The Princeton Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile, USATF-certified, road and trail run featuring Princeton’s cultural and historic landmarks.
Princeton, New Jersey – famous for its Ivy League University and famous resident, Albert Einstein, hosts the Princeton Half Marathon, a road and trail race that takes runners from the center of iconic downtown Princeton through the neighborhoods of some of America’s most admired citizens. Runners will see majestic views of campus, colonial mansions, award-winning architectural buildings and revolutionary battlefields with a backdrop of glorious colors that can only be summoned by autumn in Princeton.
The course takes runners through city streets, starting at Paul Robeson Way at 7:00 AM. The initially flat course will lead runners through Presidents’ Promenade, where runners will see the homes of US Presidents Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson. Through Einstein Mile & Battlefield Breakthrough, runners will pass the homes of Albert Einstein and run along the same path of George Washington as he led Revolutionary troops during the most decisive battle during the Revolutionary War. At Oppenheimer Atomic Hill, runners pass the home of the inventor of the atomic bomb then around to Neumann’s Curve where the homes and hangouts of computing genius Richard Feynman, John von Neumann, Kurt Godel and Max Veblen are revealed.
Once runners ascend to Carnegie Cut Through, the course takes a turn through Princeton University campus, where runners might catch a glimpse of one of the top 8% of the world’s undergraduate students, a Nobel Prize Winner or the Olympic Rowing Team who practices on gorgeous Lake Carnegie, a gift from Andrew Carnegie. At Conrad’s Lift Off (named to celebrate the PU graduate who left a Princeton University flag on the moon), runners will ascend into a canopy of Pritzkar Prize Winning architecture. As the course makes its way through the Little Tiger Trail district and into the Gallup Gallop trek, runners’ minds can wander as they see first hand why George Gallup believed Princeton embodied the perfect amount of diversity; Gallup performed the first public polls on the main street in Princeton.
Along Signer Circle, runners will see some of the most stunning arboreal displays as they pass the home of John Hart, one of the four Signers of the Declaration of Independence from Princeton. The Black Squirrel Scamper and Other Side of Paradise districts will remind runners why New Jersey is called The Garden State. The course unfolds toward Superhero Highway, named for Princeton resident Christopher Reeves, famous for his portrayal of Superman. As runners summon all the supernatural strength they can muster, it’s a duel for victory in the final mile – the Aaron Burr, Jr. Killer Mile.
Princeton has been home to a diverse group of champions. Runners can expect a cheering finish line full of residents eager to congratulate the astounding personal achievement of completing a half marathon!
Mile Marker names courtesy of Princeton Tour Company