Buffalo Creek Half Marathon
12th Annual Buffalo Creek Half Marathon – October 21, 2017
The 12th annual Buffalo Creek Half Marathon will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017.
NEW PARKING AND NEW START LINE! See below.
Half Marathon on the Butler Freeport Community Trail — majority of the course is on a crushed limestone surface. Our gentle downhill course with a slight uphill grade near the end allows many finishers to run their personal best times. Spectacular fall foliage makes our course one of the most scenic you will experience. This popular race is limited to 1250 runners to ensure a quality event. Time trial race with starting mat and rolling start. Registration closes at 1250 runners or October 20, 2017 whichever is first.
Online registration closes at 7:00 PM on October 14, 2016, if registration has not already reached 1250. Registration will be available at Up-N-Running during early packet pickup, if registration has not already reached 1250. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked no later than October 14, 2017.
◾$100 cash prize for entrants who set a new course record male (2013 – Nick Edinger 1:08:12.70) and female (2103 – Sara Raschiatore 1:16:58.10).
◾NEW 2016 LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS (MEN AND LADIES). Be careful choosing your size. Unlike in past years, you will not be able to swap sizes at the finish.
◾Medals are awarded to Top 3 Male and Female in the following categories: Master’s, Overall, 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 & 70+.
◾All runners will receive a finisher medal.
◾Disposable RFID Chip Timing System.
◾All entrants registered by October 1, 2017 are guaranteed a technical tee.
◾START LINE is at Cabot Methodist Church, 707 Winfield Rd, Cabot, PA. Primary parking is at the church and overflow parking is at Winfield Township Building, Brose Rd, Cabot, PA. There is no shuttle to the start. Belongings will be transported from starting area to finish. There is a shuttle from the finish back to the church.
◾FINISH LINE is on Second Street Extension, with festivities in Market Street Park, Freeport, PA 16229, with continuous shuttle service back to Cabot Methodist Church.
◾Race starts promptly at 9 AM. Course closes at 12:30. This is a running race; NO walkers. The sweepers reserve the right to pull a participant for not hitting marks and who will not realistically finish by 12:30.
◾Water stations are at miles 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, and finish line.
◾Gatorade is at miles 5, 7, 9.
◾First aid is at miles 5, 7, 9, 12, and finish line.
◾Porta-johns are at Sarver Rd and south of Monroe Rd.
◾Ambulance service available.
◾Gear and belongings transported from the starting line to the finish (bags provided). Runners MUST tie their bag shut.
◾We offer a variety of food for the entrants at the finish line such as: bananas, whole wheat fig cookies, pizza, Smiley cookies along as well as water and runners’ favorite hot apple cider.
◾NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
◾TRANSFERS RUNNER TO RUNNER – fee applies.
◾NO TRANSFERS AFTER OCTOBER 11.
◾Spectators are not allowed ON the Freeport Bridge. It MUST be kept clear for the runners. There is plenty of parking in Freeport. Spectators can go to www.butlerfreeporttrail.org for information on trailheads at which they can park and watch the race. Focus on trailheads south of Cabot.
◾Pre-race packet pickup is at Up & Running, 1095 Pittsburgh Rd, Valencia, October 12, 13, & 14, from 10 AM – 7 PM. Race day packet pickup is at Cabot Methodist Church, 707 Winfield Rd, Cabot, PA, beginning at 7 AM.
◾Left over belonging bags will be at Up & Running, available for pickup on Monday, October 23, and held for two weeks.
◾Timing results will be available on www.smileymiles.com
◾Race day photos will be available at buffalocreekhalfmarathon.shutterfly.com. Prints ordered on Shutterfly are very reasonably priced; we do not receive commission. Please be patient in waiting for photos to be uploaded after the race. Our photographers are volunteers and have to sort through a couple of thousand photos along side family and work commitments. Please also understand that with 1250 runners, not every runner will be photographed. Photographers may be at the start line, along the course, and at the finish. As we may not capture you running the course, please feel free to ask for a posed photo before and/or after the race.
◾This event is the major fund raiser for the Butler Freeport Community Trail Council, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.
◾All proceeds from this event support the maintenance, construction, and promotion of the Butler Freeport Community Trail, a 21 mile rail trail.
◾For trail information, visit www.butlerfreeporttrail.org.
◾Registration for the 12th Annual Buffalo Creek Half Marathon will be open on January 1, 2017.
◾Check out our Facebook page for the Buffalo Creek Half Marathon.
◾We use local businesses for our race. No made in China medals here…they are custom made in Freeport. We also recycle…please put your water bottles in the appropriate bins.
BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors
Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, Lutz and Pawk, Bankson Engineers, Armstrong, Kennihan Plumbing and Heating, Cocordial Lutheran Ministries, Westarm Therapy, NexTier Bank, Kimberly Fitzgerald, DMD, KENMAC Rental and Sales, Heritage Elder Law & Estate Planning, Pheonix Rehabilitation and Health Services, Medicine Shoppe Natrona Heights, and Up & Running
Download a PDF mail-in application.