Sunday, June 18, 2017 • Allison Park, PA • Course Map
Note: This race has been cancelled.
Set for its 6th annual running on the official start of the summer season, the Peace. Love. Run 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk takes runners on an out-and-back double-loop course along the park roads and trails of western Pennsylvania’s North Park, which lies near McCandless, Hampton and Pine townships and just a short drive from nearby Allison Park.
The race is organized and sponsored by the Wexford, Pa.-based Catholic Hospice, which provides hospice care to the nearby counties of Washington, Beaver, Butler and Allegheny — it’s “the only free-standing, faith-based, pro-life hospice in the Pittsburgh area,” as the organization describes its mission.
Proceeds from the race will go to benefit Catholic Hospice and its special care programs for all those it serves in the surrounding community with life-limiting illnesses.
Runners will start both the half marathon and the 5K — the 13.1-mile race is open to runners only, while both runners and walkers are welcome in the 5K — at the boathouse inside North Park, whose more than 3,000 acres have been preserved as parkland since 1927.
Today they are home to protected habitats for endangered species such as the Barn Owl (thanks to the park’s Latodami Nature Center) and quirky historical artifacts like the North Park Story Pole, on which the “stories” of the wildlife and Native American tribes who have lived in this area over time have been carved.
From the starting line at the boathouse, runners in the half marathon will follow the park roads and trails around North Park Lake twice to make a double loop, before heading back in to the boathouse for the race finish.
The park’s plentiful trails and large, expansive meadows and tree-covered hillsides make it a popular place for joggers, walkers and bikers throughout most of the year, and runners in the half will cover some of those popular trails during the race.
Runners can expect the course to have some hills, organizers add, but nothing too challenging.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among the Allegheny Plateau of western Pennsylvania, just over 10 miles north of Pittsburgh and roughly 130 miles southeast of Cleveland, Ohio, Allison Park typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in June, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 33°F (in 1980) and as high as 98°F (in 1988).
On race day (June 18), the average low is 56ºF and the average high is 80ºF.
- 2016 Peace Love Run Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Peace Love Run Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Peace Love Run Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:30 AM – 5K
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Allison Park’s Peace. Love. Run Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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