UPDATE: Information below may not be accurate. Click here for the most up-to-date Harrisburg Marathon Changes.


For the 5th year in a row, we are excited to be participating in the 2020 Harrisburg Marathon to raise money for fresh water wells in India and other parts of the world. Many people around the world are in desperate need of clean running water. It is our desire to use this run to show God’s love and care for His people. 



Sign up on the Harrisburg Marathon Website for your relay team. If you wish to run the full marathon - reach out to Matt @ mriggins@gpartners.org for information on how to do that.





Create your FlipCause fundraising page. Remember, this is the ONLY WAY to officially join the Running Water team. We challenge you to set a goal of at least $100 for every mile, or funding an entire well for $2600. Set up the page under your name or a team name (if you plan to pool fundraising with others).




On average, every 5 dollars given can provide 1 person clean water for a lifetime. All businesses and individuals financially supporting our efforts will receive pictures of the water well and village impacted, as well as the GPS coordinates of the location of the well. All donations are tax-deductable. 

If you have any questions about participating in the race in any way, please email Matt Riggins at mriggins@gpartners.org or Dana Cox at lehmandl@gmail.com

Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Important Runner Information

Step 1: Register your team with the YMCA

Step 2: Set up your fundraising page

Step 3: Train and Fundraise

Step 4: Run in the Harrisburg Marathon on November 10th

Important Documents & FAQ's

Join Facebook Group Page

How To Register

You can register online, or send your registration in to the YMCA by mail. 

  • To register, you must know the names/ages of all members on your relay team.
  • Use the Running Water discount code found below or under "cost" details.

Online Registration: Click Here

Mail Registration: Please register ONLINE but use the following 100% off codes.

  • 4 Person Relay: TRW2020RELAY
  • 2 Person Relay: TRW2020TWORELAY

You will then mail a check payable to East Shore YMCA to the following address:

Attn: Tom Gifford
East Shore YMCA
701 N. Front St,
Harrisburg PA 17101



Runners and Walkers

  • Marathon price if registered by OCT 30th - $75
  • Relay team price if registered by Oct 30th - $210

*Prices increase exponentially if you do not register by October 30th.  After October 8th, relay team prices jump from $210 to $280.

Mailed Registration - To by-pass the online registration fees, individuals/teams can mail in race registration, waiver form(s), and payment to the Harrisburg YMCA. To get the discount rate on mailed registration, “Team Running Water” must be written at the top of the registration paper along with the appropriate coupon code shown above.  Make all checks payable to East Shore YMCA, Attn: Tom Gifford.

The official RUNNING WATER RACEDAY Shirts are $20. (Optional) ... We will be contacting all the team captains to get order information by mid-October. 



Depending on the number of miles you are running, we encourage/challenge you to set a goal of raising $100 per mile.  That should be your aim. We encourage the team captain to attempt to raise the most even if they are not running the longest leg.

Friends, family, and church members that are not participating in race are welcome to fundraise as well.

We have partnered with Flipcause to create our fundraising pages. Please click the “Start or Join a Fundraising Page” button below to get started. You may do the following with your Flipcause page. You don’t have to decide this while signing up, it can be changed later: 

  • Create a new team – After you create a new team you can then add yourself as a runner on that team. You can be the team captain or assign another team member as the team captain, or decide those details later. We suggest using the running water for the living water logo as your team page logo.
  • Create a runner page – you can join an existing team, create a new team (see above), or not join a team at all. You should definitely add a picture.
  • Create a team goal – you can do this when creating your team. Or save the goal for later after discussing with your team. Your team goal should be at least $2600 but can be higher if you want to push yourself further.
  • Create a runner goal – we recommend your goal match the number of miles you will personally run, (run 5 miles = $500 goal) but you can make it whatever you want.

Start or Join a Fundraising Page

If you have any questions about Flipcause, email Matt Riggins at mriggins@gpartners.org.

Fundraising Resources

Upcoming Fundraisers

Other Fundraising Ideas:

  • “Sponsor a mile” letter/Donations 
  • Business Sponsorship Letter
  • Pretzel sandwiches
  • Luncheon or Breakfast
  • Flamingo a Yard
  • Car wash

Relay Information (Teams of 4 people)


All Relay Racers should arrive 30 minutes prior to start at their exchange point.


Leg 1 – 8.1 miles
Leg 2 – 5.3 miles
Leg 3 – 7.9 miles
Leg 4 – 4.9 miles

First Relay Exchange: Upper level Greenbelt Path about 300 yards south of the Market St Bridge, under the railroad bridge, across Front Street from the Harrisburg Hospital.

Second and Third relay exchanges: PA Dental Association, which is located at 3501 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Teams of 2 and 3 are welcome but will not be eligible for awards.

Age Requirements

The minimum age for a participant in the Harrisburg Marathon is 15 years old for full marathon participants and 13 for relay participants.

Waivers are required for runners under 18. Under 18 Waiver

Arrival & Start Time

9.5 mile legs will begin at 12:30 pm

3.6 mile legs will begin at 1:00 pm

All participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to start.


Pre Race Rally & YMCA Packet Pickup

We are working on pre-race rally & packet pick-up plans ... this will most likely take place on City Island around 11:30 am. 


Route & Race Info



  • Restrooms will be located at the start and finish areas, and along the course.
  • Water stations are located approximately every 2 1/2 miles.

Course Closure

Volunteers will be released from their stations based on a 13 minute pace and the finish line will close at 2:00PM. We cannot guarantee that you will find water or food after the course is closed. If you do not think you can complete the course by 2:00, please ask a water station volunteer to arrange for an assistance vehicle.

Parking & Transportation

Shuttle Service:

No shuttle services are provided. The walk to City Island is approximately 1/2 mile from the Hilton Hotel, the host hotel for the 2015 race. All lanes from the East Shore (Downtown Harrisburg) to City Island on the Market Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for the start of the race, approximately 7:30AM to 8:20AM.


The most convenient place to park is on City Island. This is where the race begins. The finish is at the intersection of 2nd St/Locust St, which is about a 1/2 mile walk back to City Island across the Walnut St walking bridge.

Current 2020 Church Partners

2020 Goal: 50 Churches

  1. New Life Church – New Cumberland, PA
  2. Bible Baptist Church - Shiremanstown, PA
  3. Otterbein Church - Greencastle, PA
  4. Bedrock Church - Lynchburg, VA

Volunteer Info


  • Volunteers will staff a drink station at the event to hand out water to participants
  • Encourage participants
  • Potential volunteers for music at water station

Special Thanks to OUR Amazing Sponsors