York Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday October 11th, 2020

York, PA

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Sunday, May 15, 2022



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, 2022.



Heat format (group start or rolling start) is to be determined based upon Covid guidelines in the spring.   Rolling start means that runners within the heat may cross the start line at any time during the 10 minute heat period.  

Heat 1 (Marathon) and Heat 11 (Half Marathon) are the elite, competitive heats for the races.  Runners in these heats are striving to earn Boston Qualifying times or to win overall or age group awards.  

6:00 a.m - 7:30 a.m. -  Marathon heats
7:40 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Half Marathon heats


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, 2022 are guaranteed a moisture wicking short-sleeved race shirt.
Finisher medals will be distributed at the finish line.  Awards ceremony will be determined based upon Covid guidelines in the spring 2022.


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.



Restrooms are available inside the YMCA.  Portable Toilets are located at the race start, the finish line and every 2 miles along the out and back race course.


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.

The City of York's policy is no dogs at city events, therefore we cannot allow dogs on the race course.  (Much to the dismay of the dog-loving Race Director)

90 N Newberry Street, York, PA 17401

Marathon Runners - Please bring ID
Friday, May 13 (12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 14 (11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Sunday, May 15 (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. 

**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, PAParking 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.



Locker-rooms are available for runner use.  Please do not store your items in the locker-room, as we cannot guarantee item safety.  Bring your own towels and supplies, as we no longer supply such items (due to Covid)



Food and beverages will be offered in "to-go" bags at the race finish line: sandwich wrap, fruit, salty snacks, chocolate milk, iced tea and lemonade.


Runners registered for the marathon may change to the half marathon, however a refund for the price difference will not be issued.  Injured or ill runners may defer their race registration to the May 14, 2023 race provided the Race Director is notified by May 1, 2022.  Race registrations may not be transferred to another individual.

For those runners using a deferral registration from the May 2021 race, the 2022 registration must be used by March 1, 2022.  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 restaurants, 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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