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YMCA Harrisburg Marathon Turns 50 With “Best Year Yet”


Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn 

The 50th annual Harrisburg Marathon finished on November 13 with over 1,000 participants in total. The course was a double loop through portions of historic Harrisburg, and included a new half-marathon option for runners. This year’s title sponsor was Enders Insurance company, and organizers gave a special “Valued Sponsor” title to Kirby’s Handyman Service. 

Luke Termorshuizen, a 22-year-old from Annapolis, Maryland, was the first place finisher of the full marathon, completing the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours and 34 minutes. Elizabeth Burch, a 43-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, was the first woman to finish the marathon with a time of 3 hours and 13 minutes. There were 515 runners in the full marathon.

The half-marathon proved to be a popular choice, selling out the 206 available running slots. Brian Lewis of Ashburn, Virginia, age 42, took first place in the half-marathon with a time of 1 hour and 18 minutes. Christina Hunsburger from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, age 42, was the first woman to finish the half-marathon with a time of 1 hour and 41 minutes. She was followed closely by the 25-year-old Hannah Meyer of Fairfax, Virginia, who finished only 40 seconds behind Hunsburger.

Registration for next year’s race should begin in early February. If the half-marathon is included again it may sell out even faster, so be sure to pay attention to event announcements in early 2023.