Run for the Honey in Hancock is Aug. 19

Published: 08-09-2023 11:53 AM

The Betty Pels Run for the Honey will be Saturday, Aug. 19, with the 5K road race at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run at 9 a.m.

The Run for the Honey has been held as part of Old Home Day in Hancock since 1979. It is named in honor of Betty Pels, who directed the race for many years along with her family. Race-day registration and check-in for the 5K takes place from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Fun Run registration is at 7:30 a.m.. To register early for the 5K, visit The first 100 registrants will get a free jar of honey.

The 5K fee for Hancock residents is $5, payable on race day, and the fee for non-residents is $10. Checks should be made out to "Ginger Smith, Race Director.’

There is no online registration for the Fun Run, which is free. The course is a 200-yard circuit around the town green between the Congregational Church and the Town Hall.

On race day, go to registration and check-in in front of the church vestry on Main Street, in the center of Hancock, just to the east of the Congregational Church. For the race course, see

Limited parking is available along Main Street, behind the town office building and behind the library. Do not park at the post office. Bathrooms are available at registration and the finish line, and there is a water station at about 2.1 miles.

The top three females and males in the 13-and-under, 14-to-19, 20-to-29, 30-to-39, 40-to-49, 50-to-59, 60-to-69, 70-to-79 and 80-plus groups will receive awards. Awards will not be mailed, so winners should be present at the awards ceremony. All Fun Run finishers receive a ribbon.

For past race results, detailed course directions and driving directions from out of town, visit or send email to

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