Running with a chill in the air or snow underfoot is all par for the course when it comes to the York Road Runners Club (YRRC) Winter Series. The 2018-19 series is sanctioned by USA Track & Field and features eight races on various weekends in November to March, with one registration fee covering the cost to participate in all eight of the events. Professional chip timing will be included.
Coordinator Heather Roe said that organizers aim to get everybody involved, whether they show up for fun or competition, are young or old, front of the pack or back of the pack, new runners or people with years of experience, or take part as individuals or families. "We want everybody to feel welcome," Roe emphasized.
Each of the races in the series will also include the option of a 1-mile race, set to begin 25 minutes prior to the main event. Roe said that this option is great for children and beginner runners, as well as for participants who would like to use it as a warmup before running the longer distances.
The series will kick off with the Dover 10 Miler at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at North Salem Elementary School, 5161 N. Salem Church Road, Dover.
Other races are scheduled as follows: Spring Valley 4-Miler at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25; Dallastown 10K at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15; John Rudy 5-Miler at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29; Indian Rock 10K at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019; Jacobus 5-Miler at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019; Springettsbury 10K at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019; Northeastern 5K at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Directions to each of the race locations will be distributed to registrants and are also viewable at http://www.yorkroadrunners.com.
"Each race is unique. Dover, Spring Valley, Dallastown, and Jacobus are lovingly known for their hills," noted Roe, adding that Indian Rock has the flattest course, John Rudy and Northeastern are very family-friendly courses, and Springettsbury is another crowd-pleaser.
To register in advance, interested individuals may visit https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/York/YRRCWinterSeries. Registration is also available throughout the series at each event. Registration and race bib pickup will also be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 10, at OSS Health, 1855 Powder Mill Road, York. Proceeds will go to the YRRC, which sponsors the annual series.
Participants are welcome to complete as many or as few of the races as they please. Participation awards will be given to individuals who run in or volunteer with five or more races. Series awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in various age groups at the final race. Awards are also granted to the top male and female in each age group for the 1-mile run series.
According to Roe, more than 500 people registered for the 2017-18 series, with more than 200 participants at each event. Only one event needed to be canceled due to snow and dangerous travel conditions. Roe said that while the majority of the runners come from throughout York County, more folks have been traveling from Lancaster and Harrisburg in recent years.