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    The Sue Crowe Memorial NVRC 

Arts Festival 5K and 10 Mile Races

and Kids Races

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Race Information Sponsors Results
The Arts Festival Races are the oldest races in Central Pennsylvania. The event was first run in 1976 as a 10 Mile race that started out of town and ended on campus in the midst of Arts Festival tables and booths; the run was shortened to a 10K race in the late 1980's. Over the years the course has gone through numerous changes, adding a 10K, a 5K, and Kids Races and sometimes still offering the 10 Miler.
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, Children & Youth Day, the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, music, dance, and vaudeville performances at eight different outdoor and indoor different venues.
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 in the early days while the race was a 10-miler and two times after it became a 10K race.
After a three year hiatus due to COVID, the Arts Festival Races returned in 2023! The races are being in Boalsburg starting at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. See below for details.

Race Information

  • 5K and 10 Mile Race information: The 46th Annual races will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2024.  The 10 Mile race will start at 8:00 AM. The 5K will start at 8:45 AM.
  • Race Registration: Here is the link for online registration. You will also be able to register on race day. 
  • Courses: Here are the courses for the 5K and 10 Mile runs. The races share the first 3 miles!
  • Race Day Registration / Packet Pick-up: Packet pickup and race day registration will be at the Military Museum from 7:30-8:30. Packet pickup and registration for the 10 mile will close at 7:45. 
  • Volunteering:  Volunteers are very important for the success of any race! We'll have a volunteer sign up link as the next race approaches.
  • Kids Races: Kids races are run on the grounds of the PA Military Museum.

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 Marty Mazur 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 was back from 2013 through 2017. The 10 Miler returned again in 2023.  Results for the 10 Milers are also below

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

Arts Festival 10 Mile Results From Some Previous Years:
1976 -- 1978
1980 -- -- --
-- 1985 ----
2013 2014
2017 2023     
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
2017 2018 2019 2023
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
2017 2018  2019 2023 
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