Since 1976, the York Road Runners Club has been working to grow a love of running in the York County community through group runs, clinics, and race management. The YRRC continues to be dedicated to promoting running, racing, and healthy living in York County!
A little bit about our history from current President, Karen Mitchell…
Way back before most of today’s YRRC members were even born, Dave Anderson and I, former college runners who graduated in 1973 from West Chester State College and York College, respectively, both missed the days of running with others and wondered if there were other runners in the York area in the same boat. Dave put a blurb in the York Daily Record in the spring of 1976 asking if anyone wanted to run with him. I think I was the only one to call him, so we planned to meet across from York College at the York Water Company hill. We talked and said let’s put our meeting time and place in the paper to see if anyone else might show up. It was set for Sunday, May 23rd at 2PM. Much to our delight, 20 plus runners showed up, and I think we ran 5 miles around the York College cross country course. After the run we talked about getting together the next weekend at a different location for another informal run. We ran the following Sunday at 1PM near Indian Rock Dam bridge. The interest was there so, we met again the next Sunday for around 6 miles at the shuttered down Franklin Discount Store (now a Giant) on Overbrook
Avenue in West York, which was my “home course”. Then we did it again at same place three weeks later. I don’t remember which day, but on one of those four we said “let’s form a club”, and so we did with the purpose of running together without regard to speed, with all paces welcome.
From our informal fun runs, we thought about having some races amongst ourselves and opening it up to the community. Our first track meet was held at the cinder track at York College on Sunday, July 11, 1976. Then we held our first road race, a 6 miler at Springettsbury Park, the following Saturday. Dave and I took first and second place. Since the response was so positive, we then held a 10 mile race at the same place that August 28th.
Dave, Greg Baum and I started a bimonthly newsletter that was very grass roots. We wrote it by hand with a typewriter. Tim Grumbacher printed it at his Bon-Ton offices, and Dave and I
manually folded, addressed, stamped and sent them from the West York Post Office. And the rest is history.