Pennsylvania > Drake Well Marathon & Half Marathon
Titusville, PA • Sunday, August 19, 2012 • Course Map
Set for its fifth annual running in the late summer of 2012 along the tree-shaded trails of the Queen City Trail, which lies along the banks of Oil Creek just south of this small city in northwestern Pennsylvania, the Drake Well Marathon & Half Marathon combines gravel roads, paved trails along the creek and a finish on the running track at the city's Ed Myer Recreation Complex for a small and very scenic race.
The race had its first running in December 2006, when a local runner named Dane Rauschenberg was looking to extend his streak of 52 consecutive marathons that year. He created the race by running 105 times around the Titusville Senior High School track, and was joined by 21 other runners for a race that now takes runners through the Oil Creek State Park area, and is now run mostly along the park's scenic, tree-covered trails.
The section of the race that takes runners through the park is known as the Queen City Trail, which is set to become part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, a trail building project in western Pennsylvania that seeks to connect the "Bayfront," or the area around Lake Erie, with the "Point" in Pittsburgh via a series of trails along bridges, lakeshores, creeks and parks between the two cities.
The course for the race also lies near the Drake Well Museum, which commemorates the birth of the oil industry in the United States and is the site of the first well ever drilled in Pennsylvania, where Edwin L. Drake built and drilled the first oil well that helped launch the petroleum industry back in 1859. Known today as the Oil Creek Valley region, locals also call it the "valley that changed the world," and the original Drake Well gives the marathon & half marathon its name today.
Most of the race that takes place along the trail is fairly level, though runners can expect some rolling hills and a few climbs through the Drake Well and Oil Creek State Park areas. Past runners add that because the race usually has a smaller field compared to bigger races, often the only sound you hear along stretches of the course through the park is the sound of water falling over the rocks in the creek along the route.
Just over 210 runners crossed the finish line in both the full and half marathons combined in 2011 -- including just over 100 finishers in the half marathon -- and the scheduled starting time for both races is 7:00 AM. For runners who don't feel up to the 26.2-mile or 13.1-mile races, there will also be a 5K event for 2012.
Weather & Climate
Located in the northwest corner of the state, roughly 45 miles southeast of Erie and about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh, Titusville typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in the late summer, and its wettest weather of the year on average during the summer. In August, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 80°F and 55°F, while rainfall totals average just over 4.4 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Aug. 19), the average high is 80°Fand the average low is 54°F.
View the race route map for the Drake Well Half Marathon
$30 for the half marathon, if registered by March 1, 2012
$40 between March 2 - June 1
$50 between June 2 - August 1
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2012 running of Titusville's Drake Well Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at RunRace.net.
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