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New York > Woods Walk & Trail Run Half Marathon
Portville, NY



Saturday, June 6, 2009

Event Details

The inaugural Woods Walk & Trail Run Half Marathon took 150 runners in the summer of 2007 through the hilly, challenging trails of the Allegheny Mountains just outside the town of Portville, near the southwestern corner of New York State. Hosted by the Pfeiffer Nature Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving more than 600 acres of forest lands in the mountain areas outside Olean and Portville, the race takes participants along portions of the nine miles of hiking trails the center maintains, and offers visitors a chance to sample its educational programs and take in the area's spectacular mountain views.

The half-marathon race -- the event also includes a two-mile race, 5K and 10K -- is considered the most rugged and challenging part of the event. "Designed for serious runners, this trail will push you to the limit," organizers say. Along the well-established foot paths through the woods, you'll tackle some serious elevation changes, ranging from 1,400 feet to more than 2,200 feet above sea level. The most challenging hills in the race occur between miles 1 and 4, and miles 8 and 11, as half-marathon participants run a 6.5-mile loop trail twice.

While the half-marathon portion of the event is open only to runners, walkers are encouraged to participate in the 2-Mile Walk (which, as the name suggests, is open to walkers only), and in the 5K and 10K races.

Race Weather & Climate

The late weeks of spring/early weeks of summer bring mild, pleasant weather to the Portville area, with June temperatures that average between 76°F and 49°F. June is also the town's wettest month of the year, with just over 5 inches of rainfall on average for the month.


$17 for adults for the half marathon, if registered by May 21, 2009
$25 after May 21


Registration for the summer 2009 running of the Woods Walk & Trail Run Half Marathon is now closed, as the event has completed. Please check back later for updated information on how to sign up for the 2010 running of the race.





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