Why We Run

Why We Run: The Mission Behind this Year’s York White Rose Run

By Karen Hendricks for the York Road Runners Club

Vickie Glatfelter with her son Bob

Vickie Glatfelter is on a mission. The 57-year old Dover woman wants to change the stigma associated with addiction.

“Addicts are people just like you and I. We thought we had a normal family—we never dreamed addiction could be something our family would deal with,” she says.

“I wish people would become more educated and remember they’re somebody’s son or daughter. That person could be your child or relative. When it hits home, it’s a whole different story.”

Glatfelter knows about addiction first-hand, because her son Bob struggled with addiction for seven years. Prescription drugs turned into heroin. And in 2014 the addiction turned into an overdose.

“When it happened, no one was talking about addiction; Narcan wasn’t available to the public,” says Glatfelter. Her son, 28 at the time, had just gotten out of rehab for the fourth or fifth time.

“I became addicted to his addiction because every day I fought to keep my kid alive. I know the pain and anguish…I don’t want others to have to go through it,” she says.

“No mother raises their son to be an addict. My son was quiet, with a huge heart, a beautiful smile, always willing to help others. Growing up he was a typical boy, fishing, hunting, and playing three sports all through school,” she remembers.

Vickie Glatfelter and family (husband Bob, Vickie, son Bob, daughter Kayla)

Five years have passed since her son’s death and during those five years she founded the nonprofit Not One More (NOM), York Chapter, along with fellow mom Alyssa Turner, whose son is in recovery. NOM, with chapters nationwide, is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing drug abuse of any type through education and community partnerships.

Fundraising and donations have increased every year, with about $80,000 raised last year. All of the money stays in York County to help families struggling with addiction, expenses and more. Five original board members turned into 10; everyone associated with Not One More is a volunteer. Glatfelter has built up to 30-40 speaking engagements per year. In the past four years, the advocacy organization has given away about 2,500 Narcan kits—the nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose.

And those running this year’s York White Rose Run on September 28: Your steps are also helping York County residents and families taking steps towards recovery. Not One More is the race’s charity partner, so after race-related costs are met, proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit. Runners also have the option of making a direct donation when they sign up for the YWRR.

“Being the race’s charity partner…it’s very humbling,” says Glatfelter. “I remember the first time someone gave me a check for $100, I cried. It’s about people recognizing that we’re trying to do something. They believe in us, they feel that we’re a worthwhile organization. I don’t do it for the recognition, but I do it for all the other Bobs out there.”

So far in 2019, 78 people have lost their lives to a confirmed or suspected heroin/fentanyl overdose in York County. The county typically ranks third in the state in terms of opioid-rated deaths. Still, Glatfelter says the county and community are making great strides.

“There are great facilities, all working and helping each other, from the county government to the police departments and recovery houses,” Glatfelter says. She sits on the York County Opioid Collaborative Board and York County Recovery Committee.

Sometimes it’s difficult for an addict to afford the intake fee required to commit themselves to a recovery house. That’s why Not One More began a scholarship program to help people take that first step into rehab. In 2018, the organization made it possible for 200 people to launch their recoveries. Sadly, Not One More also provides donations to families who need help with funeral expenses. When a loved one overdoses, there’s no life insurance.

Glatfelter, who devoted most of her previous career to office work, says she found her purpose in life with NOM.

“Sometimes it makes me very sad that we have to be here, because that means many more people are struggling,” Glatfelter says. “But it also makes me happy to know that I’m helping. This work made me find that underlying part of my heart.”

Click here to sign up for the 42nd York White Rose Run, set for Saturday, September 28. This unique event is not only one of the region’s oldest running traditions, but it’s one of the area’s only 5-mile races.

The course highlights the city’s personality, starting on Beaver Street near York Central Market House, winding through the city. Keep an eye and ear out for a drumline along the way, plus the lilting sounds of a bagpiper to help you up the hill in Farquhar Park. Then there’s a fast finish down Beaver Street to the White Rose Bar & Grill where participants can enjoy a post-race party with a free beer and sandwich plus live music.

It’s five miles of fun—and for a great cause.

We all know runners like to plan ahead, so be sure to save this date too: NOM’s largest fundraiser is its annual 5K Walk/Run for Recovery, held at John Rudy County Park. More than 1,200 people signed up in 2019; the 5th annual run is set for Saturday, May 16, 2020.

