Race Against Racism
The Race Against Racism is held rain or shine, and registration fees are non-refundable. This event is a fundraiser to support the YWCA Lancaster racial justice education and advocacy programs. We hope you’ll feel good about supporting these efforts whether you make it to the race or not.
Individual and team registration information
Online registration is recommended. Credit card payment is required for online payments.
Printable mail-in forms will be available for download from this webpage in March.
We can mail you a registration brochure if you need one (available in March). You can bring your registration form to the YWCA Lancaster and pay by cash or credit card.
Adults 15 and older – $25 until April 15, 2016. On April 16 the fee will go up to $30 for Adults 15 and older.
Children 14 and under – $10. The fee will not go up for late registrations for children. Scholarships are available for children; call 717-393-1735, ext. 227 for details.
Participating as a team is a great way to promote health and fitness with your employees, friends and family. Team captains must first set up their team online and invite members to join. Team registration is online only and team members must register by April 15. Team registration will close on April 15 and those wishing to join a team after that date must register as an individual and pick up their packets on regular individual packet pickup dates on Thursday, Friday or Saturday morning. Individuals are more than welcome to walk/run with a team on the day of the race.
Returning this year – Team captain shirts for captains of teams of 16 or more.
Show Your Spirit!
Many businesses, families and friends form teams to participate. Being on a team is fun and could be sweet if your team wins the Team Spirit Award! The award will recognize one lucky team with a Turkey Hill ice cream party for up to 100 people. Get creative! Some past teams have come with signs, hats, chants, and more.
Want to be part of a great event? Volunteer for the Race Against Racism! We are looking for volunteers for the week of and on the day of the Race Against Racism. To volunteer, fill out a form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to be a sponsor of the YWCA Lancaster Race Against Racism? Here’s how:
Sponsor the YWCA RAR
Sponsor a student – Sponsor a student’s participation in the Race Against Racism by contributing to our scholarship fund. Contact Megan Snyder at 717-393-1735, ext. 227.
Packet pickup information
Individual packet pick-up is available during the following times only:
Thursday April 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday April 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Race Day April 30 from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
If you are registered on a team, check with your team captain to see if you are picking up individually or picking up from your captain.
Race day information
The Race Against Racism is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2015 and starts at 9 a.m.
The race starts and ends at Musser Park located at East Chestnut and North Lime streets in downtown Lancaster.
The 5 kilometer/3.1 mile course is an loop with clocks at the one and two mile marks. 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. Download a map of the Course.
Kids fun run
The Kids Fun Run starts immediately after the 5K. Kids should gather at the northwest corner of the park, in front of Molly’s Pub.
Kids will be divided into three separate age groups so that younger runners aren’t trampled by bigger, faster runners.
The course is lined with responsible volunteers approximately every 10 feet who will help keep kids on course and aid children in case of any falls or other problems.
Cash prizes are offered to the top five female and the top five male finishers and to top masters and local finishers. First place: $500; Second place: $250; Third place: $100; Fourth place: $75 and Fifth place: $50. A $100 bonus will be awarded to the top female and male Masters (over age 40).
Non-cash prizes are given to the top three finishers in age category: 9 and under; 10-13; 14-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-69; 70 and over
All kids participating in the Fun Run will receive a participation ribbon. Top finishers in each age group will receive a trophy.
The awards ceremony is held on race day and will begin soon as all results are tallied. We aim for 10 a.m. If you are not there to pick up your prize you may pick it up from the YWCA the week following the race.
Results will be posted here on this webpage as quickly as possible after the race is over.
YWCA Lancaster will host a multicultural festival, Humanity Fest, on Saturday, April 30 to coincide with the Race Against Racism. It is open to the public and will be held in Musser Park at the corner of N. Lime and E. Chestnut streets.
The festival will run from 7 a.m. to noon and explore the cultural diversity of our community with ethnic foods, locally handmade crafts and fair trade products from around the world. There will be displays about resources for equality and justice in Lancaster County.
Food stands and food trucks will be up and running before, during and after the race.
Don’t forget to bring your wallet for delicious food and to purchase unique items.
Programs Supported by the Race
Racial Justice Initiatives
For the past 16 years, the Race Against Racism has served as an important fundraiser for YWCA Lancaster Racial Justice education and advocacy efforts within our community, which include:
Anti-bias Curriculum – Teaches our children at their most impressionable age the importance of celebrating our differences as well as recognizing our similarities.
Annual Racial Justice Institute – In-depth three-day workshop is held in June and addresses the subtle ways in which racism permeates our society.
Anti-Racism Analysis – Held in conjunction with Lancaster Theological Seminary the Anti-Racism Analysis is held over a weekend and examines ways we can effectively combat racism in our community.
Racial Justice Committee – Made up of leaders representing our diverse Lancaster community who look for opportunities to address racism through the year in our schools, businesses, and local organizations.
Study Circle Groups – These guided discussion groups bring together people from diverse viewpoints and backgrounds to explore issues related to racism and ways to combat it.
Customized Trainings – Training can be designed to meet the specific needs and schedule of your workplace, church or community group.