a full ten miles.

In 2006, the Arts Festival races were renamed in honor of Sue Crowe, who died in February 2006. Sue was a local running legend who also gave back to the running community through her work coaching young competitors. Sue and her family were was a fixture at the Arts Festival races, and she was a five time race winner. Sue won three times at the 10 mile length and twice when the race was a 10K.

Race proceeds benefit youth running activities in Centre County and the continuing operations of the Nittany Valley Running Club

10 mile, 10K and 5K race information: The 2014 races will be held on Sunday morning, July 13, 2014. The start times are as follows:

  • 10 miler – 8:15 a.m.
  • 10K – 8:30 a.m.
  • 5K – 8:45 a.m.

Kids Fun Run: At approximately 11:00 a.m., there will also be a quarter-mile race for kids 5-6 and 7-8, and a half mile race for kids 9-10 and 11-12.

Race headquarters: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, home of the State College Spikes, with start and finish lines nearby.

Registration fee: $22 by mail, online through, at race headquarters on July 13 and on race day (7:00 am to 8:00 a.m.). Nittany Valley Running Club members receive a $2 discount.

Click here for Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival Races Application

Participants may pick up race packets or register on Saturday July 12, 2014 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitor’s Bureau located at 800 East Park Avenue, State College.

Questions may be directed to Dave Eggler at (814) 571-1960 or e-mail: