YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A fall Youngstown tradition continues with the 49th annual Youngstown Peace Race this Sunday, where locals and international runners will lace up together.
On Saturday, people were busy picking up their packets at Second Sole in Boardman. Others were signing up for next year’s big 50th race.
“We have a special T-shirt. It’s an ‘In training for the 50th race’ that you get as a bonus if you sign up between now and [October 13],” said Mary Beth Romeo, Peace Race board member.
The highlight of the morning is a 10K race starting at Kirkmere School and takes runners through Mill Creek Park all the way to the finish line on Federal Plaza. There’s also a 2-mile fun run and a 200-meter kids run takes them through downtown Youngstown, also ending at Federal Plaza.
The kids fun run begins at 9 a.m. The 2-mile run begins at 9:30, and the 10K starts at 10 a.m. Shuttle service for those running the 10k will be available at the downtown YMCA from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m.
Peace Race board member Laura Pfahler offered some advice for Sunday’s runners.
“Even though it’s going to be a little chillier than we’re used to I wouldn’t overdress, maybe dress in layers,” Pfahler said.
Pfahler said a van will be waiting at Kirkmere Elementary, where runners can bring a bag to hold the extra layers they want to shed during the race.
“It’ll be at the finish line when you get back,” Pfahler said.
Everyone who participates in the race will get a finisher metal. Those placing in the top three get a Nothing Bundt Cake, and there will be cash prizes.
A number of roads will be closed in Mill Creek Park on Sunday for the Youngstown Peace Race, to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians on from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday:
- High Drive
- Chestnut Hill Drive
- East Park Drive
- Valley Drive
- West Cohasset Drive
- Bears Den Drive
- West Drive
- West Glacier Drive
- Price Road
- Price Road entrance of Fellows Riverside Gardens
The money raised will support local nonprofit groups:
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Rescue Mission
- Warren Family Mission
- Fairhaven School for Special Olympics
- Akron Children’s Hospital
- Gleaners Food Pantry
- Beatitude House
- Cadence Care Network
- YMCA’s annual campaign