The Arts Festival Races are the oldest races in Central Pennsylvania. First run in 1976 as a 10 mile race, the event has evolved into 5K and 10K races. The 2019 races will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
The races will be on new courses this year.
Registration, start, and finish of all races will be behind the Snider Ag Arena on the corner of Park Avenue and Fox Hollow/Porter Road on Penn State’s University Park Campus.
The 5K course will follow roads behind the Ag Arena, under US322/I-99, to Innovation Park, and return. From the same start, the 10k course will make its way to the Bellefonte Central Rail Trail, follow that to Toftrees, and return.
The 10k race will start at 8:15, followed by the 5k at 8:30. Fun runs for kids will follow the 5k.
Participants may pick up race packets or register on Saturday July 13, 2019 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, 800 East Park Avenue, State College. Registration is $25 by mail, online through IMAthlete.com, in person July 13, and on race day. Nittany Valley Running Club members receive a $2 discount.
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 – Tom Cali, Tracy Wagner & McKenzie Millward; Nestlerode & Loy; Tapia Technology Consulting; and Brown & Associates, Inc.
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.