Arts Festival "Official" 10 Miler Course

Route: Art's Festival "Official" 10 Miler Course
Mileage: 10 Miles.
Hillage: Mostly gently rolling, but a few challenging hills.

Largest Climb: 90 ft
Average Grade: 2%.
Notable hills:

In the first 4.5 miles, the 10 Miler is a lot like the 10K, with a couple of easy loops added at the beginning. It rejoins the 10K course with 2.5 miles to go. The intervening 3 miles takes you off campus a bit on a long bike path excursion. The terrain in this section is a slight climb followed by a long, gradual downhill and a flat mile or so before the final climb as the course links back to the 10K course.

Description:

Note: This course was precisely measured. Map distances shown at the mapping web site links are approximate, but close to these precise measurements.

Note: This is the course used in most recent years for the Arts Fest 10 Miler. Some years, due to University road construction, a different course may have to be used. In those years, that course is linked on the Arts Fest race pagess.

10 Mile: Start on Porter Rd near Medlar Field, on the north side of Curtin Rd. Head south on Porter Rd. Make an immediate right on Curtin Rd. Take Curtin to University making a left on the east sidewalk. Take University to Dauer Drive (1 block). Make a left. Take Dauer to Porter Rd and make a left heading back toward the starting line. Run this loop a second time by going left on Curtin, left on University, and left on Dauer. The second time at Porter, go right. Take Porter to Hastings Rd and go right on Hastings. Veer left as Hastings turns uphill. At the top of the hill, follow Hastings as it goes right. Continue on Hastings as it crosses University. At the five road intersection at Bigler Rd, make a left onto McKean. Take Mckean to Mifflin Rd, about 350 east of Shortlidge Rd. Go right on Mifflin. Make a left on Pollock. There is a water stop at Shortlidge and Pollock (3.2 miles). Continue on Pollock to Burrowes Rd. Cross Burrowes Rd and head over the IST Building Bridge to West Campus. At the far west end ot the IST Bridge is the second water stop (almost 4 miles).On the west side of the bridge, go left and follow the extension of Barnard St south. Make the right onto the parking lot road about 150 yards later. Follow the parking lot road as it becomes West Campus Dr. When West Campus Rd. ends, continue on the dirt path that borders the golf course. Just before the bridge over Corl Rd, there is a split between the 10K and 10 Mile courses. DO NOT bear right but continue over the bridge. Take the path until it T's at Blue Course Dr. This is about the half-way point, 5 miles. Make a right onto the bike path along Blue Course Dr. Follow the bike path along Blue Course for about a mile-and-a-half. After crossing Teaberry Ln, the path moves away from Blue Course and winds behind Radio Park Elementary and finally past homes in the lower section of University Heights. At about 7.5 miles into the course, the path T's. Go left up the hill to Park Ave. Coninue on the path along Park Ave to N. Atherton. Go right at North Atherton, following the path to White Course Drive. Cross White Course Drive, make a right, and follow the path along White Course as it bends to the left around the IST parking lot. At the plaza at the west end of the IST Bridge, you will pass the second water stop again, now at 8.2 miles. Cross the IST Bridge and then continue east on Pollock Rd to Shortlidge Rd. where the last water stop is (8.9 miles). Turn left (north) on Shortlidge Rd. and continue up the hill to Curtin Rd. Go right (east) on Curtin and head to the finish line at the east end of Beaver Stadium.

Water Stops: There are three water stops. Runners pass two of them twice, so water is available five times on the course, at 3.1, 3.9, 6.6, 8.2, and 9 miles.

Mile Marks:

Start
On Porter Rd at the northeast corner of Beaver Stadium north of Curtin Rd.
Mile 1
On Porter Rd. just south of Curtin on completion of the first loop of the Bryce Jordan Center lots
Mile 2
On Porter Rd. about halfway between Dauer Rd and Hastings Rd.
Mile 3
On McKean Rd just before the turn onto Mifflin Rd.
Mile 4
On the Barnard St. extension about halfway between the turn off the IST Bridge and the parking lot road.
Mile 5
On the bike path on the south side of the Blue Golf Course just past the Clubhouse Rd.
Mile 6
On Blue Course Dr. about a quarter mile before Westwind Dr.
Mile 7
On the bike path in University Heights, about 0.1 miles after the sharp little climb out of the flood plain.
Mile 8
On N. Atherton St aout 350 ft before White Course Dr.
Mile 9
On Shortlidge Rd about 350 ft north of the turn from Pollock.
Mile 10      
Same finish as 5K and 10K races.
Remarks: The Art's Festival 10K course has moved frequently over over the years due to the continual on-campus construction boom. For 2007, we moved the starting line to the east side of campus to be close to one of our sponsoring organization, the State College Spikes. The Spikes' home, Medlar Field, will be the site of the Arts Fest Kids Races.The 10 Mile race was added back to the Arts Fest Schedule in 2013 after a 27-year hiatus.
10 Mile Map:

