Franklin County Visitors Bureau Announces Local Races

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With the weather getting better and the beautiful backdrop of mountains, state parks and rolling hills, many local races are coming up for new runners and veterans alike. From races designed to test the avid runner and others built around having fun, there is something for everyone in Franklin County.

Compete or try a fun run in Franklin County!

With specialty shops and racing clubs, the county is a great place for runners to stretch their legs and find a community of support.

Franklin County is home to beautiful, rolling hills and wide open spaces–a good prescription for a long, snowy winter. With specialty shops and racing clubs, the county is a great place for runners to stretch their legs and find a community of support. Runners in Franklin County can try a variety of charity, memorial and qualifying races that take place all over Franklin County.

In the beginning of April, the Greencastle Flyers, a track and cross country club, will be hosting the Martins Mill Covered Bridge 5 Mile Challenge. On April 2, starting at 8:30 a.m., runners are challenged to a historic 5-mile course, beginning at Antrim Township Park and including Martins Mill Covered Bridge. For more information or to register, visit

One of the Greencastle Flyers’ biggest events is the Greencastle Pub Run. This year, the 4th event, the half marathon will be held April 16, starting at 8:00 a.m. The race starts and ends from the John Allison Public House’s new location on South Antrim Way. For more information or to register, visit

The Pine Hill 5K Trail Run is one of Franklin County’s newest races. Scheduled for April 30 at 9 a.m., the Pine Hill 5K challenges everyone to run off-street and take to the rolling hills of Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro. This unique course is run completely on trails. More than holding a successful race, the Pine Hill 5K wants to promote a regional culture of wellness and encourage everyone to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle. A wine festival is being coordinated with this year’s event. Proceeds benefit community organizations. For more information, visit

For those looking to put the ‘fun’ in fun run, the un-timed Splash Your Sole 5K will be taking place at Norlo Park on May 14 starting at 8am. This event, hosted by Summit Health, promotes health and wellness and residents get splashed with color as they run at 4 stations along the course. The run also benefits the Waynesboro Community Walking Trail project. For more information, visit

In June, make sure to run in the Race Against Poverty held by the South Central Community Action Program in downtown Chambersburg. According to the race’s website, the race supports Circles, a “collaborative effort working to build relationships that inspire and equip or community to overcome poverty.” Through partnerships made in the program, community members are achieving long-term financial stability, SCAAP says, and last year, the race raised $14,000 for Circles. To register and for more information, visit

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more….plan your visit at, by contacting 866.646.8060, 717.552.2977 or by paging through the online visitors guide.

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