Half Marathon

8/16/16 SPECIAL NOTICE: The 2016 Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon registration RE-OPENS AT 12:00 NOON eastern today to fill the last 100 slots! First come, first serve. Here’s the link to register.  At noon, a new option will appear on Active.com, labeled “Half Marathon 2nd Chance”. If you are on the site before noon, you may need to refresh your browser for it to appear (all depends on your settings and security.)

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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.

Reminder – Monday, August 15, 2016 is the last day for roster changes.  If you need to request a deferral, or if you are transferring your bib to another runner, we need to hear from you in writing by the end of day Monday.  Emails only please, no phone calls or FB posts.  Contact info@bihhalf.com

The 2016 Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon is officially SOLD OUT.   If we have openings due to injury withdrawals, we will re-open registration for a limited time to refill those slots.  This limited re-opening of registration will occur on August 16th, and will last only until all spaces are filled.  REGISTER NOW for the 5k,  Kids Fun Run, and Pizza/Pasta Dinner here.

Thank You, Sponsors!

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   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.
wgallogo-1343410500   For another story about our local friends and the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon click here.


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.


To get an overview of the Half Marathon course, click here.

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A Unique Running Experience!

  • 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
  • Receive assistance, if needed, from “sag buggies” on course
  • Enjoy breath taking hot air balloon launches at race time
  • Carb up at Pre-race Pasta Party featuring spaghetti and Amish Pizza 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, September 9 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; T-shirts for all Kid’s Fun Run runners. Shirts guaranteed if pre-registered by August 20. After August 20, shirts will be first come, first serve.

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 and female, overall masters male and female, plus 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+.