Spring Called: It's Time to Sign up for Adventure

Posted by Jeff Pauls on 18th Apr 2019

Spring Called: It's Time to Sign up for Adventure

Last week we celebrated and welcomed Spring with some poetry. This week, it’s Spring’s turn. Adventure is beckoning. Why not participate in an event offered right here in Lancaster County?

When winter is over, the urge to get out and get active is strong. Things are growing. The birds are busy. There’s so much going on. Getting out there to bike or run has never been so easy. We have so, many, options!

Biking and running are great, but what about climbing trees, stomping in puddles, leaping over fire, and swinging on ropes? Wait, what? Sounds like a gang of kids at a birthday party. Exactly! But no matter our age, there’s always an excited child inside-- waiting to cut loose!

C’mon! Check out these events. You can run, jump, scramble, and swim, right here in Lancaster County.

Events are listed in the order they occur. Pay attention to registration deadlines to take full advantage of discounts and other great perks. Don’t forget an apple to drink, also known as Kauffman’s Apple Cider. ;)

SHADEY'S RUGGED RUN Saturday, May 4, 2019

This year, Kauffman’s will be at Shadey’s Rugged Run providing apple cider. And if you go, be sure to watch for some of our own-- jumping fire and slogging through water. Check this one out soon because registration is filling up and it’s just around the corner!


Shadey’s Rugged Run is a 3.5 mile mud and obstacle course designed to challenge participants as they go through (and under and over) mud, water, fire, walls and more! Each year, this muddy race is held at the Lancaster campus of Lancaster Bible College. But why is it called Shadey’s Rugged Run? It’s short for Esbenshade, the last name of the farmer and his wife who donated the land where LBC stands today. Our course will take you on the scenic – and muddy – route around our beautiful, sprawling campus.

Our mud run is a bit different from other runs. It’s not timed and you can skip obstacles that are too challenging for you. But don’t think for a minute this is going to be an easy race! The obstacles change each year, so you never know just what you might be facing (spoiler alert: it probably involves mud). And finally, what makes our race most is unique is that it’s created, designed and implemented by our college students. It’s true! Nearly every aspect of your experience at Shadey’s is crafted by seniors in LBC’s sports management program. And, to make your race day even more meaningful, all of the proceeds benefit Penn State Hershey Children’s Miracle Network and LBC Athletics.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a friend, sign up and let’s get muddy.

Once you’ve done one, beware, you’ll want more. No fear, check out the rest of these events to make plans. As Ellie says, “Adventure is out there!

Red Rose Run Saturday June 1, 2019

On Saturday June 1, 2019, the City will host to the 43rd annual Red Rose Run in Downtown Lancaster. The run is a 5 mile race through Lancaster City and County Park, bringing over a thousand runners to the City. The Red Rose Run also includes a kids fun run and wheelchair race. The race begins promptly at 8:00 am at Binns Park (100 N. Queen Street).


Help us get to 1,200 runners in 2019. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers to join us!

Register for the Red Rose Run »


Central Market is the heart of Lancaster City.

Let’s show our appreciation by racing to support this downtown gem.

The more runners, the more money that will be donated to the Lancaster Central Market Trust. Imagine how much support over 1,500 runners could bring to Central Market!

Empowered OCR Saturday August 17th, 2019

Helping individuals overcome obstacles both on and off the course!

Tickets are now available for the emPowered OCR event at Clipper Magazine Stadium on August 17!

emPower Training Systems and the Mighty Mehal Foundation are teaming up to help individuals overcome obstacles both on and off the course!

This is the first ever stadium style obstacle course race in Lancaster! The course is being designed by American Ninja Warrior Alum and OCR World Championships Competitor Josh March.

3 miles, 20+ obstacles, food, finisher medals, t-shirts, and lots of fun! And all for a good cause! Support the Mighty Mehal Foundation (501c non-profit) in "overcoming obstacles on and off the course."

If you're saying to yourself "but can I do this?" The answer is YES! This course will Challenge season racers and be fun for beginners. We will have options for all! Oh and if you're in it to win it - the competitive wave is offering $300 to the top overall male and female, $200 to the 2nd place male and female and $100 to the 3rd place male and female! Special prize for the top overall team as well!

Choose from four ticket options:

1) Open: Forget the competition! Join us just for fun!

2) Competitive: Compete for cash prizes!

3) Team: Compete in teams of 4 (teams must have at least one female and all members must sign up individually)

4) Family: This is something we've never seen offered before in OCR!!! Simply purchase an adult ticket at regular price and add the kids for just $15 ea! (on parent/guardian/adult must run with minors)

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  • All event proceeds will benefit The Mighty Mehal Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals transitioning into recovery houses in Lancaster.

    Bird-In-Hand Half Marathon Friday, September 6, 2019

    Join us for the 10th Annual Bird-In-Hand Half Marathon! Come run with us through Amish farmlands and the Valley of No Wires. You'll pass one-room school houses, gorgeous scenery, water stations staffed with Amish children, and run through an actual working Amish farm - not something most tourists get to do!

    The finisher's medal for the half marathon has been featured in Runner's World as one of the most desired. It's huge and heavy! Each one unique as they are real horseshoes from real horses working these farmlands.

    While this is certainly not the big city, the half marathon does have all the "usual" big city features - chip timing; tech shirts; awards handmade by local craftsman for overall, masters, and 3-deep in 5 year age groups; every turn and mile on the course marked; water stations every couple miles; fully supported race route; pace groups; EMS; photographers; etc. PLUS a bunch of stuff that makes this event stand out, such as hot air balloons lifting off just before the race, horse-n-buggy leading the way, whoopie pies, and a post-race spread that can't be beat!

    Don't forget all the other activities that make this a jammed-packed weekend - expo, pasta dinner, kid's fun run, 5k, more hot air balloons, s'mores, and so much more. Go to www.bihhalf.com to see pictures, videos, and read runner feedback from past years.

    ***But don't wait too long - there is a hard cap! THIS RACE ALWAYS SELLS OUT!!!! Register TODAY!!!

    Event details and schedule

    Expo and Packet Pick Up - Friday, Sept 6 - 11 AM - 7 PM

    Pasta Dinner - Friday, Sept 6 - 4 PM - 8 PM

    Kid's Fun Run - Friday, Sept 6 - 6:10* PM *NOTE new start time!!!

    5k - Friday, Sept 6 - 6:30 PM

    Half Marathon - Saturday, Sept 7 - 7:30 AM Please note packet pick up for the half marathon is on Friday, Sept 6.