Franklin County Runners Take Top Spots in Revamped Harrisburg Half

by Clay Shaw

HARRISBURG, PA, SEPTEMBER 12 and 13, 2020—Kudos to the Harrisburg YMCA for going through the rules and changes that allowed this long-time favorite event to take place.  The 2020 version of the Harrisburg Half started and finished on City Island, and ran on the bridges and the Capital Area Greenbelt.  Socially distant start-time staggers were in place between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on both days of the weekend.  Saturday was dark and misty and Sunday was bright and sunny.  Times of all starters on both days were chipped and therefore a time trial for the 348 finishers.

Kyle Phillips of Waynesboro won in 1:11:05; he ran in the first group on Sunday.  Fred Joslyn of Boiling Springs, PA ran 1:11:10 to place second, running on Saturday (and working as a volunteer Sunday).  Matthew Persick of Carlisle was third in 1:12:34.  Luis Miranda of Lebanon was fourth in 1:16:23.  Thomas Johnson of Springfield, VA was fifth in 1:21:12.   Fifty-seven-year-old Tim Schuler of Lititz, led the Masters in 1:25:27.  Four Masters runners in their early forties finished right behind Schuler.

Nikki Martin of Chambersburg led the women in 1:24:56. Only seven men finished with faster times than Martin.  Lindsay Pridgen of Mechanicsburg was second in 1:33:33.  Colleen Deignan of Harrisburg was third in 1:36:40.  Shari Watson of Camp Hill was fourth and top master in 1:39:51.  Fifteen-year-old Chloe Warrell of Mechanicsburg was fifth in 1:40:43. 

The Harrisburg Marathon will be using this course on November 7th and 8th.

Top Women

  1. 1:24:56 Nikki Martin, 24, Chambersburg, PA
  2. 1:33:33 Lindsay Pridgen, 28, Mechanicsburg, PA
  3. 1:36:40 Colleen Deignan, 27, Harrisburg, PA
  4. 1:39:51 Shari Watson, 48, Camp Hill, PA
  5. 1:40:43 Chloe Warrell, 15, Mechanicsburg, PA
  6. 1:40:53 Kelly McKinley, 42, York, PA
  7. 1:41:26 Caroline Gorman, 36, Philadelphia, PA
  8. 1:41:33 Courtney Kline, 31, York, PA
  9. 1:43:32 Lindsay Leigh, 41, Harrisburg, PA
  10. 1:43:52 Rae Dennis, 37, Mechanicsburg, PA

Top Men

  1. 1:11:05 Kyle Phillips, 27, Waynesboro, PA
  2. 1:11:10 C Fred Joslyn, 36, Boiling Springs, PA
  3. 1:12:34 Matthew Persick, 24, Carlisle, PA
  4. 1:16:23 Luis Miranda, 30, Lebanon, PA
  5. 1:21:12 Thomas Johnson, 35, Springfield, VA
  6. 1:22:29 Parker Adams, 21, Havertown, PA
  7. 1:24:00 Andrew Razanauskas, 28, Carlisle, PA
  8. 1:25:27 Tim Schuler, 57, Lititz, PA
  9. 1:25:28 Kevin Sagen, 44, Camp Hill, PA
  10. 1:26:15 Jim Lawruk, 40, Camp Hill, PA
Harrisburg Half Marathon has great scenery.
Chloe Warrell of Mechanicsburg, age 15, placed fifth overall in 1:40:43.
Caroline Gorman of Philadelphia finished seventh overall among women in 1:41:26.
Nikki Martin of Chambersburg was the top woman overall. Her time was 1:24:56.
Groundhog Day at the Harrisburg Half
Kyle Phillips of Waynesboro, PA was the men’s winner in 1:11:05.
Courtney Kline of York placed 8th among women in 1:41:33.
Lindsay Pridgen of Mechanicsburg runs a 1:33:33, placing second overall among women.
Tim Schuler of Lititz, age 57, topped all the masters with a 1:25:27, placing 8th overall among men.
Matthew Persick (left) of Carlisle, and C Fred Joslyn #300 ran together in the Saturday fog and rain. Joslyn placed 2nd in 1:11:10; Persick was third in 1:12:33.
Kelly McKinley of York ran alone in the Saturday rain to place 6th among women in 1:40:53. Kelly was #2 master as well.
Kate Kornucik of Carlisle, PA enjoying her run along the Susquehanna River, placed 11th in 1:44:16.
Jeff Paladina of New Cumberland runs 1:50:27.
Lindsay Leigh of Harrisburg at the self-serve, grab your own small water bottle station. Leigh placed ninth among women in 1:43:32 and was third master.
Shari Watson of Camp Hill, PA placed 4th overall and top master in 1:39:51.
Timothy Ebersole of Middletown, PA runs the half marathon while juggling, in 1:29:57 for 20th overall.


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