PA Grand Canyon Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, July 28, 2019 • Wellsboro, PA • Course Map

Stretching more than 60 miles along the creek that bears its name here in the wilds of central northern Pennsylvania, the Pine Creek Rail Trail is set to take runners at this event through the Pine Creek Gorge, commonly referred to here as the PA Grand Canyon — hence the name of the race, “Conquer the Canyon.”

There are two days of running at this race — Saturday’s 5K, which starts and finishes at the Wellsboro Area High School, and the half marathon and full marathon on Sunday, both of which follow out-and-back routes that start and finish to the west of town, along the Pine Creek Rail Trail itself.

You’ll take a shuttle bus on the morning of the race from the high school to the starting line, which lies at the Darling Run parking area, just south of Ansonia, an unincorporated community along U.S. Route 6.

From there, the half marathon and full marathon head out onto the trail, which has been named by USA Today as one of the 10 best biking tours in the nation, and where the grade is so slight as to be unnoticeable, according to cyclists and runners who use it.

Runners won’t notice much of a change in elevation throughout the half marathon course, which starts at just over 1,100 feet above sea level and drops by only about 100 feet by the time you reach the half-way point of the race; you’ll regain those feet on the way back to the finish line.

The trail, whose history as a railroad dates all the way back to the early 1880s, is made up of crushed limestone and features campgrounds, small towns and trailheads throughout its more than 62 miles.

Organizers say that at the time the race is run, you’ll enjoy plentiful shade along the route — it’ll be “extremely scenic,” they say, with the half marathon and full marathon run “entirely in the canyon.”

The scenery you’ll find in the PA Grand Canyon at the “Conquer the Canyon” races.

"Conquer the Canyon" PA Grand Canyon Half Marathon in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

The Pine Creek Rail Trail, which you’ll run at the 2019 PA Grand Canyon Half Marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located just miles from the Pennsylvania-New York state line, roughly a 4-hour drive from Pittsburgh and about a 3 hour, 45-minute drive from Philadelphia, Wellsboro typically sees its warmest temperatures and some of its driest weather of the year in July.

  • July 28 average low temp: 56ºF
  • July 28 average high temp: 78ºF

Course Map

See the race route map for the “Conquer the Canyon” PA Grand Canyon Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – Saturday 5K
  • 7:00 AM – Sunday half marathon, full marathon


  • $65 – $85 for the half marathon
  • $80 – $100 for the full marathon
  • $30 – $35 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Wellsboro’s “Conquer the Canyon” marathon, half marathon or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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