thank you to everyone for all of your support for this amazing race! Well have 2020 dates and routes up soon! Check back for details!


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Hanover RunFest 2019

The Hanover YMCA RunFest 2019 includes 2 running options: USATF certified chip-timed Half Marathon and the Kids Crusader 1-Mile Fun Run.  All proceeds benefit the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. 

RunFest Schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 5:

4:30 AM-6:00 PM- Packet Pick Up

Sunday, Oct. 6:
6:30 AM -7:40 AM - Packet Pick Up (NOTE- we will not be accepting race day sign ups any longer)

7:40 AM- Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem by LIVESTRONG Graduate and Cancer Survivor: John Luckenbaugh

8:00 AM- Perseverance Half Marathon/ Resilience 2-Person Relay Start

8:15 AM- Crusader Kids Fun Run Line Up

8:30 AM- Crusader Kids 1-Mile Fun Run

11:00 AM - Half Marathon Awards

11:30 PM - Race Course closes

All proceeds support LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, is a FREE 12 week, research-based program that supports cancer survivors in regaining their physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. The program is conducted in a small group environment that includes individualized attention for each participant. Adult survivors are eligible to join the program during all stages of recovery. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA also serves and embraces the families and caregivers that have been affected by the disease by providing a free family membership throughout the course of the program.

Race Directors:

Mary Wells ( and Melissa Foreman ( | Phone: 717-632-8211


Race begins and ends at the North Hanover YMCA- North, 500 N. George St., Hanover, PA. Check-in begins at 6:00 AM, with start line up at 7:40 AM and the race starting promptly at 8:00 AM. The race route will close at 11:30 A.M. Changing rooms and showers are available inside the Y.

This 13.1 mile 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 550 feet. Runners will enjoy a long downhill and cross over into the industrial park ultimately leading them to Hanover’s rail trail. The end of the course loops through tree lined streets and ends back at the YMCA.

Male & Female (19 & under) (20-24) (25-29) (30-34) (35-39) (40-44) (45-49) (50-54) (55-59) (60-64) (65-69) (70 & over)

Half Marathon/ 2-Person Relay Team - Male and Female Age Division 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers. All runners will receive a finisher medal.  
A moisture-wicking race shirt will be provided to those registered by Sept. 6, 2019; others provided while supplies last


Online registration will close on October 3 at midnight. Onsite registrations will be accepted at any Hanover YMCA location from October 4-7, pending space availability.

Perseverance Half:  $70 Registration (Price increases to $80.00 after June 1/ Price increases to $90 after September 1/ Price increases to $100 October 1-5 and must be done in person at any Hanover Area YMCA location. We not be accepting race day registrations)

Resilience 2-Person Relay: $135 Registration (Price increase to $145 after September 1/ Price increases to $155 October 1-5 and must be must be done in person at any Hanover Area YMCA location. We will not be accepting race day registrations).

Crusader Kids Fun Run $10 (includes a T, too!) (Online sign up link, print form here)

Injured runners may defer their race registration to the 2020 race provided the Race Director is notified October 1, 2019.  Race registrations may not be transferred to another individual. After Sept. 1, we will not be moving Half marathon runners to the relay option and visa versa.

Hanover Area YMCA- North Location- 500 N. George Street Hanover, PA 17331
Friday, October 4, 2018 from 4:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2018 from 6:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2018 from 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM (NO LATER)

SURVIVOR DEDICATION PENNANT (Provided to each registered runner at packet pick up):
1 pennant will be provided to each registrant for decoration at packet pick-up. Pennants will be hung along the race chute in honor of those who have battled cancer. Additional pennants available for purchase for $5.

CRUSADER KIDS FUN RUN: Sunday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 AM
The 1-Mile Crusader Kids Fun Run begins after the start of the half marathon with line up beginning at 8:15 AM and the race starting at 8:30 AM. The race is $10 per child and includes a T. Separate registration form available online or at the Y.


Traveling from out of town?

