The Hershey® Half Marathon is 13.1 sweet miles through Hershey, Pennsylvania. Runners take in all Hershey has to offer as they go through Hersheypark® and past iconic locations such as the M.S. Hershey Mansion, Milton Hershey School®, and down Chocolate Avenue where there is a Chocolate Aid Station. Participants can sign up as individuals or part of a 2-person relay team, as long as they keep a 14-minute mile pace.
Bibs are not-transferable.
Please note: Only participants running under their own registrations will be eligible for prizes.
The race starts at 7:30 AM for runners and walkers. (No strollers, roller blades, skateboards, or bicycles please.)
All participants must be a minimum of 14 years of age. There is a Kids' Fun Run on Saturday evening for ages 2-13.
Top Male Finisher: $300 and Top Female Finisher: $300
|Top Male Ages 14-24: $150||Top Female Ages 14-24: $150|
|Top Male Ages 25-34: $150||Top Female Ages 25-34: $150|
|Top Male Ages 35-44: $150||Top Female Ages 35-44: $150|
|Top Male Ages 45-54: $150||Top Female Ages 45-54: $150|
|Top Male Ages 55-64: $150||Top Female Ages 55-64: $150|
|Top Male Ages 65+: $150||Top Female Ages 65+: $150|
*Note: Overall male and female winner will be awarded $300 prize only. Only participants running under their own registrations will be eligible for prizes. Winners will be preliminarily decided at the finish line. Monetary prizes will be mailed after all results have been confirmed with Mid-Atlantic Timing.
Yes! Guests of The Hotel HersheySM, Hershey LodgeSM and Hersheypark® Camping Resort will have shuttle transportation to the Hersheypark Complex from 6 AM - 7 AM, and following the race until 12 PM.
There is a Kids' Fun Run in Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 5:15 PM, and the Fun Run sells out quickly. Event costs $12 and we recommend signing up early to secure a spot.
No. All registrations must be completed online. Accepted forms of payment are Visa, and Master Card.
At times, email servers block the confirmation emails. You can search your spam folder or email HersheyHalfMarathon@Hersheypa.com, to have another confirmation sent to you.
Yes, anyone willing to cheer on racers are encouraged to do so at Hersheypark Stadium or the downtown Hershey. Unfortunately due to space limitations, there is no room for spectators at the half way point.
Saturday, October 20 from 10 AM - 5 PM, packets can be picked up at the Northwest Corner of the Hersheypark® Stadium .
On Sunday, October 21 starting at 6 AM, packets can be picked up at the Northwest Corner of the Hersheypark Stadium. Note, location for packet pickup can change, so be sure to read the email sent week of event regarding details
Yes, as a convenience, this year we are allowing others to pick up race packets for friends and family.
Runners will start and end at Hersheypark Stadium. The route includes a section of Hersheypark, Chocolate Avenue (featuring our famous streetlights!), Milton S. Hershey's home-High Point Mansion, Milton Hershey School and more!
For the safety of all participants, we do not recommend the use of any electronic devices while particpating in the Hershey Half Marathon.
Hersheypark In The DarkSM is open during race weekend. As part of your registration, you'll receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Park in your race packet as well as a discounted coupon off admission for additional tckets. Additional tickets can be purchased online or at the Ticketing Services Building located near the tram circle.
While the Park is open to the public on Friday, your complimentary tickets will only be available during packet pick-up on Saturday and Sunday. We will be unable to distribute tickets in advance. Additional tickets may be purchased online or at the Ticketing Services Building.
Hershey's Chocolate World is open at 9 AM each day in October. Closing times vary. Chocolate World is located within walking distance to the stadium. On Saturday evening, a Fun Run for children 13 and under will be held at Hersheypark Stadium.
On Sunday, the Half Marathon kicks off at 7:30 AM for runners and walkers, Spectators can view the race from various locations around town, or remain at the stadium to view the start and finish.
Hershey, PA is home to many great attractions including The Hershey Story Museum, ZooAmerica®, Hershey Gardens and more! Visit HersheyPA.com for more information and a schedule of events in Hershey.
No, refunds are not available for the Hershey Half Marathon unless you purchased race insurance through Run Sign Up, and registration fees cannot be applied to other Hershey races and events.
No. Once you have registered for the race, your position is secured in the race. We are unable to provide refunds to participants unless you purchased race insurance through Run Sign Up,
The Hershey Half Marathon will be timed by Mid-Atlantic Timing. Your disposable timing tag will be attached to the back of your race bib. Do not remove this chip from the bib. Be sure to wear your bib on the front of your body where it can be seen and not under any layers of clothing and run through the finish arch. After you have completed the race, walk over to one of the rapid results kiosks near the finish line to look up your finish time. Learn more about the RM Timing System from Mid-Atlantic Timing.
Relay teams will consist of 2 persons. Due to space limitations at the exact halfway point, the runner completing the first leg of the race will run 6.7 miles, with runner #2 running 6.4 miles.
Transportation will be available to and from the half-way mark for those participating in the relay. Please note that ONLY registered participants will be permitted on the relay buses. Buses will be located at Hersheypark Stadium north-east gate. These buses will run on a constant loop to and from the half-way point.
Runners must maintain a 14 minute/mile pace. All participants must be clear of the course by 10:35 AM. Those who cannot maintain this pace may be transported back to the finish line, or must move off public roads and on to sidewalks. These participants must also understand that Aid Stations and race support may not be available after this time.
Yes! We have partnered with iTab to create an engraved label to place on the back of your Hershey Half Marathon Medal. For just $10, you can get your name and finished time engraved and sent to you to place on the back of your medal. Visit iTab for more information and to purchase.
The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and Hersheypark Camping Resort are the Official Resorts for the Hershey Half Marathon. Find out more on HersheyPA.com.
There is not a rain date for this event. It will be held rain or shine.
Yes! The men's and women's locker rooms at Hersheypark Stadium will be open for post-race showers.
Children's Miracle Network's mission is to support the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital by purchasing state-of-art equipment and by supporting vital programs. All dollars raised locally stay local to help all children treated at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. To help raise funds individually for CMN click here.
If you are a member of the media, and are interested in additional information, please email us.
Yes, we are building a list of vendors to participate in our expo. Vendors will be on-site Saturday, October 20 from 10 AM - 5 PM.
Yes, a vendor area will be provided this year. Email us or call 717-534-3418. There is limited availability of slots available.
Yes, there is a Facebook page for the Chocolate Town ChallengesSM events, which includes the Hershey Half Marathon. Be sure to "like" us for the most up-to-date information and use #HersheyHalf and #HersheyPA on all social media platforms!