Saturday, September 27, 2014 • Kersey, PA • Course Map
Note: This race has been cancelled. Please visit the race website for more info.
Come enjoy a truly small town race through the hills of northwestern Pennsylvania at the Fox Is Good Half Marathon, named for the tiny Fox Township where the race will be run, as it unfolds along a point-to-point course that takes runners through state forests, across a mountain and even over a stretch of the Continental Divide.
Runners start the race in the area known as Big Springs, which lies several miles south of Kersey, also a small town here in northwestern Pennsylvania that lies a nearly two-hour drive from Pittsburgh. From there, runners head south on 4 Points Road and then right onto Clear Cut Road/Gardner Hill Road, followed by a left onto Clearfield Road.
Next, the course follows an out-and-back stretch down to where Clearfield meets up with Penfield Road and Hoovertown Road, and from there they turn around and run north along Clearfield Road all the way north into Kersey, where they’ll cross the finish line on Main Street. Along the way, they’ll cross over Boone Mountain — you’ll notice the road is also named Boone Mountain Road — and then start heading downhill.
After gaining roughly 250 feet in elevation over the first four miles, runners then start a big, gradual downhill over the next several miles as they head north toward Kersey. There are a few more rolling hills, especially in the final three miles, but no sharp steep climbs or descents. And just miles away lies the Eastern Continental Divide, which marks the place that separates the waters that flow into the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Once runners make it into Kersey, there’s a final few turns before they cross the finish line on Main Street, in front of the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department. Water stops will be stationed every two miles along the course, organizers say, and registration will be available on the day of the race starting at 7:30 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just south of the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania, about 110 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Kersey typically sees September temperatures between 46ºF and 71ºF, while rainfall amounts average just under 4 inches, making it one of the area’s wetter months of the year.
On race day (Sept. 27), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- $20 for the half marathon, if registered by August 1, 2014
- $25 after Aug. 1
- $30 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the September 2014 running of Kersey’s Fox Is Good Half Marathon or 7.5-mile walk, download this race application and mail it in to the address provided on the form.
Official Race Website
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