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The Spirit of Gettysburg
The Spirit of Gettysburg was much more than just another 5K. For 30 years, it was part of the yearly calendar, not just for Adams County but for the hundreds of participants who traveled many miles to be part of it. We wanted our new race to carry forth that same “Spirit” and to do so we knew we had to come up with something extraordinary.
Beginning from the YWCA, the traditional starting line, your running journey will incorporate borough and battlefield, providing an experience like no other event staged in this area. Down the vast expanse of Springs Avenue, out West Street at the original borough line, through the historic third ward, the course spills out briefly onto Baltimore Street before angling south, along invigorating Steinwehr Avenue. You’ll then cross over into Cumberland Township, moving along the Emmitsburg Road. You’ll have a magnificent view of Big and Little Roundtop, the Pennsylvania Monument, and opposing Generals Meade and Lee. You’d have been right in the middle of Pickett’s famous charge one hundred and fifty-nine years ago.
The course then takes a right turn, providing a view of Confederate Avenue before spilling out onto Pumping Station Road and a breathtaking view of the countryside. Soon, you’ll turn at Red Rock Road, crossing a historic bridge, and come upon the Gettysburg Nature Alliance.
The course then loops back up to Pumping Station Road, Millerstown Road, and the final portion of the course, ending at the rear of Steinwehr Avenue’s Heritage Center, where the after-party will begin.