The Scranton Half Marathon course gives runners of all backgrounds and ability levels the opportunity to experience the City of Scranton from a unique perspective. The course is predominantly roads/blacktop, but there are a few miles of well groomed crushed stone trails, which provide physiological and psychological respite at the perfect point late in the race!
Participants will be greeted with a few gentle climbs and descents within the first 3 miles of the course as it weaves through the historic and welcoming neighborhood section of Green Ridge.
The course then heads south on Wyoming and North Washington Ave. where it enters Downtown Scranton at the 5.5 mile mark.
As runners exit downtown via Cedar Avenue the course takes you past Scranton’s Iron Furnaces (a State Historic Site that pays tribute to the City’s proud iron and coal heritage) and into South Scranton.
Turning right on Elm Street will bring runners to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trailhead at the 7.5 mile mark. Here runners will get to experience all the natural beauty Scranton has to offer. Short sections of crushed stone, under foot, will greet the runners from 7.5 miles through 12.2 miles. The crushed stone trail sections are soft enough to provide relief for aching legs, but well groomed enough so as not to slow you down.
Exiting the trail, runners will take a final loop at Valor Credit Union Field at Memorial Stadium, which is where this 13.1 adventure began. YAY…you get to finish on the track like an Olympian!