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A VERY HAPPY COUPLE, HARRISBURG
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 don’t 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 men’s 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.

Women’s champion, Shelby Joslyn, 30, won with well over a minute to spare in 3:11:03. “It’s 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.

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