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
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/540239733351626/.

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.


Friday, Oct 1:

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Drive Through Pickup at 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

Check our website for details.

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.


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.


This 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.

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.

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

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
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)


AWARDS: (All Half Marathon runners will receive a finisher medal)

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

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

Hanover Area YMCA- 500 George Street Hanover, PA 17331

Friday, October 1, 2021 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Drive-Through Pickup at Back of Building (we strong encourage pick-up at this time)
Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 6:30 AM - 7:15 AM Walk Up Pickup


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.

We will continue to hold a Virtual Half Marathon Option in addition to our Live race for those who do not wish to participate in our Live race.
  • 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).
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