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Merrill Lynch Harrisburg Half Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

About Merrill Lynch Harrisburg Half Marathon

 The Harrisburg Half Marathon is held annually in the month of  September. It  has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, reaching more than 1,000 runners, walkers and relay team members , a big jump up from the 100 or so runners who completed the race’s inaugural running in 1997.

A beautifully scenic course that unfolds almost entirely along the banks of the Susquehanna River forms the backdrop for runners at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg Half Marathon.

It starts and finishes on Harrisburg’s City Island, which lies smack in the middle of the Susquehanna and is linked to the mainland by bridge, mostly fast and flat  featuring  paved surfaces throughout with a  few up, rolling and downhill stretches, particularly at the start and near the finish of the race.

Distances

Harrisburg Half Marathon - Walkers

  • 21.097km

Practicalities

Age Limit

Participants must be at least 13 years old to register for both the Half Marathon and the 3 Bridges 5k.

Award Medals

The overall male and female champion will also receive $250 in prize money

Parking

Participants can park on City Island, which is also the location of the Half Marathon packet pick-up, start, and finish

Refreshments

Water stations will be set up at approximately mile 3.3, 6.2, 7.4, 8.6, 11, and 12.2

Start:

Market St Bridge, Harrisburg's City Island

Harrisburg,us

Finish:

Walnut St. Harrisburg's City Island

Harrisburg,us

Highlights

A beautifully scenic course that unfolds almost entirely along the banks of the Susquehanna River,  This long stretch of the race winds several miles up along the riverbanks, through Harrisburg's Riverfront Park, a linear park whose lovingly manicured gardens, brick plazas, gazebos and river overlooks have made it perhaps the city's most popular outdoor park.  

Overview

Of course, it’s easy to see why the race has attracted such a following when you get a look at the route, which starts and finishes on Harrisburg’s City Island, which lies smack in the middle of the Susquehanna and is linked to the mainland by bridge.

After starting off and making a loop around the island, runners cross the Walnut Street bridge and then make a turn toward the right, where they head along the riverfront trails that parallel South Front Street.

There’s a long stretch of the race that winds several miles up along the riverbanks, through Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park, a linear park whose lovingly manicured gardens, brick plazas, gazebos and river overlooks have made it perhaps the city’s most popular outdoor park.

The course continues winding northward all the way up to the Estherton and Windsor Farms neighborhoods, where runners reach the turnaround and make a few turns through the city streets just south of Interstate 81.

After making the turn off North Front Street and onto Montrose, 6th Street and then 2nd Street, runners head back onto Front Street for the last few miles of the race, which take them back along the route they’ve just run toward the finish line back on City Island.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.