Half Marathon

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Experience the “joy of running in community” through the Farmlands of LancasterFB_FindUsOnFacebook-100 County in the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon and 5k.

UPDATE 8/5/17:  Only 40 slots left!  Join with the runners who have already registered, coming in from 35 states plus D.C., as well as Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Singapore!  REGISTER HERE and remember, all proceeds benefit the Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company that works to protect the farms and houses in the beautiful farmlands surrounding the town of Bird-in-Hand, PA.

2016 Run, Ride & Soar event video
   2015 Run, Ride & Soar event video.
   2014 Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon highlight video.
RaceMedalsRunner’s World  named our finisher’s medal one of “The coolest race medals.” Click here to see the article in the August 2014 Runner’s World.

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to see what Runner’s World says about this unique course and amazing Amish runners who call it their own.  It’s a course like nothing you’ve ever experienced! Weaving around the famous Amish farmlands of Lancaster County, this is a course that challenges your body and refreshes your soul. Dotting the route are water stations staffed by Amish families, eager to offer you refreshment. And Amish one-room schoolhouses serve as your rest stops.  Image by Trevor Dixon
      Our original race introduction video.
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A Course Like You’ve Never Experienced!

Half Marathon Course     |     Details     |     Registration     |     Schedule

Weaving around the famous Amish farmlands of Lancaster County, this is a course that challenges your body and refreshes your soul. Dotting the route are water stations staffed by local families, eager to offer you refreshment.  One-room schoolhouses serve as your rest stops!

Half Marathon Course

Start and Finish: On North Ronks Road, Bird-in-Hand, across from the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn.  Course limit 4 hours.


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  • Weaves around the beautiful Amish farmlands of Lancaster County
  • Run through the “Valley of No Wires,” a favorite training route for local Amish runners
  • Refresh at water stations staffed by Amish families
  • Visit rest stops at one-room schoolhouses
  • Follow “pace buggies” which lead off the races
  • Enjoy breath taking hot air balloon launches at race time
  • Carb up at Pre-Race Pasta Party featuring spaghetti and pizza on Friday night
  • Relax at a bonfire & free s’more party Friday night
  • Capture the coveted “Road Apple” award if you tackle the Garden Spot Village Marathon or half-marathon April 10 and the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon

Packet Pick-Up: Must pick up race packet, bib number, and timing chip on Friday before the races from 11 am-7 pm at the starting line tent, 2727 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand.

Parking: Please allow plenty of time to park and check-in. Provided there hasn’t been any rain for several days before the race weekend, there will be plenty of parking on a grass field across from the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn at 2727 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. If rain prevents use of that field, you will be directed to parking on paved lots.

Shirts: Tech shirts for all Half Marathon and 5k runners (in unisex & women’s sizes – NEW FOR 2017!); T-shirts for all Kid’s Fun Run runners. Shirts only guaranteed if pre-registered by August 4, 2017. After August 4, shirts will be first come, first serve.

Refunds/Deferrals/Bib Transfers:  No refunds. No entry deferrals. No bib transfers permitted.

Water Stations: On course at Mile 1.25, 3.5, 5.5, 7, 8.5 and 11, staffed by Amish families.

Rest Stops: On course at Mile 1, 3, 4.5, 8, 10 and 11.5 at Amish one-room schoolhouses.

Awards: Finisher’s medals for all Half Marathoners. Half Marathon and 5k trophies to overall male, female & adaptive racer; overall masters male, female & adaptive racer.  Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for both male and female in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.

Race directed by ACT Sports Management.act_sports