Kids Marathon

Lancaster Family YMCA Kids Marathon

Friday, April 7, 2017 – 6:00 PM

This unique event gives children an opportunity to work their way towards completing a full 26.2-mile marathon by running, biking, walking or swimming in one-mile increments over several months. The children’s efforts are rewarded with an exciting finish to their marathon when all of the participants will run the final 1.2 miles together at the Garden Spot Village campus on the same course the Garden Spot Village Marathoners will use the following day. The YMCA Kids Marathon, run by the Lancaster Family YMCA in partnership with Garden Spot Village, helps kids increase their daily activity, builds self-esteem by working towards a goal and improves the overall health and wellness of families by offering a positive activity they can do together.

Contact Lancaster Family YMCA Sports Director Deric Hafer at with questions. Kids Marathon logo for web

Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade

Garden Spot Village Campus at 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland, PA 17557


Register for the Kids Marathon

YMCA Kids Marathon Additional Information

Since children are more likely to develop lasting healthy habits and engage in daily activity with the support of their family, we encourage parents and children to train for the YMCA Kids Marathon together. Each Monday, an email will go out to all new registrants with information about the event which includes a YMCA Kids Marathon Tracking Log. The tracking log will help your child track his/her progress towards completing 25 miles of running, walking, swimming or biking in advance of running the final race at Garden Spot Village on April 7.  Each run or workout should be recorded on the tracking log and initialed by a parent or adult (e.g., PE teacher, teacher, relative, coach) . The tracking log is a great tool to keep your child motivated and celebrate his/her achievements along the way. Please bring your child’s completed tracking log to the YMCA Kids Marathon registration table on April 7.


Make it a running weekend!

9th Annual Garden Spot Village Marathon

Saturday, April 8 – 8:00 AM

Imagine a brisk spring morning with the excitement building as the start of the 8th Annual Garden Spot Village Marathon and 1/2 Marathon in Lancaster County, PA approaches. It all kicks off on the 104 acre campus of Garden Spot Village adjacent to New Holland in northeastern Lancaster County. The race starts by the Legacy Garden and travels east for about 2 miles. It then circles around west through the Amish farmlands at the foot of the Welsh Mountains for approximately 12 miles before looping back to campus. This is a run for everyone whether you are a beginner, experienced, leisure or competitive runner. There is plenty of space available for family, friends and spectators. For more information or race registration