A Fifes and Drums of York Town drummer will lead runners and walkers from across the state and the country to the starting line of the York County Historical Museum’s 10th annual Independence Day race.
With registration, all ages are invited to the Independence Day 8K and 5K run/walk at Colonial National Historic Park. Last year the events brought more than 500 participants.
Both events start on Historical Tour Road in the Yorktown Battlefield, where the American and French allies won the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The 8K event starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:10 a.m. Both events start and end near Surrender Field
Race day parking, packet pickup and registration will take place at York High School.
The top three male and female runners in each five-year age group will receive medals.
The museum is also asking for volunteers for the day’s events, who will also receive free admission to the post-race party in York High School’s cafeteria.
All proceeds of the event will benefit the York County Historical Museum, a nonprofit that hopes to fund an archaeologist to catalog more than 3,000 recovered artifacts, to update its storage system and help develop a new exhibit on African-American history in York County.
“It’s a good way to start the day off. It brings a variety of different people with different interests together,” said Don Kline, race director. “As runners come across the finish line we’re going to have some people in period costume to hand out small U.S. flags — kind of contribute to the tone of the day.”
Want to participate?
Registration for either event after June 4 is $45. All military personnel gets a $5 discount. Registration can be done at athlinks.com. Same day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at York High School.
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