River Towns Half Marathon

Saturday, May 6, 2017 • Danville, PA • Course Map

One of a series of “River Towns”-themed races that take place throughout the year here in the Danville area, which lies roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive from Philadelphia, the River Towns Half Marathon marks its 10th annual running this year along a route along the picturesque Susquehanna River between the towns of Danville and Bloomsburg, to its east.

From the starting line near the Montour County courthouse in Danville, located on Market Street along the riverfront, those running the half marathon follow a route that takes them northward and then eastward in the direction of Bloomsburg, past the towns of Mechanicsville, Ridgeville and Grovania, just outside Danville.

Most of this stretch of the race unfolds along River Drive (Old U.S. Highway 11), and features a mixture of uphills and downhills as runners make their way eastward.

While in previous years the half marathon course was made up of what was basically the first half of the full marathon course, in 2011 the race organizers changed the half marathon from a point-to-point to an out-and-back course, so that runners will start and finish in Danville.

In between, they’ll make a few turns through town early in the race, and then follow a long, straightaway out-and-back stretch along River Road, which winds along the river and takes them out to the turnaround point, just past County Line Drive.

This year, the final stretch of the half marathon route will bring runners along the Danville Dike path, which starts just off Market Street and unfolds along the Susquehanna River for nearly a mile.

The race is open to a maximum of 500 entrants, so if you’re thinking of running the River Towns Half, you’re encouraged to sign up as quickly as possible.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central eastern Pennsylvania, just over 140 miles northwest of Philadelphia, the city of Danville typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions in May, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 25ºF (in 1966) and as high as 91ºF (in 1987).

On race day (May 6), the average low is 51ºF and the average high is 69ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the River Towns Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 9:00 AM – half marathon

Course Time Limit

  • 4 hours – half marathon


  • $55 – $65 for the half marathon


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Danville’s River Towns Half Marathon race, register online at Active.com here.

Official Race Website



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