Half Marathon/10K/5K | Hands-On House

Hands-on House Half Marathon/10K/5K

Saturday, September 28, 2019

START TIMES! Half Marathon 8 a.m. | 10K 8:05 a.m. | 5K 8:10 a.m.

The 2019 Hands-on House Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is the 16th annual run to benefit Hands-on House, Children’s Museum of Lancaster. The event features disposable chip timing and a USATF-certified 13.1 mile half marathon course through Lancaster County farmland, past a one-room Amish school house and over a covered bridge. The 10K course passes through beautiful Amish farmland, and the 5K course runs through scenic neighborhoods close to the museum. Runners, joggers, and walkers are welcome to participate in all events.

Register by Wednesday September 11 to guarantee your race shirt (a long sleeve performance shirt) … and to help us get an accurate participant count for finisher medals! NEW: Finisher medals will be given to all finishers in the half marathon, 10K and 5K! Cash awards will be given to the top three male and female half marathon finishers. Awards will be given to the top three males and females in each age group for the half marathon, as well as to the top five males and females for the 5K and 10K races.

This event is made possible by the generosity of our community sponsors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2019 Hands-on House Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, you can learn more about our available sponsorship opportunities and benefits here.

Race Day Info
Course Maps
Rules & Regulations

Register By Half Marathon 10K 5K
April 5 $55 $40 $30
July 5 $60 $40 $30
September 5 $65 $45 $35
September 25 $70 $45 $35
Race Day $75 $50 $35

PACKET PICK-UP: We encourage you to pick up your race packet on Friday, September 27 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Hands-on House. You may also pick up your race packet on Saturday, September 28 (race day) from 6:00 – 7:20 a.m. We have disposable CHIP TIMING for this event from 2L Race Services. When you pick up your race packet, you will receive your disposable chip.

PARKING: Parking is available at Hands-on House.  Additional overflow parking is available at Calvary Church (.8 mile east of Hands-on House) with shuttle transportation to the race start provided. On race day, please allow yourself adequate time to park and make your way to pick up your packet (if you haven’t already done so) and the race start.

RACE DAY REGISTRATION: Runners may register the morning of the race from 6:00 – 7:20 a.m. Race day registration is $75 for the half marathon, $50 for the 10K, and $35 for the 5K. All runners and walkers are welcome. Race t-shirts are not guaranteed for registrations after Wednesday, September 11.

VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN: All volunteers are asked to check in at the registration tent and pick up your volunteer assignment and shirt. All volunteers will be wearing a Hands-on House Volunteer shirt.

CHIP TIMING: The race will be timed by 2L Race Services using a disposable Chip Timing System. Why disposable chips? Utilizing timing chips on your race bib and overhead antennas that read the chip, participants do not need to attach chips on their shoes. Simply wear your bib as instructed, and run through the finish arch. As you cross the finish line, look up at the large screen display with the race clock and your name! There is no need to remove the chip from your bib.

RACE START: Race announcements and instructions will be given at the circle driveway in front of Hands-on House at 7:40 a.m. At the conclusion, half marathon participants will be called to the start line.  10K and 5K participants will line up behind the half marathon. The official race start time for the half marathon is 8:00 a.m. The 10K will start at 8:05 a.m. and then the 5K at 8:10 a.m.

SIGNAGE: All race courses will be well-marked with signs. The half marathon course will have mileage markers and the 10K and 5K courses will have kilometer markers. Please take note and support the generous sponsors of our race.

DRINK STATIONS: For the half marathon, drink stations will be close to mileage markers 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12. Water and diluted energy drink will be available at each station. The cups at the beginning of each station will have water and the cups at the end of the tables will have energy drink. For the 10K, drink stations will be near markers 1, 2, 4 and 5.  For the 5K, a drink station will be close to the 3 kilometer marker. Water and diluted energy drink will be available. The cups at the beginning of the table will have water and the cups at the end of the table will have energy drink.

PORTABLE TOILETS: There will be plenty of portable toilets by the registration area and in two different locations located along the course, one on Keens Road, just before John Landis Road, and the second near the intersection of Millport Road and Warwick Road.

POST-RACE: There will be a variety of goodies and drinks available for all runners after the race, including fitness drink, water, fresh fruit, and bagels. These treats will be located at the finish food tent. Medical personnel will be available post-race to take care of minor injuries such as blisters, etc.

AWARDS: NEW! Finisher medals will be given to ALL half marathon, 10K and 5K runners! (Please help us get an accurate participant count. Register by Wednesday, September 11!) Cash awards will be given to the top three male and female half marathon finishers. Awards will be given to the top three males and females in each age group (19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70+)  for the half marathon, as well as to the top five males and females for the 5K and 10K races. Individuals who place in these categories will receive a custom growler and first fill, courtesy of our award sponsor, Mad Chef Craft Brewing! Alternative awards will be presented to those under 21 years of age.

HANDS-ON HOUSE HOURS: Hands-on House Children’s Museum will be open on Saturday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m. Children of participating runners will receive free admission to the museum on race day. Free admission coupons will be available at race registration and packet pick-up on both Friday evening 9/27 and Saturday morning 9/28. All other admission is $9.50 per person.

Half Marathon Map

10K Map


5K Map

  • Entry fees are non-refundable. Deferrals are not permitted.  Requests for bib transfers must be emailed to race@handsonhouse.org no later than September 25, 2019.
  • Register by Wednesday, September 11 to guarantee your long sleeve performance t-shirt!
  • No-shows will not be mailed their race shirts or bags.
  • Participants must complete the course in 4 hours.
  • Headphones (iPods, mp3 players, CDs, tape walkmans, radios, etc) are discouraged.
  • Roller/in-line skates, pets, etc are prohibited.
  • The decisions of the race director are final in all matters.
  • Awards are based chip time. Chip time is recorded by an electronic chip that is attached to a runner’s bib. Your chip records the time at which you cross the start line, the finish line and several split times in between. Chip time is often shorter than gun time because chip time begins when a runner crosses the start line while gun time starts when the gun is fired; many runners don’t cross the start line until several minutes after their official gun time has begun.
  • Runners must be registered for the event that they win/place for cash.
  • Walker etiquette: Runners will approach walkers quickly. Please be courteous; move over to the sides of the roads when runners approach and let them have the right of way and quickest way past. There is a large field of elite runners who are competing for prize money.

Can I pick up a race packet for someone else? Yes. The person for whom you are picking up must have signed the race waiver in advance and you must provide a copy of their driver’s license or ID. (If you are the parent/guardian of a participant under 18, you may pick up their packet without a copy of their ID.)

Are strollers permitted? Yes, but only on the 5K and 10K courses.  Strollers are not allowed on the half marathon course.

Are pets/dogs allowed? No.

Can I change races? Yes. Please contact the Race Director at race@handsonhouse.org

Can I defer my entry to next year’s race? Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate deferrals.  You may transfer your bib to another runner, but requests for transfers MUST be emailed to race@handsonhouse.org by September 25, 2019.

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