Lace up your running shoes and head to Musser Park on Saturday, April 29, when YWCA Lancaster holds its 19th annual Race Against Racism. The 5K/3.1 mile run and walk, open to all ages, kicks off at 9 am and the course winds through historic Lancaster. 

Registration is $35 for adults, $12 for children. Scholarships are available for children and all participants will receive a t-shirt and a reusable Race Against Racism water bottle. There are cash prizes for the top finishers. A Kids' Fun Run will immediately follow the Race for children through age 12. Stay after the Race to enjoy Humanity Fest, a multicultural festival held in Musser Park featuring locally handmade crafts and food trucks. 

New this year, the course has been certified and improved to alleviate runner congestion on the curve from Lehigh Avenue to Marshall Street. Strollers are permitted; for the safety of all participants, however, no bikes, scooters, in-line skates, or animals (except medical service animals) are permitted. 

“Founded five years before the Civil War, the YWCA is the country’s oldest and largest multi-racial women’s organization in the world,” said Michelle McCall, Chief Executive Officer at YWCA Lancaster. “The YWCA has a proud legacy of working for civil rights and while we’ve come a long way, we still have far to go. The Race Against Racism is a strong reminder of the society we want to be,” McCall added. 

Money raised by the family-friendly event will fund YWCA Lancaster’s Social Justice and Advocacy programs, supporting those who seek peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, according to McCall. 

For questions about the race or scholarships, call 717-393-1735 and ask for the Race Against Racism Coordinator. To learn more about the YWCA Lancaster, visit its website at https://ywcalancaster.org/

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