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 Peace Race is a USATF certified course.
- click HERE for certfication details -
- click HERE to view the 10K course video -
Youngstown is centrally located an hour from Cleveland and Pittsburgh
in the heart of the Mahoning Valley.
There are plenty of amazings things to see in Youngstown, including the fabulous fall scenery, which serves as the setting
of the Peace Race’s 10K course in Mill Creek Park.
Click HERE for the Mahoning County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
In addition, nearby Trumbull County also offers an array of attractions
and is only a short drive away.
Click HERE for the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau.
Traveling from outside Youngstown and need a place to stay overnight?
The host hotel is The Hampton Inn-Youngstown West, which has locations in nearby Boardman and Austintown.
Also recommended, is the Fairfield Inn & Suites Youngstown Austintown.