Sunday, October 1, 2023 • Coburn, PA • Course Map
Set for its 7th annual running along the single-track trails that wind through Pennsylvania’s Poe Valley State Park, which lies roughly a half-hour’s drive from Penn State University, the Raven Trail Half Marathon features some demanding climbs and tough terrain, but also beautiful scenery of the rugged mountains that surround the 25-acre lake in the middle of the park.
Runners will start the out-and-back course for the race near the shoreline of Poe Lake, and from there start making their way along the trail system of this 630-acre park, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930’s and connects to the more than 198,000-acre Bald Eagle State Forest that surrounds it.
You’ll make your way along trails with plentiful rocks, roots and loose dirt, so organizers strongly urge you to wear trail running shoes and carry your own water with you out on the course.
The course also is “hiker-friendly,” organizers say, adding that it’s not designed for beginners — it’s for intermediate-level and “accomplished” runners.
The race serves as a fundraiser for the Seven Mountain Conservation Corp., which helps to preserve and promote outdoor recreation here in the Seven Mountains area of central Pennsylvania.
Finisher medals will be presented to all runners who finish the race, and awards also will be presented to the first male and female in the open and masters divisions.
All photos courtesy Raven Trail Half Marathon/Mandy Hartley
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central Pennsylvania, a short drive from the campus of Penn State University and roughly 190 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Coburn typically sees some of its mildest and driest weather of the year in October, when temperatures average between the upper 30s and the mid-60s.
On race day (Oct. 1), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 70ºF.
- $40 for the half marathon, if registered before race day
- $50 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of Coburn’s Raven Trail Half Marathon, register online at UltraSignUp.com here.
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