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Hanover YMCA RunFest 2020

Saturday October 3rd, 2020

Hanover, PA

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The Hanover YMCA RunFest 2020 includes 2 running options: USATF certified, chip timed Half Marathon, a chip timed 5K.  All proceeds benefit YMCA STRONG Covid Relief Campaign.

RunFest Schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 3:
6:30 AM - 7:15 AM - Packet Pick Up (NOTE - we will not be accepting 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

11:30 PM - Race Course closes

Check our website for details.

All proceeds support YMCA STRONG Covid Relief Campaign
Because our LiveStrong Cancer Survivor Program participants are at high risk for the coronavirus at this time, the Hanover Y has suspended that program for the remainder of the year. This year, RunFest 2020 will benefit the YMCA STRONG Covid Relief Campaign. After a three month required closure, the Hanover Area YMCA has worked diligently to determine the best course of action so that we can continue providing the programs and services that contribute to the health and wellness of the community. We can't do this alone; and we invite you to partner with us by participating on October 3rd!

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.


  • 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

Male & Female (14 & under) (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.

Hanover Area YMCA- 500 George Street Hanover, PA 17331

Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday, October 2, 2020 from 4:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 6:30 AM - 7:15 AM.

Injured runners may defer their race registration to the 2021 race provided the Race Director is notified by October 1, 2020.  Race registrations may not be transferred to another individual.


We have added 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 26 and October 3, 2020, 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 3, 2020.

  • 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 Aug 31) in the mail (or can pick up at the Y).

Race Distances

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Perseverance Half Marathon Click to Find Out Register »
Resilance 5K Click to Find Out Register »
Kids 1 Mile Fun Run Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

500 North George Street, Hanover, PA

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