This September, a new Happy Valley tradition will begin.

The inaugural Mt. Nittany Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, September 1 at 8 a.m. The 26.2 mile course consists of all local roadways and bike paths. (The event will be held rain or shine).

Proceeds from the race will go towards the continued conservation and upkeep efforts to help preserve the mountain and its trails.

The marathon will also serve as a last-chance qualifier for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

To register for the marathon, click here. The registration deadline is August 16.

The night before the race, you can load up on carbs at America’s Longest Pasta Party. It will be held on Calder Way and stretch from McCallister Street to Pugh Street in downtown State College.

The cost for the pasta party is $5 for runners and $10 for non-runners.

Reserve your hotel with Lion Country Lodging for this milestone weekend in Happy Valley. Click here to see our hotel reservation page.

Below are a few of our hotels which are featuring special rates.

Days Inn Penn State – 240 South Pugh Street, State College, PA 16801
(814) 238-8454 ($84.00 for marathon guests)

Hilton Garden Inn – 1221 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
(814) 272-1221 ($85.00)

Super 8 – 1663 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
(814) 237-8005 ($70+tax)