White Rose Run


Saturday, September 26th, 2020

**LIVE Race is on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 8:00 am**
This year’s LIVE race will be limited to 250 runners per Pennsylvania state guidelines due to COVID-19.

The Region’s Oldest Running Event!

The first York White Rose Run was held in 1977 and it has been run on the streets of York City for 42 years. This family-friendly race has drawn as many as 800+ runners and has been known to attract a field of elite runners from local and regional areas, including Olympic Games participants from eleven different countries.

You can read The White Rose Run’s Colorful History here:  https://yorkroadrunners.com/the-white-rose-runs-colorful-history/

The York Road Runners Club, established in 1976, proudly manages, organizes, and directs the York White Rose Run. This race is put on by runners for runners and is geared to participants of all abilities and experience levels.  It has much to offer, from a special course that runs through York City, to a great tech shirt for those who choose to purchase it, to a post-race party complete with great food, beer, and a band.

New for 2020, the 43rd Running 

This year’s race includes both a LIVE and a VIRTUAL race. Runners around the world have embraced VIRTUAL racing in 2020, and we wanted to add this option to our 2020 edition! You can register for the LIVE, or the VIRTUAL, or register for each of the events (**you must register separately for each event if you wish to do both**).

The LIVE race sports a new course for 2020, which takes advantage of a part of the beautiful, newly opened section of the Heritage Rail Trail north of the city.  In brief, the course will wind through the city for three miles (including Farquhar Park) and then cross George St onto the new section of the Heritage Rail Trail, run approximately 1 mile out to turnaround, and finish at the usual spot on Beaver St.  The start and venue will remain at the White Rose Bar and Grill.

Due to COVID-19, our LIVE race and post-race events will have special precautions and a different kind of experience. ** Click/tap on York 5 Mile LIVE Race for details. **

The VIRTUAL race is anywhere/anytime between September 1 and September 27, 2020.  You can run the former course, the new course, or you can run anywhere/anytime.

And you can be a VOLUNTEER.  With the race running through the city, we need many volunteers, who will receive a race t-shirt exactly like the runners’ shirts, along with a good feeling that you are helping a good cause.  Most positions allow for easy social distancing and all COVID-19 precautions.

Community Focused

The York White Rose Run is proud to support the York Chapter of Not One More, Inc. – a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2015 for the purpose of providing awareness, education and support to those affected by drug abuse and addiction.

When you register for the race or to volunteer, please consider supporting our race beneficiary.  Every penny you donate will go directly to the York Chapter of Not One More, Inc.  Even if you won’t be running or volunteering for White Rose Run, you may donate on runsignup.

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Prizes and Cash Awards

Prize Money:  Top five male and female finishers will receive $250, $200, $150, $100, & $50, respectively.

Masters Awards:   The top male and female finishers forty and over will receive $75; the second will receive $50.  If a master winner is in the top 5 overall, he/she wins both cash awards.

Age Group Cap Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group.

OSS Health 2

(Awards are sponsored by OSS Health)

Team Challenge:  Compete as a team of five or more.

Be the *fastest team* and enjoy keeping our travel trophy for a year, at your team’s place of choice.  The trophy will be engraved with the race year and your team name.

Stroller Division:  Two prizes! First male & female in the division takes home THE MUG.

Additional Race Amenities

Chip Timing by US Road Running:  Precise and immediate timing results

Extra Fun:

  • Race start by the York Revolution’s Cannonball Charlie.
  • York Revolution’s mascot, Downtown, will be there to greet you at the finish line.
  • Our favorite bagpiper, Rodney Yeaple, will be in his usual spot – at the top of Farquhar Park.

Packet Pickup will be hosted at the White Rose Bar and Grill, dates and times to be announced.  There will be a brief post-race awards ceremony and the White Rose Bar and Grill will provide sandwiches and a beer to each participant.  If you win an age group award you may pick up your award cap at a designated table.  Masks much be worn at the venue, except briefly while you are eating or drinking.

Visiting York, PA

York is one of Pennsylvania’s fastest growing areas and a popular tourist destination. With compelling history, exhilarating outdoor adventure, fantastic factory tours and one of Pennsylvania’s premier wine trails, York County offers exciting experiences sure to satisfy your adventurous, romantic or carefree nature. Visit www.yorkpa.org for a variety of fun agenda items!

Where to stay: The York Area features many fine hotels that are a short distance from the race.