FAQs

What is the Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half Marathon?
These are some of the best races in Pennsylvania! The Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half Marathon are sprawling races through the farmlands of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

When and where is the Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half Marathon?
The Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half Marathon is Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8 a.m. It’s held at the Garden Spot Village campus at 433 S Kinzer Ave, New Holland, PA 17557.

Where should I park?
There will be plenty of space for parking. When you enter the campus, there will be volunteers to help direct you to parking locations.

What is Garden Spot Village Marathon known for?
There are several things. Many people say it’s one of the best organized races they have ever ran. We have a few hills here and there, and we are one of the Road Apple Award runs!

Is the Garden Spot Village Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes! The Garden Spot Village Marathon is a USATF certified Boston Marathon Qualifier Course. For qualification requirements, visit the Boston Athletic Association here.

When can I pick up my Race Pack?
Race Packs can be picked up the day before the race during the pasta dinner starting at 5 p.m and on the morning of the race starting at 6:30 a.m. at the registration tent.

Can I pick up a Race Pack for a friend?
Yes, you are welcomed to pick up a Race Pack and bib for a friend. Please be prepared to present identification.

Are walk-ins welcome?
Yes! Walk-in registrations are available on Race Day starting at 6:30 a.m.

What is “the hill” that I keep hearing about?
At mile 8 of the half marathon and mile 22 of the full marathon, there is a short, steep “bump”. It doesn’t look bad but the incline catches people off guard. The next mile runs gradually uphill. You’ll want to work hills into your training plan. Many people say it is the toughest course they have run, but others say there are far more challenging courses out there.

Can I walk the marathon?
Yes! Walkers are welcome. Walkers will start at 8:00 a.m. The finish line will remain open until all those who wish to finish cross it, and there is no maximum time in which you must finish the course.

Will there be pacers for the Marathon and the Half Marathon?
Yes! We are happy to provide pacers again this year for both the marathon and half marathon. You can visit the pacers page for more information.

What are the awards?
Until 2017 there were cash awards for the overall winners. For the 2018 event, the monies that would have been awarded in cash were diverted to the medals, SWAG and adding to the overall atmosphere of the event for everyone.

What is the Road Apple Award?
The Road Apple Award is a partnership between Garden Spot Village Marathon and the Bird-In-Hand Half Marathon and 5k. By completing one of Garden Spot Village’s events and the Bird-In-Hand Half Marathon, you’ll receive an award featuring a genuine road apple.

Kids Marathon? What is that?
Garden Spot Village and the Lancaster Family YMCA have teamed up to promote healthy lifestyles for kids ages 6 to 12 in kindergarten through 8th grade. The kids not only benefit from the activity and training but they get to experience the thrill of a marathon start and finish coming down the same finisher’s shoot that the elite marathon runners will use the following day with cheering crowds, medal and all. For more information, please visit Kids page.

What should I do after the race?
Runners are welcome to stop by the recovery tent, and also take advantage of the complimentary massages provided by Morphysique. Showers and hot tub are inside the Wellness Center in Garden Spot Village.

Who is Garden Spot Village?
Founded on faith in 1990, Garden Spot Village is a licensed, non-profit provider of innovative housing and lifestyle services that enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love.

Its flagship community, Garden Spot Village, opened its doors in 1996. A resort-style community for residents 62 plus, it provides a dynamic environment where individuals and couples can pursue purpose-filled lives. Located on a scenic 104-acre campus in New Holland, Pennsylvania, Garden Spot Village features award-winning architecture, exceptional amenities, more than 40 social clubs and an abundant schedule of activities.

Garden Spot also owns and operates Maple Farm, a household-model skilled care campus in Akron, Pennsylvania. In addition to its residential offerings, Garden Spot provides healthcare services on campus, and Garden Spot Village At Home personal care and companionship services to residents of Garden Spot Village and the greater New Holland community.

The organization embraces teamwork, excellence, service, stewardship, innovation and integrity. Garden Spot Village is affiliated with the Lancaster Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church, the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Health Services, LeadingAge PA, and LeadingAge.

I’m not from around here. Where can I stay and what is there to do?
Despite the rural atmosphere of New Holland and Lancaster County, we are actually located in a small yet thriving town and a short drive away from Lancaster city. There are several Bed & Breakfasts within walking distance, and the closest continental airport is less than 50 miles away. You can find more information on our travel page.

Where are the results from the previous marathons?
You can find all results and photos from past years on the past events page.

Is there a map I can print out of the course?
Yes. Our printable Runner’s Map is located on our Course page.

Time Limit
There is an 8-hour time limit for the 26.2 mile marathon and the 13.1 mile half marathon course. Click here for details.

I have a question!
You can ask us personally by calling us at 717-355-6000 or sending us a message on our contact page.

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