YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday, hundreds came out to run in the 48th annual Youngstown Peace Race.

When the race started in 1975, organizers say the goal of the race was to bring together athletes from around the world for a day of competition, friendship and understanding.

Those in attendance said it was the perfect weather for a morning run.

Runners could choose to either run the 2 mile or 10k race. There was even a kids run.

The event raises money for local non-profit organizations. Organizers says there’s an emphasis to support the community in which we live in.

“We keep all the money in the valley. We don’t go outside the valley. And it brings notoriety to Mill Creek Park as well and the city of Youngstown,” said Mark Sorrentino, a board member.

Sorrentino says they continue to help make the event the best it can be and organizers are already planning some big things for the 50th anniversary in 2024.

The race runs through parts of Mill Creek Park. Some roads were closed for the event duration, but have since reopened. Those included:

  • High Drive
  • Chestnut Hill Drive
  • E. Park Drive
  • Valley Drive
  • W. Cohasset Drive
  • Bears Den Drive
  • West Drive
  • W. Glacier Drive
  • Price Road, entrance of Fellows Riverside Garden

Proceeds from the race will go toward non-profit groups, including the Rescue Mission, Warren Family Mission, Fairhaven School Special Olympics, Akron Children’s Hospital, Gleaners Food Pantry, the Beautitude House and the Cadence Care Network.