Experience the Sandy Creek Trail!
Experience the Sandy Creek Trail in Venango County, PA. The Sandy Creek Trail is considered by many runners and cyclists to be the most scenic rail trail in Western Pennsylvania. The race course begins and ends at the Belmar Bridge, a 1385 foot long bridge spanning the Allegheny River. The out and back course is relatively level and entirely paved except for the 8 wood boarded bridges along the length of the course. There is also a nearly 300-meter long tunnel along the course.
|Location||Sandy Creek Trail, Belmar Bridge Trailhead, Franklin, PA|
|Date||October 10, 2021|
|Terrain||Low-Grade Paved Rail Trail|
|Typical Weather||42-63 degrees|
|Course Type||Out & Back|
|Race Start Time||8:00-8:30 AM|
|Registration Opens||February 3, 2021|
Opening: $55 (February 3 – February 5)
Early: $65 (February 6 – April 30)
Regular: $80 (May 1 – August 9)
Late: $95 (August 10 – September 10)
Male Overall: Jeffery Eide (Seminole, FL) 1:17:32.29 (2020)
Female Overall: Morgan Camerlo (Hidden Valley, PA) 1:24:06.41 (2020)
Male Masters: Tommy McNear (Negley, OH) 1:32:04.85 (2020)
Female Masters: Melissa Good (Linesville, PA) 1:43:58.15 (2020)
Very well run Belmar Bridge Half Marathon in the midst of a pandemic! The course was very well marked and safe. Water stations were safe and appropriately distanced!Shannon R.
The recent inaugural Belmar Bridge Half Marathon was a terrific event. The course was very scenic with 7 or 8 cool bridges crossed twice (to/from), beautiful views and perfect weather.Christopher M.
All race packets will be shipped to participants before the race. Participants can expect to receive their packets at least a week prior to the race.
Holiday Inn Express Franklin – Oil City (225 Singh Dr, Cranberry, PA 16319)
Information coming soon.
Other Lodging Options (Distance from Start/Finish Area)
- Quality Inn & Conference Center (7.1 miles)
- Knights Inn Franklin (8.4 miles)
Check for flights into these local airports:
- Erie International Airport (ERI)
- Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
- Venango Regional Airport (FKL)
- DuBois Regional Airport (DUJ)
- Northeast Ohio Regional Airport (JFN)
Other Local Attractions
DeBence Antique Music World (7.1 miles)
Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry (14.5 miles)
Freedom Falls & Rockland Tunnel (21.8 miles)
Oil Creek State Park (21.8 miles)
Dennison Point Overlook (22.9 miles)
Kennerdell Overlook (24.2 miles)
Drake Well Museum (28.3 miles)
2020 Belmar Bridge Half Marathon Results
2020 Belmar Bridge Half Marathon Photos
2020 Belmar Bridge Half Marathon Virtual Awards Ceremony