New half marathon planned for York


There's a new half marathon coming to York this spring.

The inaugural Spartan Half is set for Sunday, April 10. The announcement was made Monday by the York College Spartan Advance, which is a collaborative effort between the York College athletic department and the school's office of development.

The half marathon begins outside of the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center, heads out on the York County Heritage Rail Trail and concludes on the York College outdoor track.

"We are very excited to offer this opportunity to not only our alumni but the York community," said Paul Saikia, the York College assistant dean for athletics and recreation. "York College has the benefit of the York County Rail Trail running along side our campus, providing us with an optimum race course and a great start and finish at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. The Spartan Advance provides support for all of our student athletes and all the teams will be on hand to make this race a great event."

Saikia said that Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell have signed on as the race directors. Together, they have run more than 300 marathons covering all 50 states. Shaw brings 30 years of directing races in the mid-Atlantic region, including the York White Rose Run, the Bon Ton/YNC 5 Mile Run and the Marathon of the Roses, which he and Mitchell directed in 1996.

Post-race festivities include massages for runners and various food trucks for participants and spectators.

For additional information and registration for the Spartan Half, visit the race website at For additional information on the Spartan advance, visit the Spartan athletics site at