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Here are more than three dozen races, runs and walks throughout Lancaster County this summer.

This summer, you can run through bursts of color or run with your dog. You can find races to run on a trail, on the runway or even on the Susquehanna River. You can slow it down to a walk or run a half-marathon, tackle a triathlon or even join a 200-mile overnight relay race. There are races where you can dress like a viking and races to wear pajamas.

There are more than three dozen races in Lancaster County this summer for adults and kids. Most of these races raise money and awareness for local and national charities.

Read on to learn more about summer races, runs and walks throughout Lancaster County.


Table of contents

    • JUNE RACES
    • JULY RACES
    • AUGUST RACES
    • SEPTEMBER RACES

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


JUNE RACES

Run for Peace 5K

When: Saturday, June 9

Where: Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren

This event is a run-walk 5K with a kids fun run. The awards are fair trade and there’s also sneaker recycling. Benefits Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center.


Running on the Rails

When: Saturday, June 9

Where: Ephrata Linear Trail

This 5K and 10K benefits Ephrata Public Library.


Summer 5K Series

When: Wednesday night, June 13.

Where: Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College Cross Country leads this 5K series around the college campus.


Ragnar Pennsylvania

When: Friday, June 15 to Saturday, June 16

Where: Starts at Stauffer Park, Lancaster

This race is a “200-ish”-mile overnight relay race that starts in Lancaster, goes through Jim Thorpe and ends in the Poconos.


Cause For Paws 5K Run/Walk/Wheelchair Roll

When: Saturday, June 16

Where: HACC Lancaster

This race is at HACC Lancaster, with a course that’s wheelchair-friendly. Dogs with up-to-date shots are also welcome. Benefits the UDS Service Dogs.


Together Run Ride Walk

When: Saturday, June 16

Where: Intercourse Community Park

Formerly the Run, Ride, Walk, Scoot at Intercourse Community Days, the Together Run Ride Walk has a 5K walk/run, a kids fun run and two bike rides. Benefits children in Pequea Valley School District.


Father’s Day 5K

When: Saturday, June 16

Where: Lancaster Junction Trail

Hosted by Spooky Nook Sports, this 5K and fun run is for families and runners of all ages. Benefits the Schreiber Pediatric.


Smith’s Challenge Trail Run

When: Sunday, June 17

Where: Lancaster County Central Park

The men's course is seven miles and the women's course is five miles. The courses include trails, roads, covered bridges, river beds and grass.


Adventure Race

When: Saturday, June 23

Where: Clipper Magazine Stadium

Teams will take six different routes through the city. At each stop, there’s a physical or mental challenge. All ages are welcome. Proceeds go to a participating nonprofit chosen by the winning team.


Wheels and Wings Festival and 5K

When: Saturday, June 23

Where: Lancaster Airport

5K race, car show, fly-ins from planes and helicopter rides. Benefits Rotary Club of Lancaster’s Summer Youth Experience, which keeps city youth engaged during the summer.


Summer 5K Series

When: Wednesday night, June 27

Where: Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College Cross Country leads this 5K series around the college campus.


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JULY RACES

Firecracker 5-Mile Run and 1-Mile Kids Fun Run

When: Wednesday, July 4

Where: Thomas Grater Community Park, Ephrata

Ephrata War Memorial Association and the Ephrata Recreation Center host the 41st annual Firecracker 5-Mile Run. The kids 1-mile race is free.


Freshburst 5-Mile Run and 5K Walk

When: Saturday, July 7

Where: Johnson & Johnson Plant, Lititz


Summer 5K Series

When: Wednesday night, July 11

Where: Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College Cross Country leads this 5K series around the college campus.


Lititz Pajama 5K Run/Walk

When: Saturday, July 14

Where: Lititz/Warwick Trailway

Wear your favorite pajamas in this race that benefits the Conner M. Holland Foundation. There’s also a kids’ fun run. New pajamas are also being collected to be donated to children in oncology units at local hospitals.


Shoe-Fly 5 Mile

When: Saturday, July 21

Where: Terre Hill

This five-mile course runs through the farmland surrounding Terre Hill and benefits Elanco Library.


3rd Annual Viking 5K/10K

When: Saturday, July 21

Where: Manheim Township High School

This 5K or 10K has a costume contest and a (non-perishable) food drive for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.


Summer 5K Series

When: Wednesday night, July 25

Where: Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College Cross Country leads this 5K series around the college campus.


