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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 45°F (7°C)
Average High: 53°F (11°C)
Average Low: 37° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.92
Course Score: 98.92

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: 743 Finishers
2016: 782 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 18.7%
2016: 14.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Harrisburg Marathon course travels along the Susquehanna River, through wooded Wildwood Lake Park (the only short, rolling part of the marathon), and traverses the Harrisburg Greenbelt.

It starts and finishes on Harrisburg's recreational City Island.

Marathon Rankings

The Harrisburg Marathon was the 103rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 102nd largest in 2016.

Last year 18.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 14.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Harrisburg Marathon the 66th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 105th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.92 ranks it as the 216th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 13th fastest course in Pennsylvania.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Harrisburg Marathon a PR Score of 98.92. This PR Score ranks it as the 155th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 8th fastest in Pennsylvania.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 411 feet (125m)
Min Elevation: 295 feet (89m)


Recent Harrisburg Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2016 Harrisburg Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Loved this marathon! Course is interesting with some small hills and enough turns to keep you engaged - a beautiful course. Awesome crowd support for a smaller race (this crowd was loud and the signs were hilarious!). Fun finish line (crowds on restaurant row). Don't go in thinking it's completely flat but the hills are quick and manageable. I absolutely loved this race and city (stayed at Crowne Plaza- very short walk from start/finish).

Race Tips

There are small hills and a sharp turn with a small hill at mile 25ish. Manageable but go in knowing they are there.

Pacers were amazing- 3:25 pacer was very calm, comfortable and steady (thanks, Bill!).

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2016 Harrisburg Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I got to City Island at 6:50. By 6:55, I had my bib and sweatshirt and was back to my truck. It was more convenient than most 5ks. No race shirt (thank God because I have about 50 of them), just a nice thick sweatshirt. My first marathon sweatshirt. I parked about 200 feet from the starting line and walked over at 7:55 for an 8:00 start. Sure beats waiting around in the cold like at Philly.

The course is pancake flat. The only part I didn't like was running on gravel for a mile or so through the woods. There was a headwind from mile 11 to 18.

I didn't have to carry gels because nearly every water/Gatorade stop had Stingers. I tried hitting every tangent and wound up with 26.26 miles. The shortest marathon that I have ever run. The finish was right in the middle of town and they provided sandwiches, fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, potato chips and bagels from Panera Bread.

The convenience of this race trumps Philly. I will definitely run this marathon again.

My 12th marathon and a new PR and BQ.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2013 Harrisburg Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very well organized race. Cheap entry fee for a marathon. If your looking to BQ, this is the race to try. Nice race shirt w/o all the advertising.

Race Tips

Fairly flat course until mile 19. Then there are a few up and down hills. Nothing too drastic though. They had a large garage to stay warm in prior too and after the race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed at the Crowne Plaza. It is within walking distance of the start/finish. Discount is given to participants. They also had a late check out on race day which was real nice. There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance.

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