Thousands will line up Sunday for the 7th annual Hershey Half Marathon

This weekend, 5 thousand runners will take to the streets of Hershey for the 7th annual Hershey Half Marathon.

Some prepared for the tour around Chocolate Town for months...

"We love to let guests come through run through Hershey park, run through the town of Hershey.. it's such a beautiful area... it gives those guests a different experience," said Hershey Communications Specialist, Haylee Dugan.

The race starts and ends at Hersheypark Stadium, but it's the course that has folks snapping pictures of all the tradition that Chocolate Town offers... that is, if the hills through Hersheypark don't get to you.

"It is a bit hilly which I think some runners like to prepare for... it's at the beginning of the run so hopefully that helps," said Dugan.

After the steep hills in the park, runners will hit the pavement in downtown Hershey, making their way down Chocolate Avenue and eventually through the scenic greens of the golf course.

Sure, people race a half marathon for pride, but this run is for the kids.

Proceeds from the race benefit Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

There's also a special treat for folks near the end.

"Towards the end of the course we have what we call the miracle mile where some of the children from Children's Miracle Network come and cheer on the runners for that last mile," said Dugan.

That, as well as a chocolate aid station is more than enough to push folks across that finish line.

The race is Sunday, October 16th with a bright and early start time at 7:30.

Although the race is sold out, there is still opportunity for folks to volunteer.

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