Pennsylvania > Prep For Pittsburgh Half Marathon & 5K
Sandy Lake, PA • Saturday, April 7, 2012 • Course Map
Between 100 and 150 runners cross the finish line each year and the annual springtime running of Sandy Lake's Prep For Pittsburgh Half Marathon & 5K, which takes runners around the edges of Lake Wilhelm in Goddard State Park, a 2,856-acre park just north of town that is home to abundant forest lands, wetlands and wide-open meadows as well as wildlife like eagles, ospreys and many other species of waterfowl.
Both the 13.1-mile half marathon and the 5K races share the same starting location, at the state park office on Wilhelm Road, overlooking the more than 1,800-acre Lake Wilhelm. From there, runners in the half follow the hiking and biking trail that encircles the lake, a roughly 12-mile paved trail that follows the lake shoreline from the boat launch area to the park's marina. The half marathon follows a counter-clockwise route around the lake, and finishes back at the marina parking lot.
While the half marathon begins at 10:00 AM, the 5K race will start shortly afterward, at 10:05 AM. Those who haven't yet registered before arriving will be able to register at the park on the day of the race. (The starting times here reflect when the race has started in previous years; check the race website for the latest information.)
Weather & Climate
Nestled among the Allegheny Plateau region of Western Pennsylvania, just over 70 miles north of Pittsburgh, the town of Sandy Lake typically experiences mild to cool (and sometimes cold) weather conditions in the early spring, with relatively even precipitation (both rainfall and snow) throughout the season. In April, the area's average monthly temperatures range between 60°F and 35°F, while precipitation totals average just over 3.6 inches for the month. On the day of the race (April 7), the average high is 57°F and the average low is 32°F.
View the race route map for the Prep For Pittsburgh Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the early spring 2012 running of Sandy Lake's Prep For Pittsburgh Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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