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Summer offers Lancaster runners many opportunities

Over 4,000 people participated in the YWCA Race Against Racism yesterday. The top four runners all finished within 15 minutes. The top local runner was Tim Getz, of Lancaster, with a time of 0:16:05, who finished eighth. May and June offer several more opportunities for Lancaster area runners.

May runs

Registration is now open for Shadey’s Rugged Run. The run will be held on Saturday, 3 May at Lancaster Bible College (LBC), 901 Eden Road. This is a 3.5 mile mud/obstacle course. Runners will race in waves through water, fire and walls, as well as mud. Early registration is $75 and closes on Wednesday, 16 April. The proceeds will benefit LBC’s Athletic Department and the Penn State Hershey Children’s Miracle Network.

The Lititz Christian School will hold its 5K Eagle Run & Carnival on Saturday, 3 May. The race will begin at the school, located at 501 West Lincoln Avenue in Lititz. The 5K will step off at 9 a.m.. followed by a spring carnival. The proceeds of the day will benefit the athletic programs at the school.

The Miles for Moms Race will be Saturday, 10 May at the Lancaster Catholic High School Stadium. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. Mom’s House is a great resource for single at-risk parents.

Friends of Angels will hold Kat’s 5K Family Run/Walk in Strasburg on Saturday, 10 May. It will benefit the Sweet Pea Project which provides support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the loss of a child. The event will begin, and end, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 West Main Street. Early registration is $25. To register with Pretzel City Sports, click here.

The Never Forget 5K will remember first responders on 10 May at the Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike. The 5K will stretch out through farmlands, beginning and ending at the Worship Center. The annual race recalls those who perished on 9-11. The 5K begins at 8:46 a.m., which is the time that Flight 11 hit the North Tower. The one mile walk will begin at 9:03 a.m., which is when the second plane, Flight 175, hit the South Tower that fateful morning. Registration is $28 for the 5K and $28 for the walk. The rates increase on 20 April. For more information, go to

The Run for Hope will be 10 May at the Smoketown Airport. The 5K will benefit Hope International. All racers will be provided with a free breakfast. Registration is $20 before 19 April. After that, the registration is $25. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. The race itself is scheduled to begin at 9:35 a.m. and will last one hour. Fore more information, go to

The 4th annual Deez Run will be Saturday, 10 May at the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. The farm, known for its corn maze, is located at 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks. The race is in memory of Danielle DeLarso, who lost her fight to cancer in 2011 during her senior year at Pequea Valley High School. The proceeds from the race go to a scholarship fund in her name. For more information, and to register, go to

The annual 5K River Run will be Saturday, 24 May. This walk steps off on the Wrightsville side of the River. Runners will cross over the Susquehanna River on the old Route 462 bridge to Columbia and back. The race steps off at 8:30 a.m. Timing will be by Pretzel City Sports.

The Manheim Rock-N-Glow 5K is scheduled for Saturday, 31 May. Last year was the first race and it had over 1,500 racers. The event is an evening event held on the Market Square downtown. The evening festivities begin at 6 p.m. with live music and entertainment. The race itself steps off at 9 p.m. Registration is $25 for those 15 and older. Younger runners are $15. For more information, go to

June runs

The Lancaster Red Rose Run will be Saturday, 7 June. The five mile run begins at 8 a.m. There will also be a wheelchair race at 7:55 a.m. and a kids run at 9:30 a.m. The kids run is a fun run designed for youth age 10 and under and is about a mile and a half. You may also register as a team with a minimum of three people. Register by 23 May to receive your official Red Rose Run t-shirt. Nearly 50 awards – medals and monetary – will be awarded for the top finishers.

The 3rd Annual Run Ride Walk in Paradise will be held on 14 June. The 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Registration is $25.

CASA of Lancaster County will hold its annual Hero 5K in Landisville on 21 June. The race will be held at the Hempfield High School Stadium, Mumma Drive. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the race steps off at 8:30 a.m. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and provides court appointed volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.

It’s not too early to register!

The Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon is scheduled for Friday, 5 September and Saturday, 6 September. The half marathon has a limit of 1600 runners and sold out last year! Friday night there will a Kids’ Fun Run and a 5K and a pasta dinner. Saturday the half marathon steps off at 7:30 a.m. On Saturday there will also be a Hot Air Balloon race. The proceeds of the events go to the Bird-in-Hand Fire Company. For more information, and to register, go to

The Hands on House Half Marathon will be held Saturday, 27 September. Sign up now for the 11th annual race. You may choose either the 5K, 10K or a USATF certified half marathon. The runs will begin and end at the Hands on House, 721 Landis Valley Road, in Manheim Township. Registration closes the day prior to the race and ranges from $25 to $50.


This article concentrates on Lancaster and Lancaster County runs. For information on other runs, visit Pretzel City Sports.


Lancaster City is located in South Central Pennsylvania. Home to over 60,000 people, it is the County Seat. Not all the above runs are held in the City proper.

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