Gingerbread Man Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk/Ruck at Idlewild

Mon May 25, 2020 Ligonier, PA 15658 US Directions
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2574 U.S. 30
Idlewild Park and Soak Zone
Ligonier, PA US 15658

UPDATE: The 2020 Gingerbread Man Memorial Day Race at Idlewild is officially canceled. For the safety of our runners, volunteers, and staff, we feel it's best to cancel the race this year. We hope you'll consider making a donation to the Jamie Cordial Hall Foundation as they were this year's charity recipient. 


Bring the family and join us for the 23rd annual Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk/Ruck at Idlewild, presented by Gingerbread Man Running Company! We are excited to announce that the Jamie Cordial Hall Foundation is going to be our race charity again this year! A portion of the proceeds of this race will go to the JCH Foundation, which provides assistance to children and others in need in the community. Visit to learn more! 

The "Race for Jamie" is a scenic 5K race takes you through the historic Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA. This course is stroller friendly.  There is also "Chloe's Run", a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run and "Cody's Dash", a toddler 100 Meter Dash! We offer races for the whole family!

NEW for 2020, we will be introducing a Rucking division.  This is an offical race. Learn more about it at All participants will receive a GORUCK patch and the top 3 male and female participants will get an award!

The requirements: Wear a Ruck/backpack with the standard weight-10# for participants 150 lbs. and under, and 20# for those over 150 lbs.  Your ruck will be weighed at the beginning of the race. No participants will be weighed, weight requirements are on the honor system. Most females carry 10# and most males carry 20#.  Weighted vests are NOT permitted. You must wear a backpack with the weight on your back at all times during the race. 


Race day registration and packet pick up will be 7:00 AM-8:00 AM. The kids's races begin at 8 AM. The 5K will start promptly at 8:45.

Race cost is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the kids races. The Toddler Dash is for ages 0-3, the one mile kids run is for children 12 and under. The 5K Run, Walk or Ruck is for all ages. 

5k price increases May 17th to $30.  Same day registration is $33 for the 5k, $15 for the 1 mile, and $10 for the toddler dash.  Register by May 14th to be guaranteed a shirt. Race day registrations will be accepted however we cannot guarantee a t-shirt. Children in strollers are free to ride in the 5K with a paid adult registration.

Additional adult sized t-shirts are available for pre-order purchase for $10. Idlewild park admission is NOT included in race registration, however discounted park tickets may be purchased in advance online or on race day for $23.00 each.  Tickets are good any operating day in May, the weekend of June 1 & 2 and operating WEEKDAYS through July 31, 2020. Season passholders may use their passes on race day.

No Refunds or Exchanges. Race date may be moved due to inclement weather. 

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