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Jenny Bender runs past snow covered trees during the 8th Annual Garden Spot Village Marathon in New Holland.

Need some running motivation this winter?

There are still races and walks outdoors this winter throughout Lancaster County. Some are in-person. Some are virtual. Because of changing rules to limit the spread of COVID-19, some are still being planned.

If you know of more winter races in the Lancaster County region, share the details in the comments.

Lancaster Junction Trail 5K and 10K and relay

When: Saturday, Dec. 19 (now postponed because of the snow. Organizers have submitted new dates in January and are waiting for approvals.) 

Were: Lancaster Junction Trail, Manheim

Run the lap course solo or with a friend in a relay.


Freedom Memorial Park 5K, 10K and Relay

When: Saturday, Dec. 26

Where: Freedom Memorial Park, Millersville

This race is part of a monthly series from US Road Running Race Club.


Polar Bear 5K Trail Run and Hike (virtual)

When: Jan. 15-25

Details: This is a fundraiser for Lancaster Sierra Club to fund grants in the region. Runners will receive Sierra Club Polar Bear masks this year instead of race shirts. Racers/hikers are encouraged to bring their pets and post pictures to Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #PB5K21.


Frozen Foot 5K and Idiot’s Option 10K

When: Sunday, Jan. 17

Where: Elizabethtown College

This series of three monthly winter races is for all ages. Organizers are still planning the series.


Frozen Foot 5K and 10K

When: Sunday, Feb. 21

Where: Elizabethtown College

This series of three monthly winter races is for all ages. Organizers are still planning the series.


Welsh Mountain 15K and 30K trail/run/hike

When: Saturday, Feb. 21

Where: Welsh Mountain Park, New Holland

The course combines trails, grass and roads. A portion of proceeds will benefit the park. Runners must be at least 21 years old.


Pain in the Butt 5K, 10K and Half Marathon for Colon Cancer Awareness (virtual)

When: Log miles during March

After a year break, this Ephrata race is back, virtual and has a half marathon option. The event raises money for the Lucas Malmer Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Run4Luck

When: Saturday, March 16

Where: Lancaster Country Day School

The fundraiser from the Junior League of Lancaster has a four-mile run, a two-mile walk and a kids fun run. St. Patrick's Day costumes are appreciated.


13- and 26-mile Trail Run

When: Saturday, March 20

Where: Safe Harbor Park

The course of this run has wide and narrow paths trails, stone and dirt roads and some elevation changes.


Frozen Foot 5K and 10K

When: Sunday, March 21

Where: Elizabethtown College

This series of three monthly winter races is for all ages. Organizers are still planning the series.


Garden Spot Village Half Marathon, 10K and Kids Run

When: Saturday, March 27

Where: Garden Spot Village

This race has a half marathon and a 10K option plus a kids run. This year, there is a virtual option to run March 19-27. The race benefits the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. Run this race along with the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon and you’ll be given a plaque with petrified road apples.

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