Route: Campus Loop 5K Race Course
Mileage:  5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles.
Hillage: One loops over a mostly flat course with a couple of short hills. The long stretches of the course that are on Curtin Road are gentle downhills.

Total elevation change: 133 ft.
Average Grade: 2%. Notable hills:

There is a rise of about 50 ft. from the corner of Porter Rd. and the entrance road to the track to the corner where the entrance road meets Hastings Rd. by the Materials Research Laboratory. The grade is over 4% for about 100 yards. There is another sharp rise of nearly 30 ft. on Fraser St between Pollock Rd. and Curtin Rd. The grade is nearly 5%.

Description:  The Campus Loop 5K makes nearly one complete loops of a course laid out on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. The course starts in front of the parking lot to the north east of Shields Building on Curtin Rd near the corner of Curtin Rd. and University Drive. The course heads east on Curtin and makes a right on Porter Rd. The course goes right at the entrance road to the track area, then bears left up the hill along side of the Materials Research Laboratory. The course then makes a right at Hastings Rd. and continues on Hastings as it crosses University Drive. The course bears right at Bigler Rd. and then makes a left on Pollock Rd. At the corner of Fraser St., the course makes a right and heads up a short, but very steep rise to Curtin Rd. Making a right on Curtin, the course continues for about a mile to the finish line, about a hundred yards before the starting line.

The Campus Loop 5K Course is a USATF certified course (Certificate # PA 97015 WB). A precise description of the mile markers follows for race directors:

272' east of the finish line point. Full closed loop is 272' longer than 5K.
Mile 1
34' east of the front doors of Materials Research Lab on right on Hastings.
Mile 2
17' west of the center of front doors of Chandlee Laboratory on right on Pollock Rd.
Mile 3
44' east of the flag pole in front of Wagner Bldg on Curtin Rd.
On Curtin Road in front of IM Building. Even with street sign on left west of the parking meters.

Note: Any deviation from the USATF-certified course invalidates the certification!


The Campus Loop 5K course is used for a number of 5K races that are run on campus in the Spring and Fall. These races usually benefit some charitable cause or campus organization, such as Coaches vs. Cancer, THON, or the Penn State Kinesiology Club. The Campus Loop 5K course is the same as that used for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Art's 10K, run every July. The Campus Loop 10K course is twice around the 5K loop.  


     Added: 3/03