Running is a great way to get and stay fit. Regular exercise can help control diabetes but it can be intimidating. Beginners should start slow. Do not just throw on some sneakers and expect to run a 5K in record time. Instead build up to it by taking 10 minute walks each day. Then change over to running 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also important to warm up and cool down.
Join Penn State Hershey Medical Center on Saturday, 20 April for the 9th Annul Dash for Diabetes. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Registration is just $20 before 5 April. After then it is $25 per runner. Park and register at the University Fitness Center. For more information, visit http://www.psfmig.org/. The registration form and the course map are online (scroll down in center of the page). The proceeds will go to help raise awareness and support for the Diabetes Institute at Penn State Hershey.
Run on a golf course at the Signs of Spring 5K. The 23 March race will take place at the Honey Brook Golf Club, 1422 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook. Registration is $30 for adults. Youth and children receive a discounted rate. The race benefits local cancer patients. For more information, visit http://oneruntogether.org.
The Lancaster Road Runners Club (LRRC) holds regularly scheduled runs on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Every Sunday LRRC members meet at Long’s Park for a run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday’s run is the Winter Run in Long’s Park at 6:30 p.m. This is the last week for the Winter Run schedule. Tuesday and Thursday runs will vary in location.
In addition, the following runs are scheduled for the Lancaster area:
Lancaster runners can Brave the Race on 6 April at the Octorara High School. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The 10K begins at 8 a.m. The one mile fun run begins at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K begins one hour later. Brave runners may run both the 5k and the 10K for just one entry fee. The race benefits the Octorara Cross Country, Track & Field Boosters. Octorara sits off Route 41 and Highland Road. Registration is open until 4 April 2013. For more information, visit http://bravetherace.weebly.com/index.html.
Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Garden Spot Village Marathon. The marathon will be 6 April. Enjoy the scenic countryside through Amish farmland and the Welsh Mountains. The race is USATF Certified. The proceeds of the race benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. For more information, visit http://www.gardenspotvillagemarathon.org/index.php.
On Sunday, 7 April, the HEA Scholarship Race for Education will benefit the Hempfield School District. This afternoon 5K will be held at Mumma Drive, Landisville as the course winds through the town and the high school campus. Pre-registration closes 27 March.
The 13 April Run for Hope in Millersville benefits the ARPKD/CHF Alliance. Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD) and Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis (CHF) are rare genetic diseases. Registration is $25 for adults and $13 for children under 14. Student registration is $15, with ID presented the day of the race. It closes 11 April. For more information on the Alliance, visit http://www.arpkdchf.org. You can register for the run through Active.com.
The 21st Annual Sauder’s Egg Run & Walk will be held Saturday, 13 April. The event will take place at the Lititz Fire Company on W. Main Street. Register before 5 April to receive a t-shirt and a discounted price.
April is Autism Awareness Month. The Edge of Autism 5K Run, 1k Walk, and Festival Event will be held Saturday, 13 April at the Schreiber Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Lancaster. The event will include a 5K run, a walk and a festival with games and crafts and face painting. Proceeds will benefit the Tommy Foundation and Lancaster County Autism Mommies. For more information, visit http://www.edgeofautism.com/.
The New Holland Rec Center offers some training tips, including a 12 week training schedule for “couch to 5K” runners. The New Holland Farmers 5K is slated for Saturday, 20 April. For more information, visit www.newhollandrec.com.
Registration is now open for Shadey’s Rugged Run. The Run is 3.5 mile muddy obstacle course slated for Saturday, 27 April at the Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd. The registration fee is $65 if you register by 15 February. Between 15 February and 15 March the registration fee is $72. From 15 March through 12 April, the fee is $80. Registration closes on Friday, 12 April. The Run benefits both the Lancaster Bible College Athletic Department and Penn State Hershey Children’s Miracle Network. For more information, visit http://www.shadeysruggedrun.com.
Registration for the 14th Annual Amos Herr 5K Honey Run, slated for Sunday, 25 August, is now open. The Run benefits restoration projects at the 1852 Herr Family Homestead in Landisville and Hempfield Area Recreation Commission scholarships. For more information, visit http://www.active.com/running/landisville-pa/amos-herr-5k-2013.
The Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon is slated for Friday, 6 September to Saturday, 7 September. Over 2000 runners are expected to participate in the event, which will be at the Smucker Homestead at 2727 Old Philadelphia Pike in Bird-in-Hand. Registration closes on Tuesday, 3 September. The race hosts many activities in conjunction with the run and benefits the Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company. For more information, visit www.bihhalf.com.
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