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NEW NAME - We are super excited to announce that the former Hanover YMCA RunFest has a new name which celebrates and embraces our community roots, as a snack food capital!
MORE FUN - We have partnered with local craft breweries to bring you our inaugural Beer Bash on George (over 21 only)!
The Snack Town RunFest is a running extravaganza for all ages and all abilities in the quaint borough of Hanover, PA. We offer something for everyone:
· USATF certified, chip timed Half Marathon
· Chip timed 5K
· Kid’s Fun Run (ages 4-12 years)
In addition to a fun-filled day, or weekend getaway for the whole family, you will receive:
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Be sure to join us at the Beer Bash on George post race celebration! Runners over 21 can use their four sample tickets to taste brews from six Hanover craft breweries! We are also taking pre-orders for our 1st Annual Beer Bash on George T-Shirt for only $15!
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.
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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.
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The Kids Fun Run will take place on the YMCA property. Note: Kids Fun Run Pre-Stretch will begin at 8:15AM
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 Sep 1)
Online registrations will be accepted through October 1.
Resilience 5K: $25 Registration (Price increase to $30.00 Sep 1)
Online registrations will be accepted through October 2, race day prior to 7:30 AM.
Kids Fun Run: $10 Registration
Online registrations will be accepted through October 2, race day prior to 7:30 AM. On Site Registration will take place from 7:30AM to 8:15AM.
A printable registration form is located below.
Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.
Hanover Area 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
8:15 AM - Kids Fun Run Pre-Race Stretch
8:30 AM - Kids Fun Run
8:30 AM - Beer Bash on George (over 21 only)
11:30 PM - Race Course closes
12:00 PM-5:00 PM - Fall Festival
Awards (Don't miss our Prize Reveal in July!):
Half Marathon / 5K: Male and Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd place overall and age division finishers.
Two NEW senior age divisions added to each race!
Half Marathon Divisions: Male & Female (19 & under) (20-29) (30-39) (40-49) (50-59) (60-69) (70-70) (80 & over)
5K Divisions: Male & Female (14 & under) (15-19) (20-29) (30-39) (40-49) (50-59) (60-69) (70-70) (80 & over)
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.
Our Presenting Sponsor – Utz Quality Foods, LLC
Utz Factory Outlet Store open M-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM / Su 11AM-5PM
861 Carlisle St, Hanover, PA 17331
Our Presenting Sponsor – WellSpan Health
WellSpan Urgent Care open daily 8AM to 8PM
100 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 360, Hanover, PA 17331
Fall Festival - Hanover Area YMCA – Fun for the Whole Family immediately following the race!
October 2, 2021 12PM – 5PM 500 George Street, Hanover, PA 17331
Hanover Area YMCA – full service fitness center, gymnasium, TWO indoor pools, racquetball
Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center - Rita's Ice, go carts, laser tag, mini golf, arcade games
Main Street Hanover - Shop, dine, drink (craft brews!) stay
Discover Hanover - learn more about this South Central PA borough!
Destination Gettysburg - Experience History on the Road to Gettysburg!
photo courtesy of Dan Sell
The Markets at Hanover - Find your favorite ethnic eatery! Enjoy local shops!
Yesteryear Antique Center
Black Rose Antiques
Back Alley Axe - Can YOU throw an axe?
Break Down Rage Room - relieve your stress and go break things!
Escape Confusion - Escape room for the whole family!
Salt Room - Relax. Unwind. Breathe.
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:
-Not invite spectators to packet pickup, start line, and finish line
-Immediately leave finish area and not linger around race chute
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Located in South Central Pennsylvania’s Snack Food Capital – Hanover, PA!
Races, Beer Bash on George, and Post Race Fall Festival all take place on the expansive and beautiful property of the Hanover Area YMCA which has been serving the community for over 53 years!
Hanover Area YMCA
500 George Street
Hanover, PA US 17331
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