YWCA Lancaster’s 19th Annual Race Against Racism
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 | 9 a.m.
Start/Finish: Musser Park, Lancaster City, PA
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 over $50,000 for initiatives to eliminate racism
YWCA Lancaster’s Race Against Racism is Saturday, April 29th and is held rain or shine. Day-of registration and packet pick-up opens at 7:00 a.m. The 5K run/walk kicks off at 9:00 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 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.
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 three separate age groups (6 and under, 7-9, 10-12) and will take turns racing. 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.
All registration fees are non-refundable.
- $30 – Adult/Team Registration through April 14th.
- $35 – Adult Registration April 15th through Race Day, April 29th
- $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.
Participating as a team is a great way to promote health and fitness… and introduce a little bit of competition with 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 team members must register by April 14th. No exceptions will be made. Team Captains must first set up their team online before members can join. Individuals who wish to join a team after April 14th are welcome to walk or run with a team on Race Day but will not be a part of the official team roster or counted toward team awards. They must register as an individual and pick up their packets on individual packet pick-up dates on Thursday, Friday or Saturday morning.
Packet Pickup takes place at YWCA Lancaster during the following dates and times. We cannot make exceptions because of the volume of teams and individuals racers that participate.
Team Packet Pickup (Team Captains only)
Wednesday, April 26th from 3-7:00 p.m.
Individual Packet Pickup
- Thursday, April 27th from 4-7:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 28th from 10 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Race Day, April 29th from 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, 60-69, 70-75, 75-80, and 85+.
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!
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 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 is a multicultural festival held in Musser Park on Race Day and is open to the public from 7:00 – 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. Sponsorships are being accepted through March 1; please secure your spot today!
Want to be part of an important, long-standing and FUN event? If you are interested in volunteering for the Race Against Racism, please email our Race Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer4RAR@gmail.com. Your name will be added to a distribution list to receive an email invitation from SignUp Genius where you can select the volunteer position of your choice.
Volunteer opportunities are available during Race Week and Race Day and include organizing runner materials, labeling racer bibs, helping at packet pickup, facilitating registration and much more! Take it a step further and join our Race Against Racism Planning Committee!
It takes an army to put on the Race Against Racism, so we greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer for this event.
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