Acre Breaker Adventure Race

This fall, you can run through a corn maze or run up a mountain. You can find races to run through an obstacle course or run a virtual race on your own schedule. You can slow it down to a walk or run a half-marathon, tackle a 50K or even run as a zombie. There are races where you can dress up for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and races to toast a beer, a glass of wine or a whoopie pie afterwards.

There are nearly 30 races in Lancaster County this fall for adults and kids. They're a workout and most of these races raise money and awareness for local and national charities.

Read on to learn more about fall races, runs and walks throughout (and close to) Lancaster County.

Hands-On House Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

When: Saturday, Sept. 29

Where: Hands-on House Children's Museum

Half-marathon, 10K and 5K races go through farmland, neighborhoods and a covered bridge. Benefits Hands-on House, Children’s Museum of Lancaster.


A Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run

When: Saturday, Sept. 29

Where: Columbia

Proceeds from this 5K run will go to Columbia Life Network to support programs for children in Lancaster County especially Columbia, Donegal and Hempfield school districts grieving the loss of a loved one. There’s also a kids fun run for children ages 12 and younger.


Run the Vineyards

When: Sunday, Oct. 7

Where: Nissley Vineyards, Bainbridge

This 5K race ends with a glass of wine or wine tasting.


Corn Pickin’ 5K with 1-Mile Fun Run and Kids Dash

When: Saturday, Oct. 13

Where: Oregon Dairy Corn Maze

This race goes through Landis Homes and Oregon Dairy’s Corn Maze. Benefits Landis Homes Retirement Community’s Caring Fund.


Save a Warrior 5K

When: Oct. 13

Where: Mountville Elementary School

The course is mostly flat and runs past Field of Screams. Benefits Save a Warrior, a group that provides “war detox” programs for veterans.


Fall Festival Freedom Run Walk 5K

When: Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: Octorara Intermediate School

This 5K run/walk, 1-mile fun run and fall festival benefits A21, a nonprofit rescuing individuals that are being trafficked.


Chicken Run 5K

When: Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: Long’s Park

This 5K run starts at Park City Center and ends in Long’s Park, the site of the Sertoma Chicken Barbecue, held in May. Benefits hearing health.


Lititz 5k for Life

When: Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: St. James Church, Lititz

Benefits A Woman’s Concern, Family of Restoration Ministries and North Star Initiative.


Jan’s Daisy Dash 5k Run/Walk

When: Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: Cocalico High School

Benefits Jan’s Circle of Friends, a nonprofit assisting children dealing with domestic violence and parental loss.


Viva La Mile Run Walk

When: Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: Woodcrest Villa

This one-mile run/walk benefits Benevolent Care at Mennonite Home Communities. There is also a 1-mile run/walk for children.


Blue Jay 5K

When: Sunday, Oct. 21

Where: Elizabethtown College

This 5K walk/run at the campus benefits the college’s cross country and track teams.


Makin’ Whoopie Challenge Virtual Race Series

When: Registration for this virtual race ends Thursday, Oct. 25.

Where: The race celebrates Blue Ball, Intercourse and Paradise but can be done anywhere.

Run or walk three 5Ks when and where you want.


Apoca-lititz 5K Run

When: Saturday, Oct. 27

Where: Appalachian Brewing Co., Lititz

Wear a costume to this 5K run and win a prize for scariest, funniest or best group costumes. After the race, check out the beer garden. Benefits Venture Lititz.


3rd Annual Acre Breaker Adventure Race

When: Saturday, October 27

Where: Next to Spooky Nook Sports

This 4-mile race has more than 20 obstacles in a rugged field. Benefits Lancaster County K-9 Unit.


Stoudts Brewing Distance Classic 12k

When: Saturday, Oct. 27

Where: Stoudts Brewery

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


Craig Heisey Memorial 5K and Victoria Heisey Kids Fun Run

When: Saturday, Nov. 3

Where: Donegal High School, Mount Joy

This 5K supports free after-school and summer programs for children and teens at REYS Youth Center. The run for kids is free.


5K, 10K and 15K From Hell

When: Saturday, Nov. 3

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

The course for these races includes 12% slopes.


MAG 5K Fall Flash

When: Saturday, Nov. 3

Where: Wrightsville Elementary School

This race from LCSWMA starts in Wrightsville and crosses the river into Columbia. Benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.


Semper Fi 5k Run/Walk

When: Saturday, Nov. 10

Where: Columbia High School

This 5K course is downhill and runs through the borough. There’s also a quarter mile Chesty’s Challenge Fun Race for children. Benefits veterans and military personnel in need.


Valley Trail Run

When: Saturday, Nov. 10

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. 10

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.


Pie Gobbler 5K and 10K

When: Saturday, Nov. 17

Where: Manheim Township High School

This pre-Thanksgiving 5K and 10K race is open to all ages. Wear a costume to be entered in the contest.


Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, Nov. 22

Where: Millersville

This Thanksgiving morning race benefits various local running organizations and The Loft, a local food bank.


The Great Turkey Hunt

When: Thursday, Nov. 22

Where: Elizabethtown

“Hunt” turkeys while you run a 5K.


Plowing Over Pumpkins Whoopie Pie 5K Run/Walk

When: Saturday, Nov. 24

Where: Cocalico Eagle Stadium, Denver

This flat course goes through residential neighborhoods and farmland. Enjoy a pumpkin whoopie pie after the race. Benefits Relay For Life.


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

When: Sunday, Nov. 25

Where: French Creek State Park, Elverson

Follow Thanksgiving with a 15K, 30K or 50K.


Manheim Santa Run

When: Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: Manheim

Hosted by Manheim Lions, dress like Santa for this 5K run/walk.


Jingle Bell Run

When: Sunday, Dec. 9

Where: Conestoga Valley High School

Put on a holiday costume for this 5K that raises money for the Arthritis Foundation.

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