The Youngstown Road Runners Club was founded in the spring of 1975 and held weekly races at a cost of 50 cents per runner.  The club soon joined up with Road Runners Clubs of America.  Membership was $5 per individual and approximately 1100 joined.

The last several years YRRC has averaged about 140 family memberships ($25) and a few single student members ($15).  Membership is open to runners of all abilities, age, experience, fitness levels and running goals. Current members are from the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties of Northeastern Ohio, as well as, Mercer and Lawrence counties of Western Pennsylvania. 

   YRRC schedules group runs on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am in our “Green Cathedral”, Mill Creek MetroPark, with a variety of distances.  Members who complete at least 100 miles at club runs qualify for the 100 mile club and receive a small gift.  These runs are attended by runners of various abilities. Visitors are always welcome! 

   The autumn and winter runs involve park cabins being rented with the club providing coffee and cookies.  A warm cabin with hot coffee and cookies can’t be beat after those cold winter runs. Just about every month the club has a food run i.e. pancake run, chili run, Christmas party, maple syrup run (more pancakes) and Summer awards picnic all at no charge.   Most group runs are attended by 15-25 runners but when food is involved we often have 30-40 runners. 

   YRRC has hosted the Mill Creek Distance Classic, a challenging half marathon, for 31 years.  Unpredictable weather often adds an extra challenge. The 2020 race is, same as last year, the 4th Sunday of March (22nd) at The Davis Center in Mill Creek Park 123 McKinley Ave.   The races profit goes into our Youngstown State University Scholarship Endowment which is managed through the YSU Foundation and is annually presented to YSU Cross Country runner.  

   YRRC also has certified coaches available to club members for individual training plans free of charge. A coach can help get you started running or get you to your potential and help prevent injury. 

   Group runs are a wonderful way to get started or to keep you running.  There’s no better way to get through long runs than talking away the miles and also a great way to make new running and lifelong friends. 

More information can be found on our website www.ytownrunners.org or our Facebook page YRRC. 

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