Old Turnpike Half Marathon

Event Date

Sat, Aug 1, 2020

Address

Waterfall, PA

About This Activity

The Old PA Turnpike commonly referred to as the “Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike” opened in 1940 and was billed as the “World’s Greatest Highway.” This 13-mile stretch of the turnpike became “abandoned” in 1968 when the Sideling Hill & Rays Hill Tunnels were bypassed due to traffic delays. The Old PA Turnpike was prominently featured in the 2009 post-apocalyptic movie “The Road” starring Viggo Mortensen. This unique attraction is a must-see destination in Pennsylvania.

The course is rolling and offers sweeping views of the Allegheny Mountain Range and the wilderness of Buchanan State Forest. 

Restrooms & Aid Stations:

  • 4 portable restrooms placed in the parking lot.
  • 2 portable restrooms along the course. The course is an out & back so these can be utilized twice.
  • 5 water stations along the course.

Race Parking:

  • Available at the Cove Valley Travel Plaza alongside the Old PA Turnpike. The start & finish line is less than 200 meters from this parking lot.

Swag Items:

  • Custom Finisher Medal
  • Performance T-shirt
  • Head Lamp

Awards:

Medals will be given to the Top 5 Overall Male and Female Open & Masters Finishers. Medals will be mailed after the event. 

Travel Time from Regional Cities/Towns: 

  • Breezewood, PA - 15 minutes
  • Bedford, PA - 35 minutes
  • Altoona, PA - 1 hour
  • Harrisburg, PA - 1 hr 15 min
  • Johnstown, PA - 1 hr 15 min
  • State College, PA - 1 hr 30 min
  • Frederick, MD - 1 hr 30 min
  • Pittsburgh, PA - 2 hours
  • Baltimore, MD - 2 hours
  • Washington DC - 2 hrs 15 min
  • Morgantown, WV - 2 hrs 15 min
  • Philadelphia, PA - 2 hrs 45 min
  • Youngstown, OH - 3 hours
  • Trenton, NJ - 3 hours
  • Richmond, VA - 3 hr 45 min
  • New York, NY - 4 hours
  • Cleveland, OH - 4 hours

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