(Click on map for link to zoomable map with satellite imagery.)
 af10m
10 Mile Profile: profile-af10m

Added: 06/02/04
Revised: 04/19/15

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Arts Festival "Official" 10K Course

Route: Arts Festival "Official" 10K Course
Mileage: 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) .
Hillage: Mostly gently rolling, but a few challenging hills.

Largest Climb: 90 ft
Average Grade: 2%.
Notable hills:

The 10K mixes things up quite a bit more, with several rolling hills right from the get-go. The biggest challenge is on Park Avenue on the north side of the Golf Course, a 90 ft climb in just over a quarter mile before the 4 mile mark.

Description:

Note: These courses were precisely measured. Map distances shown at the mapping web sites links are approximate, but close to these precise measurements.

Note: This is the course used in most recent years for the Arts Fest 10K. Some years, due to University road construction, a different course may have to be used. In those years, that course is linked on the Arts Fest race pages.

10K:
Start on Porter Rd in front of Medlar Field, on the south side of Curtin Rd. Head south on Porter Rd. Go right (west) on Hastings near the Penn State Track. Follow Hastings as it meanders up over the hill
. Continue as Hastings crosses University Dr. At the 5-corner intersection, bear left (west) on McKean. Take McKean to Mifflin Rd, about 350 ft before Shortlidge Rd, and go right (north) on Mifflin. Take Mifflin to Pollock Rd and turn left (west). The first water stop is at Pollock and Shortlidge (1.5 miles). Follow Pollock Rd to Burrowes, then continue west across the IST Building Bridge to the West Campus. At the far west end ot the IST Bridge is the second water stop (2.1 miles).On the west side of the bridge, go left and follow the extension of Barnard St south. Make the right onto the parking lot road about 150 yards later. Follow the parking lot road as it becomes West Campus Dr. When West Campus Rd. ends, continue on the dirt path that borders the golf course. Just before the bridge over Corl Rd, go right on the path that parallels Corl Rd. Continue on this path until it Ts at the north end of the White Golf Course. Make a right here and follow this path up the hill to Park Avenue. Continue on the path along Park to North Atherton St. Go right at North Atherton, following the path to White Course Drive. Cross White Course Drive, make a right, and follow the path along White Course as it bends to the left around the IST parking lot. At the plaza at the west end of the IST Bridge, you will pass the second water stop again, now at 4.5 miles. Cross the IST Bridge and then continue east on Pollock Rd to Shortlidge Rd. where the last water stop is (5.2 miles). Turn left (north) on Shortlidge Rd. and continue up the hill to Curtin Rd. Go right (east) on Curtin and head to the finish line at the east end of Beaver Stadium.

Water Stops: There are two water stops, but runners pass each one twice, so water is available 4 times, at 1.5, 2.2, 4.5 and 5.2 miles.

Mile Marks:

Start
On Porter Rd in front of Medlar Field, just south of Curtin Rd.
Mile 1
On Hastings Rd at the crest of the hill just west of University Dr.
Mile 2
On Pollock Rd. just past the parking kiosk near the corner of Burrowes.
Mile 3
On the bike path along Corl Rd on the West Campus, just after turning onto this path.
Mile 4
On Park Avenue about 60 yards west of N. Atherton St.
Mile 5
On Pollock Rd at the west end of the HUB and Osmond Laboratory.
Mile 6
On Curtin Rd. in front of the Bryce Jordan Center.
10K     
Same finish line as 5K
Remarks: The Art's Festival 10K course has moved frequently over over the years due to the continual on-campus construction boom. For 2007, we moved the starting line to the east side of campus to be close to one of our sponsoring organization, the State College Spikes. The Spikes' home, Medlar Field, will be the site of the Arts Fest Kids Races.The 10 Mile race was added back to the Arts Fest Schedule in 2013 after a 27-year hiatus.
10K Map:

(Click on map for link to zoomable map with satellite imagery.)
af10k
10K Profile: Arts Fest 10K Profile

Added: 06/02/04
Revised: 04/19/15

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Cautions for Running in the Game Lands

Off The Beaten Path

The State College Area is full of great woodland trails for outdoor sports and activities. But runners should use caution, especially during hunting season. Particular care should be exercised when running in State Game Lands, which are often used by runners and come close to populated areas.

