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Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Race Questions

Race Day Questions

Post-Race Questions

Pre-Race Questions

When is the 2017 God's Country Marathon? The 2017 God's Country Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017. Our races are always held the first Saturday in June.

What time does the race start and where is the starting line? The full marathon and relay begin at the Galeton Area School, 25 Bridge Street, Galeton, PA 16922 at 7 AM. The half marathon begins at Denton Hill State Park, 5661 US Route 6 W, Coudersport, PA 16915 at 8 AM.

How do I register? You can register by going to You may either print a registration form and mail it in with your payment or register online through

How much does it cost to register?

Full Marathon - $75 until March 30, 2017. $85 from April 1 - April 30, 2017. $95 after May 1, 2017.

Half Marathon - $60 until March 30, 2017. $70 from April 1 - April 30, 2017. $80 after May 1, 2017.

Team Relay - $165 until March 30, 2017. $180 from April 1 - April 30, 2017. $200 after May 1, 2017.

I am an elite runner. Can I get free registration? No, we do not grant free registration. Our fees are nominal and our lodging is extremely affordable. If you win, you will cover any costs and then some.

Can I register on race day? No. There is NO race day registration.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else? No, registrations are non-transferrable.

Can I switch races? You can switch races until May 31, 2017 and not a day later. You will not receive a refund if you switch from the full to the half.

Is the God's Country Marathon USATF Sanctioned/Certified and is it a Boston Qualifier? Yes, yes and yes! The God's Country Marathon is a USATF Certified Course and Sanctioned Race and a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Can I get a refund if I get injured or I can't make it on race day? No. We offer deferment on a case-by-case basis, good for the following year's race entry ONLY. To defer your registration, contact us at

Do you offer a shuttle to the start? Yes. The shuttle for the full marathon leaves the finish line at the Coudersport Jr/Sr High School at 698 Dwight St in Coudersport, PA 16915 at 5:30 AM. The shuttle for the half marathon leaves the finish line at 6:45 AM. The cost is $5.00. You must pay at time of race registration.

Do you offer a shuttle from the finish line back to the start line after the race?  No, we don't.  You'll need to take the shuttle from the finish line to the start line before the race.

Is there a shuttle for Team Relay runners? No. Runners must provide their own transportation to their pickup points. Teams should designate a non-runner for transportation, just to be safe.

Is there a pre-race pasta dinner? Yes. The pre-race pasta dinner will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM at the American Legion Post 192, 2 Buffalo Street (Route 872) Coudersport, PA 16915. Cost is $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for ages 4 - 12; Free for 3 and under. PLEASE PAY AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.

Where and when is packet pickup? Please pick up your race packet on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the pre-race pasta dinner between 5:30 and 8:00 PM. You may pick up your packet at the starting line of your race; however, we appreciate you making every effort to pick it up Friday evening.

Can someone else pick up my race packet Friday? Yes, but only if you notify us ahead of time by emailing Please tell us who will be picking up your packet.

Is there a limit on the number of participants? Nope. This is "God's Country." There's plenty of room for everyone.

Is there an age limit for runners? No. If you are under 18, you will need the signature of your parent/legal guardian on the waiver.

Where are the closest airports?

International Airports

106 miles: Buffalo, NY (BUF / KBUF) Buffalo Niagara International Airport
134 miles: Rochester, NY (ROC / KROC) Greater Rochester International Airport
144 miles: Erie, PA (ERI / KERI) Erie International Airport
186 miles: Syracuse, NY (SYR / KSYR) Syracuse Hancock International Airport
191 miles: Harrisburg, PA (MDT / KMDT) Harrisburg International Airport
203 miles: Pittsburgh, PA (PIT / KPIT) Pittsburgh International Airport

Domestic Airports

37 miles: Bradford, PA (BFD / KBFD) Bradford Regional Airport
89 miles: Jamestown, NY (JHW / KJHW) Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport
90 miles: Elmira, NY (ELM / KELM) Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
93 miles: DuBois, PA (DUJ / KDUJ) DuBois Regional Airport
101 miles: Williamsport, PA (IPT / KIPT) Williamsport Regional Airport

Local Airports

37 miles: Wellsville, NY (ELZ / KELZ) Wellsville Municipal Airport
48 miles: Olean, NY (OLE / KOLE) Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport
49 miles: Saint Marys, PA (STQ) Saint Marys Municipal Airport

Are there hotels in the area? Yes. Please visit for lodging options. There are several located close to the start and finish lines. Look in the Galeton area if you are running the full marathon and want to stay near the start line. Look in the Coudersport area if you are running either the full or half marathon and want to stay near the finish line and plan to take the shuttle. The half marathon starts halfway in between Galeton and Coudersport, so you have options in either.

Do any local hotels offer special pricing for marathon runners? Unfortunately, no. But our hotels offer a wide range of prices and are reasonably priced. Check the link above for options.


Race Day Questions

Where are the best places to watch runners on the course? Anywhere! The God's Country Marathon is an open road course. Traffic is light and spectators are encouraged anywhere along the course. You can even follow your runner or jump from point to point to cheer them on along the journey. For more information, see our Spectator Tips & Info.

