Sunday May 3, 2015

Kick off your race season at the 2015 Vinewinder. The newest addition to the Race Series, the Vinewinder 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!

This race is limited to the first 750 people! Register now!


Thursday May 14, 2015

The armed forces, police, firefighters, first responders, and their families are an important part of our community. The Freedom 5K is a community celebration of their service. Hundreds of runners will join together on City Island for a 5K event that features a community heat and a competitive military branch-to-branch competition. Celebrate their commitment and show your support by running in this great race.

Sunday June 28, 2015

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 18 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.

All individual race participants receive a finisher’s medal at the finish line. Awards are distributed based on “Overall Open” and “Masters” (40+) male and female categories. The overall male and female champion will also receive $250 in prize money. Age groups span from 19 and under through 65 and over in 5-year increments. The top 3 finishers in each age group will receive an award. Top 3 Relay Teams will be given awards as well.  No duplication of awards.

Wednesday July 15, 2015

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, August 23, 2015

The dirtiest race in central Pennsylvania

Come get dirty with us in the beautiful (but filthy) acreage just north of the heart of Harrisburg city. Don’t let this “mini-mudder” fool you — while it’s a scaled down distance, we’ve upped the ante on fun and challenging obstacles sure to turn a white shirt colors. How do you train for the MudMash? We’d recommend watching Indiana Jones a few times for starters…

Date TBA Soon!

Beer, food, and a 5K. What could be better? This spirited race takes you through beautiful Hershey, PA in road, rural and park settings, before ending at the Troeg’s Brewery for a celebration like no other. This race sells out fast with hundreds of participants and even more spectators. Look for our updates, and don’t miss your chance to register for this popular race! (Seriously, this one sells out fast. Did we mention, it sells out fast? Like, really really fast.)

Registration will be announced soon

Registration is limited for this event. To be among the first to know, follow us on Facebook.

Sunday, November 8th

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. This year features a completely redesigned course that winds through urban street, forested paths, across bridges, and through natural features unique to Pennsylvania’s capital city on the river.

Registration will be announced soon

Registration is limited for this event. To be among the first to know, follow us on Facebook.


The Y 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 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.

To learn more about the Harrisburg Area YMCA CLICK HERE

Event Sponsorship

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.

Take a look at our Sponsorship Packet for more detailed information or contact Race Director Tom Gifford to discuss the sponsorship opportunity that may be good for your business.



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