Franklin County is home to beautiful, rolling hills and wide open spaces–a good RX for a long, snowy winter. With specialty shops and racing clubs, the county is a great place for runners to stretch their legs and find a community of support. Spring 2016 offers a variety of charity, memorial and qualifying races that take place all over Franklin County.
The Chambersburg Half Marathon kicks off race season with the 38th annual event on March 12, 8:30 AM from Chambersburg Area Middle School South. Over the years, the Chambersburg Half Marathon has welcomed many known runners, including 1992 Olympic runner Steve Spence, who currently holds the men’s record for the course. For more information or to register, visit www.chambersburghalf.org.
In the beginning of April, the Greencastle Flyers, a track and cross country club, will be hosting the Martins Mill Covered Bridge 5 Mile Challenge. On April 2, starting at 8:30 a.m., runners are challenged to a historic 5-mile course, beginning at Antrim Township Park and including Martins Mill Covered Bridge. For more information or to register, visit www.greencastleflyers.org
One of the Greencastle Flyers’ biggest events is the Greencastle Pub Run. This year, the 4th event, the half marathon will be held April 16, starting at 8:00 a.m. The race starts and ends from the John Allison Public House’s new location on South Antrim Way. For more information or to register, visit www.greencastleflyers.org.
The Pine Hill 5K Trail Run is one of Franklin County’s newest races. Scheduled for April 30 at 9 a.m., the Pine Hill 5K challenges everyone to run off-street and take to the rolling hills of Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro. This unique course is run completely on trails. More than holding a successful race, the Pine Hill 5K wants to promote a regional culture of wellness and encourage everyone to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle. For more information, visit www.PineHill5K.org.