The 2020 Enders Harrisburg Marathon Event is SOLD OUT for both Saturday and Sunday!

The 48th Annual Enders Insurance Harrisburg Marathon will take you on a picturesque journey through beautiful Harrisburg alongside the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania. This race is presented by Donegal Insurance Group.

This year’s Harrisburg Marathon will have some changes made due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the Harrisburg YMCA is committed to providing you with the same quality race experience.

The Marathon is a two day event!

    • Saturday, November 7th (SOLD OUT)
    • Sunday, November 8th (SOLD OUT)

RELAY NOTE: After much work, we cannot provide a safe option to include a Relay for the 2020 event. Registered Relay participants received an email with instructions on 10/28, and are encouraged to reach out to Tom Gifford with questions. We hope we can bring the Relay back in 2021!


  • $100


  • Participants must be 15 years old to register.
  • Registration is online only – there is no in-person registration or mail-in registration.
  • All participants will sign up for corral starts with waves starting every 10 minutes (more details below).
  • Online registration closes Monday, November 2nd at 11:59pm OR is the race sells out prior.


In the unlikely event that our permission to have an in-person event is rescinded, the 2020 Enders Insurance Harrisburg Marathon will become a virtual race. You will have the option of participating in the virtual race and getting your race bag, bibs, and shirt OR a 50% refund.

As much as we would like to be considerate of our participants who may request a 100% refund, this event requires purchasing a significant amount of supplies in advance. If the YMCA were to give full refunds to all participants, this event would go from a fundraiser to a net loss of thousands of dollars for the YMCA during a time when all non-profits are struggling to continue operations.

We are giving 100% to have a safe, fun, and wonderful Harrisburg Marathon event in person, but if circumstances were to change due to concerns for the safety of our community outside of our control, we will provide additional instructions.


Travel from outside of Pennsylvania increases the risk of COVID-19 spread, especially in states that have been listed as “high risk” by the State of Pennsylvania. Due to concerns related to public safety and travel, runners from states listed HERE under the quarantine recommendations for PA one week prior to the event will not be permitted to participate, and will be issued a full refund.


If you were signed up for this race prior to the new race details being released and would like a deferral, please contact us at for a deferral at no cost.


FLEET FEET MECHANICSBURG (Silver Spring Square, 6416 Carlisle Pike #700, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050)

  • Thursday, November 5th – 10am-7pm
  • Friday, November 6th – 10am-6pm
    • Please note that packet pickup on the 6th ends at 6PM


  • Saturday, November 7th 
    • 6am-9am (be sure to get your bib and shirt at no later than 30 minutes before your corral time)
    • 9am-2pm (for Sunday participants who want to pick up prior to race day.
  • Sunday, November 8th 
    • 6am-9am

Please make every effort to get your race bib and shirt prior to race day.


  • The start and finish will be in the north parking lot on City Island
  • We will use a corral start and will be sending participants off in small groups every 10 minutes


Due to extenuating circumstances from COVID19, we are not able to use our regular course that involves multiple street closures. So, we went back to the drawing board to come up with a brand new course that is simple to navigate, minimizes 2-way runner traffic as much as possible, and has a start and finish in the north parking lot of City Island where there is lots of room for social distancing.

BQ Status: Our course is now officially USATF Certified as a full marathon! The course certification # is PA20011NP. Link below. If you are not familiar, a 26.2 mile route must be USATF certified to be accepted by the BAA as a qualifier race. We submitted this route and our timing points to the BAA in August (and since then as well) for confirmation this will be accepted as a BQ route and we are waiting to hear back.  According to BAA Qualification Standards, they state on their website, “We accept qualifying times from USATF, AIMS, or foreign equivalent certified courses.”

Timing mats. There will be timing mats at the start, halfway point, and finish. There will also be timing mats all the way at the north and south points of the course. All participants will have their times logged at each timing point as well as manual backups from our race timer at the north and south parts of the course.

The Harrisburg Marathon will consist of two laps of this course.

The course will open for the first corral at 6:30am and will close at 2:30pm.


To maintain proper distancing measures, we will have a corral start every 10 minutes.

There will be approximately 20-25 people in each corral that will be sent off individually every few seconds.

Corrals will be loosely structured based on estimated finish time. Because we are holding this race two days in a row, we need to be considerate of our afternoon volunteers (we need a lot so if you know someone who might want to help, see section below!) and need to close the course at 2:30pm. For this reason, we are structuring the corrals based on estimated finish time so that those who need more time to complete the course will start earlier. Here are the corral time structures:

There is one corral for elite participants (below).

Corral start times will be:

  • 6:30am – 6-8 hour finish time
    • This is normally called the Walker division, but it open to anyone who needs 6-8 hours to finish the course.
  • ELITE corral
    • 6:50am – Male qualifying time: 3 hours or less
    • 7am – Female qualifying time: 3:35:00 or less
  • 7:10am – 5-6 hour finish time
  • 7:20am – 5-6 hour finish time
  • 7:30am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 7:40am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 7:50am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 8:00am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 8:10am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 8:20am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 8:30am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 8:40am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 8:50am – 3-5 hour finish time
  • 9:00am – 3-5 hour finish time


On both Saturday and Sunday, the Elite Corral will be reserved for those competing for overall male and female (open and masters) awards.

For males, the estimated finish time needed for this heat is 3 hours or less

For females, the estimated finish time needed for this heat is 3:30:00 or less

When registering, you will enter your qualifying time and if it is within the parameters above, you will be able to select the Elite Corral

We added this corral so that we can minimize the number of participants on the course that may have to be passed (there are some sections of the course with two-way runner traffic).

In the corral chute, there will be measures taken so each participant is 6-feet away from others and will wear a mask until just prior to starting.

Corral times will be first come, first serve. Remember, the normal start time for this race is 8:00AM! So regardless of what corral time you have, you are at most one hour off of when you would be starting normally.

Saturday participants:

  • When registering for the event, you will be asked to choose a corral time and enter your estimated finish time.
  • Once you list your estimated finish time, you will be able to select the corral that is reserved for that finish time.

Sunday participants:

  • If you are already registered, you must log back in to your account and enter an estimated finish time and select a corral.
  • There are no open spots for Sunday, and due to limits on participation from state and local government, no accommodations can be made to add any new registrants to Sunday’s race.


All awards will be aggregated for both Saturday and Sunday. While we realize that weather and other conditions can change from day to day, this is the way we have to structure awards this year due to the circumstances.

All awards will be scored by chip time, so essentially it is a time trial race for each person.

Timing mats. There will be timing mats at the north and south parts of the course. Any participant that does not clock a time when crossing these mats each lap will be disqualified from awards. These timing mats at the north and south parts of the course are not meant to be split time mats – they are specifically placed for ensuring that all award winners complete the entire route each lap. These turnaround points also have a manual backup in addition to the chip time mats, so even in the event of some kind of equipment malfunction; we will have your bib number recorded manually each time.

Normally we have this race on one day and all awards are gun timed, but we have had to take new measures this year due to the parameters we have to operate in.

  • All awards will be mailed.
  • Final age group awards will not be available until results are finalized after the Sunday event.
  • No duplicate awards.

PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE TIMING TENT TO REQUEST YOUR TIME OR ASK QUESTIONS OF THE TIMING STAFF. Our timing staff will not be able to assist you as they will be managing starts, stops, and checkpoints. Your time will be available online after the race HERE.

  • We will not be issuing prize money.

Overall Awards (1st-3rd place for all four categories below)

Please note that for Saturday Elite participants, your results will not be published until following the event on Sunday. This is so that the Sunday Elite participants do not go into race day knowing what time they have to beat.

  • Overall male
  • Overall female
  • Overall male masters (40+)
  • Overall female masters (40+)

Age Group Awards (first, second, and third place for male and female categories listed below)

  • 19 and under
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75+


All finishers will receive a finisher medal and a race hoodie. When you register your shirt size, please take this into consideration since some prefer to order their hoodie a size larger than they would a t-shirt.


Click here for a link to the results 


The race will be timed by Falcon Race Timing using disposable chip timing. All race participants must cross the finish mat to register a time. Be sure to wear your bib on the front of your body during the race to ensure an accurate time as the chips will be attached to the back of these. The preliminary results will be posted after the race.


The Harrisburg Hilton has offered a hotel deal for $119 per night. The Harrisburg Hilton is about a 1/2 mile walk to the start/finish line on City Island. This hotel deal includes a late checkout of 3pm, so you will have time to get back to the hotel after your race.

The cutoff for the hotel block is October 30th.

The Group Name for the hotel block is Harrisburg YMCA – Harrisburg Marathon

The Group code is MARAT

Click here to reserve a room


In order for us to keep crowds to a minimum and keep everyone safe, we ask that all participants limit their spectators as much as possible. This way, everyone can have someone cheering them on!

There is going to be a lot of spectator room in the parking lot area. The final stretch of the race will take place around the perimeter of the parking lot, so there will be plenty of room for spectators to space out!

Spectators are asked to respect the barricades and should not enter the race course or finish line area at any time for any reason. Please do not bring any spectators with you across the finish line as there will be other runners crossing before they are masked.

Spectators must wear masks while at the event.


  • We will have to do water stations differently this year than in previous years.
  • All water stations will have 8oz bottles of water that participants can pick up as they run past.
  • We will be able to provide Gatorade but not gels.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to use hydration packs and self-fuel.
  • 6, 4.6, 7.8, 10.3, 11.7, 14.1, 16.8, 17.8, 21.3, 23.5, and 24.5


  • There will be parking on City Island for participants.


Porta-potties will be placed adjacent to all water station listed above.


Not running but interested in helping out?

We need some extra volunteer help since we are holding this race over the course of two days! We need volunteers for the start line/finish line area, water stations on the course, and especially with directing runners on the route. We will provide comprehensive instructions. Most volunteer shifts are between 2-3 hours.

We already have the best volunteers in the entire running community (not to brag =) so if you are interested, please contact Chip Hitz at


EMS utility vehicles will be available along the course. EMTs will be available near the finish line on City Island. EMTs will be in contact with each water station in case of emergency. There will also be a medical tent at starting/finish line, which you will also pass at the halfway point.


It is imperative that all participants wear a face mask at all times, except while running their heat. If we work together, we can stay healthy together! You must maintain appropriate social distance at all times, please be aware of your surroundings.

  • Participants must wear a mask up until they reach the starting line area
  • Masks can be taken off while running
  • After crossing the finish line and going through the finish line chute, masks must be put on prior to exiting the finish line chute
  • Spectators must wear masks while at the event

What should I do with my mask while running?

We will not have a bag drop, so please wear shorts with pockets so you can put the mask in your pocket while running and access it again prior to exiting the finish line chute


Will there be food trucks?

  • We will not be having food trucks this year.

Will there be an awards ceremony?

  • There will not be an awards ceremony at the event.
  • All results will be updated on the results page of the Falcon Race Timing page for the Harrisburg Mile as soon as they are ready.
  • Awards will be mailed to participants following the race.

Can I register in-person?

  • No, there will not be any in-person registration this year.
  • All participants must signup online by Monday, November 2nd at 11:59pm.

Can I stick around to watch the race after I finish?

  • As much as we would love to have everyone hang out and watch the race like we do every year, we need to keep our overall crowd size down and kindly ask that once you finish, you head out and make room for the next finisher.

What do I do after I finish the race?

We’ll miss you! Once participants have finished running, we ask that they exit through the finish line chute and proceed to leave City Island. This will prevent overcrowding, encourage social distancing, and make room for the next finisher!

  • After the race, we will have a finish line chute where you can get water and see some of our vendors.
  • After exiting the finish line chute, we respectfully ask our participants to head out so we can keep our crowd size down.

Are awards chip-timed or gun-timed?

  • All age group awards are chip-timed.
    • This is because we are utilizing a corral format and not a gun-time format like usual.

    2020 Marathon Sponsors

    Race Series SponsorDonegal Insurance Group
    Title Sponsor
    Finish Line Sponsor
    Photo Sponsor
    Premier Eye Care Group
    Healthy Living Sponsor
    Select Physical Therapy
    Heat Sheet Sponsor
    Official Running Store
    Fleet Feet Mechanicsburg