River Towns Marathon & Half Marathon

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Come to Danville, PA to celebrate spring with the Montour Area Recreation Commission’s River Towns Marathon and Half-Marathon and the Danville Business Alliance’s Spring Fling!  Enjoy a morning of racing through some of the prettiest river valley scenery that central Pennsylvania has to offer, then spend the afternoon in Danville browsing the food, arts and crafts offered by roughly 200 regional vendors and Mill Street shops.  There’s so much to do, plan to make a weekend of it!



The field for the River Towns Marathon and Half-Marathon is set!

We’ll have 466 racers in all, with 86 running the full marathon and 380 running the half. The ladies rule again this year, with 293 women and 173 men signed up to race! We’re looking forward to racing with runners from 18 states, Australia and France!

To see what your competition will look like, click here:


Congratulations to everyone who has registered. We’ll look forward to seeing you in Danville on May 2.


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Saturday, May 2, 2015


7:00am marathon; 9:00am half-marathon


Montour County courthouse, 29 Mill St, Danville, PA  17821 USA


Danville Area Middle School, 120 Northumberland St (US-11), Danville, PA 17821 USA
GPS coordinates 40.964990 -76.620042


marathon: $70 until 1/31/15; $85 2/1/15 – 4/2/15
half-marathon:  $55 until 1/31/15; $65 2/1/15 – 4/2/15

registration closes 4/2/15; no day-of-race registration


500 (registration closes 4/2/15; no day-of-race registration)


5:00pm – 8:00pm Friday, May 1 (Danville Middle School parking lot, 120 Northumberland St, Danville, PA)
5:30am – 8:30am race day (Montour County courthouse, 29 Mill St, Danville, PA)




This race has been designed to link three beautiful central Pennsylvania river towns – Danville, Catawissa and Bloomsburg – along the North Branch Susquehanna River.  Participants will start the race in Danville’s historic West Market Street neighborhood, near the Montour County courthouse.  From there, full marathoners travel out of Danville along River Road/Legion Road – a tree-lined, shaded road – to Catawissa, then via trails and back roads to Bloomsburg.  At Bloom, we’ll turn around and return along the same course to the Montour County courthouse and the Spring Fling festival. Half marathoners race along River Road to the Montour County/Columbia County line, then return to Danville. Both courses are out and back layouts.

The marathon and half marathon courses have been mapped in Google Earth and are available to download.  All course amenities such as hydration stops, porta-potty locations, start/finish, parking, etc. are included in the mapping.  Don’t have Google Earth on your computer?  You can download it for free here.

2013 River Towns Marathon Course Map

2015 River Towns Marathon Course Map

2013 River Towns Half Marathon Course Map

2015 River Towns Half Marathon Course Map


This marathon is not for everyone.  This course has a 1.45 mile long section of trail running (2.90 miles total when considering the course goes out and back) that is a level dirt road and a grass covered canal tow path.  This includes a bridge crossing that has a stone surface.  We also run on the grass covered Danville levee on the way back into Danville. These sections are safe and (in the opinion of most runners) fun and interesting to run, but if these surfaces upset you in any way, you might want to further investigate the course before registering.

The race IS NOT a Boston qualifier and is not USATF certified.

Some portions of the course have limited vehicular traffic.  Though every effort is made to ensure the safety of racers, organizers expect participants to stay on the shoulder of the road as if they were in a training run (running into traffic).


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  • Start: 7:00am
  • Distance: 26.2 miles
  • Description: mildly rolling, mostly wooded river valley
  • Surface: 85% paved roads, 15% grass/gravel trails
  • Type: out and back
  • Accumulated climb: 124ft
  • Accumulated descent: 124ft
  • Hydration stops: 19
  • Porta-potty stops: 15
  • Course records: 2:32:45 Paul Riley (men); 3:32:25 Wendy Walsh (women)

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Half the distance, but all the support!  This race will challenge your body and treat your eyes.

  • Start: 9:00am
  • Distance: 13.1 miles
  • Description: mildly rolling, mostly wooded river valley
  • Surface: 93% paved roads, 7% grass surfaced levee
  • Type: out and back
  • Accumulated climb: 62ft
  • Accumulated descent: 62ft
  • Hydration stops: 9
  • Porta-potty stops: 7
  • Course records: 1:13:38 Christopher Brandt (men); 1:28:44 Tina Bartholomew (women)
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2014 was a record setting year to say the least!

On the marathon side of things, Paul Riley, 28, of Tomball, Texas has crushed our previous marathon men’s course record, turning in a blistering 2:32:45!  Paul outdistanced the next closest competitor by nearly 20 minutes!

Olivia Kelly, also 28, of Ellicott City, MD turned in a fantastic 3:32:53, missing the women’s course record by a mere 28 seconds!

On the half-marathon side of things, Christopher Brandt, 22, turned in a new course record 1:13:38, beating the old course record by 35 seconds!

Danville, PA’s own Tina Bartholomew, 41, turned in a 1:29:22, barely missing the women’s course record by 38 seconds – a record she holds!

The 2014 race featured great running weather and an extremely strong field of racers with some exceptional times.  Congratulations to everyone who raced with us.

The 2014 results are now posted here – 2014 RT Marathon results.  Photos, commentary, discussion and more can be found on our River Towns Race Series Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who raced with us.  It was a beautiful day to race and a fantastic group of racers.

We’ll hope to see everyone in Danville again next year on Saturday, May 2, 2015!


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Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 2013 River Towns Marathon and Half Marathon. It may have been one of the nicest days we’ve ever had for the race. We hardly knew what to do without having to work around floods and other dramas.

Excel iconThe final race results are now posted here. Click on the icon to the left to open the Microsoft Excel formatted file. Results are presented for both races in an overall listing as well as by gender and age category. If you are having trouble finding your results, please make sure you’re looking at the correct worksheet in the file.

To follow the post-race discussion and see photos and other details, please visit our River Towns Race Series Facebook page. One batch of pictures is available at http://rstoudt.smugmug.com/Sports/2013-River-Towns-Half-Marathon/29276518_VbjHSM. These show the half marathoners headed out of town on Market Street near mile 1.5. More photo links may be posted here as they become available. If you have photos you’d like to share, please contact MontrRec@ptd.net.

Thanks for racing with us and we’ll hope to see you back in Danville again in 2014.

– Bob

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2012 RT Marathon results


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Is there a time limit for the race?


Yes, all racers are expected to be finished by 1:00pm.  That means six hours for the marathon (4.37mph) and four hours for the half (3.28mph).  In past years, 99+% of our racers have finished within this time limit.  While we want to respect the needs of every one of our racers, we must also respect the concerns of our local police, fire police and residents along the course.  At 1:00pm on race day, any racer still on the course will be evaluated by the race director to determine whether he or she has a reasonable chance of completing the race.  If they are reasonably close to the finish, we will allow them to finish with the understanding that the course will be reopened to vehicular traffic.  If the racer is too far from the finish to have a reasonable chance of successfully completing the event or if he/she appears to be in physical distress, the race director may choose to ask the racer to stop and accept a ride back to the finish line.  We understand that finishing a marathon is a monumental challenge that’s not to be taken lightly, but we also know that it’s not worth your life.


Do you allow walkers?


Yes, so long as you understand the 1:00pm cutoff as described above.  If that works for you, we’d love to have you join us.


Are headphones allowed?


Yes, we’ll allow headphones, though we don’t necessarily encourage their use. If you’re going to run with headphones on, you’ve got to run responsibly and remain aware of your surroundings at all times. We want you to have fun, but we want you (and our other racers) to stay safe too.


Where can I find information about local lodging?


Our partners at the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau have all the information about food, lodging and other local events that you could possibly need.  Please visit their website at http://www.ITourColumbiaMontour.com for more information.


Can I get a refund?


Yes, but only if the race in cancelled by the organizers.  Otherwise, once fees are paid, they will not be refunded for any other reason.


Do you allow athletes to transfer their entry to another person (allowing for a substitution of athletes)?


Yes, provided this transfer is made at least 10 days prior to the event.  If the substitute person does not attend on race day, no refunds or credits of any kind will be available.  Active.com registrants are able to do their own transfers online.  Mail-in registrants may request a transfer by contacting Bob Stoudt at MontrRec@ptd.net


Are races ever cancelled, and if so, how do I find out the latest news?


Yes, it’s possible to have a cancellation or weather related postponement, though it’s extremely unlikely.  Any cancellation or postment will be posted on this website and will also be emailed to all race registrants.


I left something at a race. What should I do?


Either contact us or wait a day or two and check the race website.  We’ll likely post a “Lost and Found” page on the race updates page.  There you can browse photos of items left at the race and see if your missing item is among the photos.


What if I get hurt?


Racing can be dangerous! No person should enter a race of any type without carefully considering the risks involved.  Your consideration should include factors that are completely out of the normal range of consideration.  You could be hit by a car.  You could fall.  You could run into another runner or be run into by them. You could be hit by lightning.  Although the organizers of the race spend months putting systems in place to make the race as safe as possible, there are ALWAYS RISKS.  You should participate in each race at a level that keeps you in control of your safety.  Always exercise caution and restraint on the course.  Any racer found by the Race Director to be behaving irresponsibly will be disqualified immediately and asked to leave the race.  WHEN YOU SIGN-UP FOR THIS RACE, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE POTENTIAL FOR INJURY AS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE.  You are saying that you alone accept this potential risk and are willfully participating at your own risk.  You are accepting ANYTHING that could happen on the race course regardless of events leading to the dangerous condition, including negligence.  YOU ARE AGREEING TO HOLD ALL PEOPLE, GROUPS, BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATION HARMLESS AND AGREEING NOT TO SUE, IN THE EVENT THAT YOU BECOME INJURED.


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