Sunday, September 10, 2017 • Harrisburg, PA • Course Map
A beautifully scenic course that unfolds almost entirely along the banks of the Susquehanna River forms the backdrop for runners at Pennsylvania’s Merrill Lynch Harrisburg Half Marathon and Relay, which marks its 21st annual running this year.
Organizers say the race has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, reaching more than 1,000 runners, walkers and relay team members in recent years, a big jump up from the 100 or so runners who completed the race’s inaugural running in 1997.
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 leaving the starting line, runners cross over the Susquehanna River, before taking a left onto S Front St. and taking the Harvey Taylor Bridge across the river once more. From there, runners make a right on N Front St. Crossing 83, they will run through Phoenix Park for miles 4 and 5.
For the rest of the race, runners will hug the river and follow N Front St. The course continues winding northward all the way up to the the 10 mile mark past Italian Park where they will turn around and head back south towards the finish line on City Island.
Thanks in part to its location along the river, the course is mostly fast and flat and features paved surfaces throughout. Runners can expect a few uphill and downhill stretches, particularly at the start and near the finish of the race, as the bridge crossing back and forth from City Island will involve some hills.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in southern Pennsylvania, just over 100 miles northeast of Philadelphia, Harrisburg typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 30ºF (in 1963) and as high as 102ºF (in 1953).
On race day (Sept. 10), the average low is 59ºF and the average high is 77ºF.
- 2016 Harrisburg Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Harrisburg Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Harrisburg Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Harrisburg Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Harrisburg Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Harrisburg Half Marathon Results
- 7:15 AM – walkers
- 8:00 AM – runners and relay teams
- $55 – $90 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Merrill Lynch Harrisburg Half Marathon or 2-person Relay race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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