Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.5
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4.5
Experience the “joy of running in community” through the Farmlands of Lancaster County in the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon and 5K. Run through the “Valley of No Wires” in the Bird-In-Hand Half Marathon, and 5K! Hot air balloons, amazing course through Amish farmlands, rest stops at one-room schoolhouses, water stations staffed … MORE
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    Tororuns FIRST-TIMER '18

    IMHO BIH is the best race I've ever run. The Amish community know how to throw a gr8 race. Awesome beautiful course, rolling hills and gr8 crowd support. Nice handmade … MORE

    IMHO BIH is the best race I’ve ever run. The Amish community know how to throw a gr8 race. Awesome beautiful course, rolling hills and gr8 crowd support. Nice handmade horseshoe bling. Organization was tops. Weather was a factor too. Cools temps, overcast. Gr8 pre and post parties too. I highly recommend.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    gdeivert FIRST-TIMER '18

    Bird in Hand PA is located in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster County. The proceeds of this race go to support the local volunteer fire department, is limited … MORE

    Bird in Hand PA is located in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster County.
    The proceeds of this race go to support the local volunteer fire department, is limited to 1500 runners and is always sold out. Packet pickup is the day before so you have to plan to be there a day early or have someone pick it up for you.
    There is also a Hot Air Balloon festival going on at the same time and they do a night glow Friday night when the 5K is run.
    Race day was rainy but most of the race is on country roads so the footing was good. Rolling hills, farms and Amish buggies dot the landscape during this race and honestly I would have stopped to take pictures if I had brought my phone.
    Water stops are plentiful and have both water and powerade. The volunteers are the local Amish so their kids line up and hand out the cups. At one water stop they even had Ritas Italian Ice!
    The hills were plentiful but not too steep. It did feel like we were climbing all of the time although they did not wear me out like big hills in other races I have done.
    Crowd support was at a minimum because of the rural nature of the race, but, where there were crowds, the enthusiasm was high.
    Race Swag includes a real horshoe medal handcrafetd from a used shoe worn by an Amish horse. It is by far the favorite medal I have ever received.
    Post race food included water, bagels, granola bars and pretzels. At 11:00 they hold a free barbecue for participants and anyone else who wants to eat. It included barbecued Chicken, Sausage, potato salad, chips and fresh vegetables. For dessert there was Cake and Ice Cream!
    All in all this is the best supported and organized race I have done thus far. I will be signing up again for next year!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    This race is a benefit for the local Amish community fire and emergency medical services, so the entire town pretty much helps out with the race. The course is almost … MORE

    This race is a benefit for the local Amish community fire and emergency medical services, so the entire town pretty much helps out with the race. The course is almost entirely in the Amish community, with 90% on paved roads and 10% on farm dirt roads. You will see beautiful views of cornfields and farm lands, and a special area called the “Valley of No Wires” as the homes do not have electricity. The course has occasional hills, but the biggest thing to be aware of is that there is zero shade, very little breeze, and it can be very hot and humid. This year temps passed 90 degrees in the sun, and I wound up walking most of the second half of the race out of my own safety. Most people I know had a finish time much longer than normal because of the heat. Cool aspects- the water stops are manned by Amish families including children; the medal is an actual used horseshoe; and the post-race food is amazing- bbq with chicken, pasta, fruits, lemonade, ice cream and more, and it’s open to everyone, even family members who didn’t run.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    ShellyL REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I've run this race 3 times, including the inaugural. It is very well run. It is growing but still a smaller sized field. Parking is in a field, so if … MORE

    I’ve run this race 3 times, including the inaugural. It is very well run. It is growing but still a smaller sized field. Parking is in a field, so if it has been raining, prepare for muddy feet.
    At the start, you literally line up beside the Amish. They are an integral part of this race. They cheer, they run with you in the race, they man the water stations (even the littlest of kids), they ride their bikes on the roads and you’re guaranteed to see at least one horse and buggy. Watch out for the “road apples” though.
    The course is not easy. This is the rolling countryside of Pennsylvania. The temperature can be hot in September, so prepare for it. There were a lot of runners needing medical treatment at the finish line due to the heat. There were ambulances stacked up, taking people to the hospital.
    The finish line area is nice. They have a few vendors, including Amish selling baked goods. There is one lady who will make a quilt out of your race t-shirts and she does outstanding work. There is food to purchase, but they have a picnic with hot dogs, burgers, sides, snacks for everyone, including your family. They only ask for a head count prior to the race so they can plan accordingly.
    I have to say the medal is one of my all time favorites. It is an actual, used horseshoe forged by Amish blacksmiths. If you do their “sister race” (Garden Spot Village), you get a “Road Apple” award. Look it up, if you don’t know what road apples are.
    I would recommend this race, but do it for the scenery, fun atmosphere and medal. Don’t expect a PR. Slow down and look around.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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