The Peace Race is not your ordinary Midwest road race.
The Peace Race has attracted runners from all corners of the globe since its inception in 1975.
The goal of the race was to bring together athletes from around the world for a day of competition, friendship and understanding. At the time, the country was still reeling from the effects of Viet Nam, but Jack Cessna – a Youngstown runner and activist – took the first step to unite people peacefully through running by initiating the race.
This race has hosted many of the world’s most celebrated
runners and has fulfilled the vision of its founder. In it's
inaugural year, the race was a 25k run though Mill Creek
Park. In 1978, an additional race – the 10k – was added.
The 25k was eliminated in 1989, and today this world
class event remains a 10k and a 2 mile fun run/walk.
Four decades later, the Youngstown Peace Race remains an annual running event that celebrates Youngstown, running and beauty of Mill Creek Park.
The annual meeting will be held in person at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Brecksville. All current Lake Erie members are welcome to attend.
***UPDATE: Cuyahoga County Libraries are requiring wearing of masks while in the building.***
This race is sponsored by TJ's on the avenue.
The race is FRIDAY, JULY 23rd at MHS Stadium! Hope to see you there!
Course starts & finishes at the Mentor High School track and runs along the bike path
The top 3 overall men and women will receive cash prizes.
The top 3 in each age group will receive a gift certificate to TJ's on the Avenue and Second Sole Mentor!
Cash bonuses are given out for the following:
1st male and female to go through the mile mark.....$50!
1st male and female to go through the 2 mile mark...$50!
$500 for breaking a new course record: Male: 14:29 Female: 16:46
*** RULES: You must finish the race to receive the bonus for the mile marks. Americans ONLY for all bonuses.
Pick up your swag at Second Sole in Mentor Wednesday and Thursday the 21st and 22nd from 11-6PM
The race started in 1977 with 437 entrants and had the largest turnout in 1991 with 1696 runners . The course is one of the main reasons for the Jog's notoriety. It is generally considered to be flat, fast and accurate. National age-group, as well as hundreds of personal records, have been set on its friendly confines.
Conversely the Jog can be one tough lady and it is prudent to accord the course the respect she deserves.
Proceeds from the race will be donated to The News-Herald's Newspaper in Education program throughout Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and portions of Cuyahoga counties.
Your donation provides newspapers for the classrooms.