Most people who enjoy running as a healthy diversion also enjoy entering the occasional racing event. From 5K to marathon, preparing for and competing in a race is fun and exciting. A runner looking for a race never need look very far – they are everywhere, except in the time of Covid-19, of course.

The YWCA’s slate of races, the Encore 5K and the Battlefield Half Marathon in the fall and the Spirit of Gettysburg 5K in June were all cancelled or run as “virtual” events in 2020. We don’t know what will happen in 2021, but we’re looking forward to staging them again, for the enjoyment of the runners and the support of the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County.

Mark Purdy is coordinator of communications and events at the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County. He may be reached at

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