The streets of downtown Lancaster will temporarily close to traffic on Saturday, June 3, when thousands of runners are expected to converge for the 41st annual Red Rose Run. The 5-mile race, which begins in Binns Park, 120 N. Queen St., Lancaster, will start promptly at 8 a.m. A wheelchair race is scheduled to take off at 7:55 a.m., and a half-mile Kids Fun Run will start at 9:30 a.m.
"It's a great course that lets you see a lot of the city and County Park, and it's a classic run," said Annie Weeks, director of the Lancaster Office of Promotion, which organizes the event. "With the Kids Fun Run, it's a very family-friendly event, and we want to encourage more families to come out and enjoy the day."
Live music and friendly mascots will round out the festivities for spectators at Binns Park and Penn Square, and the race will feature music at various points along the course.
Participants will follow the route north on Queen Street, east on Lemon Street, south on Duke Street, and west on Chesapeake Street. From there, they will cross a bridge over the Conestoga River and go southeast on Rockford Road through Lancaster County Central Park, then north on Duke Street, west on Walnut Street, and south on Queen Street to finish back at Binns Park. A water station will be set up on Duke Street for participants to utilize on the way out and back.
Weeks noted that an additional cheering section has been added in Lancaster County Park for 2017, and spectators are welcome to cheer for runners and walkers throughout the course.
Fresh fruit and beverages will be provided for participants after the race.
Cash prizes will be given to the top three male and female overall winners during the post-race awards ceremony. Gift certificates will be awarded to the top three male and female winners in each age group, the top three Kids Fun Run finishers, and the first-place high school, corporate, and open teams.
Advance registration is available at http://visitlancastercity.com/red-rose-run. Separate prices have been set for individuals, teams, and children. The cost will be discounted through Saturday, May 27. Each participant will receive a men's or women's tech T-shirt or a Kids Fun Run T-shirt, according to the race they have signed up to run.
This year, race packet pickup will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at the Lancaster City Visitor Center, which is located at 38 Penn Square, Lancaster, next to the Lancaster Central Market. Individuals are welcome to register for the race during those hours as well. Race packet pickup and registration will also be open from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Binns Park on the day of the event.
Parking will be available in the Prince Street Garage, located at the corner of North Prince and Orange Streets; however, regular parking rates apply.
Proceeds from the Red Rose Run will benefit the Lancaster Central Market.