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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 20, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Trail
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 60°F (15°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 55° F (12°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.65
Course Score: 99.55

Race Size

2017: 87 Finishers
2016: 89 Finishers
2015: 65 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 26.6%
2016: 23.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The out and back York Marathon course starts at the York YMCA and finishes at the Old Colonial Courthouse.

The majority of the race is run on the Heritage Rail Trail.

Marathon Rankings

The York Marathon was the 390th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 421st largest in 2016.

Last year 26.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 23.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the York Marathon the 25th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 26th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.55 ranks it as the 86th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 9th fastest course in Pennsylvania.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the York Marathon a PR Score of 98.65. This PR Score ranks it as the 192nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 9th fastest in Pennsylvania.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 519 feet (158m)
Min Elevation: 362 feet (110m)


Recent York Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2016 York Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This course is flat and scenic. Starts in the lovely small city of York, Pa, then after mile one it transitions to a rail trail. At mile 13.1 you turn around and run the same route back. The 6 am start was early but we stayed at lovely old Yorktown Hotel which was 5 block walk to start/finish. The race was well run and had more volunteers than runners.

Race Tips

This is a low budget affair compared to the big marathons like NY or Boston. It's a great race for qualifying or getting a pr, but you'll need to be self motivated because there isn't a crowd of spectators to cheer you on.

Lots of wonderful restaurants within walking distance and Yorktown Hotel is perfect race hotel.

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

Parking is available right at the YMCA where race starts. If you stay at Yorktown Hotel there is free parking in the parking garage across the street. White Rose a Tavern was a lively spot for dinner and food was delicious and inexpensive.

Finish Time Equivalent

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See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.