The Arts Festival Races are the oldest races in Central Pennsylvania. First run in 1975 as a 10 mile race, race organizers added a 5K event in 2005. After a hiatus, the 10-mile and 5k events will be returning to Central Pennsylvania this summer on a new site as the 45th Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival Races.
We are pleased to welcome Mount Nittany Health as the Presenting Sponsor of the Arts Festival Races in 2023.
Registration, start, and finish of all races will be at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, PA. The 5K course will follow roads behind the Military Museum. From the same start, the 10-mile will follow the 5K course and then head along Warner Boulevard toward Oak Hall and Linden Hall and complete the locally known “Linden Loop” before returning to the Military Museum grounds.
The Arts Festival Races will be held on Sunday, July 16 at 8:30 am and should wrap up before the Arts Festival booths open for the final day of the festival at 11 am back in downtown State College.
Participants may pick up race packets or register on Saturday July 15, 2023 from 10 am – 4 pm at the Arts Festival at the Nittany Valley Running Club booth in the Mount Nittany Health tent across from Schlow Centre Region Library. The registration fee is $25. Participants may also register by mail or online through RunSignup. Nittany Valley Running Club members will receive a $2 discount. Race registration fees go up $5 on the day of the race.
Race proceeds benefit youth running activities in Centre County and the continuing operations of the Nittany Valley Running Club.
Additional sponsorship support is provided by RE/MAX Centre Realty – Cali, Barter, Hoover Team. More sponsors are always welcome!
The races are named in memory of local running legend Sue Crowe. 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.