Thank You to all of our sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and especially our race participants who joined us for the 10th Anniversary Carlisle Downtown Mile! Race results can be found here.

This year we are celebrating 10 years of the Carlisle Downtown Mile with race day scheduled for Thursday, August 12, 2021. In addition to the race on August 12th, we will have a virtual component of the race like last year. The Virtual Race will run from August 7–12, 2021.

The Carlisle Downtown Mile is a fundraiser for Employment Skills Center’s adult education and training programs. All of our programs and classes are offered free of charge. These programs include adult basic education, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, and workforce development trainings such as Nurse Aide, Forklift and Computer training.


To view photos and read more about this year’s virtual race, please visit our Carlisle Downtown Mile Facebook page.

The Race
The original one-mile race course starts at the Subway Car Wash located at 900 West High Street in Carlisle and finishes near the intersection of West High and Pitt Street.

The Carlisle Downtown Mile is a one-mile USA Track and Field certified course on High Street in Carlisle, PA. The one-mile race begins at the Subway Car Wash near the corner of High and Orange Streets and ends near the corner of High Street and Court House Avenue. The race will begin at 6:00 pm with the first wave of runners. The last wave of participants will end at 7:00pm.


VIRTUAL – August 7-12

Last year, due to COVID, The Downtown Mile was a virtual race. There was wonderful participation so we are continuing the virtual race in addition to the day of race. This will allow those to participate who are more comfortable running virtually and also for those that live at a distance from Carlisle to be part of the 10th Anniversary Carlisle Downtown Mile. For the virtual race, you may walk, run (hop, skip, etc.) on our original course, around town, on a track, in the woods, on a treadmill, in the pool, or anywhere else you want to for one mile. You can do that anytime from Aug. 7 through Aug. 12. Then enter your time on RunSignUp. Results will be posted as the race progresses and the fastest time in each race category (age and gender, or team) wins bragging rights. We will use the honor system for reporting times. These times will not compete with the race day times on the High Street certified course. All participants will receive a 10th Anniversary Carlisle Downtown Mile race shirt.

Uploading Your Times
Participants will be able to record their time, track other racers, and challenge themselves. And remember, this is based on the honor system. No need to upload data to Strava or record your mile with a GPS. No one will be looking to DQ you. Once you are registered, you will be able to upload your time using the following steps:

Step 1: Make sure you are logged into RunSignUp (use the email you used to register).
Step 2: Click on the RESULTS then click on the blue box that says SUBMIT VIRTUAL RESULTS. Search for your name.
Step 3: Add your time and save your results. It might take a few minutes to update in the overall results but you can refresh the page and wait. That’s it! You are done.

LIVE RACE – August 12

Packet pick-up will begin at 5:30 at the Subway Carwash, 900 West High Street, Carlisle.

1. Just For Fun Run / Walk
Walk or run the course for fun. All participants 13 and under will receive a participation medal.

2. Age Group Races: This is a competitive age group race on the certified mile course on High Street.

10 and under
11 – 13 years old
14 – 19 years old
20 – 29 years old
30 – 39 years old
40 – 49 years old
50 – 59 years old
60 – 69 years old                                                                                                                                                                                                 70 & over (This new age group was added this year to honor Art’s Dad who passed away recently and was a competitive runner until the age of 85)

3. Team Challenge
Each member of the team (3-5 runners) runs the course. Team members do not have to run together. The runners are chipped timed and the total time of the fastest 3 runners on each team will be used to determine team placement. In addition to the top teams, prizes will be given for best team costume. Results will be posted at the finish in the following Team Challenge categories:

Protect & Serve


Due to COVID circumstances at the time of race planning, the following format will be in place for the 2021 Carlisle Downtown Mile. In a rolling start the participants begin when they are ready within the below time frame. Fun run/walk participants will line up on the left side of the start area and proceed down the left side of High Street and not go through the finish line timing chute as they are not being timed. Competitive runners will line up on the right side of the start area and run down the right side of High Street going through the timing chute. All competitive runners will be chip timed providing times within age groups. The rolling start format is an attempt to reduce congestion at the start area. Please plan to arrive at the below times to help with social distancing.

6:00 – 6:45     Fun run/walk participants will begin when they are ready

6:00 – 6:15     ages 19 and under competitive runners will start when they are ready

6:15 – 6:30     ages 20-39 start when they are ready

6:30 – 6:45     Team Challenge – teams start when they are ready

6:45 – 7:00     ages 40 & over start when ready

All participants who register by July 31 will receive a special 10th Anniversary Carlisle Downtown Mile shirt. For the virtual runner, we are offering the option to have shirts sent to you for a small fee to cover the cost of shipping. Shirt pick-up will be on August 10th and 11th at Appalachian Running Company (ARC) on Pomfret Street in Carlisle. Information on pick-up times will be sent at a later date. There will also be race day shirt pick-up but we suggest you pick up your shirt at ARC to provide for better social distancing.


Early Bird (June 1-22) June 23-Aug 11 Virtual Race
Adults $20 $24 $15
Children (13 & under) $14 $18 $10
Teams $100 $120 $75


It is our intent to have our usual post-race activities: the Beer Garden, Kid’s Alley and the Awards Ceremony. However, what form they will take will be determined by COVID mitigation efforts. Our number one concern is to keep all associated with the 10th Anniversary Carlisle Downtown Mile safe. Further info will be emailed and posted on social media as we get closer to race day, August 12th.

In the event that our permission to have an in-person event is rescinded, the Carlisle Downtown Mile will become a total virtual race and we will not be able to give any refunds. You will still receive your 10th Anniversary Carlisle Downtown Mile race shirt. Thanks for your understanding during these difficult times.

Race FAQs

Where is the race?
The 2021 Carlisle Downtown Mile is a one-mile run/walk down High Street in downtown Carlisle!

What are the run categories?
There are 5 different mile heats in the race schedule including nine different age categories, 5 different Team Challenge categories, and a Just for Fun Mile/Walk.

What is the Team Challenge all about?
Our team challenge is a great opportunity to have some friendly team competition with other organizations similar to yours. It is also a wonderful team building event due to the short distance of the race. Wear your organization t-shirts and let the community see you out there! The expanded team challenge categories are: Healthcare, Serve & Protect, Non-Profit/Government, Corporate/Business, and Education.

Each team may consist of three to five members. The fastest three team members’ times will be added together for a total team time. The team challenge is a great way to promote a friendly rivalry between departments of one organization or between various organizations.

Can I run just for fun?
Definitely!! That is what the Just for Fun/Walk is for. The Carlisle Downtown Mile wants to encourage everyone in the community to participate, including competitive runners, active seniors, veterans, and all members of the family.

If you have any other questions, please contact Art Kunst at (717)243-6040 ext. 4430 or


Thank you to our Premier Sponsor, UPMC, and to all of our 2021 sponsors & supporters!  


Kid’s Alley Sponsor

Beer Garden Sponsor

Team Challenge Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors




Bronze Sponsor

1/4 Mile Sponsors 


         Rick & Lorelei Coplen

Special Contributors