lOth Annual

Rattlesnake Run


Saturday, June l9, 2O2l

Lehigh Gorge State Park


Choose from

  • in-person 5K

  • in-person 1 mile fun walk

  • virtual 5K

  • virtual 1 mile fun walk

Fast, flat, out and back course

Organic cookies at finish (in-person)

Awards like no other 5K!



WHEN is the Rattlesnake Run?

The in-person event is June 19, 2021.

The starting line for the 5K is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The one-mile fun walk also starts at that time. We ask slow runners and all walkers to yield to more competitive participants at the starting line.

The virtual event lets you log a 5k (3.1 miles) or a one-mile fun walk, on your own, anywhere and anytime before 4:00 pm on June 19, 2021.


WHERE is the Rattlesnake Run?

The Rattlesnake Run takes place in Lehigh Gorge State Park. This is a long, narrow park, paralleling the river for about twenty miles.

There are three access points, and we meet at the southernmost one, the Glen Onoko access in Jim Thorpe.

Once in Jim Thorpe, watch for signs directing you to the start. From the Turnpike:


  • Take Exit 74 of the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike

  • Follow US 209 south to Jim Thorpe

  • Once in Jim Thorpe, turn right onto PA 903 north across the bridge over the Lehigh River

  • Make an immediate left at the end of the bridge

  • Follow this road until you see an


Glen Onoko GPS DD: Lat. 40.8835 Long. -75.75914.



Do I get a shirt?

Participants in every event, virtual and in-person, are guaranteed a race shirt if registered by May 28, 2021. Shirts available to others while supplies last.

What’s the difference between the virtual and in-person options?


Virtual participants may walk or run any time before 4:00 pm June 19, 2021. Those who register by May 28 receive a T-shirt by mail.

Virtual participants may upload their results here.

Virtual participants doing the 5K can also use the above link to download and print a custom bib. There are no awards for virtual participants.


In-person participants registered by May 28, 2021, are guaranteed a T-shirt. All in-person participants also receive a jumbo organic cookie and drinks at the finish, the chance to win an award (overall or age category) and/or raffle prizes.


Are there awards?


First three overall male and female receive repurposed industrial chain “rattlesnakes” on stone bases.

Age category awards are repurposed bicycle chain “rattlesnakes” on wooden bases. No duplicate awards (winners receive EITHER overall OR age category). Age category awards given as follows:

  • Top two M/F 14 & under

  • Top two M/F 15-19

  • Top three M/F 20-29

  • Top four M/F 30-39

  • Top four M/F 40-49

  • Top four M/F 50-59

  • Top three M/F 60 and over


Is there race day registration?

Yes. However, we reserve the right to limit the number of participants. Current COVID restrictions in place as of race day will apply.


What is the course like?

The course is along the D&L Heritage Corridor Trail. It is open, flat, out-and-back, with an orange cone at the turn-around. The surface is crushed stone. The Lehigh River parallels the trail on one side, and an active railroad bed is on the other.


What safety precautions and amenities will there be?

Personnel from Lehighton Ambulance will be on-site throughout the race.


Race volunteers will be directing traffic as you arrive.


Any COVID restrictions in place on race day will be followed.


There will be one water stop near the turn-around point in the course, stocked with water in individual bottles or cups.


Race personnel will take all sanitary precautions in handling food and drinks. There is no running water available but there will be hand sanitizer.


This area of the park only offers “outhouse style” bathrooms, but park personnel keep them clean and well-stocked.


How is the race timed?

The in-person 2021 5K will be chip timed through Second Wind Timing.


When you register you will receive a bib with a chip in it. That chip activates when you cross the starting line and records your time when you cross the finish. This means 5K participants can start their race any time between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and still receive an accurate time. The fun walk is not timed.

Chip times are used to determine award winners, overall and in age categories. For this reason, bibs are NOT TRANSFERRABLE. Your bib is associated with YOU, and with your age and gender!

If you wish to transfer your race registration to someone else you MUST NOTIFY US BEFORE 8:00 AM ON RACE DAY!!


