For the 6th year in a row, we are excited to be participating in the 2021 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. See the dropdown menu below for more details and discount codes.





Create a FlipCause fundraiser 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. More details in the dropdown menu below.





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 or Dana Cox at

Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Race Day Schedule (Subject to Change)

11:00 am - You can pick up your race gear at City Island in the grass area (see picture below) near the parking garage. This will keep us out of the way of other activities happening and the full marathon runners. Park in the garage or in any open space in the parking lot.
11:45 am - We will have a time of prayer & worship, and take a team picture.
12:30 pm - The 9.5 mile runners will take off from the starting line and the 3.6 mile runners can begin walking across the bridge to their starting point. 9.5 mile runners will START at the official starting line.
1:00 pm - the 3.6 mile runners will take off from their starting line. They will begin around the 9.5 mile mark of the race.
2:30-4:30 pm - Post Race Party @ Faith Community Church
1120 Drexel Hills Blvd, New Cumberland, PA 17070

Order T Shirts

Team Running Water T Shirts are $20 each.
T Shirt Deadline: October 25.
There are multiple ways you can pay for a shirt:
  1. Order & Pay Online (link coming soon)
    • If ordering online, you are welcome to use Promo Code "payoffline" if you want to pay via check/cash/Venmo
    • This will allow you to avoid the processing fee
  2. Send funds via Venmo @gppd2003 (Global Partners)
    • Please include in comments that it's for raceday shirt payment
  3. Bring a check/cash to the race (or give to Matt or Dana)
    • Write check out to "Global Partners" or GPPD

Cost and Team Options

*Costs below are estimated based on 2020 cost. This may change at the discretion of Marathon directors.
4 Person Relay:
  • Cost $210. 
  • 2 Relay members begin at Start line and 2 relay members will start at the one exchange point along the 13.1 mile course.
  • 2 relay members will run approximately 9.5 miles & 2 relay members will run approximately 3.6 miles. 
  • Exchange point will either be at the park north of the Harvey Taylor Bridge or under the Walnut Street Bridge where the walkway leads down to the lower river walk. No timing mats or exchange of ankle bracelets.
  • 9.5 mile runners would start at 12:30 pm in corrals and the 3.6 mile runners at 1:00 pm
2 Person Relay Team:
  • Cost: $150: 
  • Both participants would start together at the start line and run 13.1 miles. They would get in their corral at 11:30 am.
  • All relay runners will receive a hoodie, bib and food coupon. They don't receive an official time or have the chance at a relay awards medal. The YMCA is still determining if they can afford to give the participants a relay finisher medal.
  Full marathon runner:
  • Cost $100 each
  • Full marathon runners will start in the 7-8:30 am window.
  • 26.2 miles, Team Running Water participants are asked to sign up for Saturday and they will receive everything the other marathon runners receive.

Fundraising with Flipcause


Flipcause is a quick and convenient fundraising tool we use to help you collect donations for your well. The signup process is simple, and the page can easily be shared so others can support your goal on a secure platform. 

We encourage and challenge you to set a goal of raising $100 per mile. That should be your team's aim. We also 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.

Start or Join a Fundraising Page


Fundraising Resources

Other Fundraising Ideas:

  • “Sponsor a mile” letter/Donations 
  • Business Sponsorship Letter
  • Flamingo a Yard
  • Car wash

Registration and Discount Codes

Register for the race on the YMCA Website.
2021 Discount Codes will be posted when available.

Course and Event Details

coming soon for 2021