Turkey Trot

Emily Bogner shows off her Turkey costume at the Millersville 5K Turkey Trot in 2015. The race is one you can find this fall in the region.

Santas won’t run through Manheim this fall. Pirates won’t run through Mount Hope either and there won’t be a race over Veterans Memorial Bridge.

COVID-19 and rules limiting large public gatherings have canceled or postponed many races and walks in Lancaster County. In the fall, there are a dozen virtual races plus more than 20 in-person races.

There are runs for kids. There’s a triathlon. You can run through a corn maze, in a vineyard, up a mountain or away from zombies.

Because of the coronavirus, many organizers are limiting the number of runners who can register to keep crowds small.

If training for a race motivates you, here are runs and walks to find throughout the fall in the region.

If you know of more races, share the details in the comments or email enegley@lnpnews.com.

Bird-in-Hand 5K and Half Marathon (virtual)

When: Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12

Where: Across from Bird-in-Hand Family Inn

This event is now virtual.

Lancaster Heart Walk (virtual)

When: Sunday, Sept. 12

This virtual walk supports American Heart Association.

Outdoor Adventure Challenge Virtual 5K

When: Sept. 12-19

This race raises money for Diakon Youth Services, which offers programs for at-risk youth in three sites in Pennsylvania, including Lancaster.

Pretzel Twist 5K and Kids Mile Marathon

When: Saturday, Sept. 19

Where: Lititz

In the kids mile marathon, children can complete 25 miles at their own pace and run the final 1 mile at this race. Proceeds benefit Lititz RecCenter.

Red Rose Run (virtual)

When: Saturday, Sept. 19-Tuesday, Sept. 22

This race is now virtual. Proceeds benefit Lancaster Central Market.

Walk of Love Cross Country 5K and Fun Walk (virtual option)

When: Saturday, Sept. 19

Where: Ironstone Ranch, Elizabethtown

This 5K through Stone Gables Estate has new social distancing rules. There’s also a virtual fun walk option. Benefits Brittany’s Hope, which helps orphaned children.

5K Run/Walk for Recovery (virtual)

When: Complete your 5K by Saturday, Sept. 19.

Benefits Recovery Day Lancaster, a celebration to normalize addiction recovery.

Clinic for Special Children Virtual 5K

When: Saturday, Sept. 19-Saturday, Sept. 26

Run a 5K on your own route to support the Clinic for Special Children.

Tri for Life

When: Sunday, Sept. 20

Where: Hempfield RecCenter

Adults can swim 300 meters indoors, bike a 16-mile course with rolling hills and run a 3-mile flat course in this first triathlon of the season. There’s also a shorter, non-timed kids triathlon for ages 7 through 12. Benefits the Everyone Belongs campaign, which provides wellness opportunities for those in need.

Freedom Memorial Park 5K, 10K and Relay

When: Saturday, Sept. 26

Where: Freedom Memorial Park, Millersville

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

Friendship Community 5K Run/Walk

When: Saturday, Sept. 26, (originally Saturday, May 9)

Where: Friendship Community Main Campus, 1149 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

This 5K run/walk is Saturday morning, along with a breakfast, plant sale and activities for kids. Benefits Friendship Community, a ministry cultivating capabilities of people with intellectual disability and autism.

Conestoga Trail Run

When: Sunday, Sept. 27

Where: On the Conestoga Trail

This race from the Lancaster Road Runners Club is for experienced trail runners.

Healthy Kids Running Series

When: Sunday, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 19 and 25

Where: Elizabethtown Fairgrounds 

Kids from pre-kindergarden to eighth grade can run a 1-mile, ½-mile or ¼-mile race or a 50-yard dash.

Run the Vineyards 5K

When: Sunday, Sept. 27

Where: Nissley Vineyards, Bainbridge

Run (or walk) through the vineyards and enjoy a glass of wine and lawn games after the race is over.

Fall Blast 5K run/walk (virtual option)

When: Saturday, Oct. 3

This race from Hartz Physical Therapy benefiting local charities will be on the Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail and surrounding streets. There is also a virtual option.

Stride and Ride Relay, Pennsylvania

When: Thursday, Oct. 8

Where: Christiana through Annville

This relay stretches from Boston’s Logan airport to Washington, D.C. as a way to honor, remember and educate about the importance of Oct. 7, the beginning of military operations in Afghanistan. The section in Lancaster County has stages for cyclists, runners, walkers and  motorcyclists.

