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Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Ready for the race of a lifetime?


The 46th Annual Harrisburg Marathon will take you on a thrilling journey through beautiful Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Our fast, flat course is a Boston qualifier that’s sure to give plenty of runners a great PR!

We reimagined the Harrisburg Marathon event in 2015 and were met with rave reviews from new runners and seasoned marathoners alike. Dubbed as a “mini-Boston” this energetic race filled Second Street with people cheering, music playing, the energy of what has been called “Restaurant Row” as runners of our completely redesigned course round their way onto Second Street towards the new finish line at Locust.

The completely redesigned Marathon course better integrates the city into the fun. We’ve added new sections that showcase some of Harrisburg’s landmarks like Fort Hunter. We’ve introduced two scenic bridge crossings to integrate our friends on the west shore of the Susquehanna. The crescendo of the new Marathon though, was to move the final mile and finish line right down Second Street to Locust Street —the epicenter of the downtown scene.

Not running? Come to the Downtown Marathon Red Block Party!

Don’t miss the third annual Marathon Red Block Party sponsored by the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District! We redesigned the Harrisburg Marathon course to integrate the event with the community that hosts it. Celebrate our “mini-Boston” and cheer on finishers in a huge downtown celebration!



Runners and walkers 

  • Registrations opens to February 28th – $60
  • March 1st to March 31st – $65
  • April 1st to April 30th – $70
  • May 1st to May 31st – $75
  • June 1st to June 30th – $80
  • July 1st to July 31st – $85
  • August 1st to August 31st – $90
  • September 1st to September 30th – $95
  • October 1st to October 31st – $100
  • November 1st to Tuesday, November 6th (close of online registration at 11:59pm) – $105
  • Registration will also be available during packet pick-up, cost is $110 (hoodies not guaranteed)

Relay Teams (teams of 4)

  • Start of registration to February 28th – $180
  • March 1st to April 30th – $190
  • May 1st to June 30th – $200
  • July 1st to August 31st – $225
  • September 1st to October 31st – $260
  • November 1st to Tuesday, November 6th (close of online registration at 11:59pm) – $280
  • Registration will also be available during packet pick-up, cost is $300/team (hoodies not guaranteed)
  • Master’s Teams must have a combined age of 160

Paper registration forms:

**There are NO refunds**


Runners and Relay Teams may pick up their packets at any of the following times. Walkers must pick up their packets prior to Race Day. You may also pick up a packet for a friend!

Packet pick-up times:

Friday, November 9th – 5-7:30pm, Radisson in Camp Hill
Saturday, November 10th – 11am to 4pm, Radisson in Camp Hill
Sunday, November 11th – Carousel Pavilion on City Island, 6am to 7:45am

The Radisson in Camp Hill is located at 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011


6:30AM – Walkers start on City Island
8:00AM – Marathon & Relay Team Runners start on City Island
All participants should be at City Island or their relay exchange point at least 30 minutes before their start time.


The race will be timed by Official results will be available on the website following the race. Official time for Boston Marathon Qualification will be Chip Time. Split times will be called at multiple locations along the course. Time clocks are also placed at various locations on the course.


Relay teams of 4 will be eligible for awards. Categories include All Male, All Female, Mixed, Male Masters, Female Masters, Mixed Masters, and All 50+. The top team in each category will receive awards.

  • Master’s Teams must have a combined age of 160

Teams of 2 and 3 are welcome but will not be eligible for awards.

The first relay exchange will be on the upper level Greenbelt Path about 300 yards south of the Market St Bridge, under the railroad bridge, across Front Street from the Harrisburg Hospital.

The second and third relay exchanges will be at the PA Dental Association, which is located at 3501 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110.


  • Leg 1 – 8.1 miles
  • Leg 2 – 5.3 miles
  • Leg 3 – 7.9 miles
  • Leg 4 – 4.9 miles

Relay teams also receive relay-specific finisher medals.

Relay Substitution Form (PDF)


There is a walker division of this race that begins at 6:30am. It is permitted to do a run/walk with the walker division. Any marathon runner that may need more time to finish the course (course is open until 2pm) has the option of signing up as a walker. Anyone in the walker division will receive an official gun time. Walker division also receives a medal, shirt, post-race food, etc. There are no awards for the walker division.

If you are signing up in the walker division, please read the document below very thoroughly prior to race day. This document outlines turn-by-turn instructions for the first 11 miles of the race. Volunteers and police will not be on the course until closer to the 8am start time. It is the responsibility of every participant in the walker division to read the document below and be familiar with the first 11 miles of the course prior to race day. The course will be marked, but you will need to also be familiar with the route to avoid the possibility of going off-course.

