November 1, 2020

Old Turnpike Half Marathon

Rediscover an Old Road!

The Old Turnpike Half Marathon takes place at the one-of-a-kind Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike! Featured in a movie, once billed as the “World’s Greatest Highway”, and surrounded by the stunning scenery of Buchanan State Forest and the Allegheny Mountain Range, this half marathon is a must! Run through the 1.26 mile long Sideling Hill tunnel and the kilometer-long Rays Hill tunnel.

LocationOld PA Turnpike, Waterfall, Pennsylvania
DateMay 28, 2022
TerrainRoad (Lots of potholes)

Registration Opens: January 13, 2022

Race Details

Starts: 8:00-8:30 AM (30 minute window start to allow for social distancing)

Typical Weather49-70 degrees
Course TypeOut & Back
Stroller FriendlyNo
Pet FriendlyNo


Opening: $35 (January 13 Only)

Super Early: $50 (January 14-16)

Early: $60 (January 17 – February 26)

Regular: $75 (February 27 – April 26)

Late: $90 (April 27 – May 27)

Course Map

Course Records

Male Overall: Peter Weida (Lancaster, PA) 1:17:02 (2020)

Female Overall: Rachel Rabbitt (Yorktown, VA) 1:32.37 (2021)

Male Masters: Nicholas Fitz (Pittsburgh, PA) 1:35:20 (2021)

Female Masters: Naomi Pennington (Altoona, PA) 1:42:21 (2021)


“I think I found my new favorite half marathon… Old Turnpike Half Marathon that takes you out & back through 2 tunnels that are about 1 mile long each…”

Tina K.

“The event was well coordinated and I felt safe the entire time. Hand sanitizer was readily available and all the staff and volunteers were very mindful of CDC guidelines. Great event!

Peter W.

Packet Pickup

Friday 5/27/2021 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express Breezewood (16503 Lincoln Hwy, Breezewood, PA 15533)

Saturday 5/28/2021 from 6:30am to 8:20am at the Start/Finish Area


Host Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Breezewood (16503 Lincoln Hwy, Breezewood, PA 15533)

The Holiday Inn Breezewood has set aside over 30 rooms for participants at a special rate of $139.00 plus 8% sales tax. All rooms come with a Keurig coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, hairdryer, and ironing board. To reserve a room, call 814-735-7666 and request to reserve a room under the Old PA Turnpike Half Marathon Group Block.  All reservations should be made by 5/1/2021. You may also go to and enter group code MAR to reserve.

Other Lodging Options (Distance from Start/Finish Area)


Check for flights into these local airports:


  • Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)


  • Altoona-Blair County Airport (AOO)
  • John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport (JST)
  • Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR)
  • Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (LBE)

Other Local Attractions

Cowans Gap State Park (19.3 miles)

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park (20.4 miles)

Raystown Lake Recreation Area (27.6 miles)

Omni Bedford Springs Resort Spa (29.3 miles)

Old Bedford Village (30.0 miles)

Shawnee State Park (35.5 miles)

Directions to Start/Finish Area

Holiday Inn Express Breezewood

16503 Lincoln Hwy, Breezewood, PA 15533

Continue to US-30 E

31 s (476 ft)

Head east toward US-30 E 180 ft

Turn right toward US-30 E 295 ft

Continue on US-30 E to Harrisonville

9 min (7.0 mi)

Turn left onto US-30 E 4.6 mi

Turn left onto PA-915 N 2.3 mi

Continue on State Rte 4006 to your destination

7 min (3.9 mi)

Slight right onto State Rte 4006 2.8 mi

Turn right onto N Hess Rd 0.4 mi

Continue straight onto Pump Station Rd 0.5 mi

Turn right 

Destination will be on the left

0.2 mi

Cove Valley Plaza

Pennsylvania 16689


2020 Old Turnpike Half Marathon Results

2020 Old Turnpike Half Marathon Photos

2020 Old Turnpike Half Marathon Virtual Award Ceremony

2021 Old Turnpike Half Marathon Results

2021 Old Turnpike Half Marathon Photos

2021 Old Turnpike Half Marathon Virtual Award Ceremony