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Harrisburg Marathon

Harrisburg, PA

Race Dates

2016: Sunday, November 13, 2016
2015: Sunday, November 8, 2015

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

2015: 675 Finishers
2014: 726 Finishers
2013: 856 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 15%
2014: 13.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for 2015**

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 119th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 122nd largest in 2014.

Last year 15% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Harrisburg Marathon the 82nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 104th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.92 ranks it as the 195th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 11th 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 135th 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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Harrisburg Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

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.

Finish Time Equivalent

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