March 11, 2016
“The Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half Marathon continues to get strong support from the running community,” says Scott Miller, chief marketing officer at Garden Spot Village and race director for the marathon.
For the eighth year, Garden Spot Village is holding their Marathon and Half Marathon in New Holland, Pa. The race begins on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 8 a.m.
“The Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half Marathon continues to get strong support from the running community,” says Scott Miller, chief marketing officer at Garden Spot Village and race director for the marathon, “and the growing success of the YMCA Kids Marathon, makes it an event that can truly be enjoyed by runners of all ages.”
The event features USA Track & Field-certified Boston Marathon-qualifier 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1-mile half-marathon courses, which begin and end on the 104-acre campus of Garden Spot Village, a retirement community in Lancaster County, Pa. The course winds through the scenic Amish farmlands at the foot of the Welsh Mountain before looping back to the campus at 433 S. Kinzer Ave. in New Holland. Water stops and Porta-Johns are located every two miles along the route, and all participants have access to the resort-style community’s showers, pool and hot tub after the race.
Proceeds from the Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half Marathon benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund.
YMCA Kids Marathon registration also open
The third annual Lancaster Family YMCA Kids Marathon will be held in conjunction with the pre-race pasta dinner and expo at Garden Spot Village on Friday, April 8 at 6 p.m. The event gives students in kindergarten through eighth grade, ages 6 to 12, a chance to cover the marathon mileage at a kid friendly pace, while getting a feel for what it’s like to participate in an organized running race.
Participants in the Kids Marathon start running their first 25 miles in the weeks leading up to the event. They will run the last 1.2-mile leg starting at the Garden Spot Village Marathon start line and finish down the runners’ chute, so they will get the feel of a big race. All finishers receive a medal. Proceeds from the Kids Marathon benefit Lancaster Family YMCA.
Garden Spot Village Marathon/Half Marathon event details
The race begins at 8 a.m., and race packs will be available at 6:30 a.m. A pre-race pasta dinner will be held at Garden Spot Village on Friday, April 8, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person for ages 13 and up; $8.95 ages 6–12; children ages 5 and under eat free.
The marathon is unique in that the masters’ cash awards are the same amounts as the overall awards. Cash awards will be given in four marathon categories: Men Overall, Women Overall, Men 50-plus and Women 50-plus. In each category, awards are $500 and a trophy for first place, with trophies for second and third place. In addition, there will be first, second and third place awards for men and women in age categories, in five-year increments ranging from ages 13-19 to age 80-plus. All finishers receive a medal.
For more information, or to register for the race, visit www.gardenspotvillagemarathon.org or find us on facebook.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Linda Dodge at [email protected]