2 races set to step off in York City

Sean Philip Cotter

Yorkers can spend mornings of the next two weekends on the run through the city for local causes.

Sunday morning will see the anti-violence We Run York race loop around Penn Park, and the annual White Rose Run will wend its way around York City's downtown, west and northwest area the following Saturday morning.

The 2015 White Rose Run

We Run York, which is put on by Dashon Sexton's local Hard Knocks of Fitness organization, is a 1-kilometer run that consists of a few laps around Penn Park, according to the event's Facebook page. The free race, which steps off at 8 a.m., will at least partially close down some of the roads immediately surrounding the park, according to a news release from the city.

The event, which is open to the public, is meant to foster positivity and "take a stand against the violence, drugs and everything else crippling our city," according to the Facebook page.

The 40th annual 5-mile White Rose run will step off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, from the first block of North Beaver Street. That race will snake down Beaver to West College Avenue and cross the bridge before going around Thackston Park and up Newberry Street, west on Market Street and then north on Hartley, from which it will weave up into the Fireside neighborhood before coming back south past the south side of Farquhar Park. From there it will go east on Jefferson Avenue to Beaver Street, where it will head south, looping back around to the 100 block of North Beaver Street, a block north of where it started.

A map of the race — which will cause rolling road closings — is available on whiteroserun.com. People driving in those areas up until about 11 a.m. should keep an eye out for runners, according to a news release from the city.

There are prizes for the top male and female finishers for all age groups, as well as for the man and woman who finish first in the "stroller division," which is for anyone looking to push a running stroller with a child in it.

The top five overall male and female finishers will get cash prizes of as much as $250 for the winners.

Registration for the race costs $25, which will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter.

The White Rose Bar & Grill will hold a party after the run's awards ceremony, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.