Matherne and Mahalsky Win Lucky Charm

By Clay Shaw

Harrisburg, PA, March 18, 2023, Lucky Charm 4 Miler—Zoë Matherne of Philadelphia won the Lucky Charm 4 Miler in Harrisburg.  Matherne won the 2022 event and repeated as champion with a time of 24:09.  Teal Liu of Hershey was second in 25:03.  Lindsay Pridgen of Harrisburg was third in 25:44.  Emily Nelson of Mechanicsburg was fourth in 26:40.  Whitney Mayer of Hummelstown was ninth overall and top master in 28:45. 

The Lucky Charm event was started in 2016 and was a combo 5K/10K event with a partnership with the Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  In 2022 it became a four miler, a win-win in my opinion.  Also, I’m not a big fan of combo races, where leaders of the longer race finish by running through the masses of the shorter event.   Lucky Charm starts and finishes on Second Street in Harrisburg, tours by the state capitol, runs along and crosses the Susquehanna River, loops City Island, and returns to Downtown Harrisburg.

Ryan Mahalsky of Bala Cynwyd, PA ran alone from the mostly green-clad 705 finishers, to win in 19:40. Philadelphia Track Club runners Mahalsky and Matherne were both overall victors.  Joshua Sadlock of Harrisburg was second in 20:15.  Nate Romberger of Lewisberry was third in 20:22.  Cem Aslan of Camp Hill was top master and fifth overall in 21:45.

Top Women

  1. 24:09 Zoe Matherne, 26, Philadelphia
  2. 25:03 Teal Liu, 37, Hershey
  3. 25:44 Lindsay Pridgen, 30, Harrisburg
  4. 26:40 Emily Nelson, 26, Mechanicsburg
  5. 26:46 Taylor Ludman Hallock 31, Frederick MD
  6. 26:59 Kaitlyn Oliver, 31, Falls Church, VA
  7. 27:05 Colleen Duncan, 35, Oaklyn, NJ
  8. 28:07 Katryn Yocum, 19, Carlisle
  9. 28:36 Whiney Mayer, 40, Hummelstown
  10. 28:40 Eloise Billus, 16, Camp Hill

Top Men

  1. 19:40 Ryan Mahalsky, 29, Bala Cynwyd
  2. 20:15 Joshua Sadock, 33, Harrisburg
  3. 20:22 Nate Romberger, 23, Lewisberry
  4. 20:33 David Rumsey, 35, Harrisburg
  5. 21:44 Cem Aslan, 46, Camp Hill
  6. 22:09 Tyler Lundquist, 31, Palmyra
  7. 23:17 Parker Adams, 24, Harrisburg
  8. 23:57 Travis Luckenbaugh, 38, Harrisburg
  9. 24:33 Kevin Cole, 25, Palmyra
  10. 24:34 Chad Custer, 23, Harrisburg
Ryan Mahalsky of Bala Cynwyd, PA and the Philadelphia Track Club takes the lead in view of the PA State Capitol in Downtown Harrisburg.
Green-clad runners start the 7th edition of the Lucky Charm 4 Miler. One of Harrisburg’s murals keeps an eye on things.
Deanna Bailey #24 runs on Front street with over 700 mostly green-wearing runners.
Zoë Matherne of Philadelphia won in 24:09. Zoë was repeat champion here and has won the York White Rose Run four times.
Teal Liu of Hershey was second in 25:03.
Joshua Sadlock of Harrisburg finished second in 20:15.
Nate Romberger of Lewisberry, running on the short grass section of the Front Street turn-around, finished third in 20:22.
Lindsay Pridgen of Harrisburg was third overall in 25:44.
Cem Aslan of Camp Hill was top master and fifth overall in 21:44.
Emily Nelson of Mechanicsburg earns fourth place overall in 26:40. Six seconds back in fifth was Taylor Ludman Hallock of Frederick, MD.
Lee McMindes of Cornwall, PA finishes the Lucky Charm 4 Miler. He’s 91 and still running. Go Terps!
Chloe Joslyn of Boiling Springs ran 29:41 to earn second in the 13 & under age group.
Megan Lawrence of Mechanicsburg heads for the finish after the St. Patrick’s Day boys and their “fives.”
Running though the Second Street gauntlet of glad handers.
Cassandra Zart of Harrisburg was 14th in 29:05 and third in the 14-19 group.
Chris Hawk of Mechanicsburg runs 28:30. Right behind Hawk is Whitney Mayer of Hummelstown who was top master and ninth overall in 28:36.
Lucky Charm 4 Miler volunteers. Races go better with great volunteers. Kudos and big time thanks.
Colleen Duncan of Oaklyn, NJ was seventh in 27:05.
The Running Realtor Lindsay P has an awesome team. Lindsay Pridgen #477 was third and Emily Nelson #435 was fourth in the Lucky Charm 4 Miler.
Carolyn Garisto of Mechanicsburg finishes Lucky Charm 4 miler with a smile.
Joe and Woody Woodworth of Kirkville, NY finish down Second Street. Joe is runner/owner/artist of USA Racing, which makes custom swag, apparel, and accessories for events, including several in Harrisburg and York.
Janice and Matthew Wright from Pylesville, MD are regulars at Central Pennsylvania races.
Emily Melton #407 Kentucky Proud rockin’ the Lucky Charm 4.

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