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AUGUST RACES

Chocolate Tour

When: Saturday, Aug. 4

Where: Milton Hershey School Campus Athletic Complex

The day has Mike Geltrude Foundation Chocolate Tour 10K Walk, the Chocolate Tour 5K and 10K Run and the Briova Rx Cycling events (10, 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles). Runners, walkers and cyclists can sample local chocolate at rest stops. Benefits cancer research at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.


Lititz recCenter 4th Annual Triathalon

When: Sunday, Aug. 5

Where: Lititz

Swim 300 meters on the Lititz Springs Pool, bike 15.8 miles and run 3.1 miles. Open for teams and individuals.


Summer 5K Series

When: Wednesday night, Aug. 8.

Where: Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College Cross Country leads this 5K series around the college campus.


Columbia Chiques Challenge

There are more than 30 runs in and around Lancaster County this summer.

Chiques Challenge

When: Saturday, Aug. 11

Where: River Park, Columbia

Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts a duathlon for teams and individuals. The race starts with a run by the river followed by a kayak race. Launch permits for kayaks are required.


Trail Run in Water

When: Saturday, Aug. 25

Where: Wrightsville

Run across the Susquehanna River and then turn around to cross again. The “trail” is over rocks in the water, a total of 2.4 miles in the water. There’s an option to run the trail twice. Register a week in advance to reserve a life preserver.


Trail Run under Power Lines

When: Sunday, Aug. 26

Where: Safe Harbor

There are 4.2-mile, 8.4-mile and 12.6-mile options to run a steep course under power lines along with Susquehanna River.


Amos Herr Honey Run and Kids Color Fun Run

When: Sunday, Aug. 26

Where: Amos Herr Park, Landsiville

Hempfield Rec Center hosts this 5K and Kids’ Fun Run. Benefits restoration projects at the 1852 Herr Family Homestead and the rec commission.


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SEPTEMBER RACES

Bird-in-Hand Run, Ride, Soar

When: Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 11

Where: Across from Bird-in-Hand Family Inn

There is a half marathon, a 5K race, a hot air balloon fest, a fun run for kids, the Amish Country Classic bike ride (12-mile, 23-mile and 62-mile, which benefits Paradise Rotary Club) and pizza party. Run the half marathon and Garden Spot Village marathon and get the road apple award.


KTA Trail Challenge

When: Saturday, Sept. 8

Where: 50K starts at Pequea Creek Campground; 25K starts at Susquehannock State Park

Keystone Trails Association hosts this trail challenge on the Conestoga Trail, state park trails and the Mason-Dixon trail system with breathtaking vistas, steep descents, scenic hollows and strenuous climbs. Formerly the Susquehanna Super Hike and Ultra Trail Run


Beat Beethoven 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk

When: Sunday, Sept. 8

Where: Mount Gretna Playhouse

Can you complete the course before Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is finished? This race is dog-friendly.


2017 Lancaster Heart Walk 3

Members of the Amerigreen Energy team pass by Binns Park at the 2017 Lancaster Heart Walk.

Lancaster Heart Walk

When: Saturday, Sept. 15

Where: Clipper Magazine Stadium

Walk to support American Heart Association.


Walk of Love Cross Country 5K and Fun Walk

When: Saturday, Sept. 15

Where: Ironstone Ranch, Elizabethtown

5K and fun walk through Ironstone Ranch and around the new home of the Star Barn. Activities for children. Benefits Brittany’s Hope, which helps orphaned children.


Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Scrub Run 5k Run/Walk

When: Saturday, 15

Where: Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

This race weaves through Greenfield Corporate Center.


Purple & Gold ColoRun

When: Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: Ephrata Middle School

5K color run/walk for all ages. Benefits Ephrata Area Education Foundation.


Pretzel Twist Race and Kids Mile Marathon

When: Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: Lititz

This Lititz RecCenter race ends a three-week program to help you run a 5K. In the kids mile marathon, children can complete 25 miles at their own pace and run the final 1.2 miles at the race.


Watermelon Blaster 5K and Fun Run

When: Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: Manor Middle School

The Edible Classroom leads this 5K, fun run, plus live music and a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Runners will be given a watermelon blaster, a mix of fresh and frozen watermelon after the race. The fun run is a free dash for kids through age 12.


Bookin’ for Books 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run

When: Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: Pequea Valley Public Library

This race benefits the library.


Wild Goose Chase 10K/5K Run/Walk

When: Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

This race raises money for the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Museum.


Conestoga Trail Run

When: Sunday, Sept. 23

Where: Holtwood

Very tough 10-mile trail run with very steep climbs for experienced trail runners. “Very scenic if you dare to look.”


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.