Saturday, April 18, 2015 • Mercersburg, PA • Course Map
James Buchanan, the country’s 15th president, hailed from here, and actors Jimmy Stewart and Benicio del Toro studied at the Mercersburg Academy that takes its name from this small town of just over 1,500 souls here in central southern Pennsylvania, just north of the border with Maryland.
And if you’re familiar with the Orbit gum television commercials from a few years back, the actress Vanessa Branch (whose famous tagline was “fabulous!”) also hails from Mercersburg.
It’s rolling rural countryside that runners will be making their way through at this race, the Flannery’s Pub Run Half Marathon, which takes runners on a point-to-point route between the small Pennsylvania towns of Mercersburg and Greencastle, starting near the Flannery’s Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg and finishing near the John Allison Public House in Greencastle.
Just shy of 200 runners crossed the finish line at the race’s second annual running last year, and there’s also a one-mile fun run for kids as well as a community festival in the area around the finish line in Greencastle after the race.
The course for the half marathon is USATF-certified, and runners in the 5K and Kids Run will start their race where the half marathon finishes — in Greencastle.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southern Pennsylvania, just miles from the state border with Maryland and roughly 73 miles southwest of Harrisburg, Mercersburg typically sees its fourth-rainiest month of the year in April, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 16 degrees (in 1989) and as high as 93 degrees (in 1976).
On race day (April 18), the average low is 40ºF and the average high is 66ºF.
- 8:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:45 AM – 5K
- $50 for the half marathon, if registered before December 31, 2014
- $60 between January 1 – March 18, 2015
- $70 after March 18
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Mercersburg’s Flannery’s Pub Run Half Marathon, register online at RaceIt.com here.
Official Race Website
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