What about COVID-19?

Like many events, the Race Committee has been working to determine the best way to handle the unknowns that lie ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.

As we’ve worked throughout the COVID pandemic to do what is best for the safety of our community, we rescheduled the 10th Annual Race Against Poverty, originally scheduled for June 5, to August 29 in the hopes of being able to come together in person for this extraordinary community event.

In communication with local authorities, event sponsors, and in effort to meet regulations and guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health it has become clear that we need to transition to a virtual event. Unfortunately our local cases has begun to increase again, and so we still do not know when we may be able to hold a community event of this size.

We can still race against poverty, but it will look and feel a little different. In the coming days, we will be announcing more information as we transition to a virtual event and look forward to making this a fun and creative experience. See Full Statement.

Can I get a refund?

Typically we have a no refund policy. However, if you register for the event and we later transition to a virtual event, we will be offering refunds to those that request a refund.

What is the schedule for the evening?

4:30pm – Check In & Registration tent opens on Main St.
5:30pm – Kids 1 Miler
5:45pm – Kids Dash
6:00pm – Walk Start
7:00pm – Race Start
7:45pm – Awards Ceremony

Where is Check In & Registration going to be located?

There will be a Check In & Registration tent in the parking lot on the corner of Main & King Streets across from Bistro 71 (71 N. Main Street).

Where should I park?

Parking is available nearby in the King Street Church parking lots and King Street Ministry Center parking lot (162 East King St.). From the parking lots, walk down towards Main Street and you’ll see the Check In & Registration tent. Start/Finish is located just a block west on King Street from Main Street.

Can I sign up at the event?

Yes, absolutely! Race Day registration is permitted. Online registration closes on Wednesday at noon the week of the event, however, you can still register at the event. Registration and Check In opens at 5:30pm and closes at 7:30pm. Understand we may run out of t-shirts if you don’t pre-register.

Do you still have t-shirts available if I register now?

You must register by August 10 in order to guarantee you receive a race shirt. We will order extra shirts on the 10th hoping all participants can receive one, but we may run out depending on how many people sign up after the shirts have been ordered. We assign the shirts as people register until they run out.

Where can I see my results?

The race results will be available at MDTiming.com. Also, results, photos, and up-to-date information will be posted to the Race Against Poverty Facebook Page. Like us for ongoing information, photos, and results.

Is there early check in prior to Race Day to get my bib and t-shirt?

Yes! Early check in is available on the Thursday evening before Race Day at King Street Church (162 E. King Street). Enter at the Baker Center Entrance. Early check in is open from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, August 27.

I signed up as a walker, but now I want to run the race. What should I do?

You will need to be registered as a runner in order to get a bib number and chip for timing. If it is well in advance of the race, email us and we can make the change. Or, on race day you can re-register as a runner at no additional cost. Just report to the check in line to claim your t-shirt and inform the volunteers you are pre-registered as a walker but would like to get re-registered as a runner so you receive a timing chip.

I signed up as a runner, but now I want to walk it. What should I do?

If it is well in advance of the race, email us and we can make the change. That would be helpful for us to prepare. However, you can simply check in as though you are a runner but then just participate in the walk instead.

Can I bring a stroller?

YES! This is a family friendly event, and we welcome parents who need to use a stroller for a child. Of course, we do ask that you be respectful of other runners and not block the whole width of the Rail Trail with several strollers or a cluster of people side by side.

Are walkers timed?

No, we do not currently have the setup to time walkers during the Walk. If a walker would like to be timed, sign up as a runner and start with the runners towards the back of the crowd.

What if it rains?

This is a Rain or Shine event, so regardless of the weather forecast, we will be there hoping for the best. If the weather turns ugly and you don’t want to participate, you can still come to the Check In Tent to receive your t-shirt. However, there are no refunds. If a storm is brewing, we may need to start 10-15 minutes early or wait for it to pass. Please do whatever you need to do to stay safe. If the weather is too severe and we are required to call off the race, it would be a last minute decision made at the race. Should that happen, we have a Make Up Day on the schedule for the following Saturday, September 5th.