Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Lately I have been choosing my runs based on the course and the medal.

After the Philly marathon I realized I hate out and back courses. I don’t want to go one direction and then turn around and do it all over again.

Runner’s World wrote an article about the coolest race medals a few months ago. One of the top races was the Bird in Hand Half Marathon in PA. We thought the race looked cool and it wasn’t too far.

Cheryl and I got up early and headed to the start. We literally parked in a cornfield.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

There was also a hot air balloon festival going on in the morning.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

The balloons were going up when we got to the start. Once they were in the air they started to disappear. I have not idea where they were going!

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

The sunrise was really cool. There were farms everywhere.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

We stopped at the porta-potties before the line got long.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Each one had an inspirational quote inside. It was such a cool idea.

Then we lined up to start.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

There were no corrals. You lined up where you thought you should start. Cheryl and I didn’t really train so we started around the 2:30 pace line.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

As the race started it got foggy out. I was pretty glad it was overcast because the sun would have been killer mixed with all the hills.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

The local amish volunteered for the race. They handed out water and gatorade. They did not like pictures.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Running past the cornfields was cool. It made for a lot to look at.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

The hills were no joke.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

At one point we had to run down a dirt farm road.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

There was a stop along the road. The girl was saying “Rita’s” and Cheryl said to her she wished it was. We figured they were just using Rita’s cups, but it was Rita’s! Sugary water ice was a great treat.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

After that it was just a few miles until the finish.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

I think the horse and buggies are so cool!

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

I couldn’t get over how pretty it was there!

We finished in 2:23, which wasn’t bad for not training. Our medal was the best part.

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

It’s a horseshoe! A literal horseshoe! The amish donate them to make into medals. They are so cool and so heavy!

I would definitely recommend this run to anyone who likes running in scenery and also is ok with hills.

Vella Shpringa!

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