12 responses to Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon
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    Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 21st, 2012 at 06:32)

    That all sounds like incredible fun. Since my plan is to move to Iowa this year (within a couple of months), I like the idea of moonlit runs. That will be me, the only woman in the group, in long dress and head covering. I used to powerlift in black yoga pants and long-sleeved t-shirts, with a small knit cap as my covering. I look forward to running again. It was great trail-running here in new Denmark, but it is all hills.

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      Robin Stone
      Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 23rd, 2012 at 08:15)

      Question for Magdalena – what part io Iowa are you relocating to? I live in NE Iowa, very close tot he Hazelton and Edgewood Amish communities.

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    Jean
    Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 21st, 2012 at 06:50)

    Iowa?! That’s where I am! I’m looking hard on start training for Tough Mudder http://toughmudder.com/. I am fournate to live right beside Raccoon Valley trial. Best time for me to run is after our children is in bed with husband as babysitter. I do so look forward to it! Yup, many people assume I’m Amish but I’m not. I fully intent to keep my plain clothing. That’ll be interesting….

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    Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 21st, 2012 at 08:35)

    This is clean healthy fun and I hope it doesn’t get out of hand for the Amish that they have to put a stop to it.

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    Ann Whitaker
    Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 21st, 2012 at 08:38)

    Makes me want to take up running! Thanks, Erik for another great post! I’ve danced by the light of the moon, but now, moon walks (runs) seem in order. :)
    Have a great day!

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    Lee Ann
    Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 21st, 2012 at 09:07)

    Sounds like fun and alot of support there for that run. I haven’t heard of moon runs before, but here in AZ we have hiking under the moon.

    Great way to stay in shape with that run.

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    Tom(KY)
    Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 21st, 2012 at 09:21)

    A s’mores party that takes place just outside of Hershey PA, seems to be a natural fit.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Luna...tic? (March 21st, 2012 at 13:35)

    Luna...tic?

    Forgive me, I don’t mean to sound disrespectful, but before I even read the blog, I was thinking about taking some nighttime walks and wondering when the moon would be full, thus the “lunatic” reference. I haven’t been able to run for years (had one bad knee replaced a couple of years back) but I do enjoy walking after dark. I grew up walking a lot, since we never owned a car.

    Now I’m wondering if the Amish who do these moon runs wear blinkers or reflective clothing, or are the roads so sparsely traveled by auto or buggy that it doesn’t matter?

    Say, do the Amish play soccer? I’ve heard of them playing volleyball, softball, baseball. It’s interesting to hear about what’s banned, sports-wise. I’d be interested to hear of any other sport bans, and the reasoning beind them.

    Alice Mary

    • Alice Mary I haven’t seen that soccer is too popular in any Amish communities I’ve visited, nor heard much that it is, though I’m sure there are kids who kick a ball around.

      “Lunatyk” is actually the word for sleepwalker in Polish. It’s what you’d call a false friend. A Pole might tell you that he or she is a “lunatyk”. Don’t be alarmed though :)

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    Darlene
    Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 21st, 2012 at 18:56)

    We were in Bird-in-Hand last month and drove by a runner who was wearing suspenders. My husband pointed out the “Amish runner” and we chuckled. Today we chuckled because he probably WAS an Amish runner!

    I started running last June and enjoy an early morning run. No midnight runs for me as I run alone and am a scardey-cat (with good reason…ever watch the news? :) I’ll be running my first 5k next weekend and have now informed my husband that maybe I COULD train for a 1/2 marathon…

    And Erik…it’s a smore’s JAMBOREE…that’s like a step ABOVE a mere “party.”

    Running and smore’s…a match made in heaven…

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    Lindsay
    Comment on Amish Runners and the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon (March 25th, 2012 at 12:00)

    I think I may be in for the BIH half. I’m running the Chicago Marathon again this year and this race comes at the perfect point in training where I need a dressv rehearsal run.

    The article also mentioned a Ragnar Relay team made up of all Amish gents that was one of the top teams overall. But also lots of races offer a team component…I run on a team sponsored by a local running store and our combined time determines our place.

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