Here are the Pennsylvania State Game Commission's regulations.

Here is an official map, published by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, of State Game Land 176, which is the game land closest to town.

Here is a trail map, compiled by Marty Mazur, from our running maps pages that shows many of the trails in SGL 176.

Group runs are frequently planned for the Game Lands. Here are directions to the two most common meeting places for Game Lands runs.


Note that hunting is not limited to State Game Lands. Be aware that the farmer who has told you it was OK to run across his field may have also told hunters that they could clear his land of deer. The message below is adopted from a local hiker's bulletin board, but the message applies to anyone who takes to the woods. The dates mentioned apply to the current season, and we'll try to keep this information updated from year to year. However, the approximate times will probably be good from year to year, and the message is clear. It's generally a good idea to stay out of the Game Lands, except on Sundays, from October through late January, and in May. And always wear bright colors and florescent orange.

 


Many people who are not hunters are not aware of the many seasons which put hunters in the woods for their lawful hunting activities.
Starting in early October, there will be many different hunting activities going on in Pennsylvania; hunters will be:
  • Quietly sitting in tree stands, waiting for Deer
  • Sitting with their backs to trees, calling in Wild Turkey
  • Standing or slowly stalking Small Game
Some hunting activities require Blaze Orange Caps and Vests; others allow complete camo. Some hunters will have bows, some use shotguns, some use high-power rifles . . .It all depends on what game they are seeking.
"SAFE" means "absence of risk". You might consider doing your outdoor activity in areas where hunting is not allowed.  We don't want anyone to interfere with lawful hunting activity. Neither do we want to read about someone being killed or injured while walking out there, enjoying the woods.
Recent PGC Regulation:

IT IS UNLAWFUL
for non-hunters to be present, except on Sunday, on State Game Lands from November 15 through December 15 inclusive without wearing at least a Fluorescent Orange hat, visible from 360 degrees (a vest or jacket of 250 sq. inches is of  Safety Orange is recommended).
.  .
 
BUT  11/15 to 12 /15 IS NOT THE ONLY "HUNTING SEASON":
 

2015-16 Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits 

These are the seasons and bag limits for most hunting and trapping seasons from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. 

2015-16 Waterfowl Brochure
Downloadable Calendar of PA Hunting & Trapping Seasons

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license, and mentored youth – Oct. 10-16 (6 daily, 18 in possession limit after first day). SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Oct. 17-Nov. 28; Dec. 14-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (6 daily, 18 possession).

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 17–Nov. 28, Dec. 14-24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 23 (2 daily, 6 possession).

RABBIT (Cottontail) Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license: Oct. 10-17 (4 daily, 12 possession).

RABBIT (Cottontail): Oct. 24-Nov. 28, Dec. 14-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (4 daily, 12 possession).

PHEASANT: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license – Oct. 10-17 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 2A, 2C, 4C, 4E, 5A and 5B. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs. There is no open season for the taking of pheasants in any Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas in any WMU.

PHEASANT: Male only in WMUs 2A, 2C, 4C, 4E, 5A and 5B. Male and female may be taken in all other WMUs –Oct. 24-Nov. 28, Dec. 14-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (2 daily, 6 in possession). There is no open season for the taking of pheasants in any Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas in any WMU.

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Oct. 24-Nov. 28 (4 daily, 12 possession). (Closed in 5A, Open in all other WMUs.)

HARES (SNOWSHOE RABBITS) OR VARYING HARES: Dec. 26–Jan.1, in all WMUs except WMUs 3B, 3C and 3D, where season will run from Dec. 26-29 (1 daily, 3 possession).

WOODCHUCKS (GROUNDHOGS): No closed season, except on Sundays and during the regular firearms deer seasons. No limit.

PORCUPINES: Sept. 1-March 31, except during overlap with the regular firearms deer season. (3 daily, season limit of 10).

CROWS: July 3-April 10, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. No limit.

STARLINGS AND ENGLISH SPARROWS: No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.

