A VERY HAPPY COUPLE,
MARATHON WINNERS, SHELBY AND
C. FRED JOSLYN.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO
Joslyns Win at 43rd Harrisburg Marathon
BY HAP MILLER
HARRISBURG, PA--On Sunday, November 8, 2015 the 43rd edition
of the Aspire Harrisburg Marathon saw 675 runners/walkers and
71 four-person relay teams cross the finish line in downtown
Harrisburg. The day started with ideal conditions, very little
wind, temps in the mid-forties and creeping into the fifties
later in the day under sunny skies.
This year, for the first time in over thirty years, the marathon
course was drastically changed. The major difference was eliminating
the out-and-back portion on the truck-traffic busy Industrial
Road and back via the hills of Wildwood. The new course, now
considered flat (very) does an out-and-back route to a point
just north of Fort Hunter, where it did a relatively straight
return trip along the beautiful Susquehanna to a festive finish
in downtown Harrisburg. Many, especially the old timers,
have mixed feelings about the course change. I think the course
lost a little of its character after going through Wildwood for
many, many years. Many cussed those hills but talked about them
with reverence after crossing the finish line. Looking at the
times, I dont think the change made the course any faster,
if anything maybe a little slower without the added challenge.
Mount Holly Springs couple Fred and Shelby Joslyn, were very
happy about the new course. The Joslyns, both Binghamton, NY,
natives, were first overall for their respective genders. Winning
the mens championship, Fred Joslyn, 31, crossed the finish
line with a time of 2:30:45. David Richards, 23, Houghton, NY,
finished a distant second in a time of 2:34:11. Even farther
back, Matthew Cohen, 25, Ardmore, PA, finished third in 2:40:59.
Womens champion, Shelby Joslyn, 30, won with well over
a minute to spare in 3:11:03. Its exciting,
Shelby Joslyn said, This was the first time we ran this
race together, so it means a lot to us. Brooke Magni, 33,
Lancaster, PA, was second in 3:12:26. Coming in third was Meg
Griffith, 28, Manheim, PA, in 3:14:53.