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.