WILD TURKEY (Male or Female): WMU 1B – Oct. 31-Nov. 7 and Nov. 26-28; WMU 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow) – Oct. 31-Nov. 20 and Nov. 26-28; WMUs 1A, 2A, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B and 4D– Oct. 31-Nov. 14 and Nov. 26-28; WMUs 2C, 4C and 4E – Oct. 31-Nov. 20  and Nov. 26-28; WMU 5A – Nov. 5-7; WMUs 5B, 5C and 5D – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with required license, and mentored youth – April 23, 2016. Only 1 spring gobbler may be taken during this hunt.

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): April 30-May 31, 2016. Daily limit 1, season limit 2. (Second spring gobbler may be only taken by persons who possess a valid special wild turkey license.) From April 30-May 14, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon; from May 16-31, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

BLACK BEAR (Statewide) Archery: Nov. 16-20. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (Statewide): Nov. 21-25. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2C, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 2-5. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): Nov. 30-Dec. 12. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D): Nov. 30-Dec. 5. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D) archery: Sept. 19-Nov. 14. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMU 5B) archery: Oct. 3-Nov. 14. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D) muzzleloader: Oct. 17-24. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D) special firearms: Oct. 22-24, for junior and senior license holders, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle as a blind and resident active duty military.

ELK (Antlered or Antlerless): Nov. 2-7. Only one elk may be taken during the license year.

ELK, EXTENDED (Antlered and Antlerless): Nov. 9-14. Only one elk may be taken during the license year. Eligible elk license recipients who haven't harvested an elk by Nov. 8, in designated areas.

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Sept. 19- Nov. 28 and Dec. 26-Jan. 23, 2016. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. One antlered deer per hunting license year.

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) Statewide: Oct. 3-Nov. 14 and Dec. 26-Jan. 9. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D: Nov. 30-Dec. 12. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER (Antlered Only) WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E: Nov. 30-Dec. 4. One antlered deer per hunting license year. (Holders of valid DMAP antlerless deer permits may harvest antlerless deer on DMAP properties during this period.)

DEER (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E: Dec. 5-12. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS (Statewide): Oct. 22-24. Junior and Senior License Holders, Mentored Youth Permit Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only, with required antlerless license. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS MUZZLELOADER (Statewide): Oct. 17-24. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (Statewide): Dec. 26-Jan. 9. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (WMUs 2B, 5C, 5D): Dec. 26-Jan. 23. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS EXTENDED REGULAR FIREARMS: (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): Dec. 26-Jan. 23. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS (Military Bases): Hunting permitted on days established by the U.S. Department of the Army at Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County; New Cumberland Army Depot, York County; and Fort Detrick, Raven Rock Site, Adams County. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

2015-16 FURBEARER HUNTING SEASONS

COYOTES: No closed season. Unlimited. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

RACCOONS and FOXES: Oct. 24–Feb. 20, unlimited.

OPOSSUM, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

BOBCAT (WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4C, 4D and 4E): Jan. 16-Feb. 9. One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.


2015-16 TRAPPING SEASONS

MINKS and MUSKRATS: Nov. 21–Jan. 10. Unlimited.

COYOTES, FOXES, OPOSSUMS, RACCOONS, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: Oct. 25–Feb. 21. No limit.

COYOTES and FOXES (Statewide) Cable Restraints: Dec. 26-Feb. 21. No limit. Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.

BEAVERS (Statewide): Dec. 26–March 31 (Limits vary depending on WMU).

BOBCATS (WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 19-Jan. 10.

One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

FISHERS (WMUs 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4D and 4E): Dec. 19-24. One fisher per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

RIVER OTTERS (WMUs 3C and 3D): Feb. 21-23, 2016. One river otter per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.


2015-16 FALCONRY SEASONS

SQUIRRELS (combined), BOBWHITE QUAIL, RUFFED GROUSE, COTTONTAIL RABBITS, Sept. 1-March 31, 2016.

SNOWSHOE OR VARYING HARES, RINGNECK PHEASANTS (Male or Female combined): Sept. 1-March 31. Daily and Field Possession limits vary. (Migratory game bird seasons and bag limits for falconers will be set in accordance with federal regulations in August.)

No open season on other wild birds or mammals.

Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird seasons to be established in accordance with federal regulations this summer.

 
As you can see, "Hunting Season" isn't just one month. Please be aware of these lawful hunting activities. You don't want to ruin a hunter's day - and he or she doesn't want you to be endangered.
 
