Hanover YMCA RunFest 2021

October 2, 2021 Hanover, PA 17331 US Directions

Perseverance Half Marathon

$70 10/02 8:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT Price increases after August 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Resilience 5K

$25 10/02 8:15AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT Price increases after August 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

5K + 12-Week Training Program (includes registration for the 5K race)

$65 07/13 - 10/02 6:00PM EDT - 11:30AM EDT Price increases after May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual Perseverance Half Marathon

$70 Registration ends October 2, 2021 at 8:00am EDT
North Hanover YMCA
500 George Street
Hanover, PA US 17331


The Hanover YMCA RunFest 2021 includes 3 running options: USATF certified, chip timed Half Marathon, a chip timed 5K, and a kids' one-mile fun run.  All proceeds benefit the LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA cancer survivor program.

What do I get with my registration?


-Half Marathon Participants will receive a long sleeve shirt - must register by SEPTEMBER 16

-5K Participants will receive a short sleeve shirt - must register by SEPTEMBER 16

-Custom Finisher Medals for all Half Marathon participants

-Quality event put on by the North Hanover YMCA

-Fun family experience

Live Race Course


Half Marathon Course: The 13.1 mile, Half Marathon course, is a winding loop through Hanover, Pennsylvania. Beginning at the Hanover Y, runners will pass beautiful farmland and scenic views in the Hershey Heights area. With only one significant hill, the race’s total elevation gain is approximately 550 feet. Runners will enjoy a long downhill and cross over into the industrial park ultimately leading them to Hanover’s newly renovated rail trail. The end of the course loops through tree lined streets and ends back at the YMCA. Click here for map: HALF MARATHON MAP


5K Course: The 3.1 mile, 5K course, is a paved loop that is relatively flat and fast. Runners will follow tree-lined streets and and also pass through the Hanover High School campus. Click here for map: 5K MAP


The Kids Fun Run will take place on the YMCA property.


Start/Finish: All races begin and end at the North Hanover Area YMCA, 500 George St., Hanover, PA.  The race route will close at 11:30 AM. Changing rooms and showers are available in the Y. Precautions will be taken to ensure proper CDC, State and Local agency COVID protocol. Wave format may be established for both the Half Marathon and 5K to ensure proper social distancing. Details will be communicated when we get closer to the event and have real-time restrictions to guide our COVID Mitigation plan. 


Timing: This event will be professionally chip timed by Racine Timing using disposable bib tags on the back of the race bibs. Bibs must be worn on the front of your shirt and be visible at all times.



Perseverance Half:  $70 Registration (Price increase to $80.00 on Aug 1, $90 on Sep 1)

Online registration will close on September 28 at midnight. Onsite registrations will be accepted at any Hanover YMCA location from September 29 - October 1, pending space availability.


Resilience 5K: $25 Registration (Price increase to $30.00 Sep 1)

Online registration will close on September 28 at midnight. Onsite registrations will be accepted at any Hanover YMCA location from September 29 - October 2, race day prior to 7:30 AM.


Kids Fun Run: $10 Registration

Live Race Details


Race Site:

North Hanover YMCA
500 George Street
Hanover, PA US 17331



Friday, Oct 1:

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Drive Through Packet Pickup at Hanover Area YMCA (500 George Street Hanover, PA 17331) Back of Building (we strongly encourage pick-up at this time)


Saturday, Oct. 2:

6:30 AM - 7:15 AM - Packet Pick Up (NOTE - No Half Marathon race day sign ups)

7:45 AM - Opening Remarks and National Anthem

8:00 AM - Perseverance Half Marathon

8:15 AM - Resilience 5K

8:30 AM - Kids Fun Run

11:30 PM - Race Course closes



Half Marathon / 5K:  Male and Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd place overall and age division finishers.

Half Marathon Divisions: Male & Female (19 & under) (20-29) (30-39) (40-49) (50-59) (60 & over)
5K Divisions: Male & Female (14 & under) (15-19) (20-29) (30-39) (40-49) (50-59) (60 & over)

Virtual Option


We are excited to offer a Virtual Half Marathon Option in addition to our Live race!


Virtual Process:

-You can pick your day and your course!
-Between September 25 and October 2, 2021, record a single run of 13.1 miles on your phone, watch, or app to track your run.
-Go to RunSignup and submit your picture of your tracking device confirming your distance and time.
-Submission must be uploaded by 11:30am on October 2, 2021.
-Already signed up for the Live race? You can transfer to the virtual in RunSignup.
-You will receive a medal and T-Shirt (MUST sign up by Sep 16) in the mail (or can pick up at the Y).

All proceeds support LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA Cancer Survivor Program


LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA , a FREE 12 week, research-based program, supports cancer survivors in regaining their physical, emotional and spiritual strength and is conducted in a small group environment that includes individualized attention for each participant. Adult survivors are eligible to join the program after completion of treatment.  LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA also serves and embraces the families and caregivers that have been affected by the disease by providing a free family membership throughout the course of the program.



Injured runners may defer their race registration to the 2022 race provided the Race Director is notified by September 30, 2021.  Race registrations may not be transferred to another individual.



In the event that COVID-19 is still prevalent, we will keep the same plan as 2020. Based on the situation in our world, the following plan may and will most likely change.
-All non-runners will be required to wear masks (includes spectators/volunteers/YMCA staff).
-Runners are required to wear masks upon arrival and until actively running in the race. We recommend bringing a disposable mask and tossing it at start.
-To better distance the start, runners will be put in start corrals based on their estimated finish time.
-Spectators will be strongly encouraged to watch from the course.
-YMCA restrooms will be for runners only.
-There will be no awards ceremony with awards available for pick up at 1pm (maybe earlier)

Runners agree to:
-Socially distance
-Not invite spectators to packet pickup, start line, and finish line
-Immediately leave finish area and not linger around race chute

Race Contact Info

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Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.hanoverymca.org/hanoverrunfest.


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