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York Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday October 11th, 2020

York, PA

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Sunday, May 16, 2021



Whether you are aiming for a Boston Qualifying time or are running your first long distance race, the York Marathon and Half Marathon is a fast-paced chip-timed event hosted by the York Branch YMCA.  


The race begins at the York Branch YMCA, 90 N. Newberry St, York, PA 17401 and ends at Lafayette Plaza in the heart of the City of York. The flat course begins on city streets and transitions to the York County Heritage Rail Trail for the remainder of the race. The trail race surface is compacted crushed stone, ideal for running.


Registration closes on May 9, 2021.


Please wear a face covering in all public areas and within the YMCA building.  You may remove your mask as you cross the starting line.  Please place the mask onto your face as you leave the finish line race chute.

6:00 a.m - 7:30 a.m. -  Marathon Rolling Start
7:40 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Half Marathon Rolling Start
Runners cross the starting line anytime during their allotted time period to allow for social distancing.  Chip timing begins when the runner crosses the starting line. 

*Heats are NOT organized by expected finish times.  We aim to spread out the running field for social distancing purposes.

1 - 6:00 am
2 - 6:10 am
3 - 6:20 am
4 - 6:30 am
5 - 6:40 am
6 - 6:50 am
7 - 7:00 am
8 - 7:10 am
9 - 7:20 am
10 - 7:30 am
11 - 7:40 am
12 - 750 am
13 - 8:00 am
14 - 8:10 am
15 - 8:20 am
16 - 8:30 am

1:30 p.m, - Race Course Closes


The race begins at the York Branch YMCA, 90 N. Newberry St, York, PA 17401 and ends at Lafayette Plaza, 31 N. Pershing St, York, PA 17401,  in the heart of the City of York. 


The flat race course begins on city streets and transitions to the York County Heritage Rail Trail and ends at Lafayette Plaza.  The trail surface is compacted crushed stone.  This is a USATF certified marathon course.


Male and Female (24 & under) (25-29) (30-34) (35-39) (40-44) ( 45-49) (50-54) (55-59) (60 -64 ) (65-69) (70 & over)


Overall Male and Female Winner plus Male and Female Age Division 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers. All runners will receive a finisher medal. Runners registered by April 15, 2021 are guaranteed a moisture wicking short-sleeved race shirt.
Finisher medals will be distributed at the finish line.  All other awards will be available for pickup beginning Monday, April 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m.  For out of town winners, awards will be shipped 


Water stations provide water, Gatorade and Gu gels are located every 1.5 miles along the course.
Gatorade flavor: Lemon-Lime.  Gu flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate Outrage and Strawberry Banana



Runner safety is a priority!  Wright, a professional traffic safety company will man all intersections along the race route.  YARS, FCC licensed amateur radio operators who focus on emergency communications, will be on the trail to provide communication to emergency medical crews and to race coordinators.  WellSpan Sports Medicine will provide 3 first aid tents manned by physicians and their team: 2 tents on the course and 1 at the finish line.


Pacers are not provided for either the half or the full marathon events.


The York Marathon and Half Marathon is a small race and the Rail Trail does not have the space for jogging strollers.  Thank you for understanding this policy.

Marathon Runners - Please bring ID
Friday, May 14 (12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 15 (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Sunday, May 16 (5:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.)
York Branch YMCA Parking is available in the YMCA lot located off Clarke Avenue, adjacent to the Y building. Please enter the building through the back entrance from the parking lot. Face masks are required inside the Y building.

**If you live in York or will be in the area Friday or Saturday, we request that you please get your packets during regular Packet Pickup hours, to prevent crowding on race day.  

Free parking is available at the Susquehanna Commerce Center, 221 W. Philadelphia St, York, PA.  Parking is located between the start and finish line, 1 block from each point.


Bag check is available at the Member Service Desk of the YMCA.  Bags will be checked by Bib number.


Runners registered for the marathon may change to the half marathon, however a refund for the price difference will not be issued.  Runners may defer their race registration to the May 15, 2022 race provided the Race Director is notified by May 1, 2021.  Race registrations may not be transferred to another individual.

For those runners using a deferral registration from either the May or October 2020 races, the 2021 registrations must be used by March 15, 2021.  This provides you with priority registration.  



Refer to the Heritage Rail Trail Interactive Map for parking areas and directions to each site.  There is limited spectator space at the finish line.  We respectfully request that spectators wear masks when in close proximity to other spectators.  




The York County Convention and Visitors Bureau provides a great list of hotel accommodations and other recreational activities in our county.  Check out the website for restaurant, lodging and other fun things to do in York.



Please share your excitement for the race on social media and tag us @YorkYMCA.  Join our new Facebook Race Group to share photos, comments and questions.  YorkYRaces.  Use the following hashtags and we will repost your photos!  #YorkYMCA #YorkYMarathon #YorkYHalfMarathon

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York Branch YMCA, York, PA

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