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D&H Distance Run

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  • Half Marathon
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  • Half Marathon - Group of 10 or More
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Course Descriptions

  • The 13.1 mile race will be an 'out and back' run on the D & H Rail-Trail from Forest City to Union Dale. This is a USATF certified course
  • The trail is approximately 15 feet wide and recently resurfaced with fine crushed stone for a superb running surface.
  • The course is basically flat with a slight upgrade going northward and a slight downgrade for the return and finish.*]Water stations will be approximately every 2 miles
  • Post race snacks will be available
  • The race is a great tune-up for those training for the Steamtown Marathon and a great race for those attempting longer distance runs.
  • Race participants will be limited to 400. Registration packets can be picked up race day starting at 7:30 AM


The D&H Rail-Trail is located off Route 247 in Forest City. From Carbondale, take route 171 North to Forest City. Turn right on Route 247 (after Kost Tire). Go 1/3 mile to first right into the Greater Forest City Industrial Park.

Lat 41 38'44.99"N, Long 7527'46.11"W

See map on dhdistancerun.com


Half Marathon
Top 3 Male and Female Overall

Top 3 in age divisions Male and Female
18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Masters Top 3 Male and Female

Every Half Marathon finisher will receive a medal

5K Awards
Awards to Top 3 Finishers Male and Female


No awards for walkers

About the Rail-Trail Council of the NEPA

The Rail-Trail Council (RTC) is a non-profit organization working to develop recreational trails on abandoned rail beds in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The RTC was organized in 1991 and has since acquired 38 miles of Right of Way. 10 miles of the acquired rail bed have undergone extensive drainage and surface improvements. The D&H half marathon is run on part of the improved trail segment.

RTC intends to continue trail improvements despite their substantial cost. Funding may be obtained from Federal and State agencies, but even this source often requires RTC to match anywhere from 20 - 50%. The D&H Distance Run is one of the ways such funds are raised.

The D&H Rail-Trail extends north from Simpson, PA following the Upper Lackawanna River. It passes through
Forest City and then Union Dale after passing the Stillwater Dam. It then goes through Herrick, Thompson and Starrucca. As it continues north, it begins to follow the Starrucca Creek and then enters Lanesboro where it passes under the Starrucca Viaduct -- a spectacular stone railroad bridge. A few miles further north, it meets the New York border.

The D&H Rail-Trail is linked to trails to the south and is part of a master plan for a series of trails that will extend from Washington Crossing PA all the way to upstate New York.


Chip timing will be provided by the Scranton Running Company.


Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item will be entered into our great prize raffle.

Raffle drawing October 25th, 2018. All food will be donated to our local food bank.


For event-related questions, please click on the *Contact the Organizers* button on the left-hand side of this page.

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