Race Against Racism

YWCA Lancaster’s 19th Annual Race Against Racism

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 9 a.m.
Start/Finish: Musser Park, Lancaster City, PA

At 19 years running, this annual 5k run/walk through Historic Lancaster is the longest consecutive-running Race Against Racism in the United States, is a staple of our community and is a family-friendly way to take a stand against racism.

Why We Race Against Racism

We’re at a crucial point as a nation, and we believe that fighting racism is more important than ever. It starts with recognizing our country’s long history with racism and its impact on our systems, structures, and institutions. If we want a just, peaceful society, it is our mutual responsibility to address racism. The Race Against Racism funds YWCA Lancaster’s Social Justice and Advocacy programs, and supports those who seek peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Race Against Racism and Humanity Fest Raised more than $50,000 for initiatives to eliminate racism

Race Day

YWCA Lancaster’s Race Against Racism is Saturday, April 29, and is held rain or shine. Day-of registration and packet pick-up opens at 7 a.m. The 5K run/walk kicks off at 9 a.m. and starts and ends at Musser Park, located at East Chestnut and North Lime streets in downtown Lancaster.

Check back often for day-of details and updates!

The Kids’ Fun Run is a FREE dash for kids through age 12 and starts after the race at approximately 10:30 a.m. All kids will receive a participation ribbon.

The Course

The certified 5 kilometer/3.1 mile course is a loop through Historic Lancaster, with timing clocks at the one- and two-mile marks. New for 2017, the course has been slightly tweaked to alleviate the normal runner congestion on the curve from Lehigh Avenue to Marshall Street. Strollers are permitted. However, for the safety of all participants, no bikes, scooters, in-line skates, or animals (except medical service animals) are permitted on the race course.

2017 New Course Map

Kids Fun Run

The Kids’ Fun Run is a FREE dash for kids through age 12 and starts immediately after the 5K race, at approximately 10:30 a.m. No registration is needed. Kids and their guardians should gather at the northwest corner of Musser Park, near Molly’s Pub.

Kids are divided into the following age groups and will take turns racing:

  • 4 and younger
  • 5 and 6
  • 7 and 8
  • 9 and 10
  • 11 and 12

The course is lined with responsible volunteers who will help kids stay on course and aid children in case of any accidents or other problems.

All kids will receive a participation ribbon.


Register Online Here


All registration fees are non-refundable.

  • $30 – Adult/Team Registration through April 14
  • $35 – Adult Registration, April 15 through Race Day, April 29
  • $12 – Child Registration (14 years or younger). Scholarships are available for children. To learn more, call 717.393.1735 and ask for the Race Against Racism Coordinator.

New for 2017: All registrants will receive timing chips. But don’t worry! You are still welcome to walk or leisurely jog.

Registration includes a t-shirt and a reusable Race Against Racism water bottle. T-shirts are printed by our amazing partner, Brenneman Printing.

Team Registration

Team registration and sign-ups are now closed! However, individual registration is still open, both online and in person at YWCA Lancaster. Individuals may also register on the morning of the Race.

Register Online Here

Participating as a team is a great way to promote health and fitness… and introduce a little bit of competition among your employees, friends, and family. Awards are given to the largest teams in these categories: Place of Worship, Large Business, Small Business, School Team, and Largest Overall Team.

Back by popular demand, team captains of teams of 15+ will receive special “Team Captain” shirts!

Team registration is online only and all teams must be created by April 14. No exceptions! Team captains must first set up their teams online before members can join. Individuals can join existing teams up until April 23 at noon (12 p.m.). During registration, you will be able to select “join existing team.” After April 23, individuals can walk or run with teams on Race Day but will not be a part of an official team roster or counted toward team awards. They must register as individuals and pick up their packets on individual packet pick-up dates on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday morning.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup takes place at YWCA Lancaster during the following dates and times. We cannot make exceptions because of the volume of participating teams and individuals racers.

Team Packet Pickup (Team captains only)
Wednesday, April 26, from 3–7 p.m.

Individual Packet Pickup

  • Thursday, April 27, 4–7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 28, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Race Day, April 29, 7–8:30 a.m.

