As you may know, the 46-year old Peace Race is a 501c3 charity with all net proceeds going to local charities. Our board works countless hours to ensure the Peace Race is a good and honorable community organization that sponsors a first-class race. It is a partner with the Freedom 4 and Youngstown Marathon.
Please know the decision for the Peace Race to go virtual was very difficult. There were many hours of discussion and debate. In light of the current pandemic and complications known and unknown the board voted to go virtual. The congested bussing, crowded holding area at Kirkmere school, the inability to stage the race because city streets would be closed for an extended time period and possible future restrictions by Mill Creek Park and the City of Youngstown presented insurmountable obstacles.
We will be offering all pre-registered runners the option of a refund, a deferral to the 2021 race or transferable to the 2020 virtual race. Please email with your choice.
We hope you will try to understand the difficult decision we had to make. We are also asking for your continued support of the race and our local charities. We greatly value the runners and the families of the running community.
Thank you and best wishes,
President, Peace Race Board