Kids Run (K-8th Grade)

Welcome to the Garden Spot Village Kids Run sponsored by ELANCO Public Library and Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon and 10K.

Garden Spot Village and ELANCO Public Library teamed up to promote healthy lifestyles for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Kids not only benefit from the activity and training but they get to experience the thrill of a race start and finish, coming down through the same finisher’s chute that the runners will use the following day with cheering crowds, medals and all.

*New this year- We will introduce a kid’s fun run to take place on March 26. Kids can sign up on-site to do a one-mile run, for a t-shirt. Kids have the thrill of starting on a real starting line, and finish line. This is a great option for kids who didn’t sign up to complete the half-marathon, but would still like to participate in the event.


How it Works

After registering for the Kids Run the child must complete 12 miles of running, walking, bicycling, or swimming before March 26th, 2021. Completion of the 12 miles is based on the honor system and can be tracked in the Get Up and Go tracking log. How and when and where they do the 12 miles and how much they do at a time is totally up to them, as long as it all adds up to 12 miles.

Click here to Print the Get Up and Go tracking log.

On March 26th at 6pm the runners will line up on the starting line (parents are welcome to run with them) and run the final 1.1 miles of the 1/2 marathon distance of 13.1 miles. They will come down the finishers shoot where there will be a time clock and they will receive a finisher’s medal after crossing the finish line.

The kids will get a t-shirt and a unique numbered bib as a part of their registration fee and the finisher’s medal.

Like most races, the official photographer of the Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon and 10K, US Candids, will be taking photos that will be available for purchase by bib number on their website.

The idea is to not only get kids active, but to introduce them to running and give them as authentic of a big race experience as possible.

The Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon & 10K introduced a new course in 2019 and is located in the midst of beautiful Lancaster County farmland.

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