Can I bring my dog or my jogging stroller?

For the first time we are allowing dogs and strollers at both the 5K and fun walk. However, we need your cooperation.

If running with a dog or stroller, please yield to other participants at the starting line. Be aware of other participants to avoid trail congestion. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet and must be under your control at all times.

Since the course is just over six feet wide in spots, PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOG AT YOUR SIDE, especially as other participants pass. Retractable leashes are NOT PERMITTED.

If you cannot or will not keep your dog under control to avoid trail congestion, then you will be disqualified, and NO DOGS WILL BE PERMITTED NEXT YEAR.


We love dogs, love running with dogs, and want to give this a try. Please stay aware, cooperate, and don’t ruin this for everyone.


Where do race proceeds go?
The Rattlesnake Run is an annual fundraiser for Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

CCEEC provides hands-on nature-based programs for thousands of school students and other visitors each year.

It is also a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center, caring for injured and orphaned wild animals found by the public.

The center has an active facebook page and is on the web at www.carboneec.org


When is packet pick-up? What do you mean by "packet pick-up'?

Early packet pick up is available Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18, from 10am to 4pm at CCEEC, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, PA 18250.

You DON'T NEED to get your packet ahead of time but are welcome to if you wish. You may also register yourself or someone else at CCEEC on those days.

Your race packet contains your individual race bib and T-shirt. Picking it up before the race means you can arrive race morning with your bib already pinned to your shirt and WILL NOT need to check in at the registration table. It makes things easier for everyone.

Otherwise, get you bib and shirt race morning, at the starting line, any time after 7:00 am.


What's with the stars?

Star stickers on bibs are our way of showing appreciation for all those runners and walkers who've participated in the RSR for three or more consecutive years.

If you see a runner with a starred bib, know that they're a VIP!

What's a PR? What’s with the “PR Bell” at the finish line?

PR is runnerspeak for Personal Record. If you run your fastest 5K on Saturday, you could say you PR'ed.

Your first 5K is an automatic PR, since there would be no other faster time before it. Your first one mile fun walk is also cause for celebration, so we invite all runners and walkers who’ve earned it the chance to ring the PR Bell. (LOUD!!)


What are the course records?


Overall Male: Alex Price of Skytop, set in 2014 at 16:22
Overall Female: Marina Orrson of Shavertown, set in 2015 at 17:41

Age 14 & Under
Male-Michael Blacketter of Lehighton, 18:42 (2013)
Female-Lauren Flannery of Downingtown, 21:27 (2015)

Age 15-19
Male—Michael Blacketter of Lehighton, 18:26 (2014)
Female—Caitlin Liscinski of Albrightsville, 21:32 (2013)

Age 20-29

Male—Alex Price of Skytop, 16:22 (2014)
Female—Marina Orrson of Shavertown, 17:41 (2015)

Age 30-39
Male—John Martino of Dallas, 17:59 (2015)
Female—Stephanie Bender of Albrightsville, 19:57 (2013)

Age 40-49
Male—Robert Muscovitch of Jim Thorpe, 19:40 (2015)
Female—Michelle Rumley of Whitehall, 21:49 (2018)

Age 50-59
Male—Tony Korch, 20:46 (2019)
Female—Joan Morykin of Jim Thorpe, 25:40 (2014)

Age 60 & Up
Male—Lou Gunderman, 19:19 (2014)
Female—Joan Koch of Allentown, 27:16 (2014)


This is my first 5K. What else should I know?

Not much. Lace up, show up, run, turn around, run back. It’s easy! Take walk breaks if you need them and remember to ENJOY YOURSELF!

You can find more tips on what to expect at your first race on this website.


I heard there's a coloring contest.

Yes! Click this link to download a coloring sheet. Bring your finished work to the race for display, where runners and walkers will vote on the favorites. Prizes for winning sheets from children 12 and under. 

(Print the PDF on both sides, list name, age, and contact info on reverse. All ages invited, prizes for children only.)