Is there a time limit? Are walkers allowed? There is NO time limit on the God's Country Marathon, Half Marathon or Team Relay. Walkers are encouraged to participate. Conquering the Hill isn't easy. If you're willing to try it, we'll be there waiting for you at the finish line.

Can I run/walk with a stroller? Sure, as long as you are the one pushing it and not the one riding in it.

Are there cash prizes? Yes. The top three overall male and female finishers receive cash prizes. Full marathon placers receive $500 for first, $250 for second and $100 for third. Half marathon placers receive $250 for first, $100 for second, $50 for third. The male and female finishers of the full marathon will receive an additional $500 should he/she break the course record of 2:25:14 (male) or 2:50:12 (female).

Are there age division prizes? Yes. The top three male and female finishers in each age division receive prizes. You must claim your prize before you leave. Prizes cannot be mailed to age division winners.

Do you award medals? Yes. The top 3 male and female finishers in the full and half receive place medals. Everyone that finishes the race receives a custom finisher's medal.

Do runners receive t-shirts? Yes, all runners that register before April 30 will receive a t-shirt. We will do our best to accommodate all runners that register after April 30.

Will runners be able to shower after the race? Yes, shower facilities are available for no charge following the race at Coudersport Jr/Sr High School at the finish line.

Where can I park? There is ample free parking at the start lines of both races. If you are taking the shuttle from the finish line, there is ample free parking around the Coudersport Jr/Sr High School. 

So, what's the deal with this "hill"? And why are you so mean? Do you hate runners? We hoped you'd never ask.  The "hill" is Denton Hill and it reaches 2424 feet above sea level. You will climb about 1000 feet over approximately 3 miles. Full marathon runners "Conquer the Hill" about half way along their journeys. Half marathon runners "Conquer the Hill" in the first few miles of the race. After that it's all downhill to the finish line. Oh, and we actually REALLY LOVE our runners. But don't take our word for it. See what Runners World says about our race, or read the comments from our runners.

Do you have an elevation chart? Yes, we do and here it is.

GCM Elevation Chart

Are roads closed to traffic during the race? No. Our roads remain open. You will be running with "traffic." We use the term "traffic" lightly. Again, this is "God's Country." We never have traffic. The course is monitored by state and local police, as well as ambulance and fire rescue to ensure runners' safety.

Do you have pace leaders in your race? No, we don't.

How many water stations do you have? We try our very best to have water stations at every mile. On occasion, we are a couple short. But generally speaking, we have them every mile. Every station has Gatorade as well. Every five miles, water stations will also have energy gel. Our great water station volunteers may also have a few surprises for you along the way. We know you are focused on running, but if you do have a couple of favorites, you'll be asked to vote for them in our post-race runner's survey - and they'll win some pretty neat prizes for going above and beyond!

What if I gotta go? When you gotta go, you gotta go. We have restrooms and/or portapotties at the start lines, at the finish line, and every 5 miles in between.

What is the average temperature for race day? The average low is around 50° F. The average high is around 70°F. Due to our elevation, it tends to be quite cool when the race starts and warms up gradually as time goes on.

Do you use chip timing? Yes, we sure do. Attach it to your shoelace so that your time will register accurately. And no, you don't need to return your chip. Keep it as a memento. The race is timed by Runner's High.

Can spectators track their runners during the race? Sure, get in your car and follow them. We do not offer tracking via mobile phone. Why not? Because it would be impossible. Again, this is "God's Country." You'll have cell phone service in Galeton and Coudersport, and not many places in between. See our Spectator Tips & Info for suggestions on some of the best places to stop along the course to watch the marathon.

Why would I want to punish myself by "Conquering the Hill"? Because you are a runner. And that makes you a superhero. Plus, you'll probably feel pretty awesome and proud of yourself at the end. Bragging rights, my friends. Serious bragging rights.

What will I see along the course? Some of the most beautiful scenery you could ever imagine and not much else - maybe some deer, bald eagles, turkeys, bears (don't feed them and they'll leave you alone). They don't call Potter County "God's Country" for nothing.

Can I run with headphones? Sure.

Can I run across the finish line with my kid/family? Yep, you sure can. We're kinda friendly and accommodating like that.

Is there an awards ceremony? Yes, and we encourage you to stick around and enjoy the finish line festivities, then stay for the awards ceremony and celebrate with your fellow runners.


Post-Race Questions

So, I just "Conquered the Hill." And I am hungry. What kind of refreshments will be available at the finish line? You can enjoy some tasty treats at the finish line, and we'll keep you posted as we finalize what they will be!

Also, I am thirsty. Where can I get a beer or other tasty beverage? You can visit any of the local bars in the area! They love our runners as much as we do and they'll hook you up with what you're looking for!

Is there a post-race party for runners? We're pleased to tell you that yes, there sure is!  The location is to be determined at this current time.

Do you have an official photographer? Yes, photographs are taken by Curt Weinhold Photography and the Potter Leader-Enterprise. We do our best to get photos of everyone. Our course is also very accessible from start to finish for spectators who wish to take pictures of their runners. Please see our Spectator Tips & Info for suggested locations.

Where can I find the race results? Official results will be posted on our website at and

How will I receive my certificate of completion? It will be mailed to you after the race.


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