The Sue Crowe Memorial NVRC Arts Festival  

5K, 10K, 10 Mile, and Kids Races

Presented By Penn State Health

Race Information Sponsors Results
The Arts Festival 10K is the oldest race in Central Pennsylvania. The race was first run in 1976 as a 10 Mile event; the run was shortened to a 10K race in the late 1980's. Over the years the course has gone through numerous changes. In 2005, a 5K race was added and a new 10K course combining the best of the East and West Campuses of Penn State University was designed. And now the race has come full circle. In 2013, a new 10 Mile course was added, so now you can kick it old school and experience "Arts Fest weather" for 10 miles!

In 2006, the Arts Festival races were renamed in honor of Sue Crowe, who died in February 2006. Sue was a local running legend who also gave back to the running community through her work coaching young competitors. Sue was a fixture at the Arts Festival races. Sue and her family competed in most of them, and Sue herself was a five time winner. Sue won three times while the race was a 10-miler and two times after it became a 10K race.

The Arts Festival races are run in conjunction with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the region’s premier summer outdoor festival which draws over 125,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is five full days of fun, including the nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale Exhibition, a gallery exhibition, Images, Children & Youth Day, the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, music, dance, and vaudeville performances at eight different outdoor and indoor different venues.

Race Information

  • 5K, 10K, and 10 Mile Race information: The Sue Crowe Memorial 42nd Annual Arts Festival 5K, 10K, and 10 Mile Races presented by Penn State Health was held on Sunday morning, July 16, 2017. Race day headquarters was Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, home of the State College Spikes. Results are below. The 2018 races will be held on July 15.
  • Race Registration: Coming Soon.
  • Packet Pick-up: At Medlar Field on race day, and Saturday at the Centre County Convention and Visitors Centre on Park and Porter from noon to 5 PM.
  • Kids Races: The Kids Races are runs of 1/4-mile and 1/2-mile for kids ages 12 and under. They are held on the field of the Spikes' ball park. The Kids Races start at 11 AM. The registration fee is $3. Medals and popsicles for all participants.
  • As usual, the courses have some modifications from previous years due to campus construction. Here are the 2017 Arts Festival 5K, 10K, and 10 Mile Courses.

Race Sponsors

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Race Results

(The NVRC would like to collect results and memories from the entire history of
the Arts Fest Race. If you have results from past races, or pictures you'd like to share,
please contact Dave Eggler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

10 Miler Results - Here is a list of Men's and Women's winners for the years 1976-1985 when the Art's Festival race was a 10-Miler. For more reminiscences, see A Race Steeped In Lore... from the July-August 2003 Voices of Central Pennsylvania. The 10 Miler returned in 2013 and results for the new 10 Miler are below.

Full results from the earliest races are being collected. Some are given at the bottom of the page.

Arts Festival 10 Mile Results From Some Previous Years:
1976 -- 1978
1980 -- -- --
-- 1985 ----
2013 2014
Arts Festival 10K Results From Some Previous Years:
Arts Festival 5K Results From Some Previous Years:
2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014
2015 2016
Arts Festival Kids Race Results From Some Previous Years:
1997 1998 1999 2000
2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010


2013 2014
2015   2016
Arts Festival Race Reports From Some Previous Years:
From the Archives:

Inaugural Year (1976) Stories:
Pre-Race story from the Centre Daily Times
Race Report (CDT)
Race Report (PA Mirror)
Full Results

Race Report (PA Mirror)
Race Report (CDT) 
Race Story (Collegian) 
Race Story (CDT) New!
Race Story (CDT) 
The Starting Line (CDT Photo) 
Race Story (CDT) 
Fredericks Finish (CDT Photo) 
Full Results (CDT) New!
Story (CDT) New!
Full Results (CDT) New!
Story on Race Director Dave Eggler from the Centre Daily Times.
From the Penn State Collegian:
1991 (Men's Winner),
(Women's Winner)
2004 (Pre-race story)
2007 (87-year-old George Etzweiler Competes)

[- Hat Tip Greg Fredericks, Dave Eggler, Tim Scitti]

Created 05/27/04