IF YOU'RE OUT THERE, BE AWARE ! . . .WEAR BLAZE ORANGE FOR SAFETY
 
Please be aware that sportsmen and women could be legally hunting in some State Parks, Conservation Areas, Sanctuaries and other areas where hunting is normally not allowed. PGC’s Deer Management program and plans to reduce Canada Goose populations will open some areas where you haven’t seen hunting before.  Check with the agency supervisors for details.  Hunting is the most cost-effective method of control.

Hunting is always prohibited on the Appalachian Trail’s National Park Service-owned corridor, but there may be some hunters who are not aware of that law.

For detailed information, (and the information about migratory waterfowl),

go to
www.pgc.state.pa.us

Arts Festival "Official" 5K Course

Route: Arts Festival "Official" 5K Course 
Mileage: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles)
Hillage: Mostly gently rolling, but a few challenging hills.

Largest Climb: 90 ft
Average Grade: 2%.
Notable hills:

The 5K is mostly flat. There is a nice downhill on Burrowes Rd just over a mile into the race and a short, not too steep uphill on Burrowes Rd  about a two miles into the race, just after the water stop.

Description:

Note: This course was precisely measured. Map distances shown at the MapMyRun.com links are approximate, but close to these precise measurements.

Note: This is the course used in most recent years for the Arts Fest 5K. Some years, due to University road construction, a different course may have to be used. In those years, that course is linked on the Arts Fest race pages.

Start on Porter Rd. just south of the crest of the hill between
Curtin Rd. and Park Ave. Head west on Curtin. Take Curtin to Burrowes Rd. Turn left on Burrowes and run down the hill. A block down from Curtin, take the left on Pollack Rd. Continue on Pollock for about half a mile. The water stop for the 5K is at the corner of Pollock and Shortlidge Roads. At Shortlidge Rd, make left and climb the hill to Curtin Rd. Make a right on Curtin and continue down Curtin Rd for the long, relatively flat run to the finish just before Curtin ends at Porter Rd.

Water Stops: There is one water stop in the 5K, at 1.1 miles.

Mile Marks:

Start
On Porter Rd near Curtin Rd. just south of the crest of the hill between Curtin Rd. and Park Ave.
Mile 1
On Curtin, about 150 yards past the corner of Shortlidge Rd..
Mile 2
On Pollack Rd, about 50 yards before the water stop at Shortlidge Rd.
Mile 3
On Curtin Rd, at the western end of Beaver Stadium
5K On Curtin Rd. at eastern end of Beaver Stadium.
Remarks: The Arts Fest 5K Course is basically the same as the "Fast" Campus 5K Course that has been used in recent years except that the Curtin-Burrowes-Shortlidge Loop is run in the opposite direction.
Map:

(Click on Map for link to zoomable map with satellite imagery.)
Profile:

Revised: 04/19/15

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Running Route Mapping Tools

compiled by Marty Mazur

The NVRC Running Route Maps pages have quite a few nice local routes all traced out on topographic, street, or satellite maps. These maps come with annotation, calculated distances and elevation profiles, and route alternatives. Some of the older maps were painstakingly generated using DeLorme 3-D Topo Quads 2.0, and augmented using Microsoft PowerPoint drawing tools. Online tools have become much more versatile in recent years and many of the newer routes have been added using one of the tools discussed below.

Rather than waiting for Marty to put your route on the Running Route Maps pages, you can make a nice first cut of your own map. Thanks to the efforts of various people to exploit the mapping and satellite imagery available in Yahoo and Google data bases, there are several online mapping tools, linked below, that can be useful to runners who want to plan a route or calculate the mileage they've run. Each of the tools below has its own advantages and disadvantages. The tools use the Bing and Google map service, which gives you access to street maps, a satellite's eye view, or a hybrid of the two (major roads superimposed on the satellite pictures). Both Bing and Google make very high resolution satellite imagery, which has over the years become available in all but the most rural areas. The tools calculate mileage, and two of them have calorie counter capabilities. And many online tools are free and easy learn to use. Try them all!
  • Runningmap.com - Advantages: Good interface for generating running maps. Very accurate mileage. Can annotate maps. Can save maps to a "permalink". Disadvantages: Can edit maps once they are saved but this creates a new "permalink". Cannot add points between points that are already laid down except by deleting points from the end all the way back to the point you want to insert. No topo map or calorie counter.
  • MapMyRun.comAdvantages: Clean interface. Easier to use than the Gmaps Pedometer. Remembers the last place you started from when you revisit the site. Can upload route from GPS unit. Has calorie counter. Elevation profile is pretty nice. Disadvantages: Need to register to activate some capabilities. Only Pro version allows annotation. 
  • Gmaps Pedometer - Advantages: Topo map and elevation profile available. No registration required to print map. Can download map to GPX data format. Disadvantages: Buggier interface than MapMyRun.com (satellite and hybrid options sometimes don't appear until you click some other unrelated menu options). Forgets your past visits to site. Relatively low resolution satellite imagery in State College Area.
  • USATF Running Map Data Base - Advantages: Huge data base of running routes available all over America. You can map your own routes and add to the data base. Readers can critique routes. Disadvantages:Buggy interface.No elevation profile, topo map, or calorie counter capabilities.

