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Spirit of Gettysburg 5K and kids’ runs

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Thank you for celebrating more than a quarter-century of running with us on June 18, 2016 at the 26th Annual Spirit of Gettysburg 5K!

Click here for 2016 Results

Check out our Facebook page for photos from this year’s race!

Thanks to our Silver Sponsors!

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The Spirit of Gettysburg 5K travels the first day of the historic Battle of Gettysburg. If you love road races, or want to run in one for the first time, the Spirit of Gettysburg 5K is for you.

This is, without a doubt, the premiere running event in Adams County.  Don’t take our word for it, talk to those who return year after year.

“Enjoyed the run thoroughly. I thought it was a well-organized event, great job by the entire staff there.”

My daughter really enjoyed herself, plenty for her to do, besides the quarter-mile run she took part in. Great job, and we will see you next year!” -Warren & Marisa Lippincott

The YWCA staff and volunteers work hard to ensure the success of this race. The YWCA Spirit of Gettysburg is more than a 5K. This is truly a fun, family event. 

Nothing better illustrates determination than those who for one reason or another are physically disabled but complete our 5K wheelchair race. Everyone at the finish line gets goosebumps as this great group of athletes crosses the finish line.

The one-mile fun run and fitness walk allows those who do not wish to complete 3.1 miles to participate in the festivities.

And we certainly do not forget the children. Volunteers and spectators love to watch the gleeful look on the youngsters’ faces as they complete the Kids’ 1-mile run, Kids’ 1/4 mile Sprint or Mini Trot.

Everyone’s registration fee adds up to make the YWCA an awesome community center that works to eliminate racism and empower women while offering a fitness center, childcare, aquatics center, Road Scholar Adventures in Lifelong learning, and so much more!

If you would like more information, please contact Alex J. Hayes, race director, at 717-334-9171, ext. 116 or ahayes@ywcagettysburg.org.

The success of this race not only depends on the runners, but more than 100 awesome volunteers who work hard the week before the race, and the day of, to ensure everything goes smoothly. If you would like to join this great group, please contact Alex J. Hayes at 717-334-9171, ext. 116, or ahayes@ywcagettysburg.org. If you want to run the race, and volunteer, that is completely possible – we will find a position for you that guarantees you can do both.


Friday, June 17
Noon – 7 p.m. Registration, packet pick-up and vendor booths (YWCA)

Saturday, June 18
6 a.m. Registration (YWCA Gym) and vendor booths.
Chip pick-up (in front of YWCA)
7:50 a.m. 5K Wheelchair Race start
8 a.m. 5K Run start
9 a.m. 1-mile Fun Run/Fitness Walk (ages 13+)
9:20 a.m. Kids’ 1/4 Mile Sprint (ages 4-12)
9:30 a.m. Mini Trot (Ages 4 and under)

Registration, Packet Pick-up and Chip Pick-up

To avoid race day delays, runners should register in advance and pick up race packets on Friday, June 17. Packets cannot be mailed. Chip pick-up is in front of the YWCA on Saturday, June 18. NO REFUNDS.


The 5K course passes the famous Eternal Light Peace Memorial. Walkers are welcome; there is a 50-minute time limit. Baby joggers are permitted at the rear of the pack. The kids’ races and 1-mile Fun Run will begin on Springs Avenue Extended promptly at the times listed above. Please meet 10 minutes prior to the start.
Restrictions: For safety and liability insurance requirements, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards, and roller and inline skates are prohibited on the 5K course.


You must be present to receive an award. Unclaimed awards will be forfeited.

1st Place Overall Female & Male
$250 prize money and race commemoration
2nd Place Overall Female & Male
$125 prize money and race commemoration
3rd Place Overall Female & Male
$100 prize money and race commemoration
4th Place Overall Female & Male
$75 prize money and race commemoration
5th Place Overall Female & Male
$50 prize money and race commemoration

Wheelchair Division
1st and 2nd Overall: race commemoration

5K Age Group Awards
Presented to the top women and men in the following age groups (1st, 2nd and 3rd place). Awards may be added depending upon number of entries in age group.
10 & under, 11-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, Over 70

Other Prizes (Must be pre-registered)
• Door prizes will be posted during the race announcements. Winners must be present to collect prizes; prizes and awards will not be mailed. The awards ceremony will follow the Kids’ Sprint events. No duplication of awards.

Additional Information
For additional information about the race and to see race maps, visit www.ywcagettysburg.org, call 717-334-9171, ext. 116 or email ahayes@ywcagettysburg.org.

Chip Timing System
Runner’s High will score the race with ChampionChip Timing System. Timing chips are issued on Saturday. Chips are attached to the runner’s shoe lace and worn throughout the race.
NEW THIS YEAR! Disposable chips will be used.


Click here for 2015 Results

Click here for 2014 Overall Results

Click here for 2014 Results by Age Group

Click here for 2013 results.

2012 results by age group

2012 results sorted by time

2011 Race Results
2010 Race Results

2009 5K results