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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
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The 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 … MORE
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    gerryberry393 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Drove up from Virginia the day before. Small expo, didn't spend much time there. We found an AirBnB close enough that I got my warm-up in running to the start. … MORE

    Drove up from Virginia the day before. Small expo, didn’t spend much time there. We found an AirBnB close enough that I got my warm-up in running to the start. Nice scenery, flat, out and back course. Nice meal waiting at the finish line. Easy race to PR.

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    TroyMiller FIRST-TIMER '18

    I signed up for this one knowing little about it other than it was within 200 miles of the race I was doing with a friend on Saturday so I … MORE

    I signed up for this one knowing little about it other than it was within 200 miles of the race I was doing with a friend on Saturday so I could pick up a double for the weekend. A friend later told me that she had run this one a few times and that it was a beautiful (and thankfully) fairly flat course with just enough hills to keep you honest. Thankfully, they had packet pick-up the day of, which it seemed many people took advantage of. The course starts on City Island in the middle of the Susquehanna River. After a couple of miles on City Island, the course follows along some of the beautiful trails along the river front. The trees were still displaying their fall colors on this crisp, Autumn morning. The sun was out in full force with nary a cloud in the sky making it a picture perfect day. The course also followed along one of the riverfront neighborhoods with homes that looked to be built in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, including the Governor’s mansion. If you are looking for a scenic run that will make the miles click by easily as you take in all the scenery, this is a good one!

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    ShellyL FIRST-TIMER '15

    To be clear, I've only done this race as a relay participant, but I live near Harrisburg and run the entire course frequently. This was the first time I've participated … MORE

    To be clear, I’ve only done this race as a relay participant, but I live near Harrisburg and run the entire course frequently.
    This was the first time I’ve participated in a relay and it was a lot of fun.
    You can pick up your packet the day before or the morning of the race. Parking is ample on City Island and this the where the race begins and is a short walk from where it ends. You get a nice sweatshirt, which I like. I have enough polyester running shirts.
    The course was changed in 2015 for the better. It used to run through Wildwood Park, which has many short, steep hill that came at mile 20+. This has been eliminated. Now the entire course is basically flat. It runs along the riverfront, through the city and a short section on crushed gravel. Overall support is great, adequate aid stations and traffic control (although not all roads are completely closed). Relay exchange points are easy to navigate and there is an ankle bracelet that is transferred. The finish line was also moved to 2nd street within the city, which provided a more festive atmosphere. There was enough food, with bagels, fruit, sandwiches, drinks, cookies.
    The medal is nice. Relay participants get the same medal only a smaller version, which I think is proper.
    If you are looking for a flat course, well run race (they’ve been doing it for 40+ years), small in size (about 1,000 runners), with easy logistics, this is a great race to consider.
    UPDATE: 2018 I ran the full marathon this year. Still highly recommend it. Flat, easy course. There are some lonely spots where there are very few spectators, but that’s not a big deal for me. The finish line is now in the city (not on the island) and it is really nice. Lots of spectators now. Businesses are open so on a nice day, there are people milling around. Food is provided to runners by Panera: bagels, sandwiches, chips, mac n cheese. The finisher medal is really nice. They’ve done a great job incorporating city scenes and buildings into the medal. Great job to the race officials!

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