Hanover, Pennsylvania is a sweet little town in the heart of York County.  We are known for being the Snack Capital as we are home to Utz Quality Foods Inc., and Snyder’s-Lance.  We are a diverse community who takes pride in supporting our local farms, as well as our aspiring entrepreneurs.  Staying in Hanover will allow you to experience our great restaurants, micro-breweries, locally owned shops and boutiques.  Why not visit us for the weekend?



Hampton Inn (1 mile From the Hanover Y)
309 Wilson Avenue Hanover, PA 17331

Holiday Inn Express (1.7 miles from the Hanover Y)
305 Wilson Avenue Hanover, PA 17331

Super 8 Hanover (1.7 miles from the Hanover Y)
40 Wetzel Drive, Hanover PA 17331


Race Day bag check

Bag check is available in the Family Lounge of the Hanover YMCA beginning at 7 AM.




North Hanover YMCA
500 George Street Hanover, PA 17331
(there is limited parking available at the YMCA)

Hanover High School
403 Moul Avenue Hanover, PA 17331



Shuttle Service will be available from the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Super 8 Hanover.  Pick up times are listed below.
6:50 AM – Hampton Inn
7:00 AM – Super 8 Hanover



There are several ways to register for the half-marathon. Register HERE or print a form below and bring into any Hanover Area YMCA location.


Print a Form:
Hanover RunFest 2019 Half Marathon


Want to Volunteer?

Races take time and dedication.  We would not be able to do what we do without our volunteers.  These men and women give their time to us selflessly and we are grateful to have dedicated volunteers. Please contact Lisa Pratt to volunteer.


persevere, Honor, REMEMBER

Each race participant receives a pennant.  You may purchase extras to honor a cancer survivor at the Greater Hanover Area YMCA RunFest with a dedication pennant.  Pennants include the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA logo and a space to write the survivor’s name.  All pennants will be displayed at the start and finish line of the race. Cost of a pennant is $5.  Please visit the front desk at any Hanover Area Y location to purchase your pennants.


Mile Marker Sponsorships include 18" x 24" signage on race route. All Mile Marker signs displayed in front of North Hanover Y one week before and after event. You will ALSO receive recognition on the Hanover Area YMCA website and on social media. $250 - Mile Marker Sponsor! (limited to first 13 submissions).

Show YOUR Support! This is your opportunity to personally honor or memorialize a friend, loved one, or runner. Friends and Family Support includes 18” x 24” signage on race route between Mile Markers All Friends and Family signs displayed in front of North Hanover Y one week before and after event. Some examples of Friends and Family Support signs: “John and Mary Smith Honor Ann Jones for her Strength to Beat Cancer” “In Memory of Anne Jones, Love John and Mary Smith.” “ABC Company supports the RunFest 2019 Participants!” $100

Click HERE for the Sponsor Form.

2019 Sponsors Needed!

Interested in sponsoring local? In order to make this race a success and donate as much as possible back to our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Half Marathon, we are looking for sponsors! Sponsorships are tax deductible. Click HERE for the form.


official Shirt Sponsor


Gold Level Sponsors

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Silver Level Sponsors

Marc A. Hirsh, M.D. PC- Oncology-Hematology

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Bronze Level Sponsor

Cynthia Forry, REALTOR

The Loree Foster Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty

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Hanover Architectural Products

Jennifer and Michael Carter

Kevin and Brita Byers

Cognitive Health Solutions

Elsner Engineering Works, Inc.

Holland Construction Corporation


MinuteMan Press

Stambaugh Ness

Something Wicked Brewing Company

The Gallery Tattoo

WellSpan Rehabilitation

York Divers


Official Race Photographers

Claire Denise Photography


2019 1-Miles Kids Fun Run Official SPONSOR

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Race Course Records Set:

Male Finisher: Jonathon Arnold – 1:16:16 (2017)

Female Finisher: Janet Gass – 1:32:55 (2017)

Prior Race Years Final Times: