Arts Fest race

Runners take off at the start of the 10K race in 2013 outside Beaver Stadium as part of the Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival Races.
Runners take off at the start of the 10K race in 2013 outside Beaver Stadium as part of the Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival Races. File photo for the CDT

The revival of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 10-miler went so well that organizers are running it again.

Last year, 144 runners completed the Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival race, one of three during the festival. That was a bigger field than race director Dave Eggler had expected.

“I thought last year it was a combination of people who did it way back when, plus kind of the novelty of doing it,” Eggler said. “You don’t see a 10-miler every day.”

Started in 1975 as part of the festival, the race changed to a 10K in 1986. In 2006, the race was named after Crowe, a local running legend, youth racing coach and five-time race champion who died that year.

Eggler brought the 10-miler back after Crowe’s husband, Bob, suggested the idea.

Early registration, Eggler said, is looking good for the second go-around, at 8:15 a.m. July 13.

“So far, the numbers look strong for it,” he said.

Those not up for 10 miles have two other options: the traditional 10K and a 5K added in 2005. The 10K gets underway at 8:30 a.m., with the shorter race beginning 15 minutes later.

All three races start and finish near Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, home to the State College Spikes baseball team. Courses pass through Penn State’s East and West campuses.

Because of campus construction, race organizers had to reroute part of the 5K before it picks up the traditional finish along Curtin Road toward the ballpark, Eggler said.

Last year, 356 people finished the 5K and 225 completed the 10K.

At about 11 a.m. July 13, the Kids Fun Run races will offer a quarter-mile race for children ages 5-6 and 7-8 and a half-mile run for children ages 9-10 and 11-12. Registration is $3 per child.

For the adult races, registration is $22 and can be done by mail, online through Active.com, at the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800 E. Park Ave. noon to 5 p.m. July 12, and at the race 7 to 8 a.m. on July 13. Nittany Valley Running Club members receive a $2 discount.

Applications are available at the festival’s website, www.arts-festival.com.

Preregistered runners can pick up their race packets from noon to 5 p.m. July 12 at the visitors bureau.

Sponsored by University Orthopedics Center, the races benefit the NVRC and youth running activities in Centre County. Eggler said the races are NVRC’s largest source of income.