Walker Division Instructions (PDF)


We are excited to welcome back as the pace team for the Harrisburg  Marathon! Click here to see the pace team lineup. 


We are excited to announce the Hilton in downtown Harrisburg is back as the host hotel! The beautiful downtown Hilton (1 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101) is only TWO blocks past the finish line and a little over 1/2 mile from the start on the Market St Bridge.

The Hilton is offering late checkout of 3pm on race day for all runners who reserve a room with the Marathon block.  Space is limited, so book early. Registration for the Marathon hotel block ends when the block reaches capacity OR on November 5th. To register, use the code YMCA18 as the Group Code.

The Radisson in Camp Hill is offering a special rate of $115 for the Marathon! Please contact the Radisson at 717-763-7117. This includes at late checkout of 3pm on race day. The Radisson is also offering a pasta dinner on Saturday, November 10th.

The Radisson in Camp Hill will also be offering a pasta buffet in their Heirloom Restaurant from 5-7:30pm on Saturday, November 10th. Includes all you can eat pasta, marinara and alfredo sauces, bread sticks, and dessert.


No shuttle services are provided. The walk to City Island is approximately 1/2 mile from the Hilton Hotel, the host hotel for the 2018 race. All lanes from the East Shore (Downtown Harrisburg) to City Island on the Market Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for the start of the race, approximately 7:30AM to 8:20AM.


If you are unable to participate in the 2018 Harrisburg Marathon you may defer your entry to the 2018 event. The fee to defer is $20. The last day to defer is Tuesday, November 6th at 11:59PM. Click here for information about how to defer your entry.


The most convenient place to park is on City Island. This is where the race begins. The finish is at the intersection of 2nd St/Locust St, which is about a 1/2 mile walk back to City Island across the Walnut St walking bridge.


Click here to see the Marathon course! (MapMyRun version)

Click here for a Printable Marathon Course Map

Restrooms will be located at the start and finish areas, and along the course.

Water stations are located approximately every 2 1/2 miles. Each aid station after the first one at mile 3 will have water, sports drink, and gel. The Gatorade flavor will be Frost Glacier Freeze and the Honey Stinger gels will be Fruit Smoothie, Vanilla, and Acai Pomengranate.



The UPMC Pinnacle Health Medical Assistance Team will be on hand at the finish line and throughout the course. If you need any medical assistance, Pinnacle Health has you covered!


A Clothing Drop-Off Area is provided inside of the Carousel Pavilion on City Island. Please label your drop-off bag with your race number. An aluminum space blanket will also be provided to each runner at the finish line. The Harrisburg East Shore YMCA at Front & North Streets will be open to runners to shower and change from 10:30AM to 4:00PM, please bring your own towel.


Volunteers will be released from their stations based on a 13 minute pace and the finish line will close at 2:00PM. If you do not think you can complete the course by 2:00, please ask a water station volunteer to arrange for an assistance vehicle.


Click here for information regarding spectator viewing locations on the Harrisburg Marathon course.


Food and refreshments from Panera Bread will be provided at the finish line.

Heat sheets will be given out to each participant crossing the finish line. Heat sheets are sponsored by Cynthia Forry

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All individual race participants will receive a finisher’s medal at the finish line.

Awards are distributed based on “Overall Open” and “Masters” (40+) male and female categories. This includes awards for male and female top 3 overall as well as top 3 male and female masters (40+).

Age group awards span from 19 and under through 65-69 and over in 5-year increments. There will also be a 70+ category. The top 3 finishers in each age group will receive an award. Top relay teams in each category will be given awards as well. No duplication of awards.

Overall awards will be scored by gun time. Age group award will be score by chip time. No exceptions.The awards ceremony will be adjacent to the finish line in downtown Harrisburg starting at approximately 12:00PM.

Relay teams of 4 will be eligible for awards. Categories include All Male, All Female, Mixed, Male Masters, Female Masters, Mixed Masters, and All 50+. The top team in each category will receive awards.

Separate finisher medals will be given to both relay teams and runners.

Q and A

Is there a minimum age limit?

The minimum age for a participant in the Harrisburg Marathon is 15 years old for full marathon participants and 13 for relay participants.

Can I transfer my race bib to someone else?
Yes! Click here for how to transfer your race bib. Race bibs can be transferred until Tuesday, November 6th at 11:59pm

Results and Pictures

Relay Records
2018 Results
2017 Results | 2017 Photos
RESULTS – Click here to view the 2016 Marathon Results page
PHOTOS – Click here to view the 2016 Marathon photos
RESULTS – click here to view 2015 Marathon Results page
 PHOTOS – click here to view 2015 Marathon photos


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