Awards, Timing and Results


Cash prizes are offered to the top female and male finishers in the following categories:

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $250
  • Third Place: $100
  • Fourth Place: $75
  • Fifth Place: $50
  • Local Top Finishers: $100
  • Over 40 Masters: $100

Non-cash prizes are given to the top three female and male finishers in the following age categories:

18 and under, 19–24, 25–29, 30–34, 35–39, 40–44, 45–49, 50–54, 55–59, 60–64, 65–69, 70–74, and 75+.

Annual Public Safety Challenge

Every year, Lancaster’s amazing Fire and Police departments go head to head in a friendly Public Safety Challenge. See who gets the coveted trophy this year!

Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony is held in Musser Park on Race Day at the Lancaster Art Museum’s portico. The Awards Ceremony begins as soon as all results are tallied, around 10:45 a.m. Please make every effort to stay for the ceremony, however if you are not there to claim your prize, you may pick it up from YWCA Lancaster the week following the race.


The 2017 Lancaster 5K Race Against Racism will be timed by Lin-Mark Sports utilizing the disposable B-Tag chip from ChronoTrack Systems, the world’s most advanced timing system. All participants will receive their assigned B-Tag affixed to their race number where it remains for the entire race. No shoe tags needed.

During Race Week, participants as well as their family and friends can sign up for Athlete Race Tracking through Chronotrack Live to track their athlete(s) during the race. Finishers will have the results texted to their mobile device within minutes after finishing.

Race Results

Race results will be posted at the race, on this website and on our registration site as quickly as possible after the race is over.

Humanity Fest

Humanity Fest is a multicultural festival held in Musser Park on Race Day and is open to the public from 7–11:30 a.m. It explores the cultural diversity of our community through food and locally handmade crafts. Make sure to also visit the booths of other organizations and non-profits who are focused on equality and justice in Lancaster County.

Food trucks and stands will be set up throughout the park before, during and after the race so don’t forget to bring cash to enjoy delicious treats and purchase a unique item!


We could not put on the Race Against Racism without our amazing sponsors! Thank you for taking a stand against racism and investing in your local community.

Want to learn more about how to be a sponsor? Check out our Sponsor Benefit Package.

Thanks to all of our sponsors and donors to date! Without their support, this event would not be such a vibrant voice for justice and equality.

A very special thank you to PSECU, our title sponsor:




And to WGAL, our media sponsor:






We recognize our Peace and our Justice sponsors for their generosity:
















Thanks to our Freedom sponsors:

Alegre Concierge ServicesAuntie Anne’s; BB&T; Blakinger Byler & Thomas Law Office; Business2Business Magazines; Caldwell Heckles & Egan; Central Penn College;  Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP; Hagelgans & Veronis; Herr Foods Inc.; Lancaster Regional & Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center; Lancaster Theological Seminary; Listrak; Martin Insurance Agency; Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Miesse Candies; PhotOle Photography;  RKL LLP; The High CompaniesTurkey Hill Dairy; Two Dudes Painting Company; UPMC Susquehanna

We appreciate all of our sponsors and donors for their generosity and support of YWCA Lancaster’s mission to end racism:

Annie Bailey’s; Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate; Certified Carpet; DiCarlo’s Pizza; DoubleTree Resort Lancaster; Engle, Hambright & Davies, Inc. (EHD); Four Seasons Produce, Inc.; Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.; Islamic Community Center; Kegel’s Produce; Keystone Pretzels; Michener’s Engraving; Jon K. Miles, Chairman, President, and CEO, Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc. (EHD); Pat’s Pizza – Lancaster; Pyfer Reese; Red Rose Sanitation Solutions, Inc.; Sager, Swisher and Company, LLP; Simon Lever; Sturgis Pretzels; TriStarr Staffing; Warfel Construction.




Want to be part of an important, long-standing and FUN event? If you aren’t a runner, but still want to support the Race Against Racism, there are many volunteer opportunities available. We couldn’t hold this event without our dedicated, hard-working volunteers to fill so many key roles!

Volunteer opportunities are available starting on Friday, April 21, and running through Race Day. These include organizing runner materials, labeling racer bibs, helping at packet pickup, facilitating registration, and much more!

It takes an army to put on the Race Against Racism, so we greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer for this event.

Visit our sign-up page at Sign Up Genius for a schedule of slots and tasks. It’s really easy to sign up; thank you!