Corn Pickin’ 5K

When: Saturday, Oct. 10

Where: Oregon Dairy Corn Maze, 1289 Creek Road

This race goes through Landis Homes and Oregon Dairy’s Corn Maze. Benefits Landis Homes Retirement Community’s Benevolent Fund. There’s also a kids’ dash for kids 12 and younger.

Adamstown YMCA Family 5K

When: Saturday, Oct. 10

Where: This race starts at the grove in Adamstown and goes to Good’s Potato Chips. Proceeds benefit Adamstown YMCA.

Freedom Memorial Park 5K, 10K and Relay

When: Saturday, Oct. 10

Where: Freedom Memorial Park, Millersville

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

Tanger FIT Virtual 5K

When: Oct. 11-18

Tanger Outlets will share race tips plus contests and giveaways leading up to this virtual race, which benefits Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

Lancaster Junction Trail 5K and 10K and relay

When: Saturday, Oct. 17

Were: Lancaster Junction Trail, Manheim

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

Lititz 5k for Life (virtual)

When: Saturday, Oct. 17

Benefits A Woman’s Concern, House of His Creation and North Star Initiative.

Freedom 5K (virtual)

When: Saturday, Oct. 17

This virtual 5K benefits A21 Campaign to reach, rescue and restore victims of human trafficking. Host Freedom Life Church has a location in Christiana.

CROP Walk (virtual)

When: Week of Sunday, Oct.c 18

This walk raises money for Lancaster County Food Hub and Church World Service.

Stoudts Brewing Distance Classic 12k

When: Saturday, Oct. 24

Where: Stoudts Brewery

Run this challenging course around Adamstown and at the finishing line get a fresh loaf of bread from the Wonderful Good Market and a free beer.


Great Pupkin Virtual 5K

When: Saturday, Oct. 31

Where: Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail (or log the miles virtually between now and Oct. 31)

This walk/run replaces the 5K originally planned in June. The new 5K will have stagged start times and benefits UDS Service Dogs. Pets and costumes are encouraged.



Jan’s Daisy Dash 5k Run/Walk

When: Saturday, Oct. 31

Where: Cocalico High School

This race, on a stroller- and wheelchair-accessible course, benefits Jan’s Circle of Friends, a nonprofit assisting children dealing with domestic violence and parental loss.

Who’s Your Hero Solid Rock 5K

When: Saturday, Oct. 31

Where: Enola Low Grade Trail, Quarryville. There is a virtual option.

Dress up as your favorite hero for this race, which benefits Solid Rock Youth Ministries.

Brighter Futures 5K Virtual Run/Walk

When: Friday, Nov. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 15

Benefits Kids' Chance of PA, which provides scholarships for children of parents who were killed or seriously injured in a work-related accident. 

5K, 10K and 15K From Hell

When: Saturday, Nov. 7

Where: Starting line is near Red Hill and Wanner Road in Narvon.

The course for these races includes a 12-percent slope.

Valley Trail Run

When: Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: Starts near Yoder’s Country Market, New Holland

This 14-mile race through farmland will be on grass and dirt roads.

Zombie Fun Run

When: Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: Field of Screams, Mountville

Run from zombies through mud, over obstacles on a 5K course in the day or at night or sign up to be a zombie. Proceeds benefit Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

The Great Turkey Hunt (virtual)

When: Run or walk from Nov. 21-Nov. 28

Where: Elizabethtown

Benefits Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services.

Forest Quarry 15K/30K Trail Run and Hike

When: Saturday, Nov. 21

Where: Starts at Money Rocks County Park, Narvon.

This run/hike has a few narrow stream crossings and plenty of elevation change.

Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, Nov. 26

Where:  Millersville University

This Thanksgiving morning race benefits Millersville-area running groups. There’s also a 1K children’s fun run.

Freedom Memorial Park 5K, 10K and Relay

When: Saturday, Nov. 28

Where: Freedom Memorial Park, Millersville

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

Ugly Sweater XC 5K (virtual)

When: Saturday, Dec. 5

Wear your best ugly sweater outfit in this virtual race that supports Manheim Township Cross Country Booster Club.

Dirty Bird 15K, 30K and 50K Trail Runs

When: Sunday, Dec. 6

Where: French Creek State Park, Elverson

Follow Thanksgiving with a 15K, 30K or 50K. The race is more than a week after the holiday because the trail cuts through areas where hunting is allowed and some runners wear antlers.

Lancaster Junction Trail 5K and 10K and relay

When: Saturday, Dec. 19

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.

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