On Wednesday, a mile-long stretch will be shut down along Front Street. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will line up throughout the evening to make the journey from the Governor’s mansion to Boas Street.
I love the Harrisburg Mile. In its 33rd year, this event encompasses the definition of community. I wrote about it last year after the fact, and this year, I am writing to encourage you all to come out tonight. Whether you run a five-minute mile or an 11-minute mile, it doesn’t matter. This event is about getting people active, and raising money for the YMCA. It is only one mile, and I guarantee the majority of people reading this can do it.
In the past, temperatures have been in the 90s, with high humidity, but we may get lucky this year. Predictions have temperatures set in the 70s with low humidity. Fingers crossed we have a cooler evening on our hands.
As for me, I can’t imagine skipping it. As much as I dislike short races and the fact that I will never be a fast mile-runner, I enjoy this event, even if it does mean I get smoked. I like to focus on the distance aspect of running, and I’d rather run for three hours than run three miles at an all-out effort. But I will still be there Wednesday, probably in the middle of the pack, maybe in the back of the pack. And I will try to turn these legs over as quickly as they can possibly move, and I will try and be happy with that effort. And then it will be long forgotten by the time I am on my second bottle of water, and crawling into the beer tent.
So, I am encouraging all you reading this right now to come out tonight. You can walk, you can jog, you can run, you can sprint. And hello, there’s a beer tent. What’s better than running and beer? I can’t think of much.
For $22, you’ll get a t-shirt, a bib and the ability to participate in all post-race activities. Come out and support a good cause, and maybe even get a little sweaty.
Registration is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the East Shore YMCA. Listed below is the schedule of events.
- 4 to 5:30 p.m. Registration and packet pickup at East Shore YMCA
- 6 p.m. Fun Run/Half Pint/Mile
- 6:15 p.m. 15 and under
- 6:25 p.m. 16 to 19
- 6:35 p.m. 20 to 29
- 6:45 p.m. Corporate Mile Heat #1
- 6:55 p.m. Corporate Mile Heat #2
- 7:05 p.m. Corporate Mile Heat #3
- 7:15 p.m. 30 to 39
- 7:25 p.m. 40 to 49
- 7:35 p.m. 50 and older
- 7:45 p.m. Elite
See you there.