Sunday, July 18, 2021 • Erie, PA • Course Map
Set along the shores of Lake Erie and nestled in the northernmost corner of Pennsylvania, the 3,200-acre Presque Isle State Park is the setting for the Presque Isle Half Marathon, which celebrates its 40th annual running this summer.
Run along an established course that has been used for the past several races, the 13.1-mile route takes runners on a single lap around the park, and starts and finishes at the park’s beach area.
The race is part of the Erie Runners Club’s slate of running events throughout the year, which starts in January with the club’s New Year’s Day 5-mile race and finishes in December with its Snowflake 5K race.
Just over 1,350 runners crossed the finish line in the Presque Isle Half Marathon’s summer 2016 running, which takes participants along the sandy peninsula and along paved roads through the park.
Home to a wide range of endangered, rare and threated species of wildlife, Presque Isle State Park is also known as one of the country’s best birding (or birdwatching destinations, as it is home to more than 300 different species of birds.
Race organizers and park officials encourage runners to arrive early for the race — which starts at 6:45 AM — as the parking lots can fill up with the hundreds if not thousands of visitors who come to the park each day (especially on the summer weekends).
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the coast of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania’s northwestern corner, about 130 miles north of Pittsburgh and roughly 100 miles northeast of Cleveland, Ohio, Erie typically sees its warmest weather of the year in July, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 44 degrees (in 1963) and as high as 99 degrees (in 1990).
On race day (July 18), the average low is 64ºF and the average high is 81ºF.
- 2019 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Presque Isle Half Marathon Results
$50 and up for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Erie’s Presque Isle Half Marathon, register online at RunSignup.com here.
Official Race Website
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