Thanks to Greg Fredericks, John Sheakoski, and Morgan Wasikonis for the tips regarding these valuable online tools.

 

Created 12/05

2012 Arts Festival 5K and 10K Courses

Route: 2012 Art's Festival 5K and 10K Courses
Mileage: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) and 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
Description:

5K: Start on Porter Rd. just south of Curtin Rd. Head south on Porter to Hastings, make a right on Hastings and follow it as it winds uphill, past the Materials Research Lab. Continue across University following Hastings to the 5 point intersection. Make a right on Bigler and head uphill to Curtin. Go left (west) on Curtin, left (south) on Shortlidge, and left (east) on Pollock. Continue to Bigler, turning right (south) on Bigler back to the 5 points. From there, retrace the out route to Dauer and Porter.

 

Mile Marks:

Start
On Porter Rd just south of Curtin Rd.
Mile 1
On Hastings Rd, about 100 yards east of the 5 point intersection at Bigler Rd.
Mile 2
On Pollock Rd, about 100 yards west of the 5 point intersection at Bigler Rd.
Mile 3
On Porter Rd, 0.1 miles from Dauer Rd.
5K At the intersection of Porter Rd and Dauer Rd.

10K: Start on Porter Rd. about 100 yards south of Curtin Rd. Head south on Porter to Hastings, make a right on Hastings and follow it as it winds uphill, past the Materials Research Lab. Continue across University following Hastings to the 5 point intersection. Go right on Bigler and run uphill to Pollack Rd. Head left (west) on Pollock and continue all the way across the IST Building Bridge. On the west side of the bridge, go left and follow the extension of Barnard St south. Make the right onto the parking lot road about 150 yards later. Follow the parking lot road as it becomes West Campus Dr. When West Campus Rd. ends, continue on the dirt path that borders the golf course. Just before the bridge over Corl Rd, go right on the path that parallels Corl Rd. Continue on this path until it Ts at the north end of the White Golf Course. Make a right here and follow this path up the hill to Park Avenue. Continue on the path along Park to North Atherton St. Go right at North Atherton, following the path to White Course Drive. Cross White Course Drive, make a right, and follow the path along White Course as it bends to the left around the IST parking lot. Cross the IST Bridge and then head east on Pollock Rd, retracing the beginning section of the course to the finish at Porter Rd and Dauer Rd.

Mile Marks:

Start
On Porter Rd about 100 yards south of Curtin Rd.
Mile 1
On Hastings Rd at the 5 point intersection with Bigler Rd.
Mile 2
On the west end of the IST Building Bridge.
Mile 3
On the bike path along Corl Rd on the West Campus, about 0.2 miles before the bike path to Park Ave.
Mile 4
On N. Atherton St. about 30 yards southeast of the light at Curtin Rd.
Mile 5
On Pollock Rd about 60 yards west of Shortlidge Rd.
Mile 6
On Porter Rd about 50 yards northwest of Hastings Rd.
10K
Same finish line as 5K
Remarks: The Art's Festival 10K course has moved frequently over over the years due to the continual on-campus construction boom. For 2007, we moved the starting line to the east side of campus to be close to one of our sponsoring organization, the State College Spikes. The Spikes' home, Medlar Field, will be the site of the Arts Fest Kids Races.
5K Map:

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Arts Fest 5K
10K Map:

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Added: 06/22/2102
Revised: 
06/22/2102

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Local Running Routes

compiled by Marty Mazur

This page contains descriptions of some of the club members' favorite running routes. Some of the older ones were done using topographic mapping software. Many of the new ones were developed using online tools that you, too, can learn to use. If you'd like to add a route, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you'd like to try your hand at making your own running route maps, go to the Running Route Mapping Tools page for more information.

As always, exercise caution and good sense when running these routes. With the continuing construction on campus and in town, detours will need to be taken from time to time. Safety First!

Coming Soon:

  • More user-developed routes around town!