Sunday, September 12, 2021 • Forest City, PA • Course Map
The wide, crushed-stone surface trails of northeastern Pennsylvania’s D&H Rail Trail serve as the route for the annual D&H Distance Run Half Marathon, which marks its 12th annual running as summer is giving way to fall in 2021.
Designed to raise both awareness of and funds for the mission of the Rail-Trail Council of NEPA (northeast Pennsylvania), the race benefits the continued construction and maintenance of the trails along the former Delaware & Hudson railroad, which stretches nearly 40 miles between Simpson, Penn., to the New York-Pennsylvania state line.
The race is open to both runners and walkers, and begins at the Forest City trailhead of the D&H Rail Trail, from which runners follow an out-and-back route northward all the way to the turnaround point just north of the town of Union Dale.
Once they reach they turnaround, runners then head back along the route they’ve just run all the way to the finish line back in Forest City, near the Rail-Trail Council’s headquarters.
Thanks to its location along what was once a working railroad, the race features flat terrain throughout the course — though there is a gradual incline from the start to the half-way point, and a gradual decline on the route back to the finish, the elevation change is slight and occurs over a long and very gradual ascent and descent.
Runners start the race at 9:00 AM, and the event is limited to the first 400 runners who register — between 200 and 300 runners and walkers cross the finish line in the race each year.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Pennsylvania’s northeast corner, roughly 30 miles northeast of Scranton and about 150 miles north of Philadelphia, Forest City typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather this time of year.
On race day (Sept. 12), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2018 D&H Distance Run Half Marathon Results
- 2016 D&H Distance Run Half Marathon Results
- 2015 D&H Distance Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 D&H Distance Run Half Marathon Results
- 2013 D&H Distance Run Half Marathon Results
- 2012 D&H Distance Run Half Marathon Results
$45 – $60 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Forest Park’s D&H Distance Run Half Marathon race, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website
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