The 49th 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 use the same course that was created last year to adhere to the CDC and government safety protocols. Safety is always our number one governing factor at all of our Harrisburg YMCA running races. Many of last year’s participants found this Boston Qualifier course to be extremely fast and there were a significant number of PR’s reported.

REGISTER

The Marathon is a two day event!

    • Saturday, November 13th – Relay (4 people per team)
    • Sunday, November 14th – Marathon

RELAY NOTE: We are excited to announce that the Harrisburg Marathon Relays are back after having to take a one year hiatus. In fact they are bigger and better than ever! This year we are dedicating one day just to the relays due to the ever increasing interest in this event. So whether you want to run 5, 8 or 26.1 miles we have a distance for you!

RACE COST

RELAY

  • March to April – $210/team
  • May to June – $230
  • July to August – $250
  • September to October – $270
  • November 1st to November 8th at 11:59pm – $290

MARATHON

  • March – $70
  • April – $75
  • May – $80
  • June – $85
  • July – $90
  • August – $95
  • September – $100
  • October – $105
  • November – $110

REGISTRATION DETAILS AND FEES

  • 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.
Paper Registration Form – Runners and Walkers (PDF)

REFUNDS

In the unlikely event that our permission to have an in-person event is rescinded, the 2020 Enders Insurance Harrisburg Marathon will become a virtual race.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.

DEFERRALS

Deferrals are offered up to Monday, November 8th. The cost is $20. Click here for instructions on how to defer. 

PACKET PICKUP

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

  • Thursday, November 11th – 10am-7pm
  • Friday, November 12th – 10am-6pm
    • Please note that packet pickup on the 6th ends at 6PM

RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP ON CITY ISLAND

  • Saturday, November 13th 
    • 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.

START AND FINISH 

This is the same for both the Marathon AND the Relay

  • 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

MARATHON COURSE

Because of all the extensive planning that goes into a marathon and lingering uncertainty of what restrictions may or may not be in effect by race time, the same course from 2020 will be used for 2021. For the Marathon, it is a two-lap course that starts and ends in the same place. For the relay, it will start and end in the same location and featured two legs, a north leg and a south leg (more on this below).

BQ Status: Our course is 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.

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.

CORRAL START

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

There will be approximately 30-35 people in each corral that will be sent off individually every few seconds.

Corrals will be structured based on finish time. When you register, you will be asked to enter your estimated finish time. Prior to the event, we will group all participants based on their estimated finish time and assign corrals. In our normal format, everyone starts at 8am (minus the walkers corral). So no matter which corral you are in, you are still starting and finishing earlier than in a normal year.

Corral times will be as follows:

  • 6:30am – Walkers corral
  • ELITE corral
    • 6:50am – Male qualifying time: 3 hours or less
    • 7am – Female qualifying time: 3:35:00 or less
  • 7:10am
  • 7:20am
  • 7:30am
  • 7:40am
  • 7:50am
  • 8am

Why aren’t I selecting my corral like we did in 2020?

For 2021, we are aiming to bring back pacers. By grouping participants in corrals based on estimated finish time, we are able to better incorporate pace teams in our event. We are also hopeful that by the fall we will not have to start participants one at a time, so by grouping participants based on corral times, we are positioned to make it work either way.

The only group selecting their corral will be the walkers in the 6:30am corral and the male and female elite corral. There are no pacers for these corrals. 

ELITE CORRAL

On 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.

RELAY REGISTRATION

When registering a team, have the following info ready:

  • Name of each team member
  • Date of birth of each team member
  • Email for each team member
  • Cumulative age of all team members
    • This will be the cumulative age as of race day (Saturday, November 13th)
    • You will have to choose the category your team will be in (see below)
  • Emergency name and contact
  • What leg each person is running (this can be changed later)

Relay categories:

  • Open (cumulative age 52-159)
  • Masters (cumulative age 160+)
  • 50+ Masters (all participants 50+)

RELAY COURSE

Coming soon

HOTEL

The Radisson Hotel Harrisburg has offered a special rate for half marathon participants! This hotel is located just a short drive away from the start/finish line on City Island.

Click here for the reservation link

AWARDS

Saturday Relay participants:

  • All awards will be scored by chip time, so essentially it is a team time trial race.
  • All relay exchanges will all take place on City Island in the North parking lot near the start/finish line.

Sunday Marathon participants:

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

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. 

We will not be issuing prize money.

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

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

Marathon 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+

Relay awards (1st through 3rd place for each category)

  • All male
  • All female
  • Mixed
  • All male masters (cumulative age of 160+)
  • All female masters (cumulative age of 160+)
  • Mixed masters (cumulative age of 160+)

FINISHER MEDAL AND HOODIE

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.

RESULTS

Link TBA

TIMING

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.

HOTEL

Hotel TBA

SPECTATORS

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.

NOTE: We will be following whatever state and local government guidelines are at race time, so these restrictions may change .

WATER STATIONS

  • 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.
WATER STATION LOCATIONS
  • 6, 4.6, 7.8, 10.3, 11.7, 14.1, 16.8, 17.8, 21.3, 23.5, and 24.5

PARKING INFO

  • There will be parking on City Island for participants.

PORTA-POTTIES

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

VOLUNTEERS

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 chip.hitz@ymcaharrisburg.org

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

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.

MASK POLICY

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

NOTE: We will be following whatever state and local government guidelines are at race time, so these restrictions may change .

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

FAQ

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.

    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