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TOP TEN REASONS TO REGISTER FOR THE YORK WHITE ROSE RUN 5 MILER

September 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Location:  White Rose Bar & Grill
48 N Beaver Street
York, PA US 17401

These are the top 10 reasons for running (or volunteering for) the White Rose Run 5 Miler.

  1. York Road Runners Club owns and organizes it. It’s your club.  And it’s organized by runners for runners!!
  2. Proceeds from the race support the York Chapter of Not One More, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to providing awareness, education and support to those affected by drug abuse and addiction. If you would like, you can add a donation when you register.

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  1. This is a race with a history. This will be the 42nd
  2. It runs through the streets of York City, including downtown, Farquhar Park, the Avenues, and Fireside.
  3. There is a really fun post-race party with free beer and a sandwich and live music.
  4. Parking will be readily available and easy on race morning.
  5. York Revolution is providing us with our race start by Cannonball Charlie and lots of fun with mascot Downtown.
  6. Traffic control provided by Area Wide Protective.
  7. Some 90 volunteers to add to your enjoyment, provide water, and keep you running in the right direction.
  8. The Temple Guard Drumline is back!! You loved this last year!
  9. Great tech shirts with a nice design again this year for those who’d like to order it.
  10. Age group awards are very cool running caps with a nice design.
  11. You can easily sign up: https://runsignup.com/YorkWhiteRoseRun
  12. If you’re late signing up, you can sign up on Friday night or Saturday morning. But we recommend that you avoid the rush, reserve your shirt, and make things easier on yourself, by signing up online.
  13. The Stroller Division is back! Just show up with a stroller and a child, and we’ll record the male and female winners.
  14. Enter the Team Challenge. When you register, create a team, or pick an already registered team from the drop-down menu.   Be the biggest team – appropriate recognition on race day.  Or be the winning team.
  15. You can sign up to volunteer at the same location!

OK, lots more than 10 reasons.  We hope you’ll join us!!

 

 

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York White Rose Run, the 42nd Running, is September 28, 2019!!!

The York White Rose Run is back for its 42nd running in the streets of York.  Almost everything is the same as last year, except:

  • The race will start this year at 8:00 am, 1/2 earlier than last year.
  • We are pleased to announce our partnership with Not One More, Inc as our race beneficiary.

What remains the same is our beautiful course that runs through our fine city; start and finish, plus post-race party at the White Rose Bar and Grill; our team of cyclists to lead and keep you safe; the York Revolution’s Cannonball Charlie and mascot Downtown; live music with free food for runners and volunteers at the post-race party; prize money for the top runners; cap awards for age groups awards; really nice tech shirts; The Temple Guard Drumline; our team challenge and the stroller division;  our bagpiper at Farquhar Park; and so much more!

Register to run or volunteer at:  runsignup.com/yorkwhiteroserun.

You can also donate to Not One More, Inc at this same link.

All of the race details are on this website under the White Rose Run tab.

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Winter Series Items

All remaining trophies, gloves (participation awards), and apparel orders have been dropped off at Flying Feet. They will be available for you to pick up from now until March 19. Thanks and enjoy your warmer running!
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PS – you are eligible for gloves if you ran and/or volunteered in 5+ races throughout the 2018/2019 Winter Series.

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Northeastern 5k

Northeastern 5k takes place Saturday at 9:00 (1 mile at 8:35). It’s hard to believe we have reached the final race of the series.

Awards have arrived! And we have a gift for each of you who have run and/or volunteered in at least 5 events for the 2018/2019 series. We appreciate you coming out race after race.

Be sure to stick around after the race. OSS Health will be there to help congratulate the top runners for both the One Mile as well as the Main Event. Rita’s of East York has a treat for everybody. And it’s a chance to warm up and relax with friends after all of your hard work.

The awards presentation will start after the last runner crosses the finish. We hope to see you there!

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WINTER SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT

Who is ready for the Springettsbury 10k this weekend? It seems the weather always throws us a surprise for this race. We’ve seen rain, ice, and spring-like temps over the years. Looks like plenty of sun with a chill on Saturday! PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR ASSIGNED BIB!

ADDRESS UPDATE – if you are using GPS, 1409 Williams Road York, PA 17402 will get you there.

Apparel orders will be inside at the registration table just waiting to go home with those who ordered. As always, I’ll be there at 7:30 to get you registered or get you set up with a replacement bib if needed.