The Harrisburg Area
YMCA Race Series
Welcome to the Harrisburg Area YMCA Race Series — some of the highest quality, family friendly and competitive running events in the region. This series supports the Harrisburg YMCA, a cause-driven and charitable organization that helps men, women and children throughout the Capital Region each year. Come out and support your community YMCA by running in one race or the whole series. Who knows, maybe you can even qualify for the Boston Marathon at the Harrisburg Marathon.
Sunday May 17, 2020
*pending final township approval*
Kick off your race season with the Vinewinder 5k! The Vinewinder 5k combines athleticism with sophistication in a race around scenic Pennsylvania wine country. Experience some of this wonderful terrain for the first time. Come for a run, stay for some fun!
Saturday June 20, 2020
We welcome you to a hilly, nature-lined 10K course starting and ending on the beautiful grounds of Harrisburg Area Community College. Challenge yourself with this popular distance, and enjoy a milkshake from the PA Dairymen’s Association (YES! FARM SHOW MILKSHAKES!) Not ready to take on the 10K? Want to spend the day with family? Take on the Milkshake Mile, a fun, flat loop around the beautiful HACC Campus! There’s something fun for everyone, sign up today!
Wednesday July 15, 2020
For over 30 years Harrisburg has taken over Front Street for a race event for the whole family. No matter who you are or what your fitness level is, this event is for you. Several heats take place during the event, with one of the most exciting being the Corporate Challenge- a team event that invites co-workers to come out as a team and finish as a team. Individuals strive to achieve their personal best time. Kids can enjoy crafts, games, and activities in our Kids Zone, and adults can enjoy a DJ and after-party. Don’t miss out on this fun community event!
Sunday September 13, 2020
The Harrisburg Half Marathon course starts and finishes on City Island and runs along the scenic Riverfront Park in the downtown Harrisburg community. It’s an ideal course that’s friendly for runners of all abilities — beginners enjoy the lack of elevation while more experienced runners strive for personal bests. In 20 years of existence and with over 1,200 participants last year, the Half has experienced tremendous growth and is quickly becoming one of the largest running events in Central Pennsylvania.
October 3, 2020
*pending final township approval*
The 6th Annual HopDash 5K is back in Hershey! Start your morning with a run/walk through the hills of Hershey, and finish at the brewery with HopFest beers, snacks, live music, games and more! Costumes are highly encouraged (they even have their own awards categories). Spots are limited.
Registration is limited for this event. To be among the first to know, follow us on Facebook.
Sunday November 8, 2020
The queen-mother of all running events in the greater central Pennsylvania area, this Boston-qualifier has been affectionately dubbed the “Mini-Boston” — not just in being a stepping stone to one of the most prestigious races in the country, but because Harrisburg’s heart comes alive as thousands of runners and spectators turn the downtown into a festival. The Harrisburg Marathon features a revised course that debuted in 2015. This fast, flat marathon winds through urban street, forested paths, across bridges, and through natural features unique to Pennsylvania’s capital city on the river.
The Harrisburg Area YMCA offers programs, services and initiatives focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, according to the unique needs of the communities it engages. Together we provide a place for sports and play among youth, fitness and well-being among adults and social opportunities for seniors. We pride ourselves in being accessible to all people and financial assistance is offered to individuals and families that cannot afford membership.
THE HARRISBURG AREA YMCA MISSION
The Harrisburg Area YMCA is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to aid in the spiritual, mental and physical development of each person enabling them to be beneficial and contributing members of our society. We accomplish our mission through our programs and services, which are designed to meet community needs in an atmosphere of Christian growth and love and to put Christian principles in to practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
The funds from the Harrisburg Area YMCA Race Series directly support the East Shore YMCA, a historic association in downtown Harrisburg. To learn more about the Harrisburg Area YMCA CLICK HERE
As a sponsor of the Harrisburg Area YMCA Race Series, you are tapping an audience of engaged participants in the Harrisburg community and beyond. Your company can choose to partner with us around the entire race series, a specific race or even set up a customized sponsorship that fits your specific needs. Our goal at the YMCA is to illuminate possibilities for your company and start the discussion about how the Race Series can help your brand interact with this active, desirable audience.
Different sponsorship levels offer the opportunity to participate in a robust marketing strategy that includes over twenty targeted emails, visibility on our newly redesigned Series website, brand recognition on t-shirts, materials in race packets, and more. And all of this is done at an impressive, tax-deductible, affordable rate for your budget.
Contact Race Coordinator Chip Hitz to discuss the sponsorship opportunity that may be good for your business.
Volunteers make it possible for the YMCA to provide the best running events in the area. Please consider volunteering by providing your name and email below. As a volunteer, you will be playing an active part in making your community better while ensuring the Harrisburg YMCA continues to be able to positively affect the lives of youth in our community through our programs.
Ready to get involved? Click HERE to email our race staff and learn more about upcoming opportunities